Environmental Activities

  • Policies and System on Environmental Conservation
    Corporate Policies on Environmental Conservation

    Kansai Paint has formulated Corporate Policies on Environmental Conservation as the framework for its Responsible Care activities. Those policies reflect our commitments 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.

    Responsible Care Organizational Structure

    Kansai Paint sets goals and formulates plans, and monitors progress on efforts to reduce product-related environmental loads, 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. Kansai Paint implements its responsible care activities, including the ALES ECO PLAN, through the activities of these three committees.

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    Responsible Care Organizational Structure
  • Management of Chemical Substances
    Management of Chemical Substances in Product Design

    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.

  • Environmental Conservation Activities
    Reduction of CO2 Emissions

    As a result of production in FY2017 increased by 2.9% from the FY2016 level, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted by the production division was also increased by 1.6%.CO2 emissions per unit of output were 118kg-CO2/ton, down 0.8% from the FY2016 level.

    Energy Conservation

    Althogh the amount of energy used by the production division in FY2017 increased by 1.6% from the FY2016 level, resulting in a decrease of 1.2% in energy consumption per production unit from the FY2016 level. This result is attributable to power-saving measures taken at worksites and the practice of more efficient production methods. We intend to continue engaging in energy conservation activities.

  • Air Pollution Control at Production Plants
    Sulfur oxides (SOx)
    Sulfur oxides are generated when fuels such as heavy oil and kerosene and waste materials that contain sulfur are burned. SOx comprise sulfur dioxide and small amounts of sulfur trioxide.
    Nitrogen oxides (NOx)
    Nitrogen oxides are contained in exhaust gases from boilers, incinerators,trucks, and other equipment. NOx comprise nitrogen monoxide, nitrogen , dioxide, and other gases.
    Dust is defined in the Air Pollution Control Law as particulate matter. comprising soot and cinders that is generated accompanying the combustion of fuels and other materials or the use of electricity as a heat source.
  • Water Resource Reduction and Water Pollution Prevention
    Water conservation at production plants

    Water usage in FY2017 increased by approximately 14.7% from the FY2016 level, and water usage per unit of production also increased by 11.6%. Kansai Paint will continue efforts to efficiently use water resources by devising equipment cleaning methods, and so on.

    Water pollution prevention at production plants

    The amount of COD dischange, and indicatior of the amount of water pollutants discharged, increased by approximately 33.7% from the FY2016 level in FY2017, as a result of a increase inproduction volume. Kansai Paint will continue efforts to prevent water pollution by stregthening plant management to ensure that wastewater treatment plants opetrate appropriately.

  • Waste Reduction Initiatives

    Kansai Paint launched a company-wide waste reduction team in 1999 to contribute to the creation of a recycling-oriented society by promoting the “3Rs” of industrial waste: reducing the generation of industrial waste (Reduce), recycling of waste that is generated (Recycle), and reusing materials (Reuse). As a result of efforts to achieve zero emissions of industrial waste generated through production activities, the production division has achieved a recycling rate of 100% in FY2017.
    Although the amount of waste generated in FY2017 increased by 0.5% compared with FY2016, the amount of waste generated per unit of production was reduced by 7.4% from FY2015, which is 2.2 percentage points below 2016 levels. Under ALES ECO PLAN 2018, waste reduction is progressing as planned.

  • Hazardous substance reduction actual results
    Amount of lead contained in products sold
    (relative amount with FY2003 taken as 100)

    We are reducing the amount of lead compounds used in products, using “Amount of Lead Contained in Products Sold” as a performance index. In FY2017, we discontinued products that use coloring pigments containing lead or found substitute pigments. The amount of lead compound in products sold in FY2017 was 0.5% of the FY2003 level, and the reduction rate of 99.5% is higher than the reduction target. The Japan Paint Manufacturers Association (JPMA) has issued a declaration regarding the elimination of pigments containing lead. In line with the JPMA declaration, we will continue to reduce the amount of lead compounds in order to completely eliminate them by FY2018.

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

    We are reducing the amount of hexavalent chromium compounds used in products, using “Amount of Hexavalent Chromium Contained in Products Sold” as a performance index. We have made progress in eliminating or finding substitutes for anticorrosive pigments that contain lead or chromium. The amount of hexavalent chromium compounds in products sold in FY2017 was 16% of the FY2003 level, and the reduction rate of 84% was higher than the reduction target.Although anticorrosive pigments that contain hexavalent chromium are mainly used for applications that require long-term durability, we will continue to develop and offer alternative products and reduce the use of hexavalent chromium.

    Toluene, xylene and ethylbenzene contained in products sold
    (relative amount with FY2015 taken as 100)

    In ALES ECO PLAN 2018, we set a target of maintaining the amount of toluene, xylene, and ethylbenzene (hereafter, T, X, and EB) in products sold at the FY2015 level.In fiscal 2017, Kansai Paint continued to transition from solvent-based to waterborne coatings, and to replace T, X, and EB with less hazardous alternative solvents. However, the results showed a 4% increase compared to FY2015 because of increased demand for coatings and thinners containing T, X, and EB. We will continue to develop and promote sales of products that use alternative solvents and strive to avoid increasing the amount of T, X, and EB in products sold