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Preservation Efforts

Date Toyobo Group Japan Global
1960s Worsening pollution accompanying high economic growth, especially in the industrialized nations (air pollution; water pollution; land subsidence; noise, vibration, odor, soil and other pollution)
1980s Aggravation of new environmental problems on a global scale (global warming, acid rain, ozone layer depletion, deforestation, etc.)
Stage 1 Upgrading Infrastructure to Address Global Environmental Problems
19921996
  • Established Environmental Charter (1992)
  • Adopted and initiated a voluntary Environment Action Plan (1993)
  • Initiated environmental auditing (1994)
  • Received ISO 14001 certification at two locations (1996)
  • Basic Environment Act enacted (1993)
  • Guidelines for Environmentally Friendly Companies announced (Environmental Agency) (1993)
  • JISQ 14001 issued (1996)
  • Nippon Keidanren Appeal on Environment published (1996)
  • Earth Summit (Rio de Janeiro) (1992)
  • UN Framework Convention on Climate Change adopted (limitation of greenhouse gases) (1992)
  • ISO 14001 issued (1996)
Stage 2 Advancing Duo-Eco: Promoting Environmental Measures and the Eco Business
1997年2000年
  • Established Global Environment Preservation Promotion Committee (1997)
  • Established Environment Awards System (1997)
  • Began use of Ecoproducts Check Sheet (1998)
  • Initiated environmental auditing at group companies (2000)
  • Received ISO 14001 certification at six locations (1997-2000)
  • Containers and Packaging Recycling Act took effect (glass bottles and PET bottles from April 1997; plastic containers, packaging, etc. from April 2004) PRTR (Pollution Release and Transfer Register) Act published (July 1999) Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures enacted (1999) Act on Special Measures against Dioxins came into effect (Jan. 2000) Basic Act on Establishing a Sound Material-Cycle Society published (June 2000) Green Purchasing Act enacted (2000)
  • PRTR (Pollution Release and Transfer Register) Act published (July 1999)
  • Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures enacted (1999)
  • Act on Special Measures against Dioxins came into effect (Jan. 2000)
  • Basic Act on Establishing a Sound Material-Cycle Society published (June 2000)
  • Green Purchasing Act enacted (2000)
  • COP3* (Kyoto); Kyoto Protocol adopted (1997)
  • COP4 (Buenos Aires) (1998)
  • COP5 (Bonn) (1999)
  • COP6 (The Hague) (2000)
Stage 3 Ecological Harmonization: Transition to Integrated Group Management
2001年2005年
  • Achieved zero emissions at Inuyama Plant (Jan. 2001)
  • Initiated safety and environmental audits
    Initiated Eco Reviews (2002)
  • Launched Toyobo Group Environment and Safety Committee (From April 2003)
  • Launched Chemical Substances Management Subcommittee (2004)
  • Began Environment Seminars (Toyobo head office) (From 2004)
  • Achieved zero emissions at all Toyobo production and research centers (2005)
  • Received PRTR Incentive Award (Jan. 2005)
  • Received ISO14001 certification at 11 locations (2001-2005)
  • Ministry of the Environment established; PRTR Act came into effect (Jan. 2001)
  • Home Appliances Recycling Act and Green Purchasing Act came into effect (April 2001)
  • Act on Special Measures against PCB Waste came into effect (July 2001)
  • Act on Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction enacted (2001)
  • Urban Greenery Act revised (2001)
  • Soil Contamination Countermeasures Act published (May 2002)
  • Soil Contamination Countermeasures Act came into effect (Feb. 2003)
  • JISQ14001 2004 revisions issued (2004)
  • JVETS domestic voluntary emissions trading scheme initiated (2005)
  • Act on Recycling of End-of-Life Vehicles came into effect (Jan. 2005)
  • Team Minus 6% citizens' movement launched (April 2005)
  • Act on Promotion of Business Activities with Environmental Consideration came into effect (Ministry of the Environment) (April 2005)
  • COP7 (Marrakesh) (2001)
  • COP8 (New Delhi) (2002)
  • World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg) (2002)
  • COP9 (Milan) (2003)
  • COP10 (Buenos Aires) (2004)
  • ISO 14001 2004 revisions issued (2004)
  • Kyoto Protocol came into effect (Feb. 2005)
  • COP11/MOP1** (Montreal) (2005)
Stage 4 Toyobo Global Green Action Plan: Establishment of Integrated Group Management
2006
  • Initiated Toyobo Future Forest volunteer activities (April 2006)
  • Instituted Green Procurement Guidelines (August 2006)
  • Launched Toyobo Green Logistics Promotion Project (Oct. 2006)
  • Expanded Eco Reviews to include products, production technologies, infrastructure, etc. (June 2006)
  • Toyobo Future Forest received incentive award at the Flowers, People and Greenery Water Source Area Revitalization Awards (May 2007)
  • Launched REACH regulation compliance committee (May 2007)
  • Launched Eco-Shine Club (Dec. 2007)
  • Established Eco-office Promotion Committee (Dec. 2007)
  • Established CSR Committee (strengthen global environmental activities as an axis for CSR) (March 2008)
  • Received highest environmental ranking from the Development Bank of Japan (Sept. 2008)
  • Received Environmental Business Award at Eco Japan Cup 2008 (Dec. 2008)
  • Participated in emissions trading trial (Dec. 2008)
  • Launched Chemical Substances Management Committee (July 2009)
  • Revised Energy Conservation Act came into effect (April 2006)
  • Revised Waste Management Act came into effect (August 2006)
  • Revised Air Pollution Control Act came into effect (Nov. 2006)
  • Environmental Reporting Guidelines 2007 issued (Ministry of the Environment) (June 2007)
  • Revised Act on Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction came into effect (Oct. 2007)
  • Environmental Labeling Guidelines published (Jan. 2008)
  • Revised Kyoto Protocol Target Achievement Plan determined (March 2008)
  • Trial implementation of integrated domestic emissions trading market (Oct. 2008)
  • Trial implementation of carbon footprint system (Dec. 2008)
  • Nippon Keidanren Declaration on Biodiversity (April 2009)
  • Guidelines for Private Sector Engagement in Biodiversity announced (Ministry of the Environment) (August 2009)
  • Challenge 25 Campaign initiated (Jan. 2010)
  • RoHS Directive took effect (July 2006)
  • COP12/MOP2 (Nairobi) (Nov. 2006)
  • REACH regulation enacted (Dec. 2006)
  • REACH regulation took effect (June 2007)
  • IPCC 4th Assessment Report released (in sections) (Feb.-Nov., 2007)
  • COP13/MOP3 (Bali) (Dec. 2007)
  • REACH preliminary registration initiated (June 2008)
  • COP14/MOP4 (Poznan) (Dec. 2008)
  • H1N1 flu outbreak (Mexico) (April 2009)
  • WHO declared global H1N1 pandemic (June 2009)
  • COP15 and COPMOP5 (Copenhagen) (Dec. 2009)

*COP = Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
**MOP = Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol

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