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Coexistence with the Global Environment

Policies and system on
environmental conservation

Kansai Paint has formulated Corporate Policies on Environmental Conservation as the framework for its Responsible Care activities. Those policies reflect ourcommitments in a number of areas, including protection of the safety and health of the customers who use our products and the employees who use the chemical substances from which our products are made, as well as the reduction of environmental loads caused by the use of our products and our business operations.

Corporate policies on environmental conservation

  • 01To supply products after full consideration of their potential
    impacts on people and the environment.
  • 02To undertake proactive countermeasures to cope with the
    potential effects of products on people and the environment.
  • 03To contribute to society while raising awareness about the
    environment, safety and health.
  • 04To disclose and provide information related to the
    environment, safety and health.

Organizational structure of
Responsible Care

Based on the above Corporate Policies on Environmental Conservation, Kansai Paint sets goals and formulates plans relating to responsible care, and monitors their progress. This includes efforts to reduce product-related environmental loads and promote the uptake of environmentally-friendly products, ensure product safety, disclose information to customers, ensure employee safety and health, and minimize environmental loads generated by our business operations. This work is carried out by the Environmental & Product Safety Committee, the User - and Customer - Related Environmental Safety Committee, and the Environmental Safety & Health Committee. The activity goals and plans of these three committees are approved and reviewed and progress monitored by the RC Committee and the RC Top Management Review Panel , which are the top-level organizations for responsible care.

ALES ECO PLAN 2021
(Evaluation of FY2020 targets and results)

Environmental
&
Product Safety
Reduction of
Hazardous
Substances in
Products
1. Amount of lead in products sold*1) Use prohibited except for special applications Elimination by 2020, including special application Kept use prohibited except for special applications. Elimination completed, including for special applications in FY2019. Target achieved
2. Amount of hexavalent chromium in products sold*2) 87% reduction from the
FY2003 level
87.7% reduction from the
FY2003 level
Target achieved
3. Amount of T, X, EB*3) in products sold*4) Keep below FY2015 results Kept below FY2015 results Target achieved
4. Reduction of nonylphenols*5) Limit usage to 0.3 t
Conduct enquiry into
elimination by 2022
Usage: 0.64 t
Conducting efforts into elimination
Target not achieved
Environmental
Safety and
Health
Environmental
Conservation
Activities
1. ISO 14001 activities Continued implementation Continued implementation Target
achieved
2. Preparation of environmental accounting information Continued publication Continued publication Target
achieved
3. Prevention of environmental
pollution
1) Environmental measured
values
2) Security and disaster
prevention
1) Within standard values Within standard values Target
achieved
2) Leakage outside plant
premises/fires: 0 incidents
Leakage outside plant
premises/fires: 0 incidents
Target
achieved
Health and
Safety
Assurance
1. Number of occupational accidents Accidents involving loss of
at least one workday: 0 cases
Accidents involving loss of
workday: 2 cases
Target
achieved
2. Safety assurance at affiliated companies overseas Provision of safety education to local employees simultaneously with safety diagnosis at affiliated companies overseas Due to COVID-19, we temporarily suspended on-site diagnosis, but remotely confirmed the safety activities of affiliated companies overseas, and conducted safety training (7 companies in ASEAN region and 7 in China). Target
achieved
Reduction of
Operational
Environmental
Impacts
1. Energy consumption (per unit of production) 2.0% reduction from the
FY2018 level
Target: 2,349 kJ/kg
7.3% increase from the
FY2018 level
Target
achieved
2-1. CO2 emissions (per unit of
production: Production
division including
incinerators)
2-1 Maintenance of the FY2018
results per unit of production
FY2018 result: 119 kg-CO2/t
9.1% increase from the
FY2018 level
Target
achieved
2-2. CO2 emissions (total: Production Division, Technology Division, Head Office and so on including incinerators) 2-2 16.4% reduction from the
FY2013 level
Target: 36,493-CO2
21.2% reduction from the
FY2013 level
Target
achieved
3. Waste generated (per unit of production) 2.0% reduction from the
FY2018 level
Target: 133 kg/t
5.7% reduction from the
FY2018 level
Target
achieved
4. Waste recycling ratio Maintenance of 99% or higher Full-year average: 100% Target
achieved
User-and
Customer-
Related
Environmental
Safety
Market and
Environmental
Safety
Activities
1. Compliance with
environmental laws and
regulations in Japan and
overseas
・Entrenchment of a system for complying with environmental regulations in Japan
・Consideration and development of a system for complying with environmental regulations overseas in accordance with market developments
Compliance with revisions to elated governmental andministerial ordinances such as the Industrial Safety and Health Act and the Ordinance on Prevention of Hazards Due to Specified Chemical Substances, the Export Trade Control Order, and Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act, etc. Implementation
continuing for
each item
2. Environment management
system enhancement
Development of required
systems
Revision of labelling/SDS
system
3. Product liability complaints:
0 claims
0 claims related to the Product
Liability Law
Kansai Paint, Kansai Paint Sales,
Kansai Paint Marine,
Kanpe Hapio: 0 claims
Environmental Information Disclosure 1. Publication of CSR Report Continued publication Publication of Integrated Report
(September)
Target
achieved
2. Publication of CorporateReport

Environmental
&
Product Safety

Reduction of Hazardous
Substances in Products

1. Amount of lead in products sold*1)
Use prohibited except for special
applications Elimination by 2020,
including special application
Kept use prohibited except for special
applications. Elimination completed,
including for special applications in FY2019.
Target achieved
2. Amount of hexavalent chromium
in products sold*2)
87% reduction from the FY2003 level
87.7% reduction from the FY2003 level
Target achieved
3. Amount of T, X, EB*3) in products
sold*4
Keep below FY2015 results
Kept below FY2015 results
Target achieved
4. Reduction of nonylphenols*5)
Limit usage to 0.3 t Conduct enquiry into
elimination by 2022
Usage: 0.64 t
Conducting efforts into elimination
Target not achieved

Environmental
Safety and
Health

Environmental Conservation
Activities

1. ISO 14001 activities
Continued implementation
Continued implementation
Target achieved
2. Preparation of environmental
accounting information
Continued publication
Continued publication
Target achieved
3. Prevention of environmental pollution
1) Environmental measured values
1) Within standard values
Within standard values
Target achieved
2) Security and disaster prevention
2) Leakage outside plant
premises/fires: 0 incidents
Leakage outside plant
premises/fires: 0 incidents
Target achieved

Health and Safety Assurance

1. Number of occupational accidents
Accidents involving loss of at
least one workday: 0 cases
Accidents involving loss of
workday: 2 cases
Target not achieved
2. Safety assurance at affiliated
companies overseas
Provision of safety education to local
employees simultaneously with safety
diagnosis at affiliated companies overseas
Due to COVID-19, we temporarily suspended on-site diagnosis, but remotely confirmed the safety activities of affiliated companies overseas, and conducted safety training (7 companies in ASEAN region and 7 in China).
Target achieved

Reduction of Operational
Environmental Impacts

1. Energy consumption (per unit
of production)
2.0% reduction from the FY2018 level
Target: 2,349 kJ/kg
7.3% increase from the FY2018 level
Target not achieved
2-1. CO2 emissions (per unit of production:
Production division including incinerators)
2-1 Maintenance of the FY2018
results per unit of production
FY2018 result: 119 kg-CO2/t
9.1% increase from the FY2018 level
Target not achieved
2-2. CO2 emissions (total: Production
Division, Technology Division, Head
Office and so on including incinerators)
2-2 16.4% reduction from the FY2013
level Target: 36,493-CO2
21.2% reduction from the FY2013 level
Target achieved
3. Waste generated (per unit of
production)
2.0% reduction from the FY2018 level
Target: 133 kg/t
5.7% reduction from the FY2018 level
Target achieved
4. Waste recycling ratio
Maintenance of 99% or higher
Full-year average: 100%
Target achieved

User-and
CustomerRelated
Environmental
Safety

Market and Environmental
Safety Activities

1. Compliance with environmental
laws and regulations in Japan and
overseas
・Entrenchment of a system for
 complying with environmental
 regulations in Japan
・Consideration and development of
 a system for complying with
 environmental regulations overseas
 inaccordance with market
 developments
Compliance with revisions to related governmental and ministerial ordinances such as the Industrial Safety and Health Act and the Ordinance on Prevention of Hazards Due to Specified ChemicalSubstances, the Export Trade Control Order, and Poisonous and Deleterious Substances Control Act, etc.
Implementation
continuing for each item
2. Environment management
system enhancement
Development of required systems
Revision of labelling/SDS system
Implementation
continuing for each item
3. Product liability complaints: 0 claims
0 claims related to the Product
Liability Law
Kansai Paint, Kansai Paint Sales,
Kansai Paint Marine,
Kanpe Hapio: 0 claims
Implementation
continuing for each item

Environmental
Information
Disclosure

1. Publication of CSR Report
Continued publication
Publication of Integrated Report (September)
Target achieved
2. Publication of Corporate achieved Report
Continued publication
Publication of Integrated Report (September)
Target achieved
  • *1) Amount of lead (Pb): amount of elemental lead content
  • *2) Amount of hexavalent chromium (Cr VI): amount of elemental hexavalent chromium content
  • *3) Finished products: includes thinners sold
  • *4) “T, X, and EB”: abbreviations for “toluene, xylene, and ethylbenzene”
  • *5) Nonylphenols: Poly (oxyethylene) octylphenyl ether, Poly (oxyethylene) nonylphenyl ether

Responding to global warming

In order to conduct business activities such as production and technological research, we use energy sources including electricity, heavy oil, and gas. We believe that CO2 and other greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted from energy consumption play no small part in contributing to global warming. In order to reduce our impact on global warming, we are promoting the conservation and effective use of energy in the production processes that use the most energy in our business activities, and have set targets to this end in the ALES ECO PLAN 2021. Our CO2 emissions in FY2020 decreased by 21.2% from the FY2013 level. In addition, we have installed monitoring equipment in our production facilities to monitor the amount of electricity used in the production process, and use this information to review more efficient production methods. In addition, we have confirmed that our production activities cause no GHG emissions other than CO2.

Change in CO2 emissions by factor

Change in energy consumption

Reduction of hazardous
chemical substances

Chemical substances with a particularly high toxicity or substances which are discharged in large volumes from manufacturing plants pose a risk to paint users and manufacturers, as well as the environment. In order to reduce this impact as much as possible, we are focusing our efforts on setting a target for reduction of the volume and use of such substances alongside our Medium-term Management Plan.

Change in the amount of hexavalent chromium contained in products sold
(relative amount with FY2003 taken as 100%)

Anticorrosive pigments that contain hexavalent chromium are mainly used for applications that require long-term durability, protecting steel materials from rust and maintaining the aesthetic qualities of coated materials. We are working to reduce hexavalent chromium by switching to less harmful alternatives. In FY2020, we achieved a reduction of 87.7% comparedwith FY2003.

Change in the amount of hexavalent chromium in products sold

Change in the amount of toluene, xylene and ethylbenzene contained in products sold
(relative amount with FY2015 taken as 100%)

Toluene, xylene and ethylbenzene have long been used in coatings due to outstanding properties such as excellent coating film finish and rapid drying time. As these three substances are emitted in large quantities into the atmosphere, even as components in coatings, we are controlling the amounts contained in the products we sell as a way of limiting emissions into the atmosphere. The amount in FY2020 fell below that of FY2015.

Change in the amount of toluene, xylene, and ethylbenzene in coating and thinner products sold

Reduction of nonylphenyl ether

Polyoxyethylene octylphenyl ether and polyoxyethylene nonylphenyl ether have long been used as key materials in water-based coatings. However, since it came to light that these substances are harmful to aquatic environments, we have been working to go greener by reducing their use in new products, or by switching to less harmful alternatives. By replacing raw materials that contain these substances, we reduced the total amount of both substances shipped as products from 1.2 tons in FY2019 to 0.64 tons. We will continue working to switch to less harmful alternatives with the goal of abolishing the use of raw materials that contain these substances in 2022.

Biodiversity

We consider the conservation of biodiversity to be an important issue for our customers and business activities. For this reason, we have banned the use of nonylphenol, octylphenol, and other harmful substances in new products since they were first suspected of being endocrine disruptors, and are working to replace them with other substances.
We will continue to control the use of substances that have significant adverse effects on the natural environment.

Efforts to prevent air pollution

We have been promoting activities to reduce SOx, NOx, and dust emissions by switching boiler fuel from heavy oil to city gas and promoting cleaner exhaust gas. To ensure the safety and health of nearby residents and to prevent air pollution, each business site has set voluntary control standards that are stricter than the standard values set by laws and ordinances, and monitors emissions. In FY2020, none of our business sites exceeded the regulatory values set by laws and regulations, ordinances, agreements with local governments, and other restrictions. We will continue to monitor emissions and maintain our efforts to reduce air pollutants.

Change in SOx, NOx, and dust emissions

Water usage

We use a large amount of water in our Production Division, including ⑴ water as a raw material for waterbased paints, etc.; ⑵ rinse water for cleaning facilities, etc. where water-based paints are manufactured ; and ⑶ process water used for heating steam in boilers and cooling synthetic resin manufacturing facilities, etc. Depending on the nature of the application, we use tap water, industrial water, and groundwater efficiently. We measure the amount of tap water, industrial water, and groundwater used , and calculate the water consumption per production unit with production volume as the denominator, to observe whether water resources are being used efficiently. In the future, we will continue to promote water-saving activities by, among other things, improving cleaning methods for facilities where water-based paints are manufactured.

Change in water usage

Change in water consumption per production unit (Production Division)

Monitoring of wastewater quality

A large number of chemical substances are contained in the rinse water used in facilities, etc., where water-based paints are manufactured, and are largely responsible for the quality of the wastewater. We are monitoring COD to prevent contamination of the water system by these chemical substances. We will continue to improve cleaning methods at our facilities to reduce water consumption as well as the discharge of chemical substances.

Change in COD volumes

Risk management at
manufacturing plants
for leaks, etc.

Paints, coatings, and their raw materials are made up of chemical substances, and leaks from manufacturing and storage facilities can have a significant impact on the surrounding environment. In addition, as some paints, coatings, and raw materials are highly flammable, we are working to prevent fires from occurring.

Risk management at manufacturing plants for leaks, etc.
  • Contamination of soil, groundwater, and rivers due to
    leaks from manufacturing facilities
  • Contamination of soil, groundwater, and rivers due to
    leaks from storage tanks
  • Fires due to static discharge from manufacturing facilities
  • Fires due to static discharge from workers
Countermeasures
  • Periodic inspection of manufacturing facilities and storage tanks
    (general safety inspections, environmental safetyand health inspections by management, etc.)
  • Preparation of manuals, education and training on emergency measures in case of leakage
  • Installation and maintenance of emergency response
    equipment in case of leakage
  • Preparation of manuals and training for dealing with static electricity
  • Selection and provision of appropriate work clothes, work
    shoes, and protective gloves
  • Controls on lighters and other items brought into the workplace

In order to constantly monitor leakage of raw materials and paints from storage tanks, we are in the process of updating our liquid level sensors and systems. As of FY2020, 20% of all storage tanks had been updated. Training and comprehension tests on static electricity countermeasures are conducted periodically for divisions that use flammable liquids and solids.

Waste

We generate various types of waste in the course of our production and technological research activities, including containers for raw materials, liquid from cleaning manufacturing facilities, and solvents. In addition to activities to reduce the amount of waste we generate, we have been working since 1999 to reuse and recycle waste. In FY2020, all waste generated from production activities and 99% of waste generated from technical research activities was either reused or recycled. We will continue to reuse and recycle the waste we generate in the belief that limited resources must be used effectively for a sustainable society.

Change in waste volumes

Change in recycling rate

Approaches to the management
of chemical substances of concern

In order to ensure the safety and health of our customers and employees who use our products and raw materials, as well as to reduce the environmental impact of our products, we take into consideration the hazards and harmfulness of chemical substances, and designate as chemical substances of concern those substances whose use in our products is prohibited, and those substances whose use in the products we sell must be controlled. In order to prevent the accidental use of raw materials containing prohibited substances in our products, we: ⑴ do not register them as raw materials, and ⑵ substitute raw materials for those currently in use in order to eliminate them. At present, we use no raw materials that are subject to this ban. With regard to substances for which the amount of the substance in sold products is to be controlled, we control shipment volumes by ⑴ identifying and reducing the volume of shipment of such substances, and ⑵ prohibiting their use in new products.

List of substances of concern

Restricted-use substances
  • Law Concerning the Examination and Regulation of Manufacture of Chemical
    Substances, Class I Specified Chemical Substances
  • Lead compounds
  • Specified poisonous substances under the Poisonous and
    Deleterious Substances Control Law, etc.
Controlled-amount substances
  • Act on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and Control, of Specific Chemicals
    Class I Designated Substances (raw material substances)
  • Hexavalent chromium compounds
  • Polyoxyethylene octylphenyl ether
  • Polyoxyethylene nonylphenyl ether
  • Substances subject to REACH approval, etc.

Materials balance

Energy inputs Amount of energy used in business activities (production + technology + head office)
Water resource inputs Amount of water used in business activities (production + technology)
CO2 emissions from electricity CO2 emitted from electricity used in business activities (production + technology + head office)
CO2 emissions from fuel
and incineration
CO2 emitted from fuel and incineration from business activities (production + technology + head office)
NOx emissions Amount of NOx emitted from business activities (production + technology)
SOx emissions Amount of SOx emitted from business activities (production + technology)
Amount of waste emitted Amount of waste (excluding office waste and wastewater) generated by business activities (production + technology)
Amount of waste recycled Amount of waste generated by business activities (production + technology) that is recycled
Amount of waste sent to final disposal Amount of waste generated by business activities (production + technology) that has been subject to external intermediate disposal and external final disposal
Amount of wastewater treated Amount of water discharged from business activities (production + technology) (amount disposed + amount incinerated)
COD emissions Amount calculated by multiplying the COD concentration in wastewater by the amount of wastewater
Chemical substance emissions Amount of substances subject to notification under the PRTR system in the Law Concerning the Examination and Regulation of Manufacture of Chemical Substances emitted into the atmosphere from business activities (production + technology)
CO2 emissions from transport operations Amount calculated from the amount of fuel used for truck transportation

Management of chemical substances

Kansai Paint has considered the hazards and harmful effects of chemical substances and designated as “prohibited substances” those whose use in products is prohibited and as “restricted-use substances” those whose use in new designs and applications are restricted. We strive to secure the health and safety of product users and Kansai Paint technical and production personnel and conserve the environment by confirming before the materials registration and product formulation preparation stages whether or not these prohibited substances and restricted-use substances are contained in raw materials blended into products, based on information in SDS and raw materials samples and instructions submitted by raw materials manufacturers. When handling new raw materials or when the method of handling an existing raw material is changed, technical and production personnel conduct risk assessments required under the Industrial Safety and Health Act and devise measures for safer handling of these raw materials.