Release: September 15, 2005
NGK INSULATORS, LTD. (President & CEO: Shun Matsushita; Head Office: Nagoya, Japan) has issued its Environmental and Social Responsibility Report 2005 which covers the company's activities that were carried out during fiscal 2004 to achieve environmental conservation and fulfill its social responsibility.
NGK has issued "Environmental Report" annually since fiscal 1998. Starting from the 2004 report, it has been published as the "Environmental and Social Responsibility Report," adding information with regard to the company's social responsibility.The following is a summary of the 2005 report:
NGK revised action guidelines of its Core Policy on the Environment that was established in 1996 in order to reflect changes in society and advances in environmental management. The revised guidelines add subjects such as upgrade of environmental management systems from a global perspective, strengthening of partnerships with suppliers, strict adherence to laws, regulations, and other requirements, enhancement of relationships with stakeholders, and promotion of social contributions.
NGK's total CO2 emissions remained about the same as the previous year at 166,000 tons as a result of company-wide efforts to achieve a mid-term target (reduce total CO2 emissions to FY2003 levels by FY2006) and long-term target (reduce total CO2 emissions to 7% below FY1990 levels by FY2010). It means that the company achieved a 10,000-ton reduction in CO2 emissions, equivalent to that generated by business expansion. This marks the first time since fiscal 1990 (the base year) that NGK has been able to keep emissions the same as the previous year's levels while increasing production.
Taking into consideration the fact that the quantity of by-products for outsourced processing were down to 1,579 tons, a 63% reduction year on year, NGK is likely to achieve zero emissions within fiscal 2005 (1,000 tons or less by-products for outsourced processing). To reduce the total quantity of by-products generated, NGK has established a company-wide, medium-term plan (Name: RetBP-M30). In accordance with this plan, the company will work on recycling by-products and restraining their generation with the aim of reaching a mid-term goal (15% decrease in FY2007 over FY2004) and long-term goal (30% decrease in FY2010 over FY2004).
Regarding particular chemical substances that are specified in European chemical regulations such as a Restrictions on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, NGK has revised green procurement guidelines to lower risks of their leakage into the environment. Subjects including chemical substances that are prohibited and restricted to use by laws and regulations, standards to evaluate suppliers, and promotion of achieving external certifications are covered in the revised guidelines. They will be issued in fiscal 2005 aiming to enhance suppliers' awareness as well as establish a system capable of meeting customers' requests.
NGK is participating in the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan with an exhibit called "NGK Water Lab," a live theater based on the theme of water. In addition, the company's environmentally-conscious technologies including a NAS battery electrical storage system, methane fermentation system, and ceramic-membrane water purification system are making contributions at the Expo venue.