Environmental Consideration through the Product Lifecycle
Eco-friendly products and services
Environment-Friendliness in Product Design
Sysmex has formulated regulations related to product life cycle management in an effort to contribute to energy conservation and waste reduction when customers use our products. These guidelines, aimed at conserving IVD instruments’ use of electricity and lowering reagent quantities, are incorporated into technical development.
For example, our XN-Series multiparameter automated hematology analyzer was designed to use concentrated reagents. This concentration makes reagents more compact and reduces the volume of containers and packaging materials, which helps save resources and greatly decreases the amount of waste generated by laboratories. Also, this series is more lightweight and compact than conventional products, which improves transport efficiency, contributing to a reduction in CO2 emissions over the product’s life cycle. We have changed the material used in reagent packaging from polyethylene to paper packs, helping to preserve fossil fuels.
In addition, for our UF-5000/4000/3000 fully automated analyzers of formed elements in urine, launched in September 2015, we switched to more environment-friendly and safer reagents that eliminate the need for processing waste liquid with neutralizing agents.
XN-Series Using Reagent Concentrated 25 Times Compared with Conventional Reagents
Environmental Consideration in the Production of Raw Materials
Silkworms to produce proteins
To curtail the use of natural resources, the Sysmex Group has established a production method using recombinant silkworms as an alternative to the use of animal-derived proteins in its reagents. Our protein production contracting service business using this technology has also been fully operational since fiscal 2012, and we are already taking orders from a number of pharmaceutical companies.
In the past, to maintain sterile condition these substances were cultivated with equipment such as tanks to control for environmental factors, including temperature and oxygen concentrations, using cells from mammals and other animals—an approach that consumed substantial energy. However, as recombinant silkworms can be cultivated at room temperature, simply by using shelves and breeding containers and providing them with food, we anticipate energy savings and waste reduction.
Response to Laws and Regulations on Harmful Substances
Application of the revised RoHS Directive* (which was amended in July 2011) to Sysmex's diagnostic instruments and diagnostic instruments for animals begins from July 2016.
To conform with the revised RoHS Directive, we have completed the process of conducting parts surveys and shifting to alternatives on products shipped to Europe. Accordingly, we have declared our conformance with the revised RoHS directive from fiscal 2015.
* RoHS Directive: A directive prohibiting the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic devices sold in the European Union. This directive calls for the cessation of use of heavy metals (lead, cadmium, mercury and hexavalent chromium) and specified bromine containing flame retardants (PBB and PBDE).
Reducing Environmental Impact Associated with Human Transport through Better Service Efficiency
Sysmex is lowering environmental impact by making service more efficient.
For example, by expanding the functions of the Customer Support Center, we are responding to customer inquiries and service requests so that employees in charge of their customers can visit in a better-planned and more-efficient manner.
Also, instruments operated by customers are connected to the Customer Support Center via our online Sysmex Network Communication Service (SNCS). Through remote support and by making use of accumulated data, we can determine the status of instruments before issues arise, thereby helping to minimize instrument downtime.
By reinforcing system functions in this manner and introducing new service schemes, we are reducing the number of times service personnel use vehicles to visit customers, cutting down on CO2 emissions. In fiscal 2016, our rate of failure resolution using SNCS increased approximately 7.5%.
Environmentally Conscious Procurement (Green Procurement)
Cooperating with Business Partners to Promote Environmentally Conscious Procurement
Sysmex has formulated green procurement standards, and works with business partners to promote environmentally conscious procurement. Furthermore, we aim to procure environmentally conscious parts and materials, and publish on our website the chemical substances we are reducing or eliminating the use of in our products.
In our procurement policy, which expresses Sysmex’s basic considerations on selecting suppliers and conducting procurement transactions, we ask for business partners’ cooperation in promoting CSR-conscious activities.
Formulating Green Procurement Standards
We have formulated green procurement standards, which describe our fundamental stance on environmental considerations in our procurement activities.
- Green Procurement Standards
Through our global corporate activities in the healthcare field, we are contributing to the creation of a fulfilling and healthy society.
In accordance with its environmental policy, the Sysmex Group strives to fulfill its corporate social responsibility by promoting global environment conservation. Accordingly, we endeavor to promote the manufacture of environmentally friendly products by encouraging the procurement of raw materials and parts that have low impact on the global environment. Sysmex aims to cultivate motivated environmental conservation activities among our suppliers and enable us to work together toward the development of a sustainable society.
Green Procurement Initiatives
The Sysmex Group practices "green procurement" to ensure that its procurement activities promote a reduction in the environmental impact of the Company's products and reduce the environmental impact of all production activities, including those of our suppliers. We promote the two items below as specific green procurement initiatives.
1) Promote the procurement of raw materials and parts that have lower environmental impact.
2) Expand business with suppliers that take a proactive approach toward environmental conservation.
Scope of Application
These standards apply to the procurement of raw materials, parts and products by Sysmex Group companies.
Control of Chemical Substances in Products
The Sysmex Group requires the selection of materials and parts for the products it develops and produces to be based not only on the requisite quality, performance and economic feasibility, but also on the minimization of environmental impact. Therefore, raw materials and parts that do not employ the chemical substances described below shall be adopted:
1) Substances prohibited according to restrictions on chemical substances contained in products shall not be contained.
2) Those in which the chemical substance amounts defined under restrictions on chemical substances contained in products shall be monitored.
3) Those for which the environmental impact of the chemical substance in terms of atmospheric pollution, water contamination, soil pollution, etc. shall be low.
4) Environmental impact data for materials shall be disclosed.
5) In relation to packaging materials, when all of the aforementioned factors are identical, that with the lowest volume of contained chemical substances shall be selected.
Revised November 2014
According High Evaluations to Procurement Partners Undertaking Motivated Environmental Conservation Activities
Sysmex is working proactively to address the important societal issue of environmental protection. We ask our business partners to be fully aware of and understand the importance of our activities and cooperate with green procurement. Based on its green procurement standards, in addition to quality, price, delivery schedules and technological development capabilities, Sysmex accords high evaluations to suppliers that undertake motivated environmental conservation activities. We ask our suppliers for their cooperation on the following points.
Configuration and Operation of Environmental Management Systems
When commencing transactions with business partners, the Sysmex Group indicates clearly the importance it places on motivated environmental conservation activities. To this end, we confirm whether potential suppliers have in place environmental management systems certified by third parties.
1) ISO 14001 certification
2) Simplified environmental management system certification
Provision of Environmental Information on Raw Materials and Parts
The Sysmex Group asks suppliers to provide the following environmental reports in cooperation with Sysmex's environmental conservation activities.
1) Data on harmful chemical substances contained in raw materials and parts
2) Certification against the use of substances targeted by European RoHS regulations
3) Information on raw materials and parts compliant with European RoHS regulations
Environmental Measures by Suppliers to Their Outsourcing Partners
The Sysmex Group also asks suppliers to request that their outsourcing partners configure environmental management systems and cooperate in providing environmental information. We ask suppliers to take responsibility for managing their outsourcing partners in this respect.
Revised November 2014
Specifying Prohibited Substances, Substances to Be Reduced and Target Countries
Based on its green procurement standards, Sysmex discloses the following items in dealing with chemical substances (substances with environmental impact) contained in the products it manufactures and sells, as well as their constituent parts, devices and materials.
1. Prohibited substances (substances whose use is prohibited), revised on June 30, 2017
2. Substances to be reduced (substances whose use must be reduced) , revised on June 30, 2017
3. List of target countries (countries and regions whose environmental laws and regulations provide the basis for prohibited substances and substances to be reduced), revised on June 30, 2017
Efforts to Lower CO2 Emissions in Japan-Domestic and Inter-Regional Transportation of Products
As Sysmex’s global business continues to expand, it is reviewing its logistics processes and systems as distribution grows increasingly diverse and moving forward with packaging reforms. Such measures include shifting the overseas shipment of products from air to sea transport, optimizing product package sizes, conducting thorough loading simulations to increase container loading efficiency and working to reduce CO2 emissions. In fiscal 2016, we shifted our mode of transporting reagents, which are considered hazardous materials, to the United States from aircraft to ship, using reefer containers*1. We also made this shift when transporting new products to Germany. This move reduced the annual aircraft transport volume by around 360 tons.
To reduce transport frequency, we have stepped up loading simulations. As a result, we improved our container loading ratio from 52% in fiscal 2013 to more than 70% in fiscal 2015, a level we currently maintain.
In fiscal 2016, the bankruptcy of a shipping company we had used necessitated a sudden increase in air transportation. This resulted in CO2 emissions (per unit of sales)*2 increased from the previous year, but decreased 32% from fiscal 2010, the base year in Sysmex Eco-Vision 2020.
*1 A container with equipment to maintain its internal temperature at a specified level
*2 The base unit for CO2 emissions (per unit of sales) of logistics was revised in fiscal 2015.
CO2 emissions from logistics
Notes: Range of calculation is CO2 from warehouse in Japan to customers within Japan and that to overseas seaport or airport.
Saving Resources by Revising Packaging Materials
Sysmex is revising its packaging materials in an effort to save resources. For example, we have introduced reusable packaging for instruments shipped within Japan, which has reduced our volume of cardboard waste. In fiscal 2016, we adopted reusable packaging for six models, successfully reducing cardboard waste by approximately 18.6 tons per year.
In addition, for the steel materials introduced for shipping products overseas, we have increased transport strength and encouraged recycling at delivery locations, helping to reduce environmental impact.