Reduce Waste Emissions, Reduce Chemical Emissions, Biodiversity Preservation

Initiatives to Reduce Waste Emissions

Waste Governance

The Kyowa Kirin Group is tightening its waste governance system and implementing resource recycling.

The Group makes it a rule to not only audit waste disposal service providers upon concluding contracts with them, but also to conduct periodic audits to check that their services are of high quality in order to help prevent illegal dumping. In addition, Group-wide efforts are made to enhance awareness of waste governance, such as by providing waste management personnel with ongoing education.We intend to step up measures to build a more secure and effective waste governance system.

Zero Emission Activities

Waste generated across the entire Group in Japan*1 reached 34,613 tons in 2018. In 2015, the volume and rate of final landfill disposal increased significantly owing to a malfunction of a waste disposal service provider’s waste volume reduction facility. However, by reviewing the waste treatment method in 2016, the final landfill disposal volume was reduced to 1.9 tons in 2018, accounting for 0.005% of the waste generated. Zero emission*2 was therefore achieved. We will continue with our efforts to reduce waste.

Changes in waste volume and final landfill disposal rate*1,3

Overall flow of waste recycling and disposal (FY 2018)*1,3

  • *1
    Scope of subjects covered: The plants and research laboratories of Kyowa Kirin Group and Kyowa Hakko Bio Group
  • *2
    “Zero emission” : The Kyowa Kirin Group uses the term to mean a reduction in the amount of waste disposed in landfills to no more than 0.1% of generated waste.
  • *3
    To make the effect of internal waste reduction visible, the amount of waste before internal reduction has been presented as the “amount of waste” since 2013.

Proper Treatment of Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs)

Pursuant to the guidelines for storing industrial waste subject to special control, proper treatment of PCBs is ensured by storing used capacitors, transformers, circuit breakers and lighting ballasts under lock and key in warehouses that have been specially treated to prevent leaked substances from entering the ground.

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Treatment of PCBs
Capacitor/transformer/circuit breaker 0 unit
Lighting ballast 812 units
Oil containing low-concentration PCBs 0 L

(Store amount as of end of December 2018*1 )

  • *1
    Kyowa Kirin Group and Kyowa Hakko Bio Group

Initiatives to Reduce Chemical Emissions

Initiatives to Reduce VOC Emissions and PRTR Substances Emissions

In efforts to reduce emissions of chemical substances, the Kyowa Kirin Group and the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group upholds the target of reducing the discharge of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by half in 2020 compared to the 2003 levels, as VOCs account for most of the chemical substances discharged by the Group.

In 2018, VOC emissions across the Kyowa Kirin Group and the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group in Japan decreased to 481 tons, down 19.3% from 596 tons in the previous year. This was a decrease of 48.5% from the 2003 level. Methanol accounted for 64% of all compounds discharged, playing a major role in the increase. As part of our measures to reduce VOC emissions, we are planning to consolidate our production sites and modify our production processes for items requiring large amounts of methanol so as to eliminate the use of the compound. Furthermore, when installing new facilities using VOCs, they will be accompanied by VOC removal facilities.

Changes in VOC emissions

Breakdown of VOC emissions (2018)

The Group’s total domestic emissions of PRTR Class I Designated Chemical Substances in 2018 was 61.8 tons, and decreased 7% from the previous fiscal year (66.5 tons).

Changes in emissions of PRTR Class I Designated Chemical Substances

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2018 Emissions of PRTR Class I Designated Chemical Substances
Number designated by ordinance Name of substance Atmosphere
(ton)
Water area
(ton)
Soil
(ton)
2 Acrylamide 0.00 0.00 0.00
9 Acrylonitrile 0.00 0.00 0.00
13 Acetonitrile 0.02 0.29 0.00
20 2-aminoethanol 0.00 0.00 0.00
53 Ethylbenzene 0.96 0.00 0.00
71 Ferric chloride 0.00 0.00 0.00
80 Xylene 1.88 0.00 0.00
82 Silver and its water-soluble compounds 0.00 0.00 0.00
127 Chloroform 0.00 0.16 0.00
132 Cobalt and its compounds 0.00 0.00 0.00
137 Cyanamide 0.00 0.00 0.00
157 1,2-Dichloroethane 0.54 0.00 0.00
186 Dichloromethane 1.55 0.00 0.00
218 Dimethylamine 0.09 0.24 0.00
232 N,N-Dimethylformamide 2.88 0.37 0.00
272 Copper salts(water-soluble, except complex salts) 0.00 0.00 0.00
300 Toluene 38.81 0.03 0.00
308 Nickel 0.00 0.00 0.00
309 Nickel compounds 0.00 0.35 0.00
342 Pyridine 0.00 0.00 0.00
349 Phenol 0.00 0.00 0.00
392 n-Hexane 9.80 0.00 0.00
395 Water-soluble salts of peroxodisulfuric acid 0.00 0.00 0.00
398 Benzyl chloride 0.00 0.00 0.00
405 Boron compounds 0.00 3.53 0.00
411 Formaldehyde 0.01 0.00 0.00
438 Methylnaphtalene 0.33 0.00 0.00
455 Morpholine 0.00 0.00 0.00
462 Tri-n-butyl phosphate 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total (tons) 56.87 4.97 0.00
179 Dioxins (mg-TEQ) 0.00 0.00 0.00

Initiatives to Prevent Air Pollution

The Kyowa Kirin Group is taking rigorous measures to switch fuel sources for boilers and make capital investments to maintain emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and dust, which are indices of air pollution, at low levels.

Changes in emissions of SOx, NOx and dust
(Kyowa Kirin Group’s domestic plants and research laboratories*)
  • *
    Specifically, the domestic plants and research laboratories of Kyowa Kirin Group and Kyowa Hakko Bio Group

Initiatives to Prevent Water Contamination

The Kyowa Kirin Group is aggressively making capital investments to improve its production processes and wastewater treatment facilities with the aim of reducing its emissions of chemical oxygen demand (COD), nitrogen and phosphorus, which are indices of water contamination.

As part of our efforts to prevent water contamination, we treat discharged water with membranes for sophisticated purification and remove metal-containing wastewater before discarding it as industrial waste in order to prevent the discharge of hazardous substances and substances with high environmental impact.

Changes in emissions of COD, total nitrogen, total phosphorus
(Kyowa Kirin Group’s domestic plants and research laboratories*)
  • *
    Specifically, the domestic plants and research laboratories of Kyowa Kirin Group and Kyowa Hakko Bio Group

Initiatives for Biodiversity Preservation

Activities to Preserve Water-source

Preserving the water resources that sustain the interconnection of lives helps maintain the ecosystem and preserve biodiversity.

As part of its activities to conserve the ecosystem and biodiversity, the Kyowa Kirin Group has been endeavoring to preserve water by engaging in the Kirin Group’s water-source preservation project since fiscal 2007. In 2018, the Takasaki Plant of Kyowa Kirin respectively mainstay plants for pharmaceuticals performed weeding, planting and tree thinning in an effort to preserve forests that provide water resources. The Kyowa Kirin Takasaki Plant entered into a three-party agreement with Gunma Prefecture and Kurabuchi Furusato Public Corporation, under which it has been engaging in the Kyowa Kirin Takasaki Water Source Forest Conservation Activities. In addition, our activities for over 10 years was recognized as the efforts to preserve and nurture green forests in Gunma Prefecture. As a result, Kyowa Kirin received the Gunma Prefecture Environmental Award(Environmental Achievement Award) in 2018.

Water source forestation activity

Activities to Preserve Biodiversity

The Kyowa Kirin Group has been engaged in a variety of activities through its respective business sites to preserve the ecosystem in collaboration with local communities. Specific examples include cleaning the local river (Kise River, Shizuoka Prefecture), releasing young amago trout into a river (Momozawa River, Shizuoka Prefecture), and preserving grasslands (Akiyoshidai, Yamaguchi Prefecture). The Kyowa Kirin Fuji Plant has been cleaning up the nearby Kise River through Shizuoka Prefecture’s River Friendship Program in collaboration with Numazu civil engineering office and Nagaizumi Town.

We comply with the Kirin Group’s Guidelines on Access to Genetic Resources in gaining access to raw materials and specimens and sharing the benefits arising out of their use with local communities that provide them.

Furthermore, to comply with the Act on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity through Regulations on the Use of Living Modified Organisms (Cartagena Act), we have put in place an internal committee to conduct proper management.

Cleaning up river banks

Activities to Preserve Forests

Kyowa Kirin Group uses FSC®-certified paper* for company envelopes, company brochures and product packaging cardboard boxes. By using FSC®-certified paper, we contribute to maintaining sound business operations of the world's forests and contribute to reducing the impact on biodiversity.

  • *:
    FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®)-certified paper is certified based on FSC standards and is sourced from responsibly sourced materials such as timber produced in an environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable manner.

Kyowa Kirin has acquired FSC® promotion license (FSC® N003037).