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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 Corporate Sustainability 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 2016 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 and other environment-related laws/regulations
  • Conduct on-site checks of waste disposal service providers and encourage the sharing of information within the Group
  • Seminars featuring outside instructors and workshops covering on-site checks at industrial waste disposal facilities (for the 10th consecutive year)
  • Information was shared within the Group via the environment management system
Pursue environmentally-sound projects
  • 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 and UK, implemented the solar power project in Minamisoma City in Fukushima Prefecture, and constructed wood biomass power plant in Sakata City in Yamagata Prefecture, and Handa City in Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Promoted businesses to create a recycling-oriented society, to reduce environmental burden: verification of a large –scale power storage system utilizing reused EV batteries in Satsumasendai City in Kagoshima Prefecture, EPC contract of ultra super-critical pressure coal thermal power generation in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, support growing fuel cell-related technical cooperation promotion in the United States, etc.
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
  • Measured electric power/gas/water consumption and waste generation at all sites in Japan, and compared to the previous year, we reduced 2% of electricity consumption per m2, 1% of water consumption per employee, 7% of waste emissions per employee.
  • Conducted improvement of efficiency in the use of energy due to domestic carriage
  • Expanded the number of sites compiling environmental performance data (percentage of business companies compiling electric power data 100%)
  • 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
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
  • Continued to hold seminars on environment-related laws/ordinances
  • Hold seminar on climate change measures
  • Accurate response to revised ISO14001 standard
  • Hold seminar on revised ISO14001 standard
  • Conducted e-learning environmental course which was completed by 100% of our employees

FY 2017 Environmental Objectives (Sumitomo Corporation)

Environmental Objectives Specific Objectives for FY 2017
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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