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Environmental Sustainability Management

Putting Environmental Sustainability Management into Practice

In accordance with internal environmental conservation guidelines established in line with Sharp’s Basic Environmental Philosophy, the Sharp Group Charter of Corporate Behavior, and the Sharp Code of Conduct, Sharp is pursuing environmental consciousness across all of its business activities.

Promoting Environmental Sustainability Management

Sharp Corporation has set up the Quality and Environmental Promotion Unit as an organization to decide on and promote environmental policies and other important items for the entire Sharp Group. The Quality and Environmental Promotion Unit refers critical policies, strategies, and measures relating to environmental sustainability management to the Sharp SER Committee, which is made up of senior executives, and gains its approval. Via the SER Committee, the Quality and Environmental Promotion Unit fleshes out priority environmental measures and provides support for the environmental sustainability management and environmental activities carried out by Sharp in-house companies and business units.

Sharp also holds company-wide environmental manager meetings. At these meetings, participants review and discuss environmental solutions and the progress being made on each of the environmental measures being taken at each in-house company, business unit, and base. In this way, Sharp has a system in place to put environmental sustainability management into practice across its entire organization. For example, at periodic information exchange meetings covering product environmental laws and regulations and chemical substance controls, members confirm that Sharp is in complete compliance. As well, working groups and expert committees work to solve company-wide issues.

System for Promoting Environmental Sustainability Management

Environmental Education

Sharp places importance on fostering human resources as the foundation of its environmental sustainability management activities. In fiscal 2017, the company updated its environmental education curriculum to create a training program open to all employees.

As general environmental education, Sharp started environmental awareness training to allow all employees to acquire a wide range of environmental knowledge by learning globally occurring environmental problems, international environmental trends, and what Sharp is doing to protect the environment.

In addition, e-learning and classroom group training are open to all employees to learn about the various environmental laws and regulations around the world and chemical substance management.

Sharp will continue to improve and expand its environmental education curriculum by, for example, adding highly specialized learning so that programs are geared to the roles and duties of employees.

Environmental awareness training materials

Environmental seminar led by an outside instructor (Kameyama Plant)

Promoting an Environmental Management System

Sharp has been operating an environmental management system (based on ISO 14001) worldwide since 1995. The purpose of this system is to strengthen environmental sustainability management and improve the environmental awareness of employees.

ISO 14001 was revised in fiscal 2015. It now requires companies to further their efforts with a more strategic perspective—for example, by integrating their environmental activities with business activities. In response to the revision, Sharp is operating a more effective environmental management system that matches the particular needs of each base.

ISO 14001-Certified Bases

Region Number of Bases
Japan 10
Americas 3
Europe 12
China 6
ASEAN, Middle East, Oceania 12
Total 43

(As of March 31, 2018)

Legal Violations, Accidents

In fiscal 2017, Sharp was not subject to any lawsuits or fines related to environmentally related legal violations. There were also no major environmentally related accidents.

Product and Plant Audits

Sharp regularly carries out a Green Product/Green Device Audit aimed mainly at ensuring compliance in product development. The company checks compliance with the environmental laws and regulations of each country and the reflection of environmentally friendly design in products, such as energy efficiency, resource savings, and recyclability.

Sharp conducts environmental safety operation audits at its plants, aimed at ensuring compliance and operational safety in environmental safety work. The company checks the operation of environmental safety work in each field, such as pollution prevention, waste disposal, and emergency response, as well as the status of compliance with environmental laws and regulations. In fiscal 2017, Sharp conducted on-site audits based on in-house audit guidelines that reflect the requirements of the RBA* international standard for electronics industry supply chains. Sharp is considering switching to audits that also focus on labor and ethics in the future.

  • RBA: Responsible Business Alliance. Founded in 2004 by a group of leading electronics companies including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Dell, the RBA, formerly the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC), has a code of conduct covering the social, environmental, and ethical responsibilities in the global supply chain of its members in the electronics and a wide range of other industries.

Environmental safety operation audit (Yao Plant)

Product Environmental Assessment System

Sharp operates a product environmental assessment system to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations as well as to promote environmentally conscious product design. This system allows Sharp to keep a database of the development know-how and design data that all Sharp design and development bases possess on environmentally conscious products and devices. The database is used to raise design standards and to promote in-house standardization of life cycle assessments (LCA). This way, the system is contributing to the creation of environmentally conscious Sharp products and devices. Since fiscal 2016, Sharp has been strengthening the function for checking products’ compliance with environmental laws and regulations.

System Flow

Environmental Performance Data Management System

To support environmental sustainability management, Sharp has established a system for managing data on Sharp’s environmental performance. With high levels of precision and speed, this system compiles data on the environmental burden caused by Sharp’s business activities via energy consumption, waste generation, and water usage, for example. This system is in operation at all Sharp bases worldwide.

By collecting this data, Sharp is able to effectively grasp the current state of its environmental sustainability management, identify problems, and formulate measures.

Material Balance

Sharp gathers data to gain an overview of the burden its business activities place on the environment. Measured items include the consumption of energy and materials in business activities, the emissions of greenhouse gases, and the generation of waste. Sharp then uses these values to reduce its environmental burden.

Material Balance in Business Activities (Fiscal 2017)

  • *1 TJ (terajoule) = 1012Joules
  • *2 Amount of solar power generated; amount of green power certificates purchased
  • *3 Total weight of product shipments and waste, etc. (estimate).
  • *4 Amount recycled through closed-loop plastic material recycling technology.
  • *5 In Japan.
  • *6 Annual energy used and amount of CO2 emitted by products in the 13 major categories sold in the reporting year (estimate).
  • *7 Total weight of products in the 13 major categories sold in the reporting year and packaging materials used (estimate).

Boundary of Environmental Performance Data, Calculation Standards for Environmental Performance Indicators

The environmental performance data are calculated based on the following boundary and calculation standards.
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Calculation Standards for Environmental Performance Indicators

Environmental Performance Indicators Unit Calculation Method
Input Product manufacture Energy consumed TJ Calculated based on the Act on the Rational Use of Energy (Energy Conservation Act) and the Japanese Ministry of the Environment’s Greenhouse Gas Emission Calculation and Reporting Manual
Water resources consumed Million m3 Consumption and recycled use of industrial-use water, tap water, and groundwater
PFCs purchased Tons HFCs, PFCs, sulfur hexafluoride (SF6), and nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) purchased annually
Chemical substances (PRTR) handled Tons Among the substances covered under the PRTR Law, the total amount of substances handled annually at each plant in quantities of 500 kg or more
Materials consumed Thousand tons Total weight of products in the 13 major categories*1 sold in the reporting year (estimate), plus waste, etc. generated
Logistics Energy consumed TJ Revised ton-km method
Product use Energy consumed TJ
(million kWh)
Estimate of annual energy used by products in the 13 major categories*1 sold in the reporting year. Calculation based on each product’s annual energy consumption rate (using a heat input per unit of 9.97 MJ/kWh).
Product use Home appliances (4 kinds)*2 Thousand tons Amount of used home appliances (4 kinds) recycled
Copiers/MFPs Thousand tons Amount of recycled copiers and MFPs
PCs Tons Amount of recycled PCs
Closed-loop plastic material recycling Tons Amount of recycled plastic used, which was produced through closed-loop material recycling
  • *1 LCD TVs, air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, air purifiers, microwave ovens, LED lights, Blu-ray Disc recorders, facsimiles, mobile phones, LCD monitors, copiers/MFPs, solar cells
  • *2 TVs (CRT TVs, flat-panel TVs), air conditioners, refrigerators/freezers, washing machines/dryers
Environmental Performance Indicators Unit Calculation Method
Output Product manufacture Greenhouse gas emissions Thousand tons CO2 ・CO2emissions from purchased electricity
Japan:
Using CO2 emission coefficient by electric power company (adjusted) published by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry
Overseas:
Using GHG Protocol Calculation Tools (GHG emissions from purchased electricity)
・CO2 emissions from consumed fuel
Using emission coefficient published in the Ministry of the Environment’s Greenhouse Gas Emission Calculation and Reporting Manual
・Greenhouse gases other than CO2
Using global warming potential published in the 4th Assessment Report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Drainage Million m3 Annual drainage into public water areas and sewer system
Chemical substances (PRTR) released and transferred Tons Among the substances covered under the PRTR Law, the total amount of substances (handled annually at one or more plant in quantities of 500 kg or more) that were released and transferred
NOx emissions Tons Annual emissions
SOx emissions Tons Annual emissions
COD (chemical oxygen demand) Tons Drainage into public water areas
Nitrogen pollutant load Tons Drainage into public water areas
Phosphorous pollutant load Tons Drainage into public water areas
Waste, etc. Thousand tons Industrial waste + general office waste + valuable resources recovered
Final landfill disposal Thousand tons Final landfill disposal of industrial waste + final landfill disposal of general office waste
Product shipments Thousand tons Total weight of products in the 13 major categories* sold in the reporting year, plus packaging material used (estimate)
Logistics CO2 emissions Thousand tons CO2 Revised ton-km method
Product use CO2 emissions Thousand tons CO2 Amount of CO2 emitted by products in the 13 major categories* sold in the reporting year, based on their energy consumption (estimate)
Disposal, recycling Disposal after recycling Tons [Weight of 4 kinds of home appliances, PCs, and copiers/MFPs collected] – [Weight recycled into new products or materials, or reused]
  • LCD TVs, air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, air purifiers, microwave ovens, LED lights, Blu-ray Disc recorders, facsimiles, mobile phones, LCD monitors, copiers/MFPs, solar cells

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Based on the GHG Protocol Initiative

Sharp calculates greenhouse gas emissions based on the GHG Protocol*1 and then works to limit those emissions resulting from customer use of Sharp products and from Sharp’s business activities, including those in the supply chain.

  • *1 The GHG Protocol is an international standard for calculating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It was jointly established by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), a coalition of the world’s leading companies, and the World Resources Institute (WRI), a United States-based think tank.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Scope 1/2/3 Categories Based on the GHG Protocol Initiative (Fiscal 2017)

Scope Emissions
(Thousand Tons CO2)
Notes
Scope 1
(direct GHG emissions from business activities)
264 Emissions from combustion of fuel, etc.
Scope 2
(indirect GHG emissions from energy usage in business activities)
687 Emissions from the use of electricity
Scope 3(indirect GHG emissions from areas outside the scope of business activities) 32,405 Calculated for categories such as procurement, employee commuting and business trips, shipping and distribution, and product usage

Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Scope 3 Category Based on the GHG Protocol Initiative (Fiscal 2017)

Classification Category Emissions (Thousand Tons CO2) Notes
Upstream Purchased goods and services 4,350 CO2 emissions from the manufacture of materials procured for products in the 13 major categories*2 that the Sharp Group sold in the reporting year
Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or 2 70 CO2 emissions from transmission losses of electricity purchased by the Sharp Group
Upstream transportation and distribution 30 CO2 emissions from transportation and distribution of materials procured by the Sharp Group
Sharp Business travel 10 CO2 emissions from business travel by all employees of Sharp Corporation
Employee commuting 20 CO2 emissions from commuting by all employees of Sharp Corporation
Leased assets Included in Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions
Downstream Waste generated in operations 3 CO2 emissions from waste disposal and treatment by the Sharp Group
Processing of sold products 90 CO2 emissions from processing at destination of Sharp Group products
Downstream transportation and distribution 200 CO2 emissions from transportation and distribution of products manufactured by the Sharp Group
Use of sold products 27,630 Lifetime CO2 emissions*3 from the use of products in the 13 major categories*2 that the Sharp Group sold in the reporting year
End-of-life treatment of sold products 2 CO2 emissions from recycling 4 types of appliances*4 that Sharp Corporation sold in Japan
Total 32,405  
  • *2 LCD TVs, air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, air purifiers, microwave ovens, LED lights, Blu-ray Disc recorders, facsimiles, mobile phones, LCD monitors, copiers/MFPs, solar cells
  • *3 Annual power consumption of each product × number of units sold × product life × CO2 emission coefficient
  • *4 TVs (CRT TVs, flat-panel TVs), air conditioners, refrigerators/freezers, washing machines/dryers