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 Kyowa Kirin Group’s sites in Japan*1 reached 1,160 tons in 2019. 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 1.1 tons in 2019, accounting for 0.091% 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

Overall flow of waste recycling and disposal (FY 2019)*1

  • *1:
    Scope of subjects covered: The plants and research laboratories of the Kyowa Kirin Group and the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group (For fiscal 2019, the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group is excluded due to stock transfer.)
  • *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.

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

(Stored amount as of end of December 2019)

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 2019, VOC emissions across the Kyowa Kirin Group and the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group in Japan decreased to 314 tons, down 34.7% from 481 tons in the previous year. This was a decrease of 66.4% from the 2003 level, and we have achieved our goal of 50% reduction. We will continue with our efforts to modify our production processes to eliminate the use of VOCs and, when installing new facilities using VOCs, to concurrently install highly efficient VOC removal facilities.

Changes in VOC emissions*1

Breakdown of VOC emissions (2019)*1

The Kyowa kirin Group’s total domestic emissions of PRTR Class I Designated Chemical Substances in fiscal 2019 was 0.02 tons, decreasing significantly from the previous fiscal year (61.8 tons).*2

Changes in emissions of PRTR Class I Designated Chemical Substances*2

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2019 Emissions of PRTR Class I Designated Chemical Substances*3
Number designated by ordinance Name of substance Atmosphere
(ton)
Water area
(ton)
Soil
(ton)
2 Acrylamide 0.00 0.00 0.00
13 Acetonitrile 0.02 0.00 0.00
59 Ethylenediamine 0.00 0.00 0.00
60 Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid 0.00 0.00 0.00
71 Ferric chloride 0.00 0.00 0.00
82 Silver and its water-soluble compounds 0.00 0.00 0.00
87 Chromium and chromium (III) compounds 0.00 0.00 0.00
104 Chlorodifluoromethane 0.00 0.00 0.00
127 Chloroform 0.00 0.00 0.00
132 Cobalt and its compounds 0.00 0.00 0.00
186 Dichloromethane 0.00 0.00 0.00
232 N,N-Dimethylformamide 0.00 0.00 0.00
272 Copper salts (water-soluble, except complex salts) 0.00 0.00 0.00
275 Sodium dodecyl sulfate 0.00 0.00 0.00
282 Trichloroacetic acid 0.00 0.00 0.00
305 Lead compounds 0.00 0.00 0.00
342 Pyridine 0.00 0.00 0.00
349 Phenol 0.00 0.00 0.00
395 Water-soluble salts of peroxodisulfuric acid 0.00 0.00 0.00
405 Boron compounds 0.00 0.00 0.00
408 Poly (oxyethylene) octylphenyl ether 0.00 0.00 0.00
462 Tri-n-butyl phosphate 0.00 0.00 0.00
Total (tons) 0.02 0.00 0.00
179 Dioxins (mg-TEQ) 0.00 0.00 0.00
  • *1:
    As a whole for the domestic sites of the Kyowa Kirin Group and the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group
  • *2:
    As a whole for the domestic sites of the Kyowa Kirin Group and the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group (For fiscal 2019, the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group is excluded due to stock transfer.)
  • *3:
    As a whole for the domestic sites of the Kyowa Kirin Group

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*1
  • *1:
    Scope of subjects covered: The domestic plants and research laboratories of the Kyowa Kirin Group and the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group (For fiscal 2019, the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group is excluded due to stock transfer.)

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*1
  • *1:
    Scope of subjects covered: The domestic plants and research laboratories of the Kyowa Kirin Group and the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group (For fiscal 2019, the Kyowa Hakko Bio Group is excluded due to stock transfer.)

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 2019, the Takasaki Plant, the mainstay plant for pharmaceuticals, and the Ube Plant performed weeding and tree thinning in an effort to preserve forests that provide water resources. The 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.

News release: Kyowa Hakko Kirin Takasaki Plant receives the Gunma Prefecture Environmental Prize (Environmental Achievement Award) (in Japanese only)Open in new window
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; Sakai River, Tokyo), 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. The Tokyo Research Park participated in its local Sakai River cleaning program as a co-sponsor as part of its efforts to help solve the issue of plastic waste under the Kirin Group Plastic Policy. We will continue with our endeavor to foster local communities and enhance employee/public awareness of the importance of nature conservation and keeping the natural environmental clean.

Cleaning up river banks

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.

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 and other low-risk and well-managed materials.

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