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Initiatives for Preventing Global Warming

Initiatives Aimed at Preventing Global Warming

Energy Consumption

JSR's Responsible Care Committee adopted a Medium-Term Voluntary Environmental Preservation Plan. This plan sets two targets for reducing energy use as measures to prevent global warming. To achieve these goals, the Company is carrying out the Efficiency 100% (E-100) project at all group companies with the aim of reducing energy and resource usage. In FY2009 (April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009), production volumes declined, and as a result we were not able to achieve an annual 1% average reduction in energy use per unit of production, but we will continue to examine this in the future and work to cut energy use.

Energy Reduction Targets
  • (1) Reduce the average energy consumption units by 1% per annum based on FY1999 (Self-regulated standards based on the revised Energy Conservation Law1)
  • (2) Reduce energy consumption units by 20% by FY2011 based on FY1991.

1  Law Concerning the Rational Use of Energy

Energy Consumption (Crude Oil Equivalent) and Unit Consumption Index

Amount of CO2 Generated

In February 2005, with release of the Kyoto Protocol, Japan was required to reduce the volume of green house gases by 6% in the five-year period from 2008 to 2012 using FY1991 as the standard. As a member of the Japan Chemical Industry Association (JCIA), JSR has been promoting measures to reduce CO2 emissions volumes through energy saving in keeping with those directives. CO2 emissions trading began on a trial basis in October 2008, and JSR is participating in the trading. As a part of this process, a reduction target for the absolute volume of CO2 emissions was set. Going forward, we will accumulate experience and gather information concerning emissions trading and continue our investigation to achieve this target.

Reduction target :
Cut CO2 emissions in FY2013 by 6% compared to FY1991

Amount of CO2 Emissions and Unit Consumption Index

We also began encouraging employees to save energy at their homes in April 2008. Approximately 2,400 employees are participating in this program, and as a result of continuous implementation of possible energy saving at each home, CO2 emissions have been reduced by about 1,000 tons annually.5

5  Data is based on calculations using the My Challenge Sheet from the Japan Chemical Industry Association.

Logistics Environmental Policy

Improving Transport Efficiency

JSR promotes epochal energy-saving measures as a specially designated shipper, to reduce CO2 emission upon product transport, according to the Energy Conservation Law revised in FY2007. As a result, larger lorries, along with a shift to rail/sea transport is being undertaken, and that ratio now accounts for 84% of all JSR transported freight (ton-kilometer6).
The transport energy consumption unit in FY2009 decreased 5.2% over FY2008, with a CO2 emission reduced by approximately 3,300 tons compared to FY2008.

6  Ton-kilometer: Freight Tonnage × Transport Distance (km)

Transport Statistics

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