The Air Water Group’s business activities have been founded on harnessing natural resources like air and water. As such, seeing environmental conservation as essential to sustainable corporate growth, we have long worked to reduce our environmental impact. To guide us in the right direction, in 2000 we formulated the Air Water Group Basic Environmental Policy, and have been working as a group to preserve our natural environment.
We are concerned not only with harnessing air and water resources to make products that benefit industry and lifestyles, but also with ensuring our manufacturing benefits nature itself. Having served their commercial purpose, those resources should return gently and cleanly to their original environment. As a company founded on the laws of nature and the cycle of natural life, acting in accordance with this philosophy is our responsibility to future generations.
- We work on prevention of environmental pollution, global warming countermeasures (mitigation of and adaptation to climate change), effective use of resources, and reduction of chemical risk in all our business activities from research and development to production, sales, logistics, and service.
- We research and examine the impact on the environment resulting from our business activities, establish technically and economically feasible goals for reducing environmental load, and promote environmental conservation activities. At the same time, we continually try to improve our environmental management system.
- We comply with environmental laws and regulations, establish voluntary standards as necessary, and work for environmental conservation.
- We select resources (facilities, raw materials, subsidiary materials, components, etc.) required for business activities that satisfy technological and economic demands, but which also have a small environmental impact and little negative effect on local residents and employees.
- Our research & development gives consideration to the environment, safety, and quality, and provides products and goods and develops technologies that contribute to the environment.
- We promote acquisition of the ISO 14001 international standard for environmental management systems, and arrange structures for implementing our Basic Environmental Policy.
- We use internal publicity and other activities to boost the understanding and awareness of all employees regarding the Air Water Group Basic Environmental Policy. We disclose this Basic Environmental Policy to the general public.
Having made “fighting climate change” the group’s key environmental challenge, we have established a greenhouse gas (i.e., carbon dioxide) emission reduction target, and it is one of the group’s KPIs.
In addition, the Air Water Group has identified effective use of resources, and reduction of chemical risk as major issues related to the environment and is actively working. These major issues are indicated in the international standard “ISO 26000:2010 Guidance on social responsibility” as issues that need to be addressed by the organization as a whole, and we regard this process as indispensable to the sustained development of the Air Water Group.
The Air Water Group’s representative director works as the chief executive of environmental management. Each Company, business division, plant, and group company nominates an environmental officer to minimize environment-related risks. Specifically, environmental officers ensure strict compliance with environmental laws and regulations, and strive to reduce our environmental impact by cutting back greenhouse gas emissions and promoting effective use of water resources. At companies and plants that use a particularly large amount of energy within the group, legally appointed managers ensure strict energy usage management.
Further, through the environmental officers at each group company and plant, the Compliance Center’s Environmental Management Promotion Department provides guidance on compliance with laws and regulations, and promotes activities to reduce environmental impact. In addition, mainly at plants with a high risk of environmental noncompliance, we carry out regular environmental audits and check whether appropriate environmental management is in place. We also host annual training seminars where we develop individuals that can take charge of risk minimization. Elsewhere, we host annual liaison meetings with our energy management staff as one of our efforts to fight climate change and develop our personnel. Here, we offer the relevant education to managers of plants and companies that use large amounts of energy, and provide a platform for information exchange.
Moreover, 33 Air Water Group companies have acquired environmental management certifications that include ISO 14001, EcoAction 21, and Green Management. Through external examining authorities such as these, we are working to further enhance the efficiency of our environmental management.
The Air Water Group publishes Environmental Information to provide information, such as on amendments to environmental laws and regulations and environmental conservation efforts by other companies, to workplaces and Group companies. Sharing information throughout the Group helps reduce environmental risk.
Air Water conducts environmental audits to guide environmental preservation activities and compliance with environmental laws and regulations at each plant of the Group. Audits are conducted according to set schedules and based on the degree of environmental load at each manufacturing plant, whether ISO 14001 certification has been acquired, the findings of past environmental audits, and other factors. In fiscal 2019, environmental audits were conducted at 34 business establishments.
Air Water organizes workshops on lowering environmental risks every year.
In fiscal 2019, we held workshops on overall environmental statutes for relevant personnel at the Air Water Group's offices and plants. They were aimed at fostering the development of human resources who can take charge of maintaining and improving environmental compliance.
They focused on sharing actions for compliance taken by group companies and on talks delivered by outside speakers about the importance of compliance with environmental statutes, while providing information on revisions related to laws on measures for global warming. The workshops took place at Osaka, Tokyo and Sapporo, with 111 in attendance.