Results of the Fourth Medium-Term Environmental Plan and Formulation of the Fifth Medium-Term Environmental Plan

Under the Fourth Medium-Term Environmental Plan, which covered fiscal 2011–2015, the Toray Group worked proactively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, atmospheric emissions of chemical substances, and wastes. As a result, the Group achieved all targets of the plan by fiscal 2015.

Results of the Fourth Medium-Term Environmental Plan

Area Toray Group fiscal 2015 target Fiscal 2015 results
Curb global warming Maintain greenhouse gas emissions at least 10% below the fiscal 1990 level (Toray) 17% reduction
15% or greater reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per unit of sales compared to fiscal 1990 (Toray Group in Japan) 16% reduction
Management of chemical substances Atmospheric emissions of PRTR Law-specified substances: 70% reduction compared to fiscal 2000 71% reduction
Atmospheric emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs): 70% reduction compared to fiscal 2000 72% reduction
Waste reduction Zero emissions goal: Achieved at 30 Toray Group plants Achieved at 40 plants of 22 companies
Simply disposed waste rate : 25% or lower (Toray Group) 21.1%
Maintenance of a recycling rate of 85% or more (Toray Group) 87.2%
Landfill waste rate: 2% or lower (Toray Group in Japan) 1.5%

Building on the results of the Fourth Medium-Term Environmental Plan, the Group formulated its Fifth Medium-Term Environmental Plan, which runs through the target year of fiscal 2020, looking to further expand its environmental initiatives. Amid further projected increases in production volumes for high-performance films and carbon fiber, the Group will continue to pursue environmental initiatives in order to achieve the challenging targets of the new plan.

Fifth Medium-Term Environmental Plan Targets

Area Toray Group fiscal 2020 target
Curb global warming Maintain greenhouse gas emissions at least 15% below the fiscal 1990 level (Toray)
15% or greater reduction in greenhouse gas emissions per unit of sales compared to fiscal 1990 (Toray Group in Japan)
Management of chemical substances Atmospheric emissions of PRTR Law-specified substances: 70% reduction compared to fiscal 2000 (Toray Group)
Atmospheric emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs): 70% reduction compared to fiscal 2000 (Toray Group)
Waste reduction Zero emissions goal: Achieve at 45 or more Toray Group plants
Simply disposed waste rate: 22.5% or lower (Toray Group)
Recycling rate: Maintain at 86% or more (Toray Group)
Landfill waste rate: 1.3% or lower (Toray Group in Japan)