Environmental Management

Main initiatives and results in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017

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With the aim of contributing to the realization of the low-carbon society, we have implemented measures to reduce CO2 emissions. Total CO2 emissions by Nikon and Group companies in Japan in the year ended March 31, 2017 came to 121,000 tons, compared to the target of reducing emissions to no more than 131,000 tons. Total CO2 emissions by Group manufacturing companies outside Japan came to 64,000 tons.
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As part of our efforts to help realize the resource-circulating society, we have been implementing Zero Emissions measures. In the year ended March 31, 2017, Nikon and Group manufacturing companies in Japan continued to maintain Level S performance, with a final landfill disposal rate of under 0.5%. Among Group companies outside Japan, Nikon Imaging (China) Co., Ltd., Hikari Glass (Changzhou) Optics Co., Ltd. and Nanjing Nikon Jiangnan Optical Instrument Co., Ltd. all achieved Level 1 performance, with a final landfill disposal rate of under 1%.
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Nikon implements Green Procurement, with the aim of helping to realize a healthy and environmentally-safe society. Nikon selects roughly 550 of our manufacturing-related procurement partners to be the targets of environmental management system audits, taking into account the risk for environment; audits are implemented sequentially, targeting these companies, and those that pass the audit process are certified as Nikon Environmental Partners. As of the year ended March 31, 2017, a cumulative total of 407 companies had been certified as Nikon Environmental Partners, compared to a target of 375.
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Every year, all Nikon Group (including non-manufacturing companies) are urged to participate in Earth Hour*, an environmental activity with the purpose which is to raise awareness of the need to combat global warming. In the year ended March 31, 2017, a total of 86 business facilities belonging to 59 companies from the Nikon Group took part in Earth Hour.
  • * Earth Hour is a global environmental event organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). By getting people all over the world to switch off their lights at the same time on the same day, the activity provides an opportunity for everyone to show their determination to stop global warming and protect the global environment.

The Nikon Group promotes activities aimed at helping communities develop sustainably on the basis of Nikon Environmental Activity Policy so that a healthy environment can be passed down to future generations.

In April 2016, Nikon formulated the Nikon Long-term Environmental Vision, through which it aims to achieve three goals: to contribute to realizing a low-carbon society, a resource-circulating society, and a healthy and environmentally-safe society. To make steady progress towards these objectives, it set Nikon Medium-term Environmental Goals as targets extending to 2030. For example, as an initiative for combatting climate change, Nikon is targeting a 26% reduction of the Group's CO2 emissions across the entire supply chain over the fiscal 2013 level by 2030. To achieve the goals, the company established its Nikon Three-year Environmental Plan effective from the current fiscal year, and is working to achieve the specific targets of its one-year Environmental Action Plan.