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Objectives and Results

Setting Environmental Objectives

To reduce any adverse impact and promote environmental improvement, the Sumitomo Corporation Group sets annual environmental objectives for the period commencing on April 1 and ending on next March 31.
At Sumitomo Corporation, the Eco Leader identifies the environmental aspects of each department and evaluates their seriousness every January and February, before setting each year's objectives. Based on the results, EMS Promoters specify significant environmental aspects for each Business Unit and the Environment & CSR Department reviews them for the entire company. Significant environmental aspects for the entire company identified in this review are discussed at the Global Environment Committee, and after reviewing the achievement level for the current year, new objectives for the following year are discussed and resolved.

Achievement of FY 2015 Environmental Objectives (Sumitomo Corporation)

Environmental Objectives Specific Objectives for FY 2015 Efforts Made Toward Achieving Objectives
Comply with environmental laws and regulations
  • Implement continuing education program on the Waste Disposal and Public Cleansing Act, etc.
  • Seminars featuring outside instructors and workshops covering on-site checks at industrial waste disposal facilities (for the 9th consecutive year)
  • Information was shared within the Group via the environment management system
Improve the environment through business activities
  • Expand renewable energy businesses
  • Promote businesses that help create a recycling-oriented society
  • Promote other businesses to reduce environmental burden
  • Promoted renewable energy businesses both in Japan and abroad: participated in an offshore wind power generation project in Belgium, manufactured and sold forged/cast products for wind power generation in Brazil, and constructed a biomass power plant in Handa City in Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Resolved to construct a wood biomass power plant in Yamagata Prefecture, verified the connection of reused EV battery systems to the power grid in Kagoshima Prefecture, participated in a project to manufacture biomass fuel in Brazil, etc.
Manage and reduce environmental burden
(including management in supply chains)
  • Measure and reduce electric power/gas consumption and waste generation at all sites in Japan
  • Measure and reduce the environmental burden/impact of business activities (by promoting energy conservation in logistics, increasing the number of sites compiling environmental performance data, etc.)
  • ・ Assess environmental impact in relevant supply chains and work to reduce such impact
  • Conducted environment assessments on mine development and mining operation businesses abroad and on construction and real estate businesses in Japan, as well as soil pollution surveys for construction and real estate businesses
  • Energy consumption for domestic (Japan) logistics was improved by 1% per year over the five-year period through FY 2014 during which such efforts were mandated under the revised Energy Saving Act
  • Expanded the number of sites compiling environmental performance data (percentage of business companies inside and outside Japan compiling electric power data: 54%→93%)
  • Measured and reduced electric power/gas consumption and waste generation at all sites in Japan. Achieved the reduction target of electricity consumption and waste emissions by 1%.
Promote environmental education and communication related to environmental issues
  • Hold events, including awareness-raising seminars related to environmental conservation
  • Promote effective use of environmental management systems (including preparation for revision of the ISO14001 standard)
  • Continued to hold seminars on environment-related laws/ordinances
  • Made necessary preparations to comply with revised ISO14001 standard

FY 2016 Environmental Objectives (Sumitomo Corporation)

Environmental Objectives Specific Objectives for FY 2016
Comply with environmental laws and regulations
  • Implement continuing education program on the Waste Disposal and Public Cleansing Act and other environment-related laws/regulations
  • Conduct on-site checks of waste disposal service providers and encourage the sharing of information within the Group
Pursue environmentally-sound projects
  • Expand renewable energy businesses
  • Promote businesses that help create a recycling-oriented society
  • Promote other businesses to reduce environmental burden
Manage and reduce environmental burden
  • Measure and reduce electric power/gas consumption and waste generation at all sites in Japan
  • Measure and reduce the environmental burden/impact of business activities (by promoting energy conservation in logistics, increasing the number of sites compiling environmental performance data, etc.
  • Assess environmental impact in relevant supply chains and work to reduce such impact
Promote environmental education and communication related to environmental issues
  • Hold events, including awareness-raising seminars related to environmental conservation
  • Promote effective use of environmental management systems

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