Initiatives Aimed at Preventing Global Warming
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 FY2010 (April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010), 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
CO2 Emissions Volumes
Cogeneration system (Yokkaichi Plant)
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. In FY2010, CO2 emissions declined by approximately 80,000 tons from FY2009 as a result of decreased production volumes.
The Yokkaichi Plant installed a large-scale, natural gas-fired turbine cogeneration system in April 2010. By operating this system, which uses natural gas for fuel, it will be possible to reduce the use of heavy oil-fired steam boilers. As this will allow the plant to use substantially less heavy oil, it is expected that there will be a significant reduction in environmental impact, including lower CO2 emissions. The reduction effects will be confirmed at the end of FY2011.
- Reduction target:
- Reduce FY2013 CO2 emissions by 6% compared to the FY1991 level
ABC Activities Effort Award
JSR Group employees also began energy-saving activities at their homes in April 2008. Approximately 2,500 employees participated in the program in FY2010, and as a result of making continuous energy-savings achievable at each home, an annual carbon dioxide reduction effect of approximately 1,000 tons4 was achieved. In recognition of these activities, the JCIA presented the JSR Group with its ABC Activities5 Effort Award. Starting in FY2011, JSR has been participating in the Eco-cho (Environmental Household Account Book), which is part of Wagaya-no-Kankyodaijin (The Environmental Minister in My Home) program promoted by the Ministry of the Environment.
4. Calculated using the JCIA “My Challenge Sheet”
5. ABC Activities: “Accelerate By Chemical Industry for Cool Earth” Activities
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 85% of all JSR transported freight (ton-kilometer6).
The transport energy consumption unit in FY2010 decreased 1.6% over FY2009, with a CO2 emission reduced by approximately 2,800 tons compared to FY2009.
6. Ton-kilometer: Freight Tonnage × Transport Distance (km)