Sustainable Use Of Resources

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The LIXIL Group promotes the sustainable use of raw materials across the entire lifecycle of our products, from procurement through disposal.

Action plan ・Pursue more environment-conscious product design and sales expansion strategies, taking into account the entire lifecycle of both products and services.
・Improve waste recycling ratio
KPI Group-wide:
1. Benefits from CO2 emissions reduction achieved from the products and services
2. Levels of CO2 emissions across all operational processes

Target / ProgressOPEN or CLOSE

  • Target for FY2016

  • 1. Create a guideline for calculating the decrease in CO2 emissions to help achieve our mid-term target for FY2016-20 (1.4 times more efficient than in FY2015), and monitor the FY2015 result.

    2. Target -1.6% in FY2016 compared to FY2015 to achieve our new mid-term CO2 emissions target for FY2016-20 (-8% v. FY2015).
    *Above includes water resource conservation data (indirect avoided emissions and actual emissions related to water use).

  • Progress as of 2016

  • 1. Contributions from CO2 emissions reduction achieved from products and services increased by 1.08 times (compared to FY2015). Created Guideline for Calculation of Environmental Contribution to clarify calculation method for individual products and services, and calculated results based on FY2015 performance

    2. CO2 emissions from operational processes increased by 5% (compared to FY2015). Set targets and initiatives for each business organization in compliance with med-term targets.

    ・Created Guideline for Calculation of CO2 Emissions from Value Chain to clarify calculation method for all processes from procurement of raw materials through to product disposal

  • Target for FY2017

  • 1. Group-wide benefits from CO2 emissions reduction achieved from products and services increased by 1.16 times (compared to FY2015) to achieve our mid-term CO2 emissions target for FY2016-20

    2. Group-wide levels of CO2 emissions across all operational processes reduced by 3.2% (compared to FY2015) to achieve our mid-term CO2 emissions target for FY2016-20
    *Above includes water resource conservation data (indirect avoided emissions and actual emissions related to water use).

*1 and 2 include water conservation data on indirect CO2 emissions and the decrease in CO2 emissions when using water.

Recycling Resources in Operational Activities

The LIXIL Group ensures sustainable use of resources through initiatives such as recycling waste materials produced during its operations.

Based on the 3R principles - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - LIXIL Corporation is committed to reducing industrial waste products generated from manufacturing processes, collecting and sorting waste, and recycling. Going forward, we plan to expand our efforts by recycling resources at the raw material procurement and product disposal stages as well, and to extend the system globally.

Waste Materials and Recycling Rates

Waste Materials and Recycling Rates

Scope: FY2014 covers operation in Japan and Asia, while FY2015 and FY2016 cover a majority of the entire Group
*FY2015 excludes JIO Corporation.

Reducing Factory Waste Materials

Recycling complex waste plastics
LIXIL Corporation's Ueno-midori bathtub-manufacturing factory uses plastic resin for its bathtub press molding, wrapped in a protective polypropylene film to prevent the volatilization of organic solvents. The resin and protective film were previously disposed of as waste due to the difficulty of recycling materials with different material composition. However, working together with a waste management processing company, we found a successful way of reusing the materials from FY2016. The pulverized resin and film is sorted, cleaned, and pelletized for reuse as resin pallet. The factory has also worked efficiently to reduce waste by minimizing defective products, as well as distilling and reusing previously used solutions such as paint thinner. As a result, the factory has been able to reduce the total volume of waste by approximately 18% from 905.6 tons in FY2015 to 744.0 tons in FY2016.

Recycling of sludge in Thailand Recycling of sludge in Thailand
TOSTEM THAI Co., Ltd., a LIXIL Corporation subsidiary, has been working to reduce its biggest industrial waste product, sludge. In Thailand, the most common treatment of industrial waste is to bury it. However, this method has recently been criticized as hazardous materials have leached into the soil and groundwater. Concerned with the current process, we suggested to a local cement manufacturer about turning the sludge into cement material, a common process in Japan. The subsidiary worked with the government of Thailand to resolve the challenges of developing a suitable recycling framework. This initiative resulted in a 60% reduction in buried sludge volumes in FY2016 compared to FY2014, and reduced costs. These initiatives, along with other community activities such as tree planting and garbage collection, helped TOSTEM THAI gain Level 4 in the Thailand Ministry of Industry's GREEN INDUSTRY* commendation system. We are now working to reduce new sludge landfills to zero by FY2018.

*The green industry commendation system operated by the Thai Ministry of Industry has five achievement levels, and gives a level-specific Green Industry mark to each company that fulfills the required environmental activities.

Using recycled material up to 85% in product manufacture Using recycled material up to 85% in product manufacture
At GROHE's faucet-producing plants in Germany, Portugal, and Thailand, most material used for the brass alloy in the plants come from collected recycled material. Making use of the plant's in-house alloy smelting blast furnaces, we refine the alloys collected internally and externally. Between 70% and 85% of the brass bodies are created from recycled material, and are entirely recyclable.

FY2016 data indicated with a have received an independent practitioner's assurance.
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