CSR Activity Report (CSR Guideline Activity Reports) - Safety, Accident Prevention, and Environmental Preservation

Voluntary Initiatives to Reduce Atmospheric Emissions of Chemical Substances

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.
Working 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), for fiscal 2020 and beyond, the Group has been focusing on making reductions at group companies and plants with high atmospheric emissions. The Group will follow their progress and continue making efforts to achieve a reduction of at least 70% annually until fiscal 2022, compared to fiscal 2000.

Reducing Atmospheric Emissions of PRTR Law-Specified Substances

In fiscal 2020, Toray Group’s atmospheric emissions of PRTR Law-specified substances were 796 tons, which represented a 69.7% reduction compared to the base year of fiscal 2000, falling just short of the target of a 70% reduction compared with the base year under the Fifth Medium-Term Environmental Plan.
Going forward, The Group will set reduction targets focusing on chemicals with particularly high PRTR substance atmospheric emissions and change its policy on initiatives to ensure that it can make further reductions.

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 2020
At least 70% lower than fiscal 2000

Result in fiscal 2020

74%

In fiscal 2020, Toray Group’s atmospheric VOC emissions were 1,039 tons, up 7.3% (71 tons) compared to the previous fiscal year.
The emissions were 74% 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 increase of PRTR substance and VOC emissions was the leakage of PRTR substances into the atmosphere at Toray Battery Separator Film Korea Limited due to the aging of equipment. Currently, the company is working to improve the equipment to prevent a recurrence.

Atmospheric VOC Emissions
Atmospheric VOC Emissions

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