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Measures to Address Climate Change

Climate change is regarded as one of the environmental problems that could threaten the very survival of the human race. 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 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 has set medium-term targets for the reduction of GHGs in its Environmental Action Plan. Under the plan, existing facilities are to reduce CO2 emissions generated through energy consumption by 1% or more compared with the previous fiscal year and to achieve a reduction of 5 kilotons of GHGs on a fiscal year basis through strategic investments.


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
Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan's actual end-use CO2emissions/unit in previous fiscal year

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 2015 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 2015, used in evaluating the action plan, came to 162 kilotons globally, for a decrease of 72 kilotons (30.8%) from the base year. A further reduction of 10 kilotons is required to reach the target.

  • GHG emissions in Japan: 126 kilotons, down 50 kilotons (28.5%) from the base year. Further reduction of 3 kilotons needed to reach the target.
  • GHG emissions overseas: 36 kilotons, down 22 kilotons (37.7%) from the base year. Further reduction of 4 kilotons needed to reach 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 2015 came to 185 kilotons, down 49 kilotons (21.1%) from fiscal 2005. This result was obtained by reviewing the emissions accompanying end-use electricity at overseas plants worth in accordance with the GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance for calculating GHG emissions. The emissions volume generated through business activities in Japan amounts toapproximately 92% 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(0.554-0.330=0.224 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: 170 kilotons, down 6 kilotons (3.6%) from the base year, but up 3 kilotons over fiscal 2014.
image of GHG emission iJapan j

Turning to a breakdown of emissions by Scope, Scope 1* emissions decreased 3 kilotons from the previous fiscal year, but Scope 2* emissions were roughly the same as the previous fiscal year. A 25-kilotons of the decrease in Scope 2 is attributed to the improved CO2 emissions coefficient accompanying the end-use electricity compared to the previous year, together with a 2-kilotons of decrease achieved by the efforts against climate change and other activities. However, there was a 3-kilotons of increase due to a larger amount operations activity mainly for new facilities. In comparison with fiscal 2005, Scope 1 is down 31 kilotons (34.0%) and Scope 2 is up 25 kilotons (29.8%).Looking ahead, the full-scale start of operations of new facilities opened in fiscal 2015 is projected to be behind increased emissions and closure of the Kashima R&D Center is envisaged to reduce emissions. We intend to continue taking effective steps to mitigate climate change 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 (0.554-0.330=0.224 kg-CO2/kWh).

  • GHG emissions overseas: 14 kilotons, down 43 kilotons (75.2%) from base year, and also down by 22 kilotons from fiscal 2014.
image of GHG emission (Overseas)

Turning to a breakdown of emissions by Scope, Scope 1 emissions were approximately the same as the previous fiscal year, but Scope 2 emissions decreased significantly due to a revision of emissions from overseas plants in accordance with GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance. In comparison with fiscal 2005, Scope 1 is down 4 kilotons (27.6%) and Scope 2 is down 39 kilotons (93.0%). We will continue to implement energy saving measures in overseas production bases.

* 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 emissions globally by the Astellas Group in fiscal 2015 amounted to 226 kilotons, of which the current Environmental Action Plan accounts for 81.6% (185 kilotons out of a total of 226 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 98,704 1,003 56 4,841
Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd. 25,452 8,275 412 1,172
Astellas Pharma Europe B.V. 33,409 6,593 328 1,515
Agensys Inc. 105,691 35,201 1,752 5,184
Astellas Research Institute of America LLC 6,989 0 0 343
Total 270,244 51,071 2,548 13,054

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 5,760 0 0 140
EMEA* 29,646 3,209 160 1,190
Asia/Oceania 16,200 538 27 1,134
Total 51,605 3,747 187 2,465

*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

  Petrol cars Diesel cars Flex fuel cars** Petrol consumed
(kiloliters)
Diesel oil consumed
(kiloliters)
Bioethanol
consumed
(kiloliters)
GHG emissions
(tons)
Americas 1,296 0 71 5,258 0 225 12,199
EMEA* 811 1,331 0 1,360 3,137 0 11,250
Total 2,107 1,331 71 6,618 3,137 225 23,449

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

**Vehicles that can run on gasoline or a mix of gasoline and methanol/ethanol. Flex fuel vehicles are used by a sales affiliate in Brazil. Because the fuel is 100% bioethanol, the GHG emissions volume is zero.

Reduction of CO2 Emission from Sales Activities and Offices image of Warranty mark

Environmental Action Plan

  • Reduce CO2 emissions generated through sales activities by 30% or more compared with fiscal 2005 levels by the end of fiscal 2015 (Japan)
  • Reduce electricity usage to the levels of 80% or less than fiscal 2005 by fiscal 2015 (Japan)

At Astellas, we have been progressively changing our leased fleets to hybrid since fiscal 2008. As of the end of fiscal 2015, some 1,782 vehicles, or 76.5%, of our 2,330 fleets were hybrid.

In fiscal 2015, CO2 emissions from gasoline consumed in our sales fleets amounted to 5,276 tons. This was a 39.6% decrease compared with the base year level. These figures indicated that we achieved the targets for the Environmental Action Plan.

image of CO2 Emissions from Sales Fleets (JPN)

The electricity consumption of the group's office buildings in Japan, including Astellas head office and all branch offices and sales offices, amounted to 11,069 MWh for the reporting period, for a decrease of 3,412 MWh over the previous fiscal year and 65.3% of the base year's level (down 5,894 MWh). The main decrease factors in fiscal 2015 were that Astellas has no longer been using the former Hasune Office, and the significant reduction of electricity consumption in fiscal 2015 due to the consolidation of buildings containing sales offices that was carried out during the previous fiscal year.

image of Electricity Usage of Office building (JPN)

GHG Emissions Resulting from Supply Chain Activities image of Warranty mark

The Environmental Action Plan contains targets that have been set to address the issue of climate change. It focuses on GHG emissions generated by the group's facilities and CO2 emissions from energy sources through the use of electricity and heat supplied from 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

Climate Change Mitigation Framework and Initiatives

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

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 is 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 countermeasures against climate change, from fiscal 2014 onward, we have set up the Global EHS Sub-Committee as a specialist subordinate unit under the CSR Committee.

Investment Plan for Mitigating Climate Change

In fiscal 2015, separately from our energy conservation measures at each facility, the Global EHS Sub-Committee took the decision to invest approximately ¥170 million in introducing more efficient facility operation and advanced technologies. However, owing mainly to changes in the bases integration plan and the production plan, certain measures had to be cancelled. The result of the investment during fiscal 2015 was that the reduction of GHG emissions expected during fiscal 2016 is approximately 240 tons.

In fiscal 2016, we are planning to invest approximately ¥110 million, which is expected to yield a reduction in GHG emissions of approximately 440 tons.

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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