Reduction in Environmental Burden through Activities at Business Offices:
Responding to Climate Change
- Sysmex Group Global Compliance Code (Excerpt)
11-2 Environmentally-friendly business operations
When engaged in business operations, every Officer/Employee shall pay attention to the impact on the environment based on environment-related international standards, and shall promote activities that address such issues as reduction of greenhouse gas, recycling, and waste reduction, in an endeavor to enhance the global environment through activities to address global climate change.
Basic Perspective on Responding to Climate Change
Climate change due to global warming is becoming increasingly severe, prompting global calls to reduce CO2 emissions. At the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), held in Paris, France, in 2015, 196 countries and regions adopted a new regulatory framework under the Paris Agreement. Japan publicly committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 26% compared with 2013 levels by 2030.
Sysmex believes that resolving the climate change issue is necessary for a sustainable global environment, and is contributing to the creation of a fulfilling and healthy society. To this end, in 2010 we formulated the Sysmex Group Environmental Action Plan (Sysmex Eco-Vision 2020), and are involved in ongoing initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions during the product life cycle and in our operational activities. In formulating Eco-Vision 2020, we looked at the social situation, needs and expectations with regard to climate change, resource circulation and other environmental problems, identified issues to address by taking into consideration the Company’s environmental impact and scope, and set our corporate environmental policy and long-term environmental targets. Taking global trends into consideration, in 2017 we will formulate the following environmental action plan and are pursuing activities aimed at contributing further to reducing environmental impact.
Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions at Business Offices
LED Lighting(Ono Factory)
We are undertaking a variety of efforts to reduce direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by business offices.
We are implementing energy-saving measures to meet each office's characteristics, such as thoroughly monitoring room temperatures in summer and winter, installing moving detectors to activate staircase lighting, upgrading to energy-saving air conditioning equipment and introducing LED lighting. At our principal business offices, we have installed demand monitoring functions* to control overall electricity use. At the Solution Center, in fiscal 2016 we switched to a high-efficiency air conditioning system that does not use gas, reducing annual CO2 emissions by around 36%. In Sysmex Malaysia, we conducted a Greener Sysmex Point campaign, awarding points to employees using hybrid vehicles in their work commute, in an effort to lower energy use and CO2 emissions.
In fiscal 2016, unit greenhouse gas emissions rose approximately 1.1% year on year, affected by an increase in production volumes and our efforts to reinforce overseas bases and augment personnel numbers. Against our Eco-Vision 2020 targets, however, emissions (unit per consolidated sales) were down 27% compared with our base year (fiscal 2008).
* Functions for continuously measuring maximum electrical demand (demand value) for 24-hour periods and sounding an alarm if the level exceeds target values, as well as reporting on electricity use on a daily and monthly basis.
Greenhouse gas emissions at business offices
- Notes: Scope of the data: Factories and major business offices
- Sysmex Corporation (Kakogawa Factory, i-Square), Sysmex International Reagents (Ono Factory, Seishin Factory), Sysmex Medica, Sysmex RA, Sysmex Europe(Reagent factory in Germany), Sysmex Brazil, Sysmex Reagents America, Sysmex India, Sysmex Asia Pacific, Jinan Sysmex, Sysmex Wuxi
- [Major Business Offices]
- Sysmex Corporation (head office, Technopark, Solution Center), Sysmex Europe, Sysmex America, Sysmex Shanghai, Sysmex Asia Pacific
Decreasing CO2 Emissions from Domestic Company's Cars
To curtail fuel use and reduce CO2 emissions from some 400 company cars in Japan, we are making use of our intranet to visualize travel distances and gasoline used by each Company car and heighten driver awareness. We are also introducing fuel-efficient vehicles and hybrid cars. In fiscal 2016, CO2 emissions by Company cars in Japan were down approximately 2% year on year.
We hold eco-driving courses at branches and sales offices in Japan, with courses held at nine locations in fiscal 2016. As a result of this initiative, gasoline use was down by around 2% year on year. However, the number of truck deliveries handled by Sysmex Medica rose in line with an increase in the number of parts assembled, leading to a 7% rise in diesel fuel consumption.
Complying with Related Laws and Regulations
Sysmex endeavors to comply with environment-related laws and regulations, both from a compliance perspective and from the standpoint of environmental preservation.
As one aspect of these efforts, based on the Energy Conservation Act, Sysmex Corporation has submitted to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry a medium- to long-term plan that summarizes its regular reports aggregating annual energy usage amounts and its energy reduction plan. Going forward, we will continue promoting energy conservation activities throughout the Company to achieve these non-binding targets in Japan.