Fiscal 2019 CSR Activity Report- Safety, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation

Voluntary Initiatives to Reduce Atmospheric Emissions of Chemical Substances

Environment

As a corporate group that does business in the chemicals sector, Toray Group places the highest priority on reducing emissions of chemicals into the atmosphere in order to reduce its environmental impact.
Under the Fifth Medium-Term Environmental Plan, which covered fiscal 2016–2020, the Group works to achieve 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).

Reducing Atmospheric Emissions of PRTR Law-Specified Substances

In fiscal 2019, Toray Group’s atmospheric emissions of PRTR Law-specified substances were 720 tons, which represented a 73% reduction compared to the base year of fiscal 2000, achieving the target of a 70% reduction compared with the base year under the Fifth Medium-Term Environmental Plan. Going forward, Toray Group will continue working to further reduce atmospheric emissions of substances designated by the PRTR Law.

Atmospheric Emissions of PRTR Law-Specified Substances
Atmospheric Emissions of PRTR Law-Specified Substances

Reduction of Atmospheric VOC Emissions

Reduction of atmospheric VOC emissions (%)

■Reporting scope
Toray Group
■Target in fiscal 2019
At least 70% lower than fiscal 2000

Result in fiscal 2019

76%

In fiscal 2019, Toray Group’s atmospheric VOC emissions were 968 tons, down 14% (161 tons) compared to the previous fiscal year. The emissions were 76% below the base year of fiscal 2000, achieving the fiscal 2020 target of a 70% reduction compared to the base year. The main reason for the reduction of PRTR substance and VOC emissions was the reduced PRTR substances at the Nasu Plant of Toray Industries and Toray Battery Separator Film Korea Limited due to production impact.

Atmospheric VOC Emissions
Atmospheric VOC Emissions