Environment Management

Environment Management System

Environment Management
The Group works on energy savings, waste reduction and chemical substance management as important issues. We annually create the Shin-Etsu Group Environmental Safety Management Plan in accordance with the Responsible Care Codes1 and set goals using numerical numbers. The Company and all the plant of our Group companies set goals annually according to this plan and working 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 level of activity, each plant and the Group companies perform several internal audits a year to check if their goals are appropriately set and the progress they have achieved. In addition, we also check the activities and achievements each plant and the Group companies have made through periodical environmental control and safety audits. The results of audits are reported to top management.

Promoting the Reduction of Environmental Impact
The Group constantly works to promote the reduction of environmental impact during 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. Research, Manufacturing and Sales divisions are united to develop such products. These well-examined products are used in various fields including manufacturing industry, our daily lives as well as renewable energy industry.

Reducing the Environmental Impact of Business Activities

  • 1 Responsible Care Codes
    Six principle areas are addressed when implementing Responsible Care: environmental preservation, process safety (and disaster prevention), occupational health and safety, distribution safety, chemical and product safety, and social dialogue (with the public). The codes initiatives in these areas, together with the Management System Codes required for operating all the above.
  • 2 PRTR controlled substances
    462 substances designated as Class I designated chemical substances from the "Pollutant Release and Transfer Register in the Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management."
  • ※ In order to clearly define the power consumption reduction efforts, the average power-CO2 conversion factor from 2000 to2009 is used.
  • ※ Waste standards and PRTR controlled substances differs from country to country, the figures for the Company and Group companies in Japan were counted.
  • ※ Waste recycling ratio indicates the ratio of an amount recycled to total waste generated.
  • ※ Final disposal ratio indicates the ratio of an amount of landfill waste to total waste generated.

Targets and Results

The following are Targets and Results for environmental protection and chemical substance management for FY2019 as well as Targets for FY2020.

Target, Implementation Status, Evaluation, and Planned Implementation Items

Environmental Certification

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

ISO 14001 Certification of the Shin-Etsu Group

ESG Data