Evaluation by Outside Organization

Social Issues Attributable to JSR Group's Corporate Activity/Environmental Conservation (Water Resources Conservation)

Water is an essential resource for living beings. Globally, freshwater, in particular, is an extremely valuable resources. In Japan, as in other countries, water resources are being affected by natural disasters caused by abnormal weather events, some of which are a result of climate change. This makes the appropriate management of water resources a necessity.
JSR Group uses such water resources for drinking water, of course, but also as a raw material and coolant in its manufacturing processes. We strive to recycle water in our processes and, after it is used, appropriately purify it before discharging it to rivers.

1. Breakdown of water consumption (by intake source) and recycling rate

JSR consumed 15,275,000 m3 of industrial water, groundwater*1 and tap water in FY2018. Of this amount, 29.3% was recycled in plant processes. We will endeavor to manage our water resources by continuing this effort, with the goal of “maintaining our current recycling rate.”

(x 1,000 m3/year)
FY 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Industrial water 14,73414,35914,19013,91713,66714,790
Ground water 234357253354393313
Tap water 167159158176200172
Total Water Consumption 15,13414,87514,60014,44714,25915,275
Usage of recycling water 4,4964,2494,1594,1934,2504,481
Recycling rate (%) 29.728.628.529.029.829.3

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

2. Global trends
Water consumption and total amount of wastewater

Globally, we used 21,234,000 m3 of water in FY2018. This represented an increase of 7% compared to the previous year. Our total wastewater amounted to 17,587,000 m3, which was 4% more than the previous year. We will strive to appropriately manage our water resources on the global side of our business as well.

Water consumption Amount of wastewater