Initiatives for Resource Recycling

Resolving the 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.

Effective Use of Water Resources image of Warranty mark

Environmental Action Plan (Measures for the Conservation of Resources)

  • Enhance water resource productivity by around 2.5 times the fiscal 2005 result by the end of fiscal 2020.
    Applicable areas: Research and production sites in Japan and overseas
    Indicator: Sales (billion yen) /Volume of water resource withdrawn (1,000 m3)


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 is engaged with reducing water withdrawal.

From fiscal 2016, we set the relationship between water resources and economic activity as a "water resource productivity" indicator, and have been striving to improve this indicator.
The water resource productivity of fiscal 2016 has improved 2.89 times compared with the base year of fiscal 2005.



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Environmental Action Plan (Waste Management)

Improve waste generated per unit of sales to around 20% of fiscal 2005 result by the end of fiscal 2020.
Applicable areas: Research and production sites in Japan and overseas
Indicator: Volume of waste generated (tons)/Sales (billion yen)


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. In line with this, we have achieved our goal of reducing the waste landfill volume to less than 2% of the total discharged volume at our business facilities in Japan. 
From fiscal 2016, in addition to continuing our efforts to reduce the amount of landfill waste, we have also been striving to newly improve the amount of waste generated per unit.

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.

The waste volume generated in fiscal 2016 was 13,810 tons. The amount of waste generated per unit was 10.5 tons/billion yen, an improvement of 21% compared with the base year.



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 2016, we disposed of a low-concentration small container that had been stored in the Takaoka Plant. In addition, the load-figure registrations for all items stored at each of our business facilities have been completed.

State of PCB-contaminated Waste Storage image of Warranty mark

Status Load-figure Weight (kg)
Stored Drum 11,096
Pail 37
Glass container 0.3
Device 26
Metal tray 11