In November 2008, Sumitomo Chemical was the first diversified chemical company recognized as an Eco-First Company in the Eco-First Program promoted by the Ministry of the Environment.
In November 2021, we updated our Eco-First Commitments for the third time, reflecting new initiatives related to environmental conservation. We made a declaration regarding this to the Minister of the Environment and are promoting initiatives based on these commitments.
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Realizing a Carbon-Neutral Society
Formulated a grand design to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050
Promoting such initiatives as fuel conversion to low-carbon fuels and energy savings
Promoting Sumika Sustainable Solutions
Realizing the Recycling of Plastic Resources and Solving Plastic Waste Problems
Practical application of plastic material and chemical recycling
Conducting social contribution activities and participating in various alliances
Management of Chemical Substances and the Promotion of Risk Communication
Reviewing Safety Information on Chemicals and Conducting Risk Assessments
Enhancing Information Disclosure and Risk Communication
- Sumitomo Chemical and its consolidated subsidiaries in Japan and overseas
- Stringent GHG emission reduction targets set by companies based on scientific principles to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement
- Shared long-term global targets laid out in the Paris Agreement. Defined as holding the global temperature rise from pre-industrial levels to below 2°C and mentioning continuing efforts aimed at holding the rise down to 1.5°C
- Although Sumitomo Chemical works to reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions on its own as an obligation, Science Based Contributions (SBC) are different. They visualize the contributions to reductions in society's GHG emissions that we make by providing the Company's technologies and final products to others.
- The fiscal 2022 SBC indicators for the selected technologies and products were calculated as follows:
- The propylene oxide (PO)-only process is compared with the average of other manufacturing methods, including chlorine method, and hydrochloric acid oxidation process is compared with the salt electrolysis process.
- We calculate licensees' contributions to emission reductions.
- Methionine is compared with non-additive feed. We calculate contributions to the reduction of N2O in poultry excrement.
- The Sumisoya herbicide is compared with conventional farming methods for soybean cultivation. We calculate the contribution to emission reductions from no-till farming in the United States.
- Seed treatment agents and paddy rice nursery-box treatment agents are compared with conventional farming methods. We calculate contributions to emission reductions from avoiding the use of crop protection chemicals.
- To realize carbon neutrality by 2050, the Ministry of the Economy, Industry and Trade created a 2 trillion yen fund in NEDO. These projects continuously support companies committed to ambitious targets pertaining to everything from research and development to pilot testing and practical application over a 10-year period.
- Long-range Research Initiative: Long-term support for research into the effects of chemical substances on human health and the environment