Environmental management

Basic ideas

Basic ideas

The Tokai Carbon Group treats protection of the global environment as one of its highest management priorities. To harmonize our business activities with environmental needs, we have implemented an environmental management system based on the ISO 14001 international standard. Toward that same end, we also qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate the environmental impacts of our usiness activities, focusing on production and distribution, and take various steps to reduce them. We believe these efforts will also contribute to the realization of a sustainable society. To facilitate our environmental protection activities, we have established an environmental philosophy and environmental policy for the entire Tokai Carbon Group.

Environmental Philosophy

The Tokai Carbon Group views the protection of the global environment as one of its highest-priority management issues.
We work to achieve harmony between business activities and the environment, and conduct activities towards the realization of a sustainable society.

Environmental Policy

  1. Comply with environment related laws and regulation

    In consideration of the impact of corporate activities on ecosystems and biodiversity, we will strive to protect the environment by ensuring compliance with environmental laws, ordinances, and agreements, as well as by establishing self-management standards as necessary.

  2. Promote efficient use of resources and energy

    We will preserve the global environment by conserving resources and energy, minimizing waste, and reducing emissions of global warming and hazardous substances. In particular, we will strive to reduce CO2 emissions to achieve carbon neutrality, as well as to use water efficiently and manage wastewater appropriately.

  3. Enhance environment management system

    We will maintain and improve our environmental management system and develop our corporate activities in consideration of the global environment within the framework of appropriate governance.

  4. Promote environmental awareness and social contribution activities

    We will raise the environmental awareness of each and every employee and make group-wide efforts to preserve the global environment.

  5. Disclosure of environmental information

    We will disclose environment-related information related to our corporate activities in a timely and appropriate manner to fulfill our accountability to our stakeholders.


Environmental management

【Management structure for advancing environmental disaster prevention】

The Group's environmental policy and initiatives are subject to approval by the Executives Meeting and the Board of Directors.
Further, we hold environmental disaster prevention division meetings for each division to confirm the details of environmental initiatives and the progress of disaster prevention plans at each business site, and promote activities related to environmental disaster prevention.

ISO 14001-based environmental management system

In order to promote environmentally friendly corporate activities, we have acquired environmental management system (ISO 14001) certification at each site and are working to reduce environmental risks.

The acquisition status of ISO 14001 certification is 100% for domestic production bases and 83.3% for main production bases of the Group companies including overseas. (As of the end of August 2022)
Further, we regularly conduct internal audits by appointed auditors and external audits by an external environmental certification body to enhance the effectiveness of our environmental conservation activities. There were no serious findings in the external audit.


We have acquired ISCC PLUS(※), an international certification for sustainable products, at our Carbon Black manufacturing plants in Chita and North America. By supplying certified materials, we will continue to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society.

We herewith declare our commitment to comply with the ISCC PLUS requirements in accordance with the latest ISCC regulations.

ISCC(International Sustainability and Carbon Certification)is an international certification system for sustainability and carbon. Its system monitors and assures compliance of bio-based and circular materials (sustainable feedstocks) manufactured and supplied worldwide along the supply chain.


Environmental objectives

In advancing its environmental activities, Tokai Carbon undertakes initiatives focused on the following five targets. 

  1. Zero environmental complaints

    Tokai Carbon places importance on coexistence with local communities and organizes and appropriately complies with related laws, ordinances, as well as arrangements and agreements concluded with the local communities. We also respond appropriately to matters that pose problems in the local community, even if they fall below the established standards.
    In 2022, there were no serious violations of laws, regulations, or ordinances, and there were no environmental lawsuits or fines at any of the Group's business sites. No serious environmental complaints have been reported either.

  2. Response to the climate change

    We recognize that responding to climate change is an important management issue for the Tokai Carbon Group in order to realize a sustainable society. The Group is working toward the goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 25% (compared with 2018) by 2030 in order to achieve carbon neutrality in 2050.
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  3. Reduction of water consumption

    We are working to reduce water consumption by clearly understanding the amount of water required for production and limiting excess water usage. In 2022, the target of reducing the amount by at least 1% from the FY2018 level was addressed only at Tokai Carbon’s sites, and was achieved with a 4% reduction. In 2023, we will expand the target scope to the main Group companies and work to reduce water usage with the goal of being below the amount used in 2021 (9 million m3/year).
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  4. Reduction of industrial waste

    The Company is focusing on further reducing the amount of outsourced disposal and final disposal by reducing the amount of industrial waste, avoiding the generation of industrial waste, thoroughly separating industrial waste, and recycling waste.
    In 2022, we set targets of a recycling rate of 80% or more and a final disposal rate of 25% or less, and achieved the targets with a recycling rate of 87% and a final disposal rate of 18%.
    In 2023, we will continue to work toward our targets of a recycling rate of 80% or more and a final disposal rate of 25% or less.
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  5. Reduction of environmentally hazardous substances

    In order to reduce the environmental burden on the atmosphere, the Company has set a target of reducing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to 90% or less compared with 2015 (base year) every year, and has achieved the target in the last four years.


Initiatives to reduce environmental impact in the Group

In order to reduce the environmental impact of our business activities, we have formulated specific measures to achieve the above goals and are actually carrying them out. We will also promote energy and resource conservation activities for transportation, raw materials, secondary materials, packing and packaging materials, etc., by shortening transportation distances, improving loading efficiency and others in cooperation with transportation companies and recipients. Tokai Unyu, a Group company that handles our products as a transportation department, also strives to reduce the environmental burden by introducing fuel-efficient vehicles and promoting eco-driving, joint delivery, etc.

Environmental education and awareness

To promote the Company’s environmental initiatives, it is important for each employee to increase their understanding of environmental issues and act with environmental awareness.
Tokai Carbon outlines environmental education and awareness activities in our environmental policy and proactively conducts various education and awareness activities related to the environment.
Under our environmental management system, we have established structures and procedures to identify the potential for an environmental pollution accident, engage in environmental pollution prevention and, in the event of an emergency, minimize the environmental impact.
We also systematically conduct educational activities to ensure the development of credentialed environmental engineers, including the pollution prevention managers and energy management technicians, required for our business activities.