Water/ Emission
Effluents and waste
Safety and disaster readiness

Material Issue Water

  • Targets/Vision
  • ● Management of total water withdrawal per water source by actual value

Launched an initiative to understand and reduce water risk

Although none of the Group’s production bases is currently located in areas with water restriction, we recognize the importance of water resource that is essential for our production activities and launched an initiative to understand and reduce water risk in 2018. Based on the research of total water withdrawal per water source for our domestic and overseas production bases, the total water withdrawal in fiscal 2018 was 2,893,102m3. We will continue this initiative to reduce future water risk and secure water resources.

●Total water withdrawal (Fiscal 2017 to 2018)

  Total/Water source(m3/year) Total /Discharge(m3/year)
  Fiscal 2017 Fiscal 2018 Fiscal 2017 Fiscal 2018
Bando Chemical Industries 1,052,275 927,725 308,543 282,968
The entire Group 3,069,458 2,893,102 869,101 804,092
Domestic affiliates 30,865 42,023 309,748 284,246
Overseas affiliates 1,986,318 1,923,354 250,810 236,878

Material Issue Emission

  • Targets/Vision
  • ● Reduce CO2 emission intensity by 20% from the fiscal 1990 level by 2020

Initiatives for CO2 emission reduction

We have implemented various initiatives including a switch to fuel with less CO2 emissions, more efficient equipment and LED lighting. In fiscal 2018, our CO2 emissions increased 5.4% compared to the fiscal 2017 level due to a change in the product mix and an increase in production volume in domestic plants. We are aiming to reduce CO2 emissions from our business activities by 20% compared to the fiscal 1990 level by fiscal 2020. In fiscal 2018, we achieved 84% of the target (based on the 2005 emission factors of the electric power supplier, published by the Ministry of the Environment).

CO2 emissions (t)(Bando Chemical Industries)

*Based on the 2005 emission factors of the electric power supplier, published by the Ministry of the Environment

Scope 1: Direct emissions by the Company from use of fuel, etc.

Scope 2:Indirect emissions from power stations, etc. associated with the consumption of electricity purchased by the Company

Reduction of VOC emissions

Photochemical oxidants and suspended particulate matter are the main causes of VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds), and these emissions are regulated by the Clean Air Act. We work to reduce VOC with enhancements to the processing equipment, and proper handling and storage of the compounds.
We set our voluntary reduction targets at 55% reduction from the fiscal 2000 level, which was higher than the industry target of 50%, and achieved it in fiscal 2012. Since then, we have been reducing emissions at levels exceeding this target. In fiscal 2018, we achieved a 74% reduction compared with the fiscal 2000 level.

Results

VOC processing equipment

Initiatives to reduce environmental impact in logistics

We are working on improving transport efficiency and lightening packing in order to reduce environmental impact arising from material procurement and product shipment as well as transportation of intermediate products between production bases. We are also promoting such initiatives as joint deliveries, milk run logistics, and modal shifts with an aim to reduce CO2 and NOx emissions generated by freight transport.

  • Targets/Vision
  • ● Maintain the quality of water discharge below the standards set by local governments

Manage the quality of water discharge to maintain below our voluntary standard (at each domestic production base)

The quality of water discharge of each domestic production base is managed using the voluntary standard set below those set by relevant local governments. In fiscal 2018, two plants exceeded their respective voluntary standard (wastewater was discharged from Ashikaga Plant due to a malfunction of septic tank and from Kakogawa Plant due to insufficient drainage in the kitchen). In both plants, we repaired the defective parts and reviewed the management procedures as well as put into place a recurrence prevention system by ensuring awareness among and providing education to related personnel. We will ensure to maintain the system.

Emissions and transfer volumes of PRTR substances

Bando has established standards to manage the chemical substances in the raw materials we use. We designated substances specified in the PRTR* (Pollutant Release and Transfer Register) as controlled substances and are striving to reduce their use by shifting to alternatives while maintaining proper management. Since fiscal 2017, emissions have increased as some valuables came to be treated as wastes.

*PRTR: For chemicals with potentially harmful effects on human health and ecosystems, reports are made to government agencies regarding emissions and waste discharged into the environment, based on statistically estimated emissions, aggregate transfer, and release systems. In Japan, it is governed by the “Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof.”

PRTR substance emissions and transfer volumes (t)(Bando Chemical Industries)

  • Targets/Vision
  • ● Claims, accidents or emergencies: None

To prevent claims, accidents or emergencies

The Company is engaged in manufacturing while interacting with society and community and aims at “No claims, accidents or emergencies” by enhancing initiatives to prevent them. In specific, we comply with the latest environmental laws and regulations as well as agreements with local communities based on the “Environmental Guidelines” and “Environmental Manual” and also educate employees using past incidents. In fiscal 2018, we held a meeting for local residents at Nankai Plant and conducted a survey of local residents at Kakogawa Plant, but we received a noise complaint and a small fire broke out at Kakogawa Plant. By drawing on these experiences, we will continue to aim at “No claims, accidents or emergencies.”

Security and disaster readiness activities

We also focus on security and disaster readiness activities in preparation for emergencies to ensure business continuity and safe operation. Specifically, the Bando Group suffered massive damages to its Head Office and production bases from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, and therefore we continue to work on creating disaster-resistant working places.

  • Earthquake countermeasures and emergency drills
    The Company introduced an emergency earthquake notification system in its Head Office and conduct drills to ensure that employees can take an initial response in a very limited time before an earthquake occurs. Other group offices conduct joint drills with local fire stations and fire brigades. Nankai Plant is designated as an evacuation site in times of disaster based on a local agreement and cooperates with emergency drills in which local residents participate every year.
  • Memorial walk for earthquake disaster
    The Company holds “Memorial walk for earthquake disaster” every year on the anniversary day of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. Participants walk for about 50 minutes from the Head Office in Port Island to KOBE EAST PARK in Sannomiya and check the evacuation route at the time of disaster and a route from Port Island to Sannomiya.