Investment for Environmental Protection and Safety
The Asahi Kasei Group has invested the necessary management resources in RC activities.
Investments in environmental protection and safety-related facilities up to fiscal 2020 and in fiscal 2020 are shown below.
Investment in environmental preservation and safety modification
Investments in environmental protection-related facilities (fiscal 2020)
Investments in safety-related facilities (fiscal 2020)
We classify the cost of our measures for environmental protection in accordance with cost classification standards promulgated by the Ministry of the Environment.
Environmental accounting by fiscal year
|1||Combined operation area||1,943||7,320||3,780||9,303||1,942||11,183||3,905||10,089||3,628||7,666|
|Global environmental protection||502||808||929||841||807||1,230||1,221||773||1,246||689|
|2||Upstream and downstream||0||115||0||117||0||140||0||115||0||102|
Eco-efficiency (JEPIX) performance*
- *JEPIX is an abbreviation for the "Japan Environmental Policy Index", and it was developed by teams under the leadership of Professor Nobuyuki Miyazaki of the International Christian University at the Japan Science and Technology Agency and Sustainable Management Forum Japan. Environmental performance data are converted to an environmental impact point (EIP) scale and aggregated to determine total environmental impact. Eco-efficiency is calculated as follows.
Eco-efficiency = value added (economic index) / JEPIX Eco-Points
Eight aspects of environmental impact (including chemical releases, greenhouse gas emissions, landfill wastes, and COD load) are evaluated, and net sales are used for value added. A new accounting policy is applied to net sales from fiscal 2011.
|Total environmental impact (million EIP)||50,723||11,271||11,524||9,770||10,562||9,410|
|Net sales (¥ million)||1,195,393||1,882,991||2,042,216||2,170,403||2,151,646||2,106,051|
Greenhouse gas emissions in Japan by fiscal year
(million tons CO2 equivalent)
|Item||Index set at Kyoto Protocol
- *Calculation standards for greenhouse gas emissions:
For greenhouse gases covered by the Act on Rationalizing Energy Use and the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures, calculations are in accordance with the methods stipulated by these laws.
For gases not covered by either law, calculation methods are based on considerations such as chemical reactions.
- *CO2 emissions from generation of electricity and steam sold to other companies are excluded from data for the baseline year but included in annual data from fiscal 2013.
- *We have used 'basic' CO2 emission factors for electricity purchased in Japan until FY2019, but we have opted to use 'adjusted’CO2 emission factors from FY2020 onwards. The impact of this change on CO2 emissions is minor.
Overseas greenhouse gas emissions by fiscal year
(million tons CO2 equivalent)
- *Calculation standards for overseas greenhouse gas emissions:
Overseas greenhouse gas emissions are calculated, in principle, based on the provisions given by the Act on the Rational Use of Energy and the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures. CO2 emissions from the burning of by-product gases are mainly calculated by material balance. CO2 emissions associated with purchased electricity are calculated with the latest available coefficients given in International Energy Agency's Emissions Factors.
- *Figures for 2013 onward include emissions from special overseas subsidiaries
FY2020 global greenhouse gas emissions by segment
(million tons CO2 equivalent)
Scope 3 emissions by fiscal year
(million tons CO2 equivalent)
|Purchased goods and services||2.26||4.54||4.74||4.43||4.53|
|Fuel and energy-related activities
(not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2)
|Upstream transportation and distribution||0.27||0.28||0.30||0.27||0.24|
|Waste generated in operations||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|Upstream leased assets||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
|Use of sold products||1.07||1.00||0.92||0.96||1.34|
|End-of-life treatment of sold products||1.93||4.84||4.98||4.70||5.68|
- *Calculation method for Scope 3:
Our Scope 3 GHG emissions are calculated using the Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Accounting and Reporting Standard and its technical guidance issued by the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. For the greenhouse gas emission factors, we used data available in the Carbon Footprint Communication Program database prepared by the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry and the Embodied Energy and Emission Intensity Data for Japan Using Input-Output Tables (3EID): Inventory Data for LCA prepared by the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan until FY2019.
In FY2020,we referred to the Embodied Energy and Emission Intensity Data for Japan Using Input-Output Tables (3EID) (2015): Inventory Data for LCA prepared by the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan, IDEA v2.3 by the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, and the Emissions Unit Value Database Ver3.1 for Accounting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, etc., by Organizations Throughout the Supply Chain issued by the Ministry of the Environment, etc.
The total Scope 3 emissions would have been 10.36 million tons CO2 equivalent when calculated with factors used in the past. Among Scope 3 emissions, Category 1 emissions associated with purchased goods and services would have been 4.11 million tons CO2 equivalent, Category 3 emissions associated with fuel and energy-related activities (not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2) 0.21 million tons CO2 equivalent, and Category 12 emissions associated with end-of-life treatment of sold products 4.5 million tons CO2 equivalent. The impact on other categories is minor.
- *Including overseas subsidiaries from fiscal 2017.
- *Calculation method for purchased goods and services:
Up to fiscal 2015, emissions were calculated by multiplying the amounts, either in physical or monetary units, of the largest 20 raw materials and services (30 items in the case of Asahi Kasei Chemicals), in terms of GHG emissions or purchase amount, purchased from outside the Asahi Kasei Group by Asahi Kasei Chemicals, Asahi Kasei Fibers, Asahi Kasei Homes, Asahi Kasei Construction Materials, Asahi Kasei Microdevices, Asahi Kasei E-materials, and Asahi Kasei Medical, by the respective emission factor for each type of raw material or service.
From fiscal 2016 onward, items with emissions equal to or greater than 4,000 tons of CO2-equivalent were included. The emissions were calculated by multiplying the amounts, either in physical or monetary units, of raw materials and services purchased from outside the Asahi Kasei Group by Asahi Kasei Corp., Asahi Kasei Homes, Asahi Kasei Construction Materials, Asahi Kasei Microdevices, and Asahi Kasei Medical by the respective emission factor for each type of raw material or service.
- *Calculation method for use of sold products:
Based on the calculation standards set by Asahi Kasei Homes, using the emissions intensity available from Housing Tech. R&D Labs. report, emissions are calculated after deducting the CO2 emission reduction effects, etc., based on the energy-saving equipment actually installed, which differs in each case, in the Hebel Haus (detached house/apartment building) units delivered each fiscal year (calculation period is set to 60 years).
Before FY2020, the calculation was based on the number of Hebel Houses delivered in each year. However, in order to further improve the calculation accuracy, we changed to a calculation method based on the total floor area of the Hebel House delivered in each year from FY2020. When calculated by the conventional calculation method, the Category 11 emissions in FY2020 would have been 0.89 million tons CO2 equivalent.
- *Calculation method for disposal of sold products:
For Asahi Kasei, Asahi Kasei Construction Materials, and Asahi Kasei Medical, emissions are calculated by multiplying the weight of products shipped each fiscal year by the CO2 emission factor at the time of disposal for each product.
For Asahi Kasei Homes, emissions are calculated by multiplying the number of Hebel Haus units delivered each fiscal year by the CO2 emission factor per building.
- Note: In fiscal 2018, we revised some of the calculation methods for upstream transportation/distribution and disposal of sold products so that they are based on the actual situation. Regarding past results, data up to fiscal 2016 that can be recalculated has been revised retroactively.
CO2 emissions from product shipment (FY2020)
(Number of vehicles)
|Used on public roads||Low-pollution vehicles||1,238||1,270||1,252||1,295||1,415|
|Used within plant grounds||Low-pollution vehicles||456||534||492||451||726|
|Proportion of low-pollution vehicles
|Used on public roads||94||93||94||94||97|
|Used within plant grounds||62||68||68||68||92|
- *Hybrid-electric vehicles, low-emission vehicles, fuel-efficient vehicles, and all-electric vehicles
Pollution and natural resources / water resource preservation
Treatment and disposal of industrial waste by company
|Company||Waste generated||Recycling||Volume reduction||Landfill||Effluent||Recycling||Volume reduction||Final disposal|
|Asahi Kasei Corp.||254.6||43.2||0.6||0.0||210.8||209.0||1.5||0.3|
|Asahi Kasei Microdevices||3.9||0.0||0.0||0.0||3.9||3.9||0.1||0.0|
|Asahi Kasei Homes||3.3||0.0||0.0||0.0||3.3||3.3||0.0||0.0|
|Asahi Kasei Construction Materials||65.7||42.0||0.0||0.0||23.7||23.7||0.0||0.0|
|Asahi Kasei Pharma||1.4||0.0||0.0||0.0||1.4||1.4||0.0||0.0|
|Asahi Kasei Medical||5.2||0.0||0.0||0.0||5.2||5.2||0.0||0.0|
- *Not including waste generated from non-recurring events such as dismantling closed plants or waste generated from dismantling old homes when constructing new homes.
- Note: Sums of figures may differ totals shown due to rounding(also in other tables hereinafter).
Final disposal by category of waste
(Excluding waste generated at the construction sites of Asahi Kasei Homes.)
|Category||Disposal volume (thousand tons)||Percentage (%)|
Final disposal of industrial waste generated at construction sites of Asahi Kasei Homes
AAC trimmings recycled by Asahi Kasei Construction Materials
|Lightweight artificial soil||0||0||0||0||0|
Release and transfer of PRTR-specified substances by fiscal year
|Release to air||4,720||350||330||520||290||250|
|Release to water||170||60||60||50||60||50|
|Release to soil||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Reduction rate (%)||－||92||92||88||93||94|
VOC* air emissions
|Reduction rate (%)||－||87||87||87||89||91|
- *Volatile organic compound. Although the term generally applies to any organic compound which is in gaseous state at the time of release, regulations for the control of their release exclude methane and some fluorocarbons which do not form oxidants.
FY2020 release and transfer of PRTR-specified substances
|Company||Sites||Substance||Release to air||Release to water||Release to soil||Total release||Transfer|
|Asahi Kasei Corp.||Others||Toluene||11||0||0||11||0|
|Nobeoka||1,1-Dichloroethylene (vinylidene chloride)||29||0||0||29||105|
|Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)||9||0||0||9||0|
|Chloroethylene (vinyl chloride)||7||0||0||7||40|
|Water-soluble copper salts (except complex salts)||0||13||0||13||0|
|Moriyama||Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)||23||0||0||23||0|
|Molybdenum and its compounds||0||14||0||14||0|
|Asahi Kasei Medical||Nobeoka||N,N-dimethylacetamide||2||6||0||8||188|
- Note: Substances listed are those of which total release was 5 tons or more.
- *Rounded to the nearest ton.
Release of air and water pollutants by fiscal year
|Soot and dust*3||Tons||100||110||140||90||110|
|Waste water effluence||Million m3||212||212||221||216||204|
Air emissions by site
|SOx||NOx||Soot and dust||SOx||NOx||Soot and dust||SOx||NOx||Soot and dust|
- *1Sulfur oxides (SOx) are formed when crude oil, fuel oil, or coal containing sulfur are used as fuel. Sulfur dioxide (SO2) is most common, but some sulfur trioxide (SO3) also forms. The term SOx is inclusive of both of these.
- *2Nitrogen oxides (NOx) are formed in nature and during combustion at thermal power plants, factory boilers, internal combustion engines, and incinerators. The term NOx is inclusive of both nitric oxide (NO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
- *3Soot and dust are fine particles formed in the combustion of fuel and other materials.
- *4Chemical oxygen demand is an indicator of water pollution by organic substances. COD is expressed in terms of the amount of oxygen that can be consumed by an oxidizer to chemically oxidize the organic substances contained in the water.
Water usage and effluence
|Japan and overseas||Usage||295||282||307||268||255|
Water usage and sources by fiscal year in Japan
Water emissions in Japan by site
(Tons, except effluence: million m3)
Number of Group Employees
|Number of Group Employees||Asahi Kasei Group Total
Number of Employees by Status
Persons with disabilities
|Number of employees with disabilities*2||All Group companies applicable as Special Subsidiaries||579||574||609||623||639|
|Employment rate *2 (%)||2.24||2.23||2.31||2.38||2.35|
|Statutory employment rate (%)||2||2.2||2.2||2.3||2.3|
|Number of new hires||New graduate total||*1||438||516||565||614||586|
|Proportion of mid-career recruitment *5(%)||21.5||31.0||46.3||40.0||33.7|
|Number of resignations||221||216||232||292||283|
- *5 as of Sep. 30, 2021
Working Hours / Salary
|Total hours worked||1989.8||1999||2008.1||1948.7||1973.9|
|Overtime hours worked||277.8||283.4||292.5||247.3||260.9|
|Average paid vacation days taken||15.05||15.07||14.48||15.66||14.29|
|Average rate of paid vacation||77.5%||77.8%||75.1%||82.3%||75.3%|
|Average annual salary (¥)||Asahi Kasei Corp.
(Transitioned from a pure holding company to an operating holding company in 2016)
|Total training hours||―||―||―||―||382,632|
|Average time per employee||―||―||―||―||21.5|
|Annual education and training costs (¥)||*1||78,000||82,000||129,000||116,000||42,500|
Diversity / Work-life Balance
|Number of female managers and supervisors||*1||499||534||574||622||660||701|
|Number of female managers||153||171||193||212||231||257|
|Total number of managers||5,828||5,783||5,786||5,767||5,780||5,760|
|Ratio of female managers||2.6||3.0||3.3||3.7||4.0||4.5|
|Number of employees taking child care leave||Men||316||346||392||417||433||―|
|Number of employees using shortened working hours system for child care||Men||1||5||3||3||4||―|
|Number of employees using "Kids Support" shortened working hours system||Men||0||1||1||2||0||―|
|Number of employees taking family care leave||Men||0||1||4||3||6||―|
|Number of employees using shortened working hours system for family care||Men||0||0||0||3||4||―|
Occupational Health and Safety
|Occupational Health and Safety||Scope||FY2016||FY2017||FY2018||FY2019||FY2020|
|Group Lost Time Frequency Rate||*3||0.35||0.3||0.41||0.44||0.21|
|Group Severity Rate||0.024||0.005||0.008||0.074||0.006|
|Percentage finding problems during health examinations||*4||63.4||62.5||62.6||62.3||62.7|
|Social contribution activity expenses (¥ million)||Asahi Kasei Group Total
|Ratio of ordinary income||0.7||2.46||0.61||0.6||0.62|
- *1Asahi Kasei, Asahi Kasei Microdevices, Asahi Kasei Homes, Asahi Kasei Construction Materials, Asahi Kasei Pharma, and Asahi Kasei Medical
- *2The rate of employment and the number of persons employed are the average figures for each fiscal year for applicable companies of the Asahi Kasei Group. Calculations are based on total employment of 26,990 persons at the 20 applicable companies as of June 1, 2020. (number of persons calculated in accordance with the Act on Employment Promotion, etc. of Persons with Disabilities)
- *3Group companies in Japan and overseas implementing the Responsible Care (RC) Program (see below for a list of departments and plants)
- *4In addition to *1, employees of major Japanese subsidiaries
|Number of Directors||Inside Directors||Men||Asahi Kasei Corp.||6||6||6||6||6|
|Independent Outside Directors||Men||2||2||2||2||2|
|Ratio of Women on Board of Directors||11.1||11.1||11.1||11.1||11.1|
- *The number of Board of Directors meetings and committee meetings and their attendance rates are reported on the following page.