Mitigating and adapting to the threat posed by climate change requires active involvement by national governments, local governments, corporations, citizens, and others. Astellas recognizes that climate change will become a constraint on conducting sustained corporate activity, and considers it one of management's most important problems to address.

Astellas has adopted the method for setting reduction targets recommended by the Science Based Targets (SBT) Initiative. This method is designed to achieve the 2°C target of the Paris Agreement, which entered force in 2016. In November 2018, the SBT Initiative certified the targets laid out in Astellas’ Environmental Action Plan.
In the review of risks and opportunities that the SBT target setting process and climate change will present to businesses, we have adopted the 2°C Scenario of the International Energy Agency (IEA 2DS). Guided by IEA 2DS, we will promote measures from a medium- to long-term perspective.

Environmental Action Plan (Climate Change Mitigation Measures) (SBT approved)

Reduce GHG emissions (Scope 1 + Scope 2) by 30% by fiscal 2030 (Base year: fiscal 2015)
(Emissions in the base year: 211 kilotons)

Reduce GHG emissions (Scope 3) by 20% per unit of revenue by fiscal 2030
(Base year: fiscal 2015)

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Our progress toward SBT targets calculated based on the GHG Protocol is as follows:

Environmental Action Plan (Scope 3 / revenue)

  Fiscal 2015 Fiscal 2016 Fiscal 2017 Fiscal 2018
GHG emissions (Scope 3) (Tons) 266,637 253,613 254,991 228,183
Revenue (billion Yen) 1,373 1,312 1,300 1,306
Emission per unit of revenue (tons/billion Yen) 194 193 196 175
Ratio to Base-year (%) -- -0.5 1.0 -10.1

* The third-party assurance covers GHG emissions (Scope 3) and emission per unit of revenue.

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The actual volume of GHG emissions of Astellas in fiscal 2018 was 194 kilotons (Scope 1: 82 kilotons, Scope 2: 112 kilotons).

Changes in Actual GHG Emissions Volume by Area

(Unit: Tons)
  Fiscal 2015 Ratio
Fiscal 2016 Ratio
Fiscal 2017 Ratio
Fiscal 2018 Ratio
Japan 166,857 75 166,644 77 162,680 79 155,379 80
Scope 1 61,036   62,160   60,804   56,422  
Scope 2 105,821   104,484   101,875   98,957  
Americas 31,837 14 26,702 12 23,668 11 17,505 9
Scope 1 21,329   15,996   12,805   10,205  
Scope 2 10,508   10,707   10,863   7,300  
EMEA 19,969 9 18,823 9 16,759 8 17,450 9
Scope 1 16,093   16,368   13,803   15,415  
Scope 2 3,877   2,545   2,955   2,035  
Asia/Oceania 4,080 2 3,861 2 3,823 2 4,039 2
Scope 1 41   23   17   51  
Scope 2 4,039   3,837   3,807   3,988  
Total 222,744   216,030   206,929   194,373  
Scope 1 98,500 - 94,547 - 87,429 - 82,093 -
Scope 2 124,244   121,483   119,500   112,280  

* Non-energy-related GHG emissions are not included.

Our Efforts to Reduce GHG Emissions

In order to reduce GHG emissions, Astellas must implement management practices that involve the entire Group from a medium-term perspective. Astellas’ manufacturing plants, research centers, sales and marketing divisions, and offices are implementing a variety of initiatives with the aim of mitigating climate change.
Regarding tangible elements, efforts to improve facilities, which include the introduction of high-efficiency equipment and the conversion to alternative fuels, are expected to make a significant contribution to reducing the level of GHG emissions generated by energy sources. Regarding intangible aspects, employees’ participation in energy saving through improvements of daily work is also important. To this end, each facility adopts a two-pronged approach, comprising measures related to both tangible and intangible elements.

Promotion Framework and Initiatives for Climate Change Mitigation

Astellas has established the Global EHS Sub-Committee (GEHSSC) as a special task force under the CSR Committee to discuss measures to deal with various environmental issues, including climate change mitigation measures. Members from regional bases participate in discussions on methods to save energy and reduce GHG emissions throughout the Group based on an analysis of the risks and opportunities that climate change presents to our business, and so forth.
Matters are discussed and decided in GEHSSC and are referred to the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors for discussion depending on their importance. Through this process, Astellas decides on these matters.

Analysis of the Risks and Opportunities That Climate Change Presents to Our Business

Based on IEA 2DS, we carry out scenario analysis regarding changes in the external environment due to such factors as international policy trends and emissions trading systems, the impact on work operations of physical changes caused by climate change, and assessments by stakeholders concerning our measures to mitigate and adapt to climate change. We believe that understanding the conceivable risks and moving forward with medium- to long-term measures to minimize risk will lead to opportunities for our business to be sustainable.

Investment Plan for Climate Change Mitigation Measures

In fiscal 2018, Astellas planned to invest approximately ¥750 million in mainly energy-saving measures at each business facility, the renewal of air conditioning equipment, and the introduction of LED lighting. An investment of ¥450 million was actually completed, resulting in reduction of 4,019 tons of GHG.
In addition, we are investigating feasibility of introducing renewable energy at each site.

Understanding GHG Emissions in the Supply Chain

Although the Environmental Action Plan concerning climate change is targeting emissions directly generated by business activities (Scope 1 and Scope 2), Astellas is also striving to assess emissions produced throughout the entire supply chain (Scope 3). We have also set SBTs for GHG emissions from major categories within Scope 3, and are striving to reduce them. In addition, we encourage our production contractors to support and cooperate with our measures to reduce GHG emissions.
Details of Scope 3 are available in the section on indirect GHG emissions (Scope 3).

Priority Use of Gaseous Fuel

At Astellas’ research and production bases, we use boilers fueled by city gas, LPG and LNG (liquefied natural gas), all of which generate low GHG emissions during combustion. These boilers not only contribute to reducing GHG emissions but also to reducing SOx emissions, another air pollutant.

Introduction of Energy Monitoring Systems

Knowing exactly how much energy we use is useful for the formulation of new strategies. We have introduced energy monitoring systems that can visually monitor energy usage at our facilities.

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Since fiscal 2008, Astellas has been striving to reduce GHG emissions associated with the use of sales fleets. In each region, we are continuously switching over to vehicles with low environmental impact (e.g. hybrid cars). In Japan, where the rate of introducing hybrid vehicles is high, the volume of GHG emissions relative to the number of vehicles has been reduced more than in other regions.
GHG emissions associated with the use of sales fleets are reported under Scope 1.

Changes in GHG Emissions Volume

(Unit: Tons)
  Fiscal 2016 Fiscal 2017 Fiscal 2018
Total for each region 27,287 24,203 23,725
Japan 4,733 4,316 4,114
Americas 10,782 10,760 9,172
EMEA 11,772 9,127 10,439

When it cannot be directly measured, the actual fuel usage is estimated from mileage and fuel efficiency (catalog value).

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The use of renewable energy is one of the most effective climate change countermeasures. Astellas is proactively introducing photovoltaic panels and wind power, and such equipment as biomass boilers, to its facilities. All energy generated through these means is consumed at these facilities.
Moreover, we purchase electricity generated by renewable energy sources. As a result, we are indirectly suppressing GHG emissions.

Usage of Renewable Energy (Fiscal 2018)

Offices Type of renewable energy Energy consumed
Kerry Plant Wind turbine generation (Power capacity 800 kW) 1,688 MWh
Wood chip biomass boiler (Power capacity 1.8 MW) 38,794 GJ
Purchase of electricity generated by renewable energy sources 6,827 MWh
Dublin Plant Purchase of electricity generated by renewable energy sources 4,993 MWh
Meppel Plant Purchase of electricity generated by renewable energy sources 12,908 MWh
Leiden Purchase of electricity generated by renewable energy sources 3,120 MWh
Use of geothermal heat 1,665 GJ
US HQs Use of geothermal heat 3 GJ
Tsukuba Research Center Photovoltaics 48 MWh
Yaizu Facilities Use of geothermal heat (can not be measured) -

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.