Energy-Saving, Resource-Saving and Reduction of the Environmental Impact

Environment Management

Environment Management
The Group works on energy savings, waste reduction, and chemical substance management as important issues. We create the "Shin-Etsu Group Environmental Safety Management Plan" every year in accordance with the Responsible Care Codes1 and set numerical goals. The company and all of the plants of our Group companies set goals annually according to this plan and work to achieve them. Annual activity results are reported to the director in charge of the environment control at the Group Environmental Protection Conference.
In order to increase the quality of activities, each plant and the Group companies perform several internal audits a year to check if they have set appropriate goals and the progress that they have achieved. In addition, we also check their activities and achievements through periodical environmental control and safety audits. The audit results are reported to the top management.

Promoting Reduction of the Environmental Impact
The Group constantly works to promote the reduction of environmental impact in the manufacturing stage. Furthermore, we are considering ways to reduce the environmental impact at the product usage stage and to contribute to energy and resource conservation. The Research, Manufacturing, and Sales Departments work together to develop products that are used in various fields, including the manufacturing industry, our daily lives, and the renewable energy industry.

Environmental Impact of Business Activities

  • 1 Responsible Care Codes
    Six principle areas are addressed when implementing Responsible Care: Responsible Care Codes consist of seven codes, composed of six codes for different activity areas, namely, environmental preservation, disaster prevention, occupational health and safety, distribution safety, chemical and product safety, and dialogue with the public, and the Management System Code, designed to operate all the above commonly as a system.
  • 2 PRTR controlled substances
    462 substances have been identified as Class I designated chemical substances from the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) system in the Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management.
  • ※ The scope of reporting has been changed from group companies including Shin-Etsu Chemical and non-consolidated companies to Shin-Etsu Chemical and consolidated companies.
  • ※ For data disclosed from 2021 onwards, we use the CO2 emission factor of our power suppliers to calculate the amount released.
  • ※ Waste standards and PRTR controlled substances differ from country to country, and these are the figures for the company and Group companies in Japan.
  • ※ The waste recycling ratio indicates the ratio of the amount recycled to the total waste generated.
  • ※ The final disposal ratio indicates the ratio of the amount of landfill waste to the total waste generated.

Targets and Results

The following shows our targets and results for environmental protection and chemical substance management for FY2020 and our targets for FY2021.

Target, Implementation Status, Evaluation, and Planned Implementation Items

Environmental Certification

In 1996, Shin-Etsu Chemical Gunma Complex obtained the ISO 14001 certification, becoming the first facility of a major chemical company in Japan to achieve such a certification. The Group has continued to obtain the ISO 14001 certification, the international standard for environmental management systems.

ISO 14001 Certification of the Shin-Etsu Group

Sustainability Data