Environmental Approach

The Tsubaki Group utilizes environmental accounting to quantify the economic and ecological benefits obtained through its environmental conservation activities as well as the cost of these activities. We use this information to analyze the progress of environmental conservation activities and implement continuous improvements. Here we provide a summary of our main environmental accounting data.

FYE 2014 Environmental Accounting

Environmental accounting

The new assembly factory at the Saitama Plant began operations in FYE 2014. It includes a great number of energy-saving measures such as photovoltaic power generation, LED lighting throughout the building, GHP (Gas Heat Pump) air conditioning, green roofs, and the use of insulating glass. In addition, this was a fiscal year that saw major energy savings obtained through investments, with one such example being the installation of gas-powered equipment for air conditioning and boilers at group company Tsubaki E&M. For the entire group, CO2 emission reductions were at least twice as high as a normal year (approximately 1,100 tons/year).
*GHP = Gas Heat Pump. A heating and cooling system that uses a gas engine to operate an air compressor.

Environmental conservation costs

Unit: Thousands of yen
Category Details of Main Activities Investments Expenses
(1) Business area costs 215,072 392,111
Breakdown (1)-1 Pollution control costs Introduction and operational management of air pollution control facilities & wastewater treatment facilities 128,866 112,448
(1)-2 Environmental conservation costs Introduction and operational management of power management system 84,506 142,803
(1)-3 Resource recycling costs Waste disposal and recycling costs; improvements to industrial waste storage facilities 1,700 136,859
(2) Upstream and downstream costs Analysis outsourcing costs, including substances imparting an environmental impact 0 445
(3) Administration costs Establishment & operation of EMS; improving the greening of worksite interiors; installation of equipment for measuring air & water quality 18,156 173,191
(4) R&D costs Research & development of environmentally friendly products (reducing environmental impact during product use) 61,849 125,974
(5) Social activity cost Regional environmental activities 0 376
(6) Environmental remediation costs Purification of groundwater and the like 0 0
Total 295,078 692,092

Benefits of environmental conservation

Category Environmental performance indicators
(Unit)
FYE 2013 FYE 2014 Difference from Reference Period
(Environmental Conservation Benefit)
Conservation benefits related to environmental impact and waste emissions from business operations CO2 emissions
(tons of CO2)
55,609 56,242 increase of 633 tons of CO2
Waste emissions (t) 5,171 5,178 increase of 7 tons
Environmental conservation benefit from investing resources in business operations
Water (1,000 m3) 396 309 Reduction of 87,000 m3

Economic benefits of environmental conservation

FYE 2014 gain on sale of valuable resources

Unit: Yen in thousands
Kyotanabe Plant Saitama Plant Seven group companies Total
Gain on sale of punch press scrap 115,262 141,276 28,018 284,557
Gain on sale of machining swarf (scrap iron) 3,676 29,564 32,579 65,820
Gain on sale of long scrap 2,594 0 12,809 15,403
Gain on sale of scrap stainless steel 6,471 0 10,019 16,490
Gain on sale of scrap wire 188 1,709 4,882 6,779
Gain on sale of scrap aluminum 1,542 2,167 1,069 4,778
Gain on sale of scrap parts 18,364 9,498 4,594 32,456
Gain on sale of processing scrap 0 336 773 1,109
Gain on sale of scrap vanadium 0 680 0 680
Gain on sale of plastic scrap 304 1,706 30 2,040
Gain on sale of waste oil 0 457 0 457
Other 0 288 175 464
Total 148,402 187,682 94,950 431,034