Environmental Performance

Environmental Performance

Sumitomo Chemical collects and totals environmental data for the Company and Group companies in Japan, including data on energy and resource consumption, production quantities, and environmental impact (e.g., release of pollutants into the air and water).

FY2019 Primary Environmental Performance (Sumitomo chemical and Group companies in Japan)

  1.  The energy (calculated as kl of crude oil) and greenhouse gas (all seven gases) indices were calculated in accordance with the GHG Protocol (refer to “Calculation Standards for Environmental and Social Data Indicators”) for principal consolidated Group companies in Japan, which account for up to 99.8% of consolidated net sales.
    • Having adopted the GHG Protocol standards for our GHG emission disclosures, we now include the following data that was not included in previous calculations: amount of energy used to produce electricity and steam sold to external parties by the Group and the resultant CO2 emissions; amount of energy used by Sumitomo Chemical and Group companies in Japan non-production sites and the resultant CO2 emissions; CO2 emissions from non-energy sources not included in the scope of the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures. 
  2. Calculations include the following 12 metals: iron, gold, silver, copper, zinc, aluminum, lead, platinum, titanium, palladium, gallium, and lithium. 
  3. Calculations include the following seven minor metals: nickel, chromium, tungsten, cobalt, molybdenum, manganese, and vanadium. The supply structure for each of these minor metals is extremely fragile. These minor metals are subject to national stockpiling. 
  4. Fluorescent lamps and mercury lamp ballast as well as contaminated substances (wastepaper, etc.), including PCB waste, are not included in unit and volume data. 
  5. Certain assumptions were made in calculations due to the difficulty of obtaining weight-based figures for some products.
  6. The amount of coal ash generated at Sumitomo Joint Electric Power, which is included in “Waste emissions” and “Landfill” (Sumitomo Chemical and Group companies in Japan) is calculated on a dry-weight basis.
  7. In reference to the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures, companies that emit less than 3,000 tons of CO2-equivalent per year for each type of greenhouse gas are outside the scope of calculation.

FY2017-2019 Environmental Performance (Sumitomo Chemical and Group Companies in Japan)

Note: The number of companies included in the boundary of calculation for the environmental performance data is as follows for each year.
FY2017: Sumitomo Chemical and Group companies in Japan: 21 companies
FY2018: Sumitomo Chemical and Group companies in Japan: 21 companies
FY2019: Sumitomo Chemical and Group companies in Japan: 21 companies

PCB/CFCs under Secure Storage

  FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
No. of electrical devices containing high concentrations of PCBs*4 58 10 13
PCB volume (pure equivalent) (kl)*4 1.0 0.1 0.1
No. of refrigeration units using specified CFCs as a coolant 48 32 32
No. of refrigeration units using HCFCs as a coolant 262 272 260
  1. From fiscal 2017, the energy (calculated as kl of crude oil) indices were calculated in accordance with the GHG Protocol (refer to “Calculation Standards for Environmental and Social Data Indicators”).
    • Having adopted the GHG Protocol standards for our GHG emission disclosures, we now include the following data previously excluded from calculations: amount of energy used to produce power and steam sold to external parties by Sumitomo Chemical and Group companies in Japan (the portion attributable to energy provider subsidiaries was included in years prior to fiscal 2016). In addition, the amount of energy used by Sumitomo Chemical’s non-production sites is included from fiscal 2017, and the amount of energy used by the Group companies in Japan non-production sites is included from fiscal 2018. From fiscal 2018, the boundary of calculation has been expanded to include principal consolidated Group companies in Japan, which account for up to 99.8% of consolidated net sales.
  2. Calculations include the following 12 metals: iron, gold, silver, copper, zinc, aluminum, lead, platinum, titanium, palladium, gallium, and lithium.
  3. Calculations include the following seven minor metals: nickel, chromium, tungsten, cobalt, molybdenum, manganese, and vanadium. The supply structure for each of these minor metals is extremely fragile. These minor metals are subject to national stockpiling.
  4. Fluorescent lamps and mercury lamp ballast as well as contaminated substances (wastepaper, etc.), including PCB waste, are not included in unit and volume data.
  1. Certain assumptions were made in calculations due to the difficulty of obtaining weight-based figures for some products.
  2. The amount of coal ash generated at Sumitomo Joint Electric Power, which is included in “Waste emissions” and “Landfill” (Sumitomo Chemical and Group companies in Japan) is calculated on a dry-weight basis.
  1. From fiscal 2017, the greenhouse gas (all seven gases) indices were calculated using the GHG Protocol for greenhouse gas emissions (refer to “Calculation Standards for Environmental and Social Data Indicators”) for principal consolidated Group companies in Japan, which account for up to 99.8% of consolidated net sales.
    • Having adopted the GHG Protocol standards for our GHG emission disclosures, we now include the following data that was previously excluded from calculations: CO2 emissions from energy sold to external parties by Sumitomo Chemical and Group companies in Japan (the portion attributable to energy provider subsidiaries was included in years prior to fiscal 2016); CO2 emissions from energy use attributable to Sumitomo Chemical’s non-production sites; and CO2 emissions from non-energy sources not included in the scope of the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures. In addition, from fiscal 2018, we include energy use attributable to the Group companies in Japan non-production sites.
  2. Outside the scope of reporting under the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures.
  3. Calculated based on the amount released into water/the air of each substance subject to the PRTR Act.

Compliance with Environmental Laws and Regulations

(Yen)
 FY2017FY2018FY2019
Total fines  0 0 0

Note: Sumitomo Chemical and Group companies in Japan are included in the boundary of calculation.
[The production sites of the 21 Group companies in the boundary are listed below]
Sumika-Kakoushi Co., Ltd.; Sumika Color Co., Ltd.; Sumika Plastech Co., Ltd.; Nippon A&L Inc.; Asahi Chemical Co., Ltd.; Ceratec Co., Ltd.; Sumika Assembly Techno Co., Ltd.; SanTerra Co., Ltd.; Sumika Agro Manufacturing Co., Ltd.; SC Environmental Science Co., Ltd.; Sumika Agrotech Co., Ltd.; Sumitomo Chemical Garden Products Inc.; Sumika Polycarbonate Limited; Nihon Medi-Physics Co., Ltd.; Sumitomo Joint Electric Power Co., Ltd.; Koei Chemical Co., Ltd.; Taoka Chemical Co., Ltd.; Tanaka Chemical Corporation; SCIOCS COMPANY LIMITED; Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd.; and SN Kasei Co., Ltd.