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Objectives/Targets and Results

Setting Environmental Objectives and Targets

To reduce any adverse impact and promote environmental improvement, the Sumitomo Corporation Group sets annual environmental objectives and targets. In January this year, we changed our review cycle from a calendar year basis to a fiscal year basis. Accoringly, our review cycle was from January 2012 to March 2013 for year 2012 and will be from April 2013 to March 2014 for year 2013.
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 and targets. 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 meeting held every March, and after reviewing the achievement level for the current year, new objectives and targets for the following year are discussed and resolved.

Environmental business

Objective Fiscal 2012 Target Achievement level
(15months from January 2012 to March 2013)
Improve the environment through business operations and expand environmental business Promote projects to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Promoted a CO2 emissions reduction project aimed at preventing peat fires in Indonesia
Expand business utilizing renewable energy
  • Promoted geothermal and hydroelectric power projects in Asia and Oceania as well as new wind power projects in the U.S. and South Africa
  • Pushed forward new solar power generation projects in Southern Europe, the U.S. and Japan
  • Purchased surplus electric power from solid energy-from-waste plants and purchased Renewable Energy Certificates in Japan
Promote business operations that help create a recycling-oriented society
  • Promoted a waste home appliance recycling business in China
  • Promoted PET bottle recycling business in Japan

Management of environmental impact

Objective Fiscal 2012 Target Achievement level
(15months from January 2012 to March 2013)
Reduce environmental impact of business operations Monitor and reduce electricity, gas consumption, and waste emissions in all offices in Japan
  • Implemented measures aimed at reducing total electricity consumption by 1% each year
    • Fiscal 2010 result: 10.744 million kWh
    • Fiscal 2011 result: 8.638 million kWh (reduced by 19.6% year-on-year)
    • Fiscal 2012 result: 8.093 million kWh (reduced by 6.3% year-on-year)
  • Received third-party assurance for energy consumption and CO2 emissions
Assess environmental impact caused by business operations
  • Carried out appropriate environmental impact assessment and soil pollution surveys in a timely manner
Assess and promote the reduction of environmental impact of the supply chain involved
  • Started disclosing Scope 3 emissions

Hazardous substance management

Objective Fiscal 2012 Target Achievement level
(15months from January 2012 to March 2013)
Comply with chemical substance regulations Increase the level of chemical substance control.
More actively encourage suppliers and consignees to participate
  • Conducted monitoring in accordance with applicable laws, including the revised Chemical
    • Substances Control Law, the revised PRTR Law, and the Poisonous and Deleterious
    • Substances Control Law
  • Confirmed issuance and receipt of SDSs
Ensure safe transportation and storage of hazardous substances in corporation with consigned companies
  • Ensured proper management of ledgers on the transportation and storage of poisonous and hazardous materials and high-pressure gas

Logistics management

Objective Fiscal 2012 Target Achievement level
(15months from January 2012 to March 2013)
Promote energy conservation in logistics Establish and implement a specific energy conservation plan for transportation as a cargo owner
  • Worked to improve energy consumption efficiency as a "specified consigner," defined in the Act on the Rational Use of Energy. As a result, energy consumption efficiency improved by 4% (based on annual energy consumption per ton of cargo shipped) over the past 5 years
  • Our total domestic cargo transportation of 1,704 thousand tons of products amounted to 160 million ton-kilometers
    Our energy consumption during fiscal 2012 was 2.04 kl/thousand tons (crude oil equivalent)
Strengthen links with domestic carriers to achieve efficient transportation and analyze their efficiency
  • Improved energy consumption efficiency by encouraging carriers in Japan to use larger trucks and ships and increase load efficiency

Legal compliance

Objective Fiscal 2012 Target Achievement level
(15months from January 2012 to March 2013)
Proper disposal of waste in accordance with the Waste Disposal and Public Cleaning Act Improve employee training on the Waste Disposal and Public Cleaning Act
  • Held a Waste Management Procedure Seminar led by an internal logistics department in order to provide training on basic knowledge of proper treatment of industrial waste generated in the logistics process
    • Held in February 2012 in Tokyo (Televised in 10 locations in Japan): 280 participants
    • Held in January–February 2013 in Tokyo and Osaka (Televised in seven locations in Japan): 173 participants
  • Held an industrial waste treatment procedure seminar and an on-site treatment facility inspection seminar after providing training on trends in amendments to laws and regulations, actual examples of administrative sanctions based on ordinances and other topics
Implement on-site inspection and improve management systems within Group companies often disposing of waste materials.
Promote information sharing with other Group companies
  • Improved waste management system by conducting ISO activities to raise awareness in all departments. Shared documents and records
  • Conducted on-site inspections of waste disposal companies

Environmental education

Objective Fiscal 2012 Target Achievement level
(15months from January 2012 to March 2013)
Raise employees' environmental awareness Hold seminars on environmental conservation and other programs
  • Held an in-house seminar, inviting Toyoki Kozai, Professor Emeritus of Chiba University, to lecture on "Plants: the Unshakable Leading Player"
Disseminate related information by the ISO Office (Environment & CSR Department)
  • Proactively collected environment-related information from the media, organizations, corporations, and others for dissemination to employees

Environmental business

Objective Fiscal 2013 Target
Improve the environment through business operations and expand environmental business Promote projects to save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Expand business utilizing renewable energy sources
Promote business operations that help create a recycling-oriented society

Management of environmental impact

Objective Fiscal 2013 Target
Reduce environmental impact of business operations Monitor and reduce electricity, gas consumption, and waste emissions in all offices in Japan
Assess environmental impact caused by business operations
Assess and promote the reduction of environmental impact of the supply chain involved

Hazardous substance management

Objective Fiscal 2013 Target
Comply with chemical substance regulations Increase the level of chemical substance control. More actively encourage suppliers and consignees to participate

Logistics management

Objective Fiscal 2013 Target
Promote energy conservation in logistics Establish and implement a specific energy conservation plan for transportation as a cargo owner
Strengthen links with domestic carriers to achieve efficient transportation and analyze their efficiency

Legal compliance

Objective Fiscal 2013 Target
Proper disposal of waste in accordance with the Waste Disposal and Public Cleaning Act Improve employee training on the Waste Disposal and Public Cleaning Act
Implement on-site inspections and promote information sharing with other Group companies

Environmental education

Objective Fiscal 2013 Target
Raise employees' environmental awareness Hold seminars on environmental conservation and other programs
Disseminate related information by the ISO Office (Environment & CSR Department)

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