Nitto Denko Group Report 2013

26Nitto Denko Group Report 2013Environmental Conservation ActivitiesProviding Sustainable ProductsAs a business contributing to environmental conservation, we strive to develop and supply sustainable products.Sustainable ProductsProducts contributing to environmental conservation are referred to as sustainable products in the Nitto Denko Group. By giving them a unique denition, evaluating products according to the two criteria of “Being useful for solving global environmental problems” and “Effectively utilizing resources through the life-cycle of products” and measuring their contribution to environmental conservation, Subcategory nameNo. Definition A.Low Environmental Impact ProductsA-1 Products that do not contain any prohibited substances specified by customer request, legal regulations, or in the Group Regulations on Voluntary Management of Chemicals, or products whose content of substances specified for reduction by customer request, legal regulations, or in the Group Regulations on Voluntary Management of Chemicals have been reduced. A-2 Products that not only have lower environmental impact (e.g., energy consumption, industrial waste reduction) during any process from collection of raw materials to the Group processes (manufacturing, disposal, and logistics), but also have a lower total environmental impact from collection of raw materials to Group production processes, in comparison with other Group products or competing products. B.Positive Environmental Impact ProductsB-1 Products that not only have a lower environmental impact during any customer process from use to disposal, but also a lower total environmental impact from use to disposal by the customer, in comparison with other Group products, competing products, or conventional technologies.B-2 Products that help resolve global environmental issues. This subcategory also applies to products whose total environmental impact generated over their life cycle, from collection of raw materials to manufacture and disposal, has a positive effect on the global environment according to the Life Cycle Assessment* or another assessment method. we classify our products as “Low Environmental Impact Products” or “Positive Environmental Impact Products”. Denition of Sustainable ProductsIn scal 2012, we reviewed the denitions for and the names of the two subcategories. We classify sustainable products according to the denitions in the table below.The Number of Products Qualifying as SustainableIn scal 2012, 2,050 products qualied as Low Environmental Impact Products and 20 as Positive Environmental Impact Products. Life Cycle Assessment*1Global Environmental Problems2Life-cycle assessmentIndustrialwasteProduction of raw materials A-1 Low Environmental Impact ProductsB-1 Positive Environmental Impact ProductsA-2 Low Environmental Impact ProductsB-2 Positive Environmental Impact Products•Production•Business activitiesEnergyIndustrialwasteEnergyIndustrialwasteEnergyIndustrialwasteEnergyEnergyEnergyCO2Promoting positive effectsContributing to recovery of the environment and solving environmental problemsSuppressing negative effectsReducing use of environmentally harmful materialsMaterials manufacturersIndustrial wasteProcessing Consumers