Progress on Environmental Preservation
We consider the preservation of the global environment and the harmonious conduct of our business activities to be an important topic in the way we manage the company, and to that end we strive to observe the applicable environmental laws, ordinances, and regulations as we proactively take part in natural conservation activities and work to conserve resources and energy. We are working to reduce the environmental burden generated by all of our processes, ranging from R&D and the procurement of raw materials to production, distribution, sales, and consumption.
Environmental preservation strategies
The main facilities at Takara Bio headquarters account for a large percentage of Takara Bio Group’s CO2 emissions and water usage. At these buildings, we are implementing environmental preservation strategies such as use of construction design that incorporates new building techniques with high environmental performance.
Examples of environmental preservation strategies for Takara Bio headquarters
- Installed cogeneration systems
- Increased heat insulation in exterior walls and windows
- Used high-efficiency transformers
- Enabled visualization of the building’s management system to optimize energy performance through the Building Energy Management System
- Designed buildings to prevent biohazard risk
Current CO2 emissions and reduction targets (scope 1, 2*)
Takara Bio Group generated 13,000 t of CO2 in fiscal 2021, which was a 2,000-t increase from the previous year. The main reason is that we began operations at a new plant at Takara Bio headquarters in January 2020. As Takara Bio Group expands its business, our CO2 emissions are continuing to increase. However, we aim to consider environmental impact in our business activities, and have set targets for reducing emissions. Our target for fiscal 2031 is to reduce emissions per unit of revenue (emissions intensity) to 50% of that of fiscal 2019. Takara Holdings Group is also tackling environmental issues by aiming to reduce emissions to virtually zero by fiscal 2051.
CO2 emission reduction targets
- Reduce emissions per unit of revenue (emissions intensity) to 50% of that of fiscal 2019 by fiscal 2031
- Aim to reduce Takara Holdings Group emissions to virtually zero by fiscal 2051
Volume of water used
Takara Bio Group used 104,000 m3 of water in fiscal 2021, which was a 43,000-m3 increase from the previous year. The main reason is that we began operations at a new plant near Takara Bio headquarters in Japan.
Prevention of water pollution
Takara Bio Group is taking measures to ensure safety and environmental cleanliness by installing kill tank systems for wastewater treatment at facilities that handle biohazardous materials such as microorganisms, viruses, and genetically modified organisms and using these systems to treat contaminated wastewater under high heat and high pressure. We are also preventing contamination of wastewater with harmful or biologically active substances by treating these substances as industrial waste.