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Social Issues Attributable to JSR Group's Corporate Activity / Resource Recycling

FY :
Fiscal Year means the year starting April 1st.
For example, FY2016 means April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017

1. Initiatives to Reduce Industrial Waste

Since FY2000, JSR has been implementing its goal of "zero waste"*1 through activities that include prevention of waste materials, sorting of waste, and the search for recycling locations at all plants. In the period from FY2003 to FY2016, ongoing efforts have enabled us to reach our goals in zero waste activities. About 90% of the total volume of generated waste materials is taken up by surplus sludge resulting from the activated sludge treatment of wastewater and by coal ash generated in the coal boilers used for on-site power generation. With regard to this surplus sludge, sludge drying equipment was introduced at the Yokkaichi Plant in December 2012. This has enabled sludge to be processed into a valuable fuel product. Additionally, coal ash is recycled for use as cement materials. In addition to using waste oils and other materials as fuels, we promote the recycling of bottles, cans, drums, paper, fluorescent lamps, dry cell batteries and organic waste. The final landfill volume in FY2016 was zero. In the future, we will strive to implement ongoing zero waste operations by further continuing our search for recycling locations and our other efforts.

*1 Zero waste: When the volume of final off-site waste buried at third-party landfills is less than 0.1% of the volume of waste generated

Industrial Waste Processing Flowchart (FY2016 performance in tons/year)

Industrial Waste Processing Flowchart

Breakdown of Generated Industrial Waste

Breakdown of Generated Industrial Waste

*2 20% of sludge accounted for as solid waste

Breakdown of Outsourced Recycling

Breakdown of Outsourced Recycling

Amount of Final Off-site Landfill

Amount of Final Off-site Landfill

Changes of Amount of Recycle

Changes of Amount of Recycle

2. Application of "3R" (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) to Packaging Materials

JSR has always been serious about environmental measures in the distribution and logistics workflow. Therefore, we promote "3R" (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) to effectively utilize waste-free packaging materials and packaging containers.
Reduce: Reducing the weight of steel box pallets used as packing containers for synthetic rubber and the weight of external cardboard boxes (two-tier construction to single-tier).
Reuse: Preventing the breakage of packaging materials that can be reused as intermediate product containers.
Recycle: Promoting a switchover to recyclable materials when selecting packaging materials. JSR will actively engage in the above 3R activities for packing materials to promote recycling and effective use of resources.

3. Water Consumption

Water Consumption
(industrial water, etc.)

Water Consumption (industrial water, etc.)

JSR consumed approximately 14,423,000 cubic meters of industrial water, groundwater*3, and tap water in FY2016.
29% of this volume was recycled effectively for use in various work processes at each plant. Key goals include the implementation of initiatives to improve water resource management and maintain the current level of water recirculation and reuse. The Yokkaichi Plant participates in the Yokkaichi Region Environment Council and continues to reduce water usage through the sharing of information on new water quality regulations.

*3 Groundwater is not used at the Yokkaichi and Chiba Plants.

Water Consumption (breakdown) and Intensity Index*4

FY 1998 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Industrial water 15,196 14,671 14,733 14,359 14,190 13,916
Ground water 533 380 234 357 253 354
Tap water 174 149 147 139 138 153
Total Water Consumption 15,903 15,200 15,114 14,855 14,581 14,423
Intensity index*4 100 99 102 108 108 106
Usage of recycling water 0 4,377 4,496 4,249 4,159 4,193
Effective recycling ratio (%) 0 28.8 29.7 28.6 28.5 29.1
Seawater (coolant) 60,731 62,772 59,830 57,395 54,725 55,413

*4 FY1998 represents the 100 level.
[(fiscal year water consumption)/(annual production volume for the fiscal year)]/[(FY1998 water consumption)/(FY1998 production volume)]x100