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JCR has been implementing a wide range of measures to mitigate its environmental impact, such as reducing CO2 emissions and effectively using water resources.
JCR has been taking a wide range of steps to mitigate its environmental impact, including reducing CO2 emissions and effectively using water resources. For example, we have worked to transition to LED lighting at all company facilities and shift all our company cars, including those used at plants and the Research Institute, to hybrid cars and electric vehicles. In addition, we have promoted measures such as reducing water use at manufacturing sites, along with adopting single-use bioreactors to ensure the efficient use of manufacturing facilities.
In 2015, we introduced electric vehicles as a means of transportation between sites, in conjunction with installing power feed systems at our headquarters as well as at plants and the Research Institute. Currently, hybrid cars account for around half of the vehicles used in JCR’s business activities. Going forward, we will gradually phase in electric vehicles as public charging stations become more widely available. In 2016, we installed a solar power generation system at our Research Institute (in Nishi-ku, Kobe). Moreover, we have taken steps to improve energy consumption in production activities in cooperation with The Kansai Electric Power Company, Incorporated.
In this report, we explain how the activities described above have modified the environmental impact associated with JCR’s business activities, with reference to trends in data over the past five years.
JCR has seen an uptrend in total energy use (electricity, gas) as its business results have grown. In the Research Division, total energy use has increased with the opening of the Clinical Trial Material Manufacturing Center (CTMC) and Cell Processing Center (CPC) in 2016. In the Production Division, total energy use has remained mostly flat, mainly owing to the installation of highly energy-efficient equipment and changes in how we use energy.
In FY2019, we began obtaining data on energy use in business activities (mainly gasoline). CO2 emissions from business activities in FY2019 were approximately 430 tons. Starting next fiscal year, this data will be presented in graphs.
The biopharmaceuticals carried by JCR use a massive amount of water resources. For this reason, JCR believes that streamlining the use of water resources is a crucial priority for reducing its environmental impact. We have seen a decrease in the use of water resources, despite growth in our business results. The main reasons for the decrease were reductions in the amount of water used in research and production processes and efforts to promote the recovery, reuse, etc. of exhaust steam. In addition, all water used in research and production activities has been treated appropriately.
JCR uses a significant amount of refrigeration and freezing equipment in its research and production activities. Accordingly, JCR is focused on the control of fluorocarbon emissions, which are known to be a cause of global warming. JCR complies with the Fluorocarbon Emission Control Law (Act on Rational Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons) to control the impact of fluorocarbon emissions on the environment. Pursuant to this law, we implement statutory inspections (simplified and regular), manage the number of refrigeration facilities, which can generate fluorocarbon emissions, and monitor the volume of fluorocarbon leakage.
We comply with the Water Pollution Prevention Act and Sewerage Act to control the environmental impact of wastewater, which is generated as a result of the use of large amounts of water resources in research and production activities. Pursuant to these laws as well as ordinances, we monitor items (such as pH, BOD*, and heavy metals) at the required frequency, taking into account the different types of raw materials. We have confirmed that every item is within the legally required environmental standards.
Turning to waste, we conduct industrial waste treatment in compliance with the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act and related ordinances, and recycle certain recyclable materials, such as cardboard. To date, we have confirmed that none of our environmental impacts has exceeded statutory environmental limits as a result of these initiatives in research and production activities.
* BOD (Biochemical oxygen demand): The amount of dissolved oxygen needed by microorganisms to decompose organic matter in water.