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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.

Structure

Environmental management

【Management structure for advancing environmental disaster prevention】

Tokai Carbon has established an environmental management structure consisting of the Environmental Disaster Prevention Head Office Committee and the Environmental Disaster Prevention Business Division Committees through which Group companies participate.
The Environmental Disaster Prevention Head Office Committee establishes major strategies and policies, and each business division pursues activities in line with the ISO14001 international standard for environmental management.
Moving forward, we aim to take on challenges, the achievement of which will have progressively greater benefits for the environment.

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Management structure for environmental disaster prevention

ISO 14001-based environmental management system

The most fundamental organization involved in company-wide environmental disaster prevention activities uses the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle to implement continuous improvements.

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ISO 14001-based environmental management system

Status of environmental management system certification

The ISO 14001 international standard is critical for pursuing business activities in an environmentally friendly manner. Tokai Carbon has obtained ISO 14001 certifications for all of its plants in Japan. As of October 2020, 80.7% of Tokai Carbon Group major manufacturing site, including the overseas, have the certification.

We are striving to enhance the effectiveness of our environmental protection activities through regular audits internal audits performed by designated Company auditors and external audits performed by independent certification bodies. There were no material findings from the external audits conducted.

Objectives

Environmental objectives

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

  1. Legal compliance

    We carefully confirm the requirements of relevant laws,ordinances, community treaties, and agreements and properly comply with them.
    In 2020, we had no business locations in violation of key regulatory limits or standards, and we had no cases of environmental lawsuits or penalties.

  2. Zero environmental claims

    Even when within standards outlined in relevant laws,ordinances, community treaties, and agreements, we appropriately respond to any incidents that could cause trouble for the local community.
    No significant environmental claims were made against Tokai Carbon in 2020.

  3. Reduction of energy consumption per unit

    Tokai Carbon works to cut its emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases by reducing its energy consumption per unit production. As a mid-term target, we aim to achieve S-class rating by reducing 1% energy consumption on a year-on year basis following the standards of the Energy Conservation Law.
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  4. Reduction of industrial waste

    In 2020, Tokai Carbon furthered its recycling efforts by searching for and hiring a new company to process valuable waste items. As a result, we realized reductions in the volumes of industrial waste sent out for consigned treatment or final disposal. Based on our 2020 results, we have raised our 2021 recycling target to 80% or more and reduced our final disposal rate to 25% or less. Going forward, we will redouble our efforts to separate waste by category and recycle whenever possible to further reduce the amounts of waste handled through consigned treatment or final disposal.
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Initiatives

Initiatives to reduce the environmental Impact of our business activities

Each of the Group’s Environmental Disaster Prevention Committees takes a leading role in establishing and working to achieve medium-term goals for reducing energy consumption per unit production, and for reducing the volumes of waste consigned to outside companies for treatment or sent for final disposal. The committees also advance initiatives concerning shipping, raw materials, secondary materials, and packaging and wrapping materials. We promote energy conservation and resource conservation activities, including reducing shipping distances and improving load efficiency, through partnerships with shipping and receiving companies. Our Group company, Tokai Unyu, the main shipper for Tokai Carbon products, has adopted fuel-efficient vehicles and promotes eco-driving, shared shipping, and other environmentally friendly shipping initiatives.

Environmental initiatives by Group companies

Group companies in Japan set concrete medium-term environmental goals (for reducing energy consumption and reduction of industrial waste). These goals are consistent with those set by Tokai Carbon’s business divisions and the Group companies proactively undertake environmental activities to achieve them.

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.

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