The Product Life Cycle and Initiatives at Each Stage
Sysmex undertakes a variety of initiatives at different stages of its business activities to reduce environmental impact throughout the product life cycle.
Eco-friendly Products and Services
Environmental 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 instrumentsʼ use of electricity and lowering reagent consumption, are incorporated into technical development.
Examples of Initiatives
||Results of Initiatives
|Adopting Concentrated Reagents
- Reduced resources used in containers and packaging materials
- Substantially reduced waste generated at laboratories
- By reducing weight and volume, improved transportation efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions
|Use of Environmentally Considerate Raw Materials
||By switching to more environmentally friendly and safer reagents, eliminated the need for processing waste liquid with neutralizing agents
XN-Series Using Reagent Concentrated 25 Times Compared to Conventional Reagents
Environmental Consideration in the Production of Raw Materials
Production of raw materials by using silkworms
To reduce the use of natural resources, Sysmex has established a production method using recombinant silkworms as an alternative to the use of animal-derived proteins in its reagents.
In the past, producing these substances used substantial amounts of energy. However, as silkworms can be cultivated at room temperature, simply by using shelves and breeding containers and providing them with food, we anticipate a stable supply as well as energy savings and waste reduction.
We use proteins produced by silkworms in Revohem PT, a reagent we launched in fiscal 2017. This is the first such product to obtain regulatory certification.
Our protein production contracting business using this technology has been fully operational since fiscal 2012, and we are already taking orders from a number of pharmaceutical companies.
Comparison of Method Using Silkworms and Conventional Method (Revohem PT)
- Comparison of in-house product (through joint research with Tokyo City University)
Environmentally Conscious Procurement (Green Procurement)
Cooperating with Business Partners to Promote Environmentally Conscious Procurement
Sysmex has established Green Procurement Standards, which describe the company's fundamental stance on environmental considerations in procurement activities.
We also conduct annual CSR surveys of our business partners to confirm that they have environmental management policies in place, as well as targets and plans for CO2 reduction and energy conservation.
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
- 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 regarding chemical substances (substances with an environmental impact) contained in the products we manufacture and sell, as well as their constituent parts, devices and materials.
1. Prohibited substances (revised May 31, 2019)
2. Substances to be reduced (revised May 31, 2019)
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 May 31, 2019
Environmentally Friendly Logistics
Efforts to Lower CO2 Emissions in Japan-Domestic and Inter-Regional Transportation of Products
As Sysmexʼs global business continues to expand, it is working to curtail CO2 emissions by reviewing its logistical processes and systems as distribution grows increasingly diverse, while also moving forward with packaging reforms.
Fiscal 2018 Results
Numerous natural disasters occurred in Japan and overseas in fiscal 2018, necessitating a large number of urgent deliveries. As a result, CO2 emissions were 1% higher than in fiscal 2016, the base year for Sysmex Eco-Vision 2025.
Results of Logistics Process Review
||Result of Reviews
|Increasing Transportation Efficiency
||Following the China and Asia Pacific regions, we set up a regional logistics hub warehouse in Germany. Concentrating transportation within the region is reducing CO2 emissions.
||We continue to enhance loading simulations to reduce transport frequency. Although frequent disasters have increased the number of sudden shipments, we kept the container loading ratio high, at 64% or more.
Saving Resources by Revising Packaging Materials
To conserve resources, Sysmex has introduced reusable packaging for instruments shipped within Japan.
In fiscal 2018, we introduced special boxes that can be used repeatedly for transporting gene mutation analysis sets.
In addition to maintaining temperature during transport, which directly impacts quality, and enhancing deliveries to customers, the fact that these boxes are reusable means less waste, reducing our environmental impact.
Boxes for transporting gene mutation analysis sets (for use in cancer gene profiling)