Effective Use of Resources and Energy
Effective Use of Water Resource
Water resource is a key factor that affects biodiversity. In order to utilize water resources that are essential for our effective business activities, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma works hard to reduce out water consumption by managing the total consumption and discharge of water at all of our establishments.
We consume a large amount of water in our manufacturing and other activities. In the face of increasing concern about global water resource depletion, we continue to promote effective use of water so as to reduce out water consumption further.
Water withdrawal and discharge volume
Reduction of Waste
To make effective use of our limited resources, we practice the "3Rs" of waste management (reduce, reuse, recycle).
In FY 2016, Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma generated 8,821 tons of waste, up approximately 29.2% year-on-year. The volume of waste recycled increased by approximately 30.4% year-on-year to 7,386 tons, and the volume of landfill waste increased by approximately 59.1% year-on-year to 20.4 tons. The corporate percentage of landfill waste (landfill waste as a percentage of total waste generated) was approximately 0.2%, and we successfully achieved the corporate target for less than one percent landfill waste as we did in the previous fiscal year.
At our plants and research laboratories, we are pursuing zero emissions, which we have defined as a volume of final landfill industrial waste that is less than 1% of waste generated.
In fiscal 2015, zero emissions were achieved at four plants and two research laboratories. Throughout the company, we will continue to actively pursue thorough waste separation and consignment to waste recyclers, and strive to further reduce landfill waste.
Reduction of Chemical Substance Waste
Among the chemical substances frequently handled in Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma plants or research laboratories are methanol, toluene, and acetone. These chemical substances are used primarily as solvents and in almost all cases are ultimately disposed of as waste oil or other waste products.
However, because some amount of dichloromethane, chloroform, 1,2-dichloroethane, and other chemicals which contribute to air pollution could leak into the atmosphere, we have taken active countermeasures, including the installation of recovery equipment for these chemical substances. In addition, all of our workplaces subject to reporting under Japan's Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the environment and Promotion of Improvements to the Management Thereof (PRTR Law) submitted appropriate reports based on results in fiscal 2016.
Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma reports properly in accordance with Japan's Water Pollution Control Act and other laws and regulations. We continuously monitor wastewater through routine inspections and other means, while also working to strengthen our monitoring system by formulating measures to prevent pollution caused by toxic substances.
Organic Chlorinated Chemical Substances
Development of Environmental Conservation Systems
Pursuant to our Green Procurement Basic Policy, we operate guidelines for the selection and procurement of office supplies and other items. The papers we use for copying machines have been switched to eco-friendly grades since January 2012.
In FY 2015 the ratio of green procurement reached 86.3% of our total purchase of office supplies (office automation/personal computer supplies, toiletry items, toner cartridge, and stationaries). We promote green procurement further by exploring possibilities of switching to "green" items.
We operate Green Logistics Guidelines to make our physical distribution activities more eco-friendly. Our distribution centers and plants implement various projects toward this objective.
In FY 2016, a total of 47 projects were implemented, including "Reuse of cushions" (Kobe Distribution Center).
Green Product Development
The Company has set out Green Product Development Rules and Manuals and our Technology Research and Development Division and Manufacturing Division promote green product development accordingly.
In FY 2016 a total of 25 concrete projects including "Manufacturing Route Scouting" (Technology Research & Development Division) and "Thickness reduction of drug package insert" (Suzuka Plant) were implemented.
Green Facilities Design
Our Manufacturing Division, research laboratories and Osaka Head Office are engaged in the promotion of green facilities design.
In FY 2016, a total of 6 projects were implemented including "Renewal of heat-source equipment and air conditioning equipment" (Suzuka Plant).