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, recycling-oriented 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, recycling-based society.

Environmental policy

  1. Enhance environment management system

    Work to maintain and improve environment management system and conduct environmentally conscious corporate activities.

  2. Promote effective use of resources and energy

    Work to protect the global environment through resource conservation, energy conservation, minimizing industrial waste, and reducing emissions of greenhouse effect substances and toxic substances.

  3. Comply with relevant environmental laws

    Adhere to laws, ordinances, and agreements related to the environment and, as necessary, outline voluntary management standards to work towards environmental protection.

  4. Promote environmental education activities and social contribution activities

    Use environmental education to elevate environmental awareness and participate in local environmental conservation activities to protect the local environment and improve communication.

  5. Disclose environmental information

    Use IR activities to distribute environmental information related to corporate activities in order to ensure transparency.


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.

Status of environmental management system certification

Status of environmental management system audits

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.
The external audits did not result in any significant findings. By 2018, we had switched to the updated ISO 14001:2015 at all our production bases.


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 2018, 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 2018.

  3. Reduction of energy consumption per unit

    In 2019, Tokai Carbon changed its target to reduce energy consumption rate, from the target of CO2 emission per unit reduction, to reduce CO2 emission. 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 2018, the volume of industrial waste generated rose compared to the prior year. This increase occurred because of higher production volume in response to strong demand, lower transfers of valuable waste, and efforts to upgrade/repair facilities and dispose of idle assets.
    By continuing to separate waste by type and pursuing value-added options in line with social conditions, we aim to further reduce the amounts of waste we send out for consigned treatment, or for final disposal in a landfill.
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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 improving CO2 emissions per unit production, and for reducing the volumes of waste consigned to outside companies for treatment or sent for landfill 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 CO2 emissions and 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.