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Climate Change Mitigation Measures

Mitigating and adapting to the threat posed by climate change requires active involvement on all levels including national governments, local governments, corporations and citizens. Astellas understands that climate change could become a major constraint on the continuation of corporate activity, and considers it one of management's most important problems to address.

Tackling the problem of climate change with our Climate Change Mitigation Measures will require a prolonged and sustained effort. The international community has agreed that industrialized countries should target a reduction in GHGs of at least 80% compared with current levels by the year 2050. As stepping stones toward achieving these targets, the Astellas Group is setting medium-term targets for the reduction of GHGs in its Environmental Action Plan.


Regarding the CO2 emission coefficient accompanying the end-use electricity

Regarding the CO2 emission coefficient accompanying the end-use electricity, we are employing two types of coefficient: a coefficient for calculating the results needed to evaluate progress against the Environmental Action Plan and make investment decisions and implement countermeasures to bridge the gap between results and targets, and a coefficient to calculate GHG emissions (actual emissions) for each fiscal year presented in series.

Calculation of GHG Emissions in Japan

1. Evaluation of progress against the Environmental Action Plan
0.330kg-CO2/kWh
2. Actual emissions
The Electric Power Council for a Low Carbon Society's actual end-use CO2 emissions/unit in previous fiscal year (Through to the previous fiscal year, Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan's actual end-use CO2 emissions/unit in previous fiscal year were used)

Calculation of GHG Emissions Overseas

1. Evaluation of progress against the Environmental Action Plan
We are employing coefficients listed in “CO2 EMISSIONS FROM FUEL COMBUSTION 2016 EDITION” published by the International Energy Agency (“IEA”).
2. Actual emissions
In accordance with GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance, GHG emissions emanating from electricity derived from renewable energies have been from fiscal 2015 counted as zero.


Reducing GHGs emissions

Environmental Action Plan

Reduce GHG emissions by 35% or more compared with fiscal 2005 levels by the end of fiscal 2020 (Global).

  • Reduce GHG emissions in Japan by 30% or more compared with fiscal 2005 levels by the end of fiscal 2020.
  • Reduce GHG emissions at overseas production facilities by 45% or more compared with fiscal 2005 levels by the end of fiscal 2020.

Progress in Implementation of Environmental Action Plan image of Warranty mark

The GHG emissions volume for fiscal 2016, used in evaluating the action plan, came to 156 kilotons globally, for a decrease of 78 kilotons (33.3%) from the base year. A further reduction of 4 kilotons is required to reach the target.

  • GHG emissions in Japan: 128 kilotons, down 49 kilotons (27.5%) from base year. Further reduction of 4 kilotons needed to reach target.
  • GHG emissions overseas: 28 kilotons, down 29 kilotons (51.2%) from the base fiscal year, thereby reaching the target.

Changes in Emissions Volume (The following graph shows the changes in emissions volume) image of Warranty mark

The actual emissions volume of GHGs globally in fiscal 2016 came to 179 kilotons, down 55 kilotons (23.7%) from fiscal 2005. The emissions volume generated through business activities in Japan amounts to approximately 94% of the global total.

image of GHG emission (Global)

*The difference between the actual emissions volume and the emissions volume assessed by the Action Plan arises from it being calculated by using the difference of two CO2 emission coefficients accompanying the end-use electricity in Japan(0.531-0.330=0.201 kg-CO2/kWh). Moreover, since fiscal 2015 the calculation of the actual emissions volume of GHGs accompanying end-use electricity generated by renewable energy sources to be purchased by overseas plants has resulted in zero.

  • GHG emissions in Japan: 168 kilotons, down 9 kilotons (4.9%) from base year, and also down by 2 kilotons from fiscal 2015.
image of GHG emissions (Japan)

Turning to a breakdown of emissions by scope, Scope 1* emissions increased 1 kiloton from the previous fiscal year, but Scope 2* emissions decreased 3 kilotons from the previous fiscal year. There was a reduction of 5 kilotons in Scope 2 emissions due to improvement in the coefficient used to calculate CO2 emissions for electricity use compared to the previous fiscal year. A decrease of 13 kilotons in the total amount of Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, due to the closure of the Kashima R&D Center and the transfer of the Kiyosu Research Office, was partially offset by an increase of 10 kilotons, due to commencing full-scale operations of the new facility in fiscal 2015. In comparison with fiscal 2005, Scope 1 emissions are down 30 kilotons (32.8%) and Scope 2 emissions are up 22 kilotons (25.7%). We intend to continue taking effective steps to implement our Climate Change Mitigation Measures, while keeping a close watch on the balance between positive and negative factors.

* Scope 1: Volume of GHG directly emitted as a result of the burning of fuels
  Scope 2: Volume of GHG emitted in the use of electric power or heat supplied from outside
* The difference between the actual emissions volume and the emissions volume assessed by the Action Plan is calculated by using the difference of two CO2 emission coefficients accompanying the end-use electricity in Japan(0.531-0.330=0.201 kg-CO2/kWh)

  • GHG emissions overseas: 11 kilotons, down 47 kilotons (81.6%) from fiscal 2005, and also down by 4 kilotons from the previous fiscal year
image of GHG emission (Overseas)

Turning to a breakdown of emissions by Scope, Scope 1 emissions decreased 4 kilotons from the previous fiscal year as a resulting impact from the Norman Plant being transferred in August 2016. Scope 2 emissions were approximately the same as the previous fiscal year, due to a revision of emissions from overseas plants in accordance with GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance, and were not impacted by the transfer of the Norman Plant.

* The difference between the actual emissions volume and the emissions volume assessed by the Action Plan arises from the actual emissions of GHG being recalculated as zero in accordance with the use of electricity derived from the purchase of renewable energies for use at overseas plants from fiscal 2015.

GHG emissions from facilities not covered by the Environmental Action Plan image of Warranty mark

Although the current Environmental Action Plan covers only all facilities and sales fleets in Japan and all production facilities overseas, we are also working to keep track of energy usage at the group's principal office buildings and research facilities overseas, which are not currently within the scope of the plan.

If GHGs emitted by these facilities and associated sales fleets are included, total GHG emissions globally in fiscal 2016 amounted to 216 kilotons, of which the current Environmental Action Plan accounts for 82.6% (179 kilotons out of a total of 216 kilotons.).

From here onward, we intend to examine options for setting new targets, depending on the amount of environmental impact of these facilities.

Energy usage and GHG emissions by principal office buildings and R&D Centers outside Japan
  Energy consumed (GJ) GHG emissions (tons)
Electricity City gas Scope 1 Scope 2
Astellas US LLC 95,018 1,009 50 4,632
Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd. 17,800 6,718 334 737
Astellas Pharma Europe B.V. 34,584 7,876 392 1,641
Agensys Inc. 104,705 35,839 1,784 2,415
Astellas Research Institute of America LLC 6,833 0 0 333
Total 258,940 51,442 2,561 9,758

Energy usage and GHG emissions by sales affiliate office buildings of outside Japan
  Energy consumed (GJ) GHG emissions (tons)
Electricity City gas Scope1 Scope2
Americas 5,740 0 0 137
EMEA* 29,564 3,586 178 1,167
Asia/Oceania 12,271 52 3 776
Total 47,575 3,638 181 2,079

*EMEA: Europe (including NIS countries), the Middle East and Africa

Breakdown by region of number of Sales fleets, amount of fuel consumed, and GHG emissions

  Gasoline cars Diesel cars Flex fuel cars** Gasoline consumed
(kiloliters)
Diesel oil consumed
(kiloliters)
Bioethanol
consumed
(kiloliters)
GHG emissions
(tons)
Americas 1,189 32 125 4,507 99 379 10,782
EMEA* 912 1,423 0 1,573 3,148 0 11,772
Total 2,101 1,455 125 6,079 3,247 379 22,555

*EMEA: Europe (including NIS countries), the Middle East and Africa

**Vehicles that can run on gasoline or a mixture of gasoline and methanol/ethanol. Flex fuel vehicles are used by a sales affiliate in Brazil and Astellas US LLC. Because fuel in Brazil is 100% bioethanol and fuel in the US is an E85 code fuel, the GHG emissions coefficients are zero and 0.348 t-CO2/kL, respectively.

Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Sales Activities and Offices image of Warranty mark

Since fiscal 2008, Astellas has been engaged in reducing GHG emissions associated with sales fleets. For 2015, the final year of the Environmental Action Plan, we have achieved our target to reduce emissions by more than 30% compared to fiscal 2005. We have been continuing our efforts even though we have not set numerical targets since fiscal 2016.
In fiscal 2016, GHG emissions from gasoline used in our sales fleets amounted to 4,733 tons. This was a 45.8% decrease compared with fiscal 2005. As of the end of fiscal 2016, some 1,676 vehicles (77.0%) of our 2,176 fleets were hybrid vehicles.

image of GHG Emissions from Sales Fleets (Japan)

GHG emissions associated with electricity use at the Group's office buildings in Japan, including the head office and all branch and sales offices, amounted to 5,730 tons.

image of GHG emissions from Office Electricity Consumption (Japan)

GHG Emissions Resulting from Supply Chain Activities image of Warranty mark

Our Environmental Action Plan contains targets related to our Climate Change Mitigation Measures. The plan focuses on GHG emissions generated by Group facilities and CO2 emissions from energy sources through electricity use and heat supplied by outside sources.

In addition to knowing and publicizing their own GHG emissions, in recent years there has been more and more emphasis on emissions produced along the entire supply chain - including raw materials procurement, product distribution, employee commuting and business trips, and waste treatment. Following this trend, standards are being reviewed and developed to reflect this broader Scope, including the Greenhouse Gas Protocols, ISO standards, and guidance issued by Japan's Ministry of the Environment.

Recognizing these social implications, we included some supply chain GHG emissions for the first time when ascertaining our environmental performance in fiscal 2011. We intend to continue taking effective steps to expand the reporting boundary.

image of GHG emissions from supply chain

Promotion Framework and Initiatives for Climate Change Mitigation Measures

Astellas believes that it will not be possible to achieve the level of GHG emission reductions demanded of private enterprises by simply continuing the existing energy conservation measures implemented independently by each facility. Consequently, in fiscal 2009, Astellas established the Global Warming Prevention Committee, chaired by a member of top management, as a special task force under the CSR Committee.

Astellas was pursuing measures to achieve medium to long-term numerical targets set in accordance with a group-wide strategy formulated by the Global Warming Prevention Committee. In addition to considering technological means to lower energy consumption, the Committee was also tasked with examining policy measures, such as efficient production and research systems, and utilizing economic measures, including emissions trading and a carbon credit system.

To develop our environmental protection measures on a more global scale, including our Climate Change Mitigation Measures, we set up the Global EHS Subcommittee in 2014 as a specialist subordinate unit under the CSR Committee.

Investment Plan for Climate Change Mitigation Measures

In fiscal 2016, separate from our energy conservation measures at each facility, the Global EHS Sub-Committee decided to invest roughly ¥110 million to study introducing biomass boilers and more efficient truck-driving management operation. However, the actual investment came to only ¥68 million, and the benefit was a reduction of GHG emissions of 367 tons.
We will continue to study the introduction of biomass boilers, despite concerns such as their degree of cost effectiveness.

Participation in the Federation of Economic Organizations’ Commitment to a Low-carbon Society

Astellas is participating in the commitment to a low-carbon society* formulated by the Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Associations of Japan, which is based on requests from the Federation of Economic Organizations.

* To reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions from pharmaceutical manufacturers in fiscal 2020 by 23% based on the amount of emissions in fiscal 2005.

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