Environmental Data

Business Activities and Environmental Impact

The SII Group believes that understanding environmental impact properly throughout the product life cycle is the basic practice of environmental activities. The overview of FY 2019 environmental impact is explained below.

Business Activities and Environmental Impact

*1: Transportation among the SII Group companies in Japan

*2: Estimated annual energy consumption of SII Green Products certified up to FY 2019.

INPUT
Packaging : Plastics and paper to be recycled according to the Law for Promotion of Sorted
Office Paper : Paper for printers and copiers
Chemical
Substances
: PRTR hazardous chemical substances, HFCs, PFCs, SF6, NF3 and VOC discharged into the atmosphere and water
Electricity : Power purchased from electric companies
Gas : City gas and LP gas
Fuel : Kerosene and heavy oil
Water : Tap water, industrial water and groundwater
OUTPUT
CO2 : From use of electricity, gas, oil, and cooling and heating water
NOx : From use of gas and oil
SOx : From use of oil

*NOx and SOx figures represent business units installing soot and smoke emitting facilities which are regulated by the Air Pollution Control Law.

Chemical
Substances
: PRTR hazardous chemical substances, HFCs, PFCs, SF6, NF3 and VOC discharged into the atmosphere and water
Waste Water : Released into rivers and sewer systems
COD
(Chemical Oxygen Demand)
: Pollution load

*Limited to the business units subject to the regulations in the Water Pollution Control Law covering the total pollution amount

BOD
(Biochemical Oxygen Demand)
: Pollution load

*Limited to the business units installing specified facilities as prescribed by the Water Pollution Control Law

General Waste : Paper and food wastes generated by or as a result of industrial operations
Industrial Waste : Waste oil, acid, alkali, plastics, ash, sludge, and other materials generated by or as a result of industrial operations
Final Landfill Rate : The ratio of the landfill amount to the total waste amount

Results of Water-Quality and Atmosphere Measurements

The results of wastewater-quality and atmosphere measurements are shown below.

Water-Quality Measurements

Dash ("—") indicates that the item is not regulated or was not measured.
Values: Highest measurements
ND: Not detected
Units: mg/liter; pH; parts per cubic meter
  Regulated Substances Takatsuka Unit SII Crystal Technology Sendai Unit Akita Unit
Life-environment Values 1 pH 7.2~7.7 6.7~7.2 7.0~7.5 6.9~7.8
2 BOD 2.1 9.6 75 8.4
3 COD
4 Suspended solids 9 2 6.9 12
5 n-Hex ND ND 4.7 ND
6 Phenols ND ND ND
7 Copper 0.03 ND 0.019 0.01
8 Zinc 0.19 0.03 0.16 ND
9 Iron 0.18 0.11 0.14
10 Manganese 0.03 0.01 0.34
11 Total chromium ND ND 0.04
12 Number of coliform group ND 340 ND
13 Nitrogen 21 23
14 Phosphorus 0.14 0.99
ToxicSubstances 1 Cadmium ND ND ND
2 Cyanogen ND ND ND ND
3 Organic phosphorus ND ND ND
4 Lead 0.01 0.004 ND ND
5 Hexavalent chromium ND ND ND
6 Arsenic ND ND ND
7-1 Total mercury ND ND ND
7-2 Alkyl mercury ND ND
8 PCB ND ND ND
9 Trichloroethylene ND ND ND
10 Tetrachloroethylene ND ND ND
11 Dichloromethane ND ND ND
12 Carbon tetrachloride ND ND ND
13 1,2-dichloroethane ND ND ND
14 1,1-dichloroethylene ND ND ND
15 Cis-1,2-dichloroethylene ND ND ND
16 1,1,1-trichloroethane ND ND ND
17 1,1,2-trichloroethane ND ND ND
18 1,3-dichloropropane ND ND ND
19 Thiuram ND ND ND
20 Simazine ND ND ND
21 Thiobencarb ND ND ND
22 Benzene ND ND ND ND
23 Selenium 0.001 ND ND
24 Boron 0.16 0.17 ND
25 Fluorine 0.9 0.1 0.36 ND
26 Ammonia, Ammonia compounds,
Nitrous acid compounds, Nitrates
16 11 1.5 ND
27 1,4 Dioxane ND ND

Atmosphere Measurements

Dash ("—") indicates that the item is not regulated or was not measured.
ND: Not detected
Values: Highest measurements
Regulated Substances Sendai Unit Akita Unit
Particulate matter (g/m3N) ND ND
SOx (m3N/h) ND ND
NOx (ppm) 47 63

Environmental Accounting

In FY 1999, the SII Group introduced an environmental accounting system which comprehends and assesses the cost and effect of environmental activities in a quantitative way. To operate the system, we established the SII Environmental Accounting Guidelines based on the guidelines of the Ministry of the Environment.
The FY 2019 results show that the total investment was 376 million yen, which was 40 million yen more than the total for FY 2018, and the total expenses were 1,449 million yen, which was 265 million yen less than the total for FY 2018.

Environmental Protection Costs

Scope: SII sites in Japan
Period: from April 1, 2019 through March 31, 2020

Category Action Item Investment*1 Expenses*2
(1) Business Area Costs      
Details 1.Prevention of Environment Disruption Related to water, atmosphere, noise, and vibration 94.3 387.9
2.Global Environment Protection Related to global warming and ozone-layer depletion 123.6 399.3
3.Resource Efficiency Related to resource saving, waste reduction and recycling, procurement management 157.7 372.0
(2) Upstream and Downstream Costs Eco-friendly products creation
Recycling of products and packaging
0.1 61.5
(3) Administrative Activities Costs Environmental education and environmental information disclosure Environmental management system operation 0 150.5
(4) R& Costs Environmental research and development 0.2 73.6
(5) Social Activities Costs Supporting environmental protection groups and communities 0.0 3.8
(6) Restoration Costs Restoration of contaminated soil 0.0 0.0
Total 375.9 1,448.6

*1 The investment for FY 2019 only. In case we judged that the total outlay included any costs other than environmental protection costs, only the proportion deemed to apply to environmental protection was counted.

*2 Includes depreciation expense for FY 2018 or before. (Equipment and facility investment are depreciated over 5 and 10 years, respectively, in equal yearly increments.) In case we judged that the total outlay included any costs other than environmental protection costs, only the proportion deemed to apply to environmental protection was counted.

Environmental Protection Results

 
Environmental Impact Reduced Amount
(Compared to FY 2018)
CO2 304 tons-CO2
Water 13 K ㎥
Paper resources 7 tons
Industrial Waste 195 tons
General Waste 31 tons
New Material Purchasing Reduction*3 Single year result 577 tons

*3 The total amount of recycled and reused materials was calculated as the new purchase reduction amount.

Economies Achieved from Environmental Protection Activities

(million yen)
Content of Actual SavingsCost Actually Saved
Expense reduction attributable to energy conservation 110.1
Reduced cost by water use savings 5.6
Reduced cost by paper use savings 0.9
Reduced general waste disposal cost 4.5
Income from sales of valuable resources Single year result 97.9
Reduced cost by new material purchasing reduction
*4 Single year result
596.5
Total 815.5

*4 The new purchase reduction cost is calculated by converting the new purchase reduction amount described in *3.

Estimated Savings from Risk Reduction
Single year result
Savings Estimated
Avoidance of shutdown due to air/water pollution 132.3
Avoidance of illegal dumping penalties or others  60.0
Total 192.3
Total Savings 1,007.8