Environmental Philosophy and Basic Environmental Policy
We are building an environmental management system based on our slogan of "A Clean Earth for Future Generations," and through specific plans to achieve goals such as environmental impact reduction, the entire Noritz Group is actively working to protect the global environment.
As a responsible corporate citizen, we aim to achieve a recycling-oriented society, and actively work to protect the global environment in all of our business activities.
A Clean Earth for Future Generations
Basic Environmental Policy
Building an environmental management system
We fulfill our social responsibility by building an environmental management system, and striving for continuous improvement.
Reduction of environmental impact of products and business activities
In our products and business activities, we will contribute to the realization of a recycling-oriented society by reducing environmental impact—through environmental awareness and efforts such as prevention of global warming, conservation of resources, reduction of hazardous materials and wastes, and preservation of biodiversity.
Reduction of environmental risk
Naturally, we comply with environmental laws and regulations, but beyond that we also establish voluntary standards based on an acute awareness of our corporate responsibility to society, and work hard to reduce environmental risk and prevent pollution.
Promoting environmental protection activities through environmental communication
We strive to improve environmental awareness among our employees through environmental education, and we recognize the increasing severity of environmental problems. Therefore, we will act as a responsible corporate citizen to protect the environment, both locally and globally.
Responsibility for Environmental Conservation
CO2 Emissions Volume throughout our Value Chain per Year
The Noritz Group emits approximately 19.2 million tons of CO2 per year from its business activities and through use of its manufactured products. This represents about 1.4% of CO2 emitted in Japan per year.
On March 9, 2009, Noritz became the first manufacturer of gas and kerosene appliances to be certified as an "Eco-First Company." We have made a commitment to society that we will advance various initiatives to protect the environment.
Established in April 2008, Eco-First is a system in which companies make a commitment to the Minister of the Environment to advance initiatives to protect the environment. The system aims to further boost environmental conservation efforts by the leading firms in each industry.
Reduction of Product Environmental Impact and the Supply Chain
Efforts to reduce substances with environmental impact in products
The Noritz Group has been working to strengthen its green supply chain through the establishment of a chemical substance management system, the communication by means of survey requests and responses, etc.
Regarding the reduction of hazardous substances contained in products, it has been managing chemical substances according to the "Noritz Group Guidelines for Management of Substances with Environmental Impact" *1 and working on the development of products compliant with hazardous substance standards (GP-compliant products) *2 with an aim to increase their composition ratio.
This initiative has been promoted by the entire supply chain, including our business partners and our business activities such as design, purchasing, quality assurance, manufacturing, and sales.
In 2017 as well, we have made efforts to collect and distribute information on chemical substances contained in products while leveraging communication tools.
In 2018, taking into consideration the enforcement of the RoHS Directive *3, we will work to reduce substances with environmental impact contained in products by improving the precise management of chemical substances utilizing the data on chemical substances contained in products.
*1 Noritz Group Guidelines for Management of Substances with Environmental Impact: Established in February 2005.
*2 Products compliant with hazardous substance standards (GP-compliant products): Products whose concentrations of 26 substances composed of 6 substances designated by the RoHS Directive and 20 designated uniquely by our company are reduced to, or under, their standards. The target products are water heaters, kitchen equipment, solar equipment, space heaters, and cogeneration equipment.
*3 RoHS Directive: Directive of the EU (European Union) prohibiting the use of certain hazardous substances contained in electric and electronic equipment. Enforced in July 2006. The target substances are lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, and two types of specific brominated flame retardants. Water heaters and kitchen equipment have been selected voluntarily by our Group.