Chemical Substances Management
Complying with PRTR Law
Paints and organic solvents are the primary chemical substances used by Daifuku in its production facilities. The Company manages and controls the usage amounts of special chemical substances on-site as designated under the PRTR Law.*
- *PRTR Law: Entities are to understand the amount of chemical substances discharged into the environment and to promote improvements in their management of these substances under this law. This law encourages the voluntary management of chemical substances and the prevention of environmental pollution by having enterprises report to their national governing authority the number and volume of chemical substances they are releasing into the environment.
Emission and transfer volume of chemical substances related to PRTR Law
|Emission and transfer (kg)||12,000||16,792||24,379||23,506||18,691||30,010|
Amount of PRTR-related chemical substances handled in FY2015
|Control No.||Chemicals||Transaction Volume||Emission to||Transfer to|
|Air||Public water||Soil||Land||Total emissions||Sewage||Misc||Total transfer|
(Note) Chemical substances of which less than 100 kg is handled are omitted as the amounts are negligible.
Water Quality Management
We recognize that water pollution is an important issue that broadly affects soil, agricultural produce, living environments, and more. We not only comply with laws and regulations, but also make meticulous efforts to manage and reduce waste water.
Result of final effluent quality measurements in FY2015
Shiga Works (in accordance with the Water Pollution Prevention Act, prefectural ordinances, and the Hino Town pollution control agreement)
|Measurement item||Regulation value||Results|
|Amount of drainage (m3/day)||-||708||111||332|
|SS (mg/ℓ)||20 or less||1.6||0.5||0.8|
|COD (mg/ℓ)||20 or less||3.5||1.5||2.4|
|BOD (mg/ℓ)||20 or less||2.0||1.0||1.2|
|Total phosphorus (mg/ℓ)||1 or less||0.1||0.1||0.1|
|Total nitrogen (mg/ℓ)||10 or less||2.8||0.5||1.4|
*You can scroll horizontally .
(Note) The average value is the weighted average.
Recycling sludge into cement materials
At Shiga Works' wastewater treatment facility, it is necessary to treat the sludge produced to maintain stable water treatment. The dewatered sludge withdrawn from the facility is treated using a dryer and is turned into dried sludge with 20% water content. This has led to a large reduction in excess sludge as well as a reduction in waste treatment cost. Furthermore, dried sludge is put to good use as a raw material for cement.
Air Pollution Prevention
Based on Ordinance 25, Clause 1 of the Ordinance Concerning the Reduction of Impact on the Air Environment of Shiga Prefecture, Shiga Works is designated as a "place of business subject to a plan to reduce its environmental impact on the air." We are striving to control and reduce smoke-type air pollutants.
Results of the final air pollutant measurements in FY2015
Shiga Works (according to the Hino Town environmental pollution control agreement)
|Sulfur oxide (SOx) (m3N/h)||Dynamos||2.3||0.099||0.047||0.075|
|Nitrogen oxide (NOx) (ppm)||Dynamos||950||820||570||713|
*You can scroll horizontally .
Implementation of Green Procurement Guidelines
As a global enterprise, we believe that our mission is to make environmentally friendly products. Under the motto, "We will not buy, use, or sell any hazardous materials," we formulated our Green Procurement Guidelines in 2005. Following the guidelines, we prioritize the purchase of materials and products that are resource saving, energy saving and reusable.
Compliance with European harmful substance regulations
The entire Daifuku Group focuses on the European REACH regulations.*, and goes to great lengths to visualize and remove any harmful chemicals in its products. The Company continues to offer environmentally friendly products through implementation of Green Procurement Guidelines by looking at its entire supply chain.
- *REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals) Regulations: Companies must register and evaluate the safety of chemical substances contained in the products they manufacture and sell in Europe.
Local production for local consumption at canteens
At three canteens in Shiga Works, cuisine using local foodstuff has been offered monthly since August 2014. We added cuisine such as Kurao Pork (pork produced in Hino Town; the pigs are fed with baumkuchen.) and a vegetable tempura bowl using a variety of vegetables cultivated in Higashi-Omi City to our menu. This "local production for local consumption" policy helps reduce transportation costs and CO2 emissions.