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.”
|Total Water Consumption||15,134||14,875||14,600||14,447||14,259||15,275|
|Usage of recycling water||4,496||4,249||4,159||4,193||4,250||4,481|
|Recycling rate (%)||29.7||28.6||28.5||29.0||29.8||29.3|
*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.