Environment Management

Environment Management System

Acquisition of ISO14001 Certification

The Nichiban Group has acquired ISO14001 certification and is constantly working to improve environmental management systems. Through internal audits conducted by the company and audits conducted by external auditing organizations, we identify and develop questions and problems in the workplace and create a system that can produce results.
We will continue to make further improvements while aiming to decrease our impact on the environment by raising the level of internal auditors.

In manufacturing and sales of adhesive products and related business activities

  1. 1.
    Development, improvement and provision of environmentally friendly products
  2. 2.
    Environmental Conservation (improvement of environmental impact on surrounding areas)
  3. 3.
    Energy Saving (electricity, gas, heavy oil A)
  4. 4.
    Effective use of resources and proper disposal of waste (improvement of recycling rate)
  5. 5.
    Promotion of Green Procurement

Environmental management system to promote green procurement

Office/Group Company

Saitama Office
Saitama Factory, Quality & Environment Management Department, Product Design Department
Anjo Office
Tape Anjo Factory, Medical Anjo Factory, Advanced and Applied Research Institute
Nichiban Print Co., Ltd.
Nichiban Techno Co., Ltd.
Nichiban Medical Co., Ltd.

Conduct internal and external audits

The Nichiban Group conducts internal and external audits to confirm that the environmental management system is functioning effectively and that environmental conservation activities are being implemented effectively. To ensure that the system functions effectively, we confirm that we are working with awareness of our responsibilities, and that we can monitor what we have done. Going forward, we will continue to use the PDCA cycle and work toward a better system.

ISO examination

Environmental load data

Nichiban understands the various effects on the environment through its business activities and uses it for management.

Scope: Headquarters, Saitama Factory, Anjo Factory, and three group companies

  • *
    FY2017 includes figures for the Osaka Factory (now Medical Anjo Factory).
FY2017 FY2018
Total Energy Usage (GJ) 553,860 551,541
External Procurement Electricity (1,000 kWh) 28,914 29,257
Water (thousand m 3 ) 703 673
Other Fuel Oil (kL) 285 286
City Gas (thousand Nm 3 ) 6,506 6,372
Private Power Generation Co-generation Power (1,000 kWh) 3,083 2,911
FY2017 FY2018
Production CO2 Emissions (t-CO2) 24,856 24,712
Industrial waste generation (t) 4,130 4,432
Logistics CO2 Emissions (t-CO2) 3,322 3,411

Environmental goals and results

Scope: Headquarters, Saitama Factory, Anjo Factory, and three group companies

Issues FY2018 results
CO2Emission reduction Due to the following measures and the promotion of issues, CO 2 emissions in production decreased by 0.6% compared to the previous year. However, against the target of reducing 2,100 tons from the base year of FY2013, which was the medium-term target until FY2018, emission increased significantly by 14.4% due to an increase in production volume and the start-up of a new plant.
Promotion of Productivity Improvement By improving the process, we increased the speed of the coating process, reduced labor in equipment and ensured stable operation, and improved productivity by increasing the operating rate and yield of each major product.
Promote solvent removal issues Group-wide plans were made for the desolventization of existing products and the launch and expansion of new solvent-free products, and each theme was promoted. In FY2018, we developed solvent-free adhesives and verified manufacturing methods. We will continue to work toward commercialization so that we can launch and expand our efforts to remove solvents and eliminate solvents in line with our plans.

Environmental accounting

Nichiban has introduced its own environmental accounting since FY1999 to calculate environmental costs and their effects.

Concept of aggregation

Aggregation range
Head Quarters, Saitama Factory, Tape Anjo Factory, Medical Anjo Factory, Osaka Factory, 3 Group Companies
Target period
From April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019
Measurement Standard of Cost of Environment Conservation
Capital investment
Capital expenditures related to environmental conservation were tabulated within the target period. In the case of spanning the fiscal year, the amount for the current period is counted.
Labor costs are calculated by multiplying the required personnel and hours for each research and development of environmentally friendly products and environmental conservation activities by the average hourly wage. Depreciation expenses are calculated for five years for equipment related to environmental conservation activities based on the fixed asset ledger.

Environmental Conservation Costs

(Unit: 1,000 yen)
Classification Main Activities FY2018 FY2017
Capital Investment Investment Amount Capital Investment Investment Amount
1. Business Area Costs Environmental conservation costs to reduce environmental impact 232,483 602,410 1,194,567 406,046
Breakdown 1.1 Pollution Prevention Costs Costs for Pollution Prevention (air pollution, water pollution, etc.) 6,905 214,072 347,758 159,825
1.2 Global Environmental Conservation Costs Costs for Global Environmental Protection (prevention of global warming, energy saving, etc.) 114,098 96,295 725,051 44,415
1.3 Resource Recycling Costs Costs for effective use of resources and recycling and proper disposal of waste 111,480 292,043 121,758 201,806
2. Upstream/Downstream Costs Green Purchasing and Green Procurement Costs
Recycling costs for product containers and packaging
12,150 53,083 0 23,144
3. Management Activity Costs Costs for Operating and Maintaining the Environmental Management System
Expenses for environmental information disclosure and environmental advertising
Costs for monitoring and managing environmental impact
0 104,239 28,610 108,481
4. R&D costs Labor Costs for Developing Environmentally Friendly Products
Costs for developing environmentally friendly products
248 12,936 168,882 100
5. Social Activity Costs Environmental Activity Costs for Local Communities
Donations to environmental organizations
0 0 0 0
6. Cost for Dealing with Environmental Damage Insurance Premiums for Environmental Pollution (air pollution, soil pollution, etc.) 0 38,892 0 0
total 244,881 811,560 1,392,059 537,771

Environmental Conservation Effects

Aggregation Scope: 3 Factories, 3 Group Companies

Environmental Conservation Effects Environmental Load Index
Effect Contents FY2018 Environmental Impact FY2017 Environmental impact Change and Effect of Environmental Load on the Previous Year
CO 2 emissionsCO2 24,712m2 24,856m2 144t reduction
Waste Generated 4,432t 4,130t 302t increase
Water Usage 673000m3 703000m3 30000m3
Emissions of PRTR substances <total> 637t 639t 2t reduction
Other Effects
(Product development to reduce environmental impact, etc.)
Reduce Environmental Impact by Expanding Products Using Biomass

Economic Effects of Environmental Conservation Measures

(Unit: 1,000 yen)
Effect Contents FY2018 FY2017
Amount of Money Amount of Money
Revenue Revenue from Recycling of Waste Generated in Business Activities 8,912 9,183
total 8,912 9,183

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