Water Conservation & Environmental Sustainability

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Conserve water, energy, and other natural resources utilized in and by LIXIL products and services across the value chain from procurement through production, distribution, end use, and product disposal.

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Background

The 2015 Paris Agreement seeks to keep the rise in global average temperature well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and aims to limit that rise to 1.5°C. To achieve this, the world must reduce CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050.

In addition, an estimated 800 million people around the world today do not have access to safe drinking water. By 2050, over 40% of the world’s population won’t have access to necessary water supply due to the depletion of water resources.

Furthermore, global resource consumption is expected to more than double by 2050. To help change this situation, the world is gradually shifting from a one-way economy, which mines resources, makes products in large quantities, and eventually discards them, to a circular economy that closes resource loops.

Our Approach & Strategy

Modern lifestyles rely on large amounts of energy and resources. As a company that seeks to make better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere, LIXIL plays a crucial role in conserving our global environment.

We strive to minimize environmental impacts both in our operations and through eco-conscious products and services that fully draw on advanced technologies and know-how related to life and living.

We are also committed to partnering with various stakeholders to foster an environmentally sustainable future together.

LIXIL Environmental Vision 2050

In FYE2020, we formulated an environmental vision for LIXIL in the year 2050. Based on our Zero Carbon and Circular Living policy, by 2050, we aim to achieve net-zero carbon emissions and preserve water and natural resources in operations, housing and lifestyle solutions for future generations to become a leading company in environmental sustainability.

We have designated the following three focus areas for realizing our environmental vision. These three focus areas are based on the three strategic pillars outlined in LIXIL’s Corporate Responsibility (CR) Strategy and our specific business characteristics as well as broader global issues and risks such as climate change and international frameworks including the SDGs and Paris Agreement.

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Three Focus Areas to Achieve Our Vision

Three Focus Areas to Achieve Our Vision

Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

The energy consumed by LIXIL products during their end-use phase accounts for over 90% of CO2 emissions of the entire lifecycle of LIXIL products and services, from raw material procurement through to product disposal. At LIXIL, we strive to reduce our environmental impact and aim to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 by offering eco-conscious products and services.

We also seek to provide products and services that can help alleviate the damage caused by rising temperatures, increased rainfall, major typhoons, and other natural disasters brought about by climate change, and also to further advance our climate adaptation policies.

Water Sustainability

As a leading company in the water-related product industry, providing products such as toilets, kitchen systems, prefabricated bathrooms, and faucets, LIXIL strives to help achieve global water sustainability so that people can get the most out of the water they use.

Circular Economy

LIXIL uses a variety of resources, including metals, timber, resin, and ceramics. In order to use limited resources more sustainably, we promote circular manufacturing practices that consider the entire product lifecycle, from raw material procurement through to manufacturing, product use, and disposal.

In FYE2021, we announced our LIXIL Plastics Action Statement. We are accelerating initiatives at all LIXIL plants and offices to reduce plastic use and recycle plastic, to develop and utilize recyclable alternatives, and to design products that have a low impact on the environment.

Initiatives to Achieve Our Vision

LIXIL set medium-term environmental targets for five years from FYE2017 to FYE2021 (see the table below), and has been implementing a wide range of activities, including increasing renewable energy use, improving recycling rates, and managing water risks (click the links below for more details). From FYE2022 onward, we will be even more committed to realizing our Environmental Vision based on our new medium-term plan.

Activity details:  Environment >
Progress against the targets:  Action Plan & KPIs >

Medium-Term Environmental Targets and our Performance against Them

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