As a corporate group that does business in the chemicals sector, the Toray Group places the highest priority on reducing emissions of chemicals into the atmosphere in order to reduce its environmental impact.
Under the Fourth Medium-Term Environmental Plan, which covered fiscal 2011–2015, the Group achieved its targets for reducing atmospheric emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and substances specified under Japan’s Pollutant Release and Transfer Register Law (PRTR Law).
The Group is projecting a further increase in production volumes due to business growth, and will take comprehensive steps to reduce atmospheric emissions in order to achieve its latest reduction targets for fiscal 2020.
Reducing Atmospheric Emissions of PRTR Law-Specified Substances
In fiscal 2015, the Toray Group’s atmospheric emissions of PRTR Law-specified substances were 669 tons, which represented a 71% reduction compared to the base year of fiscal 2000. The Group achieved the target of a 70% reduction compared with the base year under the Fourth Medium-Term Environmental Plan.
The main improvement in fiscal 2015 was a reduction of two tons of atmospheric emissions of PRTR substances, realized through adsorption and collection of waste gases at Toray’s Ehime Plant. Additionally, Toray Battery Separator Film Co., Ltd. realized a 25 ton reduction in atmospheric emissions in fiscal 2015 from the operation of adsorption and collection equipment.
Atmospheric Emissions of PRTR Law-Specified Substances
Reducing Atmospheric Emissions of VOCs
In fiscal 2015, the Toray Group’s atmospheric emissions of VOCs were 56 tons, an increase of 6% compared to the previous fiscal year. The emissions were 72% below the base year of fiscal 2000, achieving the fiscal 2015 target of a 70% reduction compared to the base year.
VOC Atmospheric Emissions