Global environmental problems are a pressing issue with respect to realizing a sustainable society. The Paris Agreement, which was adopted by the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), calls for all countries and regions of the world to set targets for reducing CO2 emissions in order to prevent global warming, and mandated measures for reaching these targets. Furthermore, measures to become a recycling-oriented society are becoming an increasingly important topic as the depletion of natural resources grows more serious.
Against this backdrop, in September 2015 the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set numerous targets for addressing environmental issues. The SDGs call for companies, as well as governments, to take on certain responsibilities.
As a company developing its operations globally, Sysmex recognizes increasingly serious environmental issues as a topmost priority. Accordingly, we have formulated long-term environmental objectives in the Sysmex Group Environmental Action Plan (Sysmex Eco-Vision 2020), which call for environment-friendliness in the product life cycle and efforts to reduce the environmental impact of operational activities. In particular, by targeting environment-friendliness in the product life cycle we expect to reduce costs and secure our competitive advantage in the market. At the same time, we believe we will be able to reduce the environmental impact that results when customers use our products.
With respect to the product life cycle, we are developing environmentally conscious products, reducing CO2 emissions in our logistics processes and decreasing amounts of packaging materials, among other initiatives. We are also rolling out global measures aimed at lowering CO2 emissions at business offices and bolstering the recycling ratio.
Going forward, along with the pursuit of sustainable growth we will continue striving to reduce environmental impact—a vital social issue.