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Progress in the Fulfillment of the Eco-First Commitments

ECO FIRST

As a leader in the chemical industry, Sumitomo Chemical considers the appropriate management of chemical substances fundamental, and not only observes strict compliance with all relevant laws and regulations, but also engages in enhancing Responsible Care activities to fulfill its Eco-First commitments to the Japanese Minister of the Environment.

Eco-First Commitments

  1. We will manage chemical substances and promote risk communication in an appropriate and proactive manner.
    • We will review the information on the safety of all our products manufactured or sold in annual amounts of one ton or more by fiscal 2016 in order that all members of society may use Sumitomo Chemical's products more safely and with peace of mind, and we will conduct the appropriate risk assessments based on the results by fiscal 2020.
    • We will collaborate with chemical companies globally on voluntary projects for inspecting the safety of high production volume (HPV) chemicals and studies of the impact of chemical substances on human health and the environment (the Long-range Research Initiative : LRI) in order to improve the safety of chemical substances.
    • By fiscal 2015, we will achieve a 60% reduction in the total release into the air and water of chemical substances subject to the PRTR* Act relative to fiscal 2008 levels.
    • All the offices and facilities at Sumitomo Chemical will communicate effectively with and voluntarily promote information disclosure to consumers and other stakeholders in creative ways that suit the local community.
  2. We will actively promote initiatives to prevent global warming.
    • We will work to reduce unit energy consumption by 10% at all our Works and unit CO2 emissions from the captive consumption of fossil fuels by 8% over fiscal 2005 levels by fiscal 2015.
    • We promote a project to develop and commercialize innovative energy-saving technologies to recover low-temperature heat (130 degrees Centigrade and lower) generated by our petrochemical plants that has not been recycled and reuse it at our manufacturing plants by fiscal 2015.
    • We will promote a modal shift in logistics and upsize transport containers to improve the efficiency of our logistics divisions, thereby reducing their unit energy consumption by 1% annually.
    • In cooperation with the labor union, we will implement measures to help prevent global warming through the reduction of household CO2 emissions by encouraging employees to make continuous efforts to reduce CO2 emissions at home.
  3. We will actively promote initiatives for building a recycling-based society.
    • We will endeavor to reduce waste and promote recycling, aiming at achieving a 80% reduction in industrial waste landfill relative to fiscal 2000 levels by fiscal 2015.
    • We will reduce the ratio of landfill to total waste generated at all our Works to less than 3% by fiscal 2015.
  • *Pollutant release and transfer register (PRTR)

    A system for recording emissions and movement of environmental pollutants. This system enables collection, totaling, and reporting of data from each source and also allows measurement of the extent to which a toxic chemical substance is emitted into the environment or carried out in waste from a site.