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Cyclic Use of Resources

Initiatives for Resource Recycling

Resolving the serious global issues of climate change and biodiversity requires changing the existing style of economic development. Namely, the whole of society must pursue a sustainable society and economy while reducing the volume of resources it consumes.

Astellas too recognizes that since the use of sustainable resources is essential for continuing its business activities, it must play an active role toward the creation of a recycling-oriented society.

Astellas is moving forward with steps to effectively use water resources and recycle waste materials (reuse, recycling, and use of all thermal energy) as initiatives contributing to a recycling-oriented society.

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Environmental Action Plan (Water resources)

  • Reduce water withdrawal to at 80% or less of fiscal 2005 levels by the end of fiscal 2015 (Global).

The Astellas Group on a global basis does not currently draw water from river systems in areas where depletion of water resources is a concern, but as water shortages may become a problem in the future, owing to climate change, we are taking steps to minimize our dependence on such resources, and also regard this as an effective means of ensuring business continuity. Moreover, since the effective use of water resources serves as a useful indicator for gauging society’s impact on biodiversity, Astellas has set numerical targets for reducing water withdrawal.

In fiscal 2015, the final fiscal year of our water reduction targets, water resources used by the group on a global basis amounted to 10,269 thousand m3, equivalent to 76.3% of usage in the base year and a year-on-year improvement of 0.9 percentage points. This indicates that we have been able to continuously reach our target since fiscal 2011.

In the future, we aim for effective use of water resources and have set the relationship between water resources and economic activity as a "water resources productivity" indicator, and strive to improve this indicator.
In Japan, 82.0% of water withdrawal is from industrial-use municipal supply, and all of this water is obtained from rivers by local governments. We are seeking to effectively use water resources to adapt to environmental changes in the future, for example by reduction of contract volume of industrial-use water.

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Waste Management

Environmental Action Plan (Waste Management)

Reduce the final volume of waste for disposal to less than 2% of the total discharged. (Japan)

Astellas believes that efforts to reduce waste landfill volume to as close to zero as possible will encourage the recycling and reuse of waste materials. To realize this goal, we set targets for the zero emission of waste at our business facilities in Japan.

In waste management, it is also important to prevent the illegal disposal of waste and environmental pollution caused by hazardous waste generated by research centers and plants. To prevent this from happening, we first examine appropriate methods of waste disposal, and check regularly that the waste disposers selected use appropriate waste disposal methods.

Fiscal 2015 is the final fiscal year of our waste landfill volume reduction targets, the final disposal at landfill waste increased, but is still 0.99% of the total discharged over the previous fiscal year. The group has thus continued since fiscal 2008 to fulfill its zero emission targets.
In the future, in addition to continuing our efforts to reduce the amount of landfill waste, we will also strive to newly improve the amount of waste generated per unit.

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State of PCB-contaminated Waste Storage

We have been systematically conducting detoxification of any equipment that is contaminated with PCBs stored by Astellas.
In fiscal 2015, we completed the disposal of 1,807 units of electrical ballasts for fluorescent lamps that were stored at the Kashima R&D Center.

Moreover, we worked to change the containers for the fluorescent lamp ballasts that are stored in the Yaizu Facilities into drums. In addition to confirming they contained no PCBs, we also discovered that up to now more fluorescent lamp ballasts have been stored than we realized. As a result, we decided to increase the number of storable fluorescent lamp ballasts containing PCB to 1,370 units, which enabled us to newly store 461 units of other containers contaminated with PCBs.
Going forward, we aim to achieve a PCB waste storage figure of zero, including by systematically carrying out load-figure registrations of fluorescent lamp ballasts.

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Status Category Number/Volume
Fluorescent lamp ballasts 4,137 units
Capacitors 173 units
Small container 1 unit
PCB oil (Drum weight included) 37 kg
PCB incrustation 469 units
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