Chemical Substance Management and Reducing Environmental Impact
Chemical Substance Management
- Related ESG :
In line with the TOYOBO Group Fundamental Policy on the Global Environment, Toyobo group endeavors to manage chemical substances appropriately throughout the product lifecycle (research, development, design, manufacturing, sales, use, and disposal), in order to help conserve the global environment, support disaster prevention, ensure workers' health and safety, guarantee product safety, and ensure conformity with each country's chemical substance regulations.
Chemical Substance Management Structure
In order to promote appropriate management of chemical substances, Toyobo group has established a management structure at each production site. Each Solutions Division supervises the activities of the production sites and group companies under their jurisdiction.
In addition, we have created the TOYOBO Chemical Substance Management Classification in compliance with relevant laws and regulations—both international and domestic—as well as client requests. This classifies the chemical substances we handle into five levels, and the management procedures are specified for each level or “rank.” Use of substances in rank A and B is permitted only when the risks are thoroughly assessed, mitigation measures are taken, and the risk is deemed tolerable. We are continuously making efforts to reduce the overall usage volume of rank A and B substances by optimizing and replacing these substances.
Chemical Substance Management Structure
TOYOBO Chemical Substance Management Classification
|Rank||Management Category||Notes (laws and regulations, etc.)|
|A||Substances requiring particularly strict management||Chemical Substances Control Law*1, Industrial Safety and Health Act, Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act, Act on the Protection of the Ozone Layer through the Control of Specified Substances, etc. and Other Measure, Act on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and Control, of Specific Chemicals, POPs*2, PIC*3, RoHS*4, REACH*5, etc.|
|B||Substances requiring strict management||Chemical Substances Control Law, PRTR*6, Industrial Safety and Health Act, Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act, REACH, etc.|
|C||Substances requiring strict exposure prevention measures||Chemical Substances Control Act, PRTR, Industrial Safety and Health Law, Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act, Fire Service Act, etc.|
|D||Substances requiring exposure prevention measures||PRTR, Industrial Safety and Health Act, etc.|
|E||Others||Other than A-D|
- Chemical Substances Control Law: Act on the Regulation of Manufacture and Evaluation of Chemical Substances
- POPs (treaty): Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants
- PIC (treaty): Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade
- RoHS: Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment
- REACH: Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals
- PRTR: Pollutant Release and Transfer Register
Chemical substance management activities
Recent years have seen new requirements to manage chemical substances within the supply chain. Such requirements also apply in Japan, following the coming into effect of the Act on the Regulation of Manufacture and Evaluation of Chemical Substances (Chemical Substances Control Law), as well as other regulations relating to chemical substance management. Additionally, the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) has been adopted by the United Nations.
In view of this situation, Toyobo has introduced a chemical substance management system covering every stage from procurement through to manufacturing and sales. This is to realize green procurement while providing accurate and prompt support to our customers. We employ this system to investigate the use of regulated substances and carry out surveys regarding content in products. The system also supports suppliers in creating safety data sheets (SDS) for chemical substances.
We prioritize procurement of raw materials with a low environmental impact, and work with business partners who take a proactive approach to protecting the environment. Together, we are promoting green procurement to help build a sustainable society. We ask our business partners to provide information about the chemical substances contained in products, as follows.
- That the material does not contain any of the prohibited substances specified by Toyobo.
- That the content of hazardous substances specified by Toyobo has been identified.
In fiscal 2022, we revised our “Chemical Content Information Sheet” based on the information sharing scheme “chemSHERPA®,” developed by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and revisions to laws and regulations, and request that our business partners respond.
We also participate in Joint Article Management Promotion-consortium (JAMP) for the smooth disclosure and transmission of information on chemical substances contained in products in supply chain.
- “chemSHERPA®" is a registered trademark of the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry (JEMAI).
Reducing Environmental Impact
- Related ESG :
In line with the TOYOBO Group Fundamental Policy on the Global Environment, with regard to chemical substances that are emitted into the atmosphere or into water areas, Toyobo group has set self-management standards stricter than the statutory requirements and reduction targets. Based on these, we implement rigorous management and are working to reduce emissions.
Targets and results
We have set ourselves the targets of reducing emissions into the atmosphere of substances that have an impact on the environment by 60%, and of reducing such emissions into water area by 80%, compared to fiscal 2015, by fiscal 2031.
|Category||Initiatives||Targets (FY2031)||Results (FY2022)|
|Atmosphere||VOC emissions (Japan total)||60% reduction (compared to FY2015)||29% reduction|
|Water||Discharge of hazardous substances into water (Japan total)||80% reduction (compared to FY2015)||36% reduction|
Japan Total: TOYOBO CO., LTD. and domestic consolidated subsidiaries
In fiscal 2022, we succeeded in reducing emissions into the atmosphere by 29%, and emissions into water area by 36%, compared to fiscal 2015.
There were no incidents of non-compliance with air pollution or water quality permits, standards and regulations for the three years from fiscal 2020 to 2022.
Compliance with the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Act (PRTR Law)
Toyobo group estimates and reports the amount of emissions and amount transferred for chemical substances that are subject to PRTR Law. Based on the overall results that are announced each year, we strive to utilize this information effectively in reducing the amount of emissions and the amount transferred.
We are proceeding with the improvement and replacement of production equipment and installations, the improvement of operating conditions, the installing of equipment for removing relevant substances, and the adoption of substitute raw materials and auxiliary materials, in order to reduce emissions.
Initiatives for preventing air and water pollution
Toyobo group complies with environmental regulations set by national and local government authorities and rules set by environmental conservation agreements. In addition, we implement management for air emission and water discharge from our production sites, by setting self-management standards more rigorous than the statutory requirements in some cases.
We have installed monitoring systems within our production process, and remove harmful chemical substances from gases and water emitted at our production site by utilizing a variety of environmental protection technologies, including in-house developed VOC treatment equipment. We also strive to improve our manufacturing processes so as to minimize the amount of these substances that is used and emitted.