Sustainable Water Use

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The LIXIL Group promotes the conservation and sustainable use of water 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 efficient use of water resources
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)

Enhancing the Water-Saving Features in Products and Services

The LIXIL Group is focusing on water conservation as a core theme for our 2020 mid-term targets. This includes enhancing the water-saving features in our products and services.

GROHE SENSE GUARD, the smart water controller

According to the 2017 GROHE Water Security Survey, 54% of European households experienced water damage. To help households to get control over water in home and costly repairs, GROHE developed the GROHE Sense & GROHE Sense Guard. The GROHE Sense Guard is a smart water controller which notifies them the moment it detects anomalies in their home's waterflow. Using the GROHE ONDUS smartphone application, users can shut off the water supply, thus protecting their home and avoiding costly damage – especially if they are away from home.

GROHE SENSE GUARD, the smart water controller

GROHE SENSE GUARD

American Standard Water Saving Toilets

American Standard offers a wide range of toilets that save nearly 20% more water than the national code for toilet water consumption and meet the strict criteria for water savings established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program. We have a variety of products to match consumers' tastes, including CADET PRO, a quality toilet at an affordable price, VorMax UHET, an ultra-high efficient toilet, and Lyndon, a popular contemporary-styled toilets. The bowl height of these toilets also conforms to the accessibility height as outlined by the Americans with Disability Act of 1990.

アメリカンスタンダード 節水トイレ

VorMax UHET flushing technology cleans twice as well as conventional toilets with less water.

Conserving Water in Business Activities

To help preserve water resources, the LIXIL Group is working to further improve the efficient use of water in our business processes by developing tailored measures for each production base.

Identifying water risk in our production facilities

As a company that uses water in our production processes, the LIXIL Group identified water supply risks at production sites in order to better understand local conditions and introduce appropriate countermeasures. We used international evaluation tools such as the WWF Water Risk Filter and the WRI AQUEDUCT to quantify local characteristics and water usage. Of the 100 manufacturing sites, factories mainly in Asia were designated top priority water conservation targets. While to date we have promoted improving water quality and efficiency according to individual sites, going forward, we will also incorporate these evaluation results to promote initiatives at each production facility.

Production Sites Categorized by Water Risk Level

Production Sites Categorized by Water Risk Level

Water Risk Survey Results and FY2015 Water Usage

Water Risk Survey Results and FY2015 Water Usage

Reducing water usage in factories

The LIXIL Group uses large amounts of water for aluminum product surface finishing and other processes. In order to conserve water, we study the level of water usage per factory, including water intake, water usage per process, and the installation of water circulation systems. In addition, we promote efficient use of water by building circulation systems and engaging in other conservation measures, as well as conduct strict wastewater management to protect and maintain water quality.

Water Usages

生産活動での水使用量

Scope: FY2014 covers operation in Japan and Asia, while FY2015 and FY2016 cover a majority of the entire Group
*Data excludes the tenants in the building that we cannot assess the water intake data.
FY2015 excludes LIXIL Total Service Corporation, JIO Corporation

Introducing waste water recycling systems

LIXIL Sanitary Fitting Manufacturing (Suzhou) Corporation is a factory in China affiliated with LIXIL Water Technology that has made a notable reduction in its water use. In 2015, the factory installed a wastewater recycling system with a RO membrane filtration system, which can filter wastewater generated in production processes such as machining and plating. The treated water is reused in production and to flush toilets. This new system is currently one of the biggest contributors to water saving in the factory. For example, water consumption per unit weight of products was reduced by approximately 45% in FY2016 compared to FY2014 (pre-system installation). In FY2016, fresh water usage and cost were reduced by 36,927m3 and US$15,000, respectively.
Due to its success, similar projects are being rolled out in other LIXIL faucets factories in Asia. Along with other water saving projects, we are expecting to see even more benefits from reductions in fresh water use and related costs.

Introducing waste water recycling systems

*A type of filtration membrane that enables water to flow through while blocking impurities such as ions and other molecules.

CDP Water Information Request

The LIXIL Group has been participating in the CDP questionnaire since 2016 and actively disclosing our non-financial information to investors.
For further details, please refer to the CDP website. >

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