Environmental management

Environmental activity promotion system

We formulated the “Environmental Action Plan” in June 1993, and the “Aichi Steel Environmental Charter” in June 1996. In order to achieve our goals, we are actively rolling out new initiatives. In light of the increasing global trend to ban, restrict, and control certain chemical substances contained in products, we revised the “Aichi Steel Environmental Charter” and management system in February 2017 to strengthen our management of chemical substances. In order to promote these revisions, we have established a new organizational system. The Environmental Working Group now oversees four subcommittees, the Global Warming Prevention Committee, the Aichi Steel Group Environmental Committee, and promotes a variety of activities aimed at environmental conservation. In addition, we are currently working to ensure that all consolidated subsidiaries that operate production sites are ISO 14001-certified.

“Aichi Steel
Environmental Charter”
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Environmental guidelines

In order to promote environmental management activities, we have drawn up a set of Environmental Management Regulations. Its content can be broadly divided into four parts: 1) Items related to promoting environmental management; 2) Items related to compliance with and management of environmental regulations (laws, ordinances, agreements, etc.) such as the Basic Environment Law; 3) Items related to the advance evaluation of the environmental impact of our products, raw materials, sub-materials, and facilities; 4) Items related to supporting and cooperating with societal and local environmental conservation activities.

Environment management promotion organization (as of March 31, 2020)

ISO certification status

Percentage of
consolidated subsidiaries
with ISO 14001 certification
91%
Japan
Aichi SteelJanuary 1997
Aichi CeratecMarch 2003
AikoJanuary 2004
Omi MiningOctober 2004
Aiko Service*January 2005
Aichi Steel Logistics*March 2005
AsdexMay 2007
Aichi Techno Metal FukaumiDecember 2010
Overseas
AFUApril 2003
AFTNovember 2006
SAFCDecember 2009
AFIMay 2010
AFPJanuary 2012
AMCUnder consideration

* Excluded from acquisition targets because no manufacturing facilities at this location

Notice regarding management of steel slag

In order to strengthen proper management of steel slag products, the Nippon Slag Association revised its “Guidelines for Management of Iron and Steel Slag Products” on March 1, 2019.

Similarly, with regard to slag that is recycled by intermediate treatment companies to whom industrial waste processing is outsourced, The Japan Iron and Steel Federation revised its Management Guidelines for Iron and Steel Slag for which Processing is Entrusted to an Industrial Waste Processing Agent on March 1, 2019.

By complying with our Management Manual, which is based on the above guidelines, going forward we will manage both slag and slag products in the appropriate manner.

For further information regarding the above guidelines, please visit the Nippon Slag Association website.

Nippon Slag AssociationOpens the website of the Nippon Slag Association

Educating internal environment auditors

In fiscal 2020, we authorized 25 new internal auditors to provide support for the effective use of the environmental management system, keeping the total number of internal auditors at 232. In addition, all departments have established systems that make internal audits possible according to the ISO 14001:2015 version.

Environmental audit results

As the results of the FY 2020 internal audit and the surveillance audit of the environment management system, there were no major non-conformance issues.

Results of internal audits

FY 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Notifications
Major non-conformance
(incidents)
0 0 0 0 0
Minor non-conformance
(incidents/department)
0.26 0.15 0.78 1.06 0.72

Results of audits by external auditors

FY 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Notifications
Minor non-conformance
(incidents)
2 2 3 0 0
Opportunities for
improvement and
incident classifications
(incidents/department)
15 24 49 20 17
0.88 1.00 1.13 0.95 0.39

Environmental conservation costs

Classification Major efforts and their effects Cost
Environmental conservation costs necessary for controlling environmental burdens arising within our operational areas from production or service activities (Operational area costs)
  • Power for dust collectors, repair costs for dust collectors, wastewater treatment costs
  • Investment and maintenance of energy-saving facilities
  • Costs of disposal and recycling of industrial waste and general waste discharged from business operations
3,687
Costs necessary for controlling environmental burdens arising upstream or downstream of our operational areas in connection with production or service activities (Upstream/downstream costs)
  • Simplified packing
    (reducing packing materials and reducing packing time)
0
Environmental conservation costs arising from our administrative activities (Administrative costs)
  • Costs for employee environmental education
  • Costs necessary to acquire and maintain ISO certification
  • Labor costs and related costs of environmental action organizations
191
Environmental conservation costs arising from our R&D activities (R&D costs)
  • Research costs for environmental conservation
149
Environmental conservation costs arising from our social-relation activities (Social-relation costs)
  • Site greening and industrial road cleaning activities
43
Costs directly required for reducing environmental burdens
  • Share of cost of pollution levy
38
Total 4,108

Aichi Environmental Action Plan

As a statement of policies and plans for environmental actions from fiscal 2016 to fiscal 2020, the Aichi 2020 Environmental Action Plan adopts three core themes for the direction of our environmental action based on environmental management: “building a low-carbon society,” “building a resource-recycling society” and “achieving harmony with nature.” By reinforcing management from a global perspective that extends to consolidated subsidiaries, we have been contributing, as a sustainable company, to society and the global environment, and have achieved a number of successes.

FY2020 Action Items and Results (Aichi 2020 Environmental Action Plan)

Aichi 2025 Environmental Action Plan

One of the management guidelines included in Vision 2030 for the Aichi Steel Group, which we formulated last year, is “Contribution to a sustainable global environment,” which comprises three elements: “Fulfill environmental responsibilities,” “Contribute to a low-carbon society,” and “Harmony with nature.” As our five- year action plan for these important tasks, and as our commitment to society, we also established the Aichi 2025 Environmental Action Plan in March 2021. Under the slogan “Eco-program for a happy, smiling and prosperous future,” we will also actively promote eco-energy, eco-production, and eco-management as the three pillars of our basic environmental policy.

Three pillars of the Aichi 2025 Environmental Action Plan
Three pillars of the Aichi 2025 Environmental Action Plan