The Sumitomo Forestry Group makes efforts in attaining zero emissions and reducing industrial waste generated, at the same time as promoting reuse and recycling for each operational process in accordance with the Sumitomo Forestry Group Environmental Policies in order to build a sustainable and recycling-oriented society. The Mid-Term Sustainability Targets announced in May 2019 set targets for protecting resources, reducing the emission of waste and achieving zero emissions. In addition to the recycling rate, we have also set a target for the absolute amount of final disposal and are further strengthening the management system. In fiscal 2019, overall Sumitomo Forestry Group emissions volume was down 2.4% compared to the previous year. The amount of final disposal achieved our target of 58,860 ton with a result of 55,515 tons. This was a 2.0% reduction compared to the previous fiscal year. We will continue to strive to effectively use resources in the future.

Trends in Waste Generated and Recycling Rate Over the Last Five Years

Trends in Waste Generated and Recycling Rate Over the Last Five Years

* Data for Alpine MDF Industries Ltd. (Alpine) has been excluded because the company was sold in March 2017.

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Initiatives to Achieve Zero Emissions

The Sumitomo Forestry Group has defined “Zero emissions” as no incineration or landfill of industrial waste (recycling rate of 98% or more) generated by domestic manufacturing facilities and new housing construction sites.

Based on this definition, domestic manufacturing facilities achieved zero emissions in fiscal 2009. As for new housing construction sites, including exterior landscaping, the Group achieved zero emissions in the Tokyo metropolitan area in fiscal 2012.

Since fiscal 2015, the Group has been adhering to the former Mid-Term CSR Management Plan with its target year of fiscal 2020 while continuously working towards zero emissions. From fiscal 2019, we are working to achieve zero emissions in keeping with the new Mid-Term Sustainability Targets, with a target year of fiscal 2021. In addition to the recycling rate, the Mid-Term Sustainability Targets set a target of 15% reduction in the amount of final disposal throughout the entire Sumitomo Forestry Group compared to fiscal 2017, and we worked toward zero emissions. Furthermore, within the Mid-Term Sustainability Targets, we take factors such as the state of progress of business activities and the resulting waste generation into account, establishing the following seven categories for a more finely differentiated effort to achieve zero emissions than in the Mid-Term CSR Management Plan. These categories are: New Housing Construction Sites, Domestic Production Plants, Power Generation Business, Renovation Business, Lifestyle Service Business, Overseas Manufacturing Plants, and Demolition Work sites.

Efforts at New Housing Construction Sites

We work to reduce waste generated at Sumitomo Forestry's new housing construction sites. At monthly meetings of our Waste Reduction Working Group, leaders of sub-groups raise and share issues while managing progress toward meeting targets. Efforts to reduce waste have included the use of the bare minimum necessary packaging materials and reusable protective material for flooring. We engaged in initiatives that aimed to achieve the 98% recycling rate set by the Mid-Term Sustainability Targets, which was 94.3% against our target of 96.1% for fiscal 2019. In the future, we will strive to further reduce waste emissions and improve our recycling rate through precuts of roof slate and external wall siding.

In the Tokyo metropolitan area, the Company obtained inter-region recovery and recycling certification, whereupon we established the Metropolitan Area Recycling Center, and implemented streamlined sorting of waste. Since fiscal 2018, new housing construction site waste processing operations expanded areas covered by the inter-region recovery and recycling certification are promoting a higher recycling rate.

Recycling Rate at New Housing Construction Sites
(Housing and Construction Division, Sumitomo Forestry Landscaping, Sumitomo Forestry Home Engineering)

Recycling Rate at New Housing Construction Sites

Breakdown of Waste Generated by Disposal Process for New Housing Construction Sites (FY2019)

reakdown of Waste Generated by Disposal Process for New Housing Construction Sites (FY2019)

Breakdown of Waste Generated at New Housing Construction Sites (FY2019)

Breakdown of Waste Generated at New Housing Construction Sites (FY2019)

Initiatives at Domestic Manufacturing Facilities

Sumitomo Forestry Group managed to achieve a recycling rate of 99.0% against the target of 99.3% while zero emissions (recycling rate of 98% or more) were achieved at Sumitomo Forestry Crest and the Agro-Products division of Sumitomo Forestry Landscaping in fiscal 2019 as a result of ongoing efforts to reduce waste emissions, for example by tightening the sorting of industrial waste and selling it for a profit.

Recycling Rate at Domestic Manufacturing Plants
(Sumitomo Forestry Crest, the Agro-Products division of Sumitomo Forestry Landscaping, Japan Bio Energy, Okhotsk Bio Energy, Michinoku Bio Energy)

Recycling Rates at Domestic Manufacturing Plants(Sumitomo Forestry Crest, the Agro-Products division of Sumitomo Forestry Landscaping, Japan Bio Energy, Okhotsk Bio Energy, Michinoku Bio Energy)

Breakdown of Waste Generated at Domestic Manufacturing Plants (FY2019)

Breakdown of Waste Generated at Domestic Manufacturing Plants (FY2019)

Power Generation Business Initiatives

In power generation business operations, incineration ash emitted by biomass boilers is blended with quicklime for reuse primarily as a forest roadbed material. In fiscal 2018, it was manufactured under the product name Rovander, and received approval as a Hokkaido Government-certified Recycled Product. The recycling rate set as a target for fiscal 2019 was 52.5%, but effective use of incinerator ash allowed us to surpass our target and achieve a rate of 81.6%.

Breakdown of Waste Generated at Power Generation Business Operations (FY2019)
(Mombetsu Biomass Power Generation, Hachinohe Biomass Power Generation)

Breakdown of Waste Generated at Power Generation Business Operations (FY2019)

Renovation Business Initiatives

We are working to reduce waste generated by renovation sites by using protective materials as well as other measures to mitigate waste generation. In fiscal 2014, Sumitomo Forestry Home Tech began recycling wood waste materials generated at its renovation sites. Our efforts to use resources effectively include recycling wood waste as raw material for particle board. The recycling rate in fiscal 2019 was 69.3% against our target of 80.0%. In the future, we will more thoroughly sort waste on site with the aim of a recycling rate of 80%.

Breakdown of Waste Generated at Renovation Business Operations (FY2019)
(Sumitomo Forestry Home Tech)

Breakdown of Waste Generated at Renovation Business Operations

Initiatives at Lifestyle Service Business, Housing-Related Materials Sales*, etc.

At waste-generating locations of enterprises such as Lifestyle Service Business and housing materials sales, initiatives to reduce amounts of waste generated are implemented at a department level.

* Housing materials sales comprise distribution and renovation operations, Tsukuba Research Institute, etc.

Breakdown of Waste Generated by Lifestyle Service Business, Housing-related Materials Sales, etc. (FY2019)

Breakdown of Waste Generated by Lifestyle Service Business, Housing-related Materials Sales, etc.

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Initiatives at Overseas Manufacturing Plants

We are working toward zero emissions with two new Group companies from 2019: Sinar Rimba Pasifik (SRP) in Indonesia and Canyon Creek Cabinet (CCC) in the United States in addition to five main manufacturing companies outside Japan*. Kutai Timber Indonesia collects wood waste generated during the particle board manufacturing process and reuses it as boiler fuel or in wood building materials.

In fiscal 2019, the total volume of waste produced was 242,872t, with a final waste processing volume of 6,114t and a recycling rate of 97.5% against the 97.9% target set by the Mid-Term Sustainability Targets. The Mid-Term Sustainability Targets set the target of a 98% recycling rate to be achieved by fiscal 2021.

* Indonesia: PT. Kutai Timber Indonesia, PT. Rimba Partikel Indonesia, and PT. AST Indonesia
New Zealand: Nelson Pine Industries Ltd.
Vietnam: Vina Eco Board Co., Ltd.

Breakdown of Waste Generated at Overseas Manufacturing Plants (FY2019)

Breakdown of Waste Generated at Overseas Manufacturing Plants

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Efforts at Demolition Housing Sites

Sumitomo Forestry was promoting resource recycling even before the enactment of the Construction Material Recycling Law implemented in 2002 by ensuring that materials were properly sorted during demolition prior to the construction of a new house and that waste remained sorted for processing afterwards. Since the enactment in 2002, the Company has recycled the items required under the Law (wood waste, concrete, etc.), sorting them at the sites where the waste is generated.

The recycling rate* for concrete and metal waste was almost 100% in fiscal 2019, as it was the previous year. A 100%recycling rate was achieved for wood waste through measures including the thorough removal of extraneous matter. The Mid-Term Sustainability Targets set the target of 98% recycling rate for construction areas that the Construction Material Recycling Law does not apply to (total floor area of 80m² or less).

* Recycling rate calculation includes metals in addition to construction materials specified under the Construction Material Recycling Law (concrete, asphalt-concrete and wood waste) and metals.

Breakdown of Demolition Waste Generated (FY2019)

Breakdown of Demolition Waste Generated

Education for New Construction and Demolition Contractors

Demolition contractors report about industrial waste to the Housing and Construction Division from the start of demolition work to its completion, recording the work according to a manual. The Housing and Construction Division comprehensively checks these reports and, if there are any inconsistencies, education and comprehension tests about industrial waste are conducted for new construction contractors with monthly construction contractor meetings as an important management branch to confirm their capabilities.

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Recycling of Wood Resources into Chips

The Sumitomo Forestry Group contributes to resource recycling through its wood chip operations, whereby offcuts generated during the timber milling process and wood waste from new housing construction and demolition sites are turned into wood chips to be used as a raw material for products such as paper and particle board, and also as a fuel for power-generating boilers or other equipment.

In fiscal 2020, we aim to further increase the volume we handle for use as fuel in order to meet the growing demand for fuel used in biomass power generation.

Handling Volume of Wood ChipsAbout symbol for Independent assurance

 
Handling Volume of Wood Chips

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Effective Utilization of Used Activated Carbon from Water Purification Plants

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG) Bureau of Waterworks uses an advanced water treatment system combining ozonation and the use of biological activated carbon.

The Agro-Products division of Sumitomo Forestry Landscaping (formerly Sumirin Agro-Products Co.) is making effective use of this used activated carbon to develop and market potting media for agriculture and horticulture and a soil improvement agent for greening. Joint research conducted with the TMG found that these items were effective in promoting plant growth, and the two parties applied for a joint patent based on the research results.

The amount of used activated carbon in fiscal 2019 was 3,630m³. In fiscal 2020 as in fiscal 2019, Tane Baido and Karuido products that use many used activated carbons are expected to perform favorably with the aim of procuring 4,500 m³ from Tokyo and 800 m³ from the Kansai region.

Used activated carbon and farming-garden products made from it

Used activated carbon and farming-garden products made from it

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Measures for Plastic

Formulating Standards to Handle Plastics

Plastics spread throughout society quickly and brought convenience and other benefits to our lives. However, the reuse and material recycling rate of plastics is still low in the world, compared to other materials. Pollution problems caused by plastics waste flowing into our oceans have become a global issue. The Sumitomo Forestry Group set measures to respond to the issue of plastics in August 2019, and it has been raising awareness in all relevant departments. We are looking into any and all alternatives to plastic goods for novelty item, stationary supplies and even packaging. We have put in place various initiatives from using cans instead of plastic bottles for vending machines and drinks stored at the company unless for a special reason, such as disaster prevention, to not passing out drinks in plastic bottles during meetings. We have also reflected and revised measures for handling plastics in the Green Procurement Guidelines.

Endorsement of “Kanagawa Zero Plastic Waste Declaration” in Response to Plastic Waste

The problem of plastic waste in the oceans is internationally acknowledged as an extremely serious environmental problem for the major impact it exerts on aquatic ecosystems and human lives. On February 12, 2019, the Yokohama Branch Office, representing the five offices*1 it manages in the Kanagawa Prefecture area, announced its endorsement of the “Kanagawa Zero Plastic Waste Declaration”.*2 Efforts spearheaded by the Shonan Branch Headquarters, which have included clean-up activities at the Shonan-Tsujido shoreline, will be stepped up in a collaborative effort by all five offices.

As part of this activity, the Shonan Branch worked with Shoyukai to clean up the beach along the Tsujido shoreline in July 2019. More than 80 people gathered together in the sprinkling rain to pick up trash such as plastic waste, wood waste, and metal for roughly an hour from 7:30 in the morning. The trash included not only plastic waste but also syringes and old tires. This activity was a great chance to reflect once again on the environment around us.

*1 The Housing and Construction Division Yokohama, Yokohama-kita, Kanagawa-nishi, Shonan and Tokyo-minami Branches.

*2 As an “SDGs Future City,” area, Kanagawa Prefecture announced its “Kanagawa Zero Plastic Wasted Declaration” as part of its specific SDG targets for a sustainable society, publicized as a “Message from the Whales” in September 2018. The project aims to achieve “zero plastic waste” by 2030 or earlier if possible by spreading efforts among the municipalities, private-sector companies and residents of the prefecture to eliminate and collect plastic straws, shopping bags, etc.

Clean-up efforts at the Shonan shore.

Clean-up efforts at the Shonan shore.

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