CSR Guidelines & Activity Reports - 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 2018, Toray Group's atmospheric emissions of PRTR Law-specified substances were 886 tons, which represented a 66% reduction compared to the base year of fiscal 2000. However, the Group fell slightly short of the target of a 70% reduction compared with the base year under the Fifth Medium-Term Environmental Plan.
In fiscal 2018, as in the previous year, the amount of atmospheric emissions of PRTR Law-specified substances increased due to increased production volume at Toray Battery Separator Film Korea Limited (TBSK), and other Toray sites. Toray Group aims to reduce atmospheric emissions by improving waste gas adsorption device operations and taking other measures.

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 2018
At least 70% lower than fiscal 2000

Result in fiscal 2018

72%

In fiscal 2018, Toray Group’s atmospheric VOC emissions were 1,129 tons, up 2% (21 tons) compared to the previous fiscal year. As in the previous year, the major factor driving them up was increased production at Toray Battery Separator Film Korea Limited (TBSK). Toray Group is working to reduce planned emissions by taking steps such as improving waste gas adsorption device operations and identifying leak locations.
The emissions were 72% below the base year of fiscal 2000, achieving the fiscal 2020 target of a 70% reduction compared to the base year.

Atmospheric VOC Emissions
Atmospheric VOC Emissions