Environmental Preservation

Mitigation of Environmental Risks

 The Alps Electric Group takes steps to reduce pollution of the environment by lowering the risk of environmental contamination occurring as a result of accidents or disasters.
 Improvements are made to facilities. For example, underground pipelines are replaced with aboveground, double-walled pipelines, containment dikes are constructed at tanker stops, and spill sensors are installed to prevent the occurrence or escalation of environmental contamination. Patrols are also carried out to check chemical substance usage, and “emergency response plans” are formulated and tested through regular drills to ensure readiness.
 “Environmental risk maps” are drawn up for each plant and updated on a regular basis. These maps are plans showing, for example, where chemical substances and waste are stored and handled. They highlight areas prone to accidents, helping to lower the risk to the environment.

Legal Compliance and Environmental Accidents

 The Alps Electric Group endeavors to comply with laws and regulations and prevent accidents with self-imposed standards that are more stringent than legally required.
 In fiscal 2016, there was a case where industrial waste transported to Aomori Prefecture from Wakuya Plant exceeded the pre-agreed amount. Aomori Prefecture has given its consent following submission of a corrective action plan. Efforts will be made to ensure thorough management to prevent such a situation from happening again. During fiscal 2016, no environment-related accidents, fines or lawsuits occurred.

Chemical Substances—Appropriate Use and Management and Release Control

 The Alps Electric Group makes use of chemical substances in the production and supply of products that meet the needs of society. However, many chemical substances have a detrimental impact on the environment or human health if used or managed in the wrong way. We view proper management of chemicals and avoiding the use of substances with a large environmental impact as much as possible as important elements of doing business.
 The Alps Electric Group fulfills its corporate duty to reduce environmental impact through the creation of rules for managing chemical substances in keeping with laws and regulations. Such rules, which include the Alps Environmentally Hazardous Substance Control Standard, help us to properly manage the storage, use and release of chemical substances contained in products or used in production processes.

PRTR Substance Survey Results (Coverage: Alps Electric)

Unit:(t)

 

Substance Volume Used Volume Emitted Volume Transferred
Air Water Sewage Transferred to Subcontractors
'15 '16 '15 '16 '15 '16 '15 '16 '15 '16
2-aminoethanol 2.3 3.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.3 3.4 0.0 0.0
Ethylbenzene 1.2 3.1 0.6 1.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 1.6
Ferric chloride 15.8 23.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 14.2 20.7
Xylene 2.4 12.5 1.6 1.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.2
Silver and its water-soluble compounds 4.7 5.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3
Inorganic cyanide compounds 3.1 2.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Dimethylacetamide 2.1 3.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 2.1 3.7
1,2,4-trimethylbenzene 9.4 10.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Toluene 21.0 22.6 14.3 16.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 6.6 6.6
Nickel 6.4 7.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.8
Nickel compounds 2.3 1.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.1
Boron compounds 0.7 1.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.5
Water-soluble salts of peroxodisulfuric acid 30.7 31.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 27.3 31.6
Methylnaphthalene 23.1 14.4 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

* The above data includes data for production subsidiaries in Japan.
* The Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) Law was established in 1999 in Japan to encourage businesses to independently manage chemical substances by quantifying releases into the environment. Businesses file reports on releases of specified chemical substances and the central government tabulates and publishes the data.