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Sumika Sustainable Solutions

Mankind faces serious issues such as climate change and the food problem. The world places expectations on companies that take on the challenge of resolving these issues.

With the serious problems facing us now, the Sumitomo Chemical Group reaffirms its corporate mission of contributing to society through its business activities. We identify certain kinds of our products and technologies as “Sumika Sustainable Solutions” that offer technology-based new value in solving the problems to help build a sustainable society. We promote the development and use of these products and technologies.

Identification system

We have established the Sumika Sustainable Solutions Identification Committee under the Responsible Care Committee to examine whether products and technologies recommended by each business sector and Group companies satisfy identification requirements such as innovation and contribution to environmental protection and identify those meeting the requirements as Sumika Sustainable Solutions.

Required conditions

Area Required conditions Contribution to SDGs
Climate change efforts Contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions 7. Affordable and Clean Energy13. Climate Action
Products, parts and materials used for development of new energy sources 7. Affordable and Clean Energy13. Climate Action
Use of biomass-derived materials 12. Responsible Consumption and Production13. Climate Action
Contribution to adapting to climate change impacts 13. Climate Action
Reducing environmental burdens Contribution to reducing waste and environmental burdens 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
Contribution to curbing the use of, and reducing emissions of hazardous substances 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
Effective use of resources Contribution to resource savings 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
Contribution to promotion of recycling 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
Others Other contributions to building a sustainable society (depending on the item)

Depending on the features of products and technologies, identification requirements may not fully correspond with contribution to SDGs.

The first identification

In the first identification, 21 products and technologies were identified as Sumika Sustainable Solutions. Sales of these products and technologies totaled about 280 billion yen in fiscal 2015. Such products throughout their life cycle are expected to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by about 52 million tons in total (a figure projected in terms of CO2 for fiscal 2020*1).

Sumitomo Chemical aims to double its sales of the Sumika Sustainable Solutions items as early as possible, thereby creating and offering a broad range of solutions that will contribute to a sustainable society by capitalizing on the great variety of technologies the Company has cultivated in the past as a chemical company operating in widely diverse industrial fields.

  • *1The figure is an estimate of reduction in greenhouse gas emissions that will be achieved by the Sumika Sustainable Solutions products throughout their life cycle, if it is assumed that the products are sold in fiscal 2020. The estimate has been made in accordance with the guidelines of the Japan Chemical Industry Association and the International Council of Chemical Associations.