Our Environmental Action Plan sets out short-term and medium-term targets for our activities regarding the key points of the Astellas Environment, Health & Safety Guidelines. We renew our action plans on a rolling basis, by reviewing progress and conditions during the previous year and incorporating our findings into our action plan for the following year. We are always working to achieve the targets set out in our Environmental Action Plan, which are also reflected in individual action plans drawn up by Japanese and overseas group companies.
Currently, the activities of all the production facilities of the Astellas group worldwide and non-production sites in Japan fall within the scope of the Environmental Action Plan. At the same time, the activities of overseas R&D centers, offices, and other bases of operation continue to increase in line with the Group's efforts to further expand and develop its business globally. As a result, we are keeping track of the performance of overseas facilities and bases that fall outside the scope of the Environmental Action Plan, focusing particularly on energy consumption.
The results of the Environmental Action Plan for fiscal 2017 are below.
Note: To evaluate the Environmental Action Plan, we have used a coefficient of 0.330 kg-CO2/kWh to calculate CO2 from electricity use in Japan in fiscal 2017. Please note that these figures differ from those used in calculations of actual emissions. For regions other than Japan, we use emission coefficients for each electric power company. Emissions in regions where it is difficult to use the emission coefficients for each electric power company are calculated with country-specific emission coeeficients provided in the CO2 EMISSIONS FROM FUEL COMBUSTION 2017 EDITION published by the International Energy Agency.
Review of the Environmental Action Plan (Climate Change Mitigation Measures)
The current Environmental Action Plan has a base year of fiscal 2005, so we have decided to revise this Environmental Action Plan because the internal and external environments have greatly changed since that time.
■ Increase in overseas offices
■ Divergence between the GHG emissions in Japan calculated for evaluating the Environmental Action Plan
with the fixed emission coefficient for purchased electricity and the actual emissions
■ Transfer of Fuji Plant, Norman Plant, etc to other companies
In the new Environmental Action Plan, we have newly set our targets that are consistent with the Science Based Targets (“SBT”), which recommended that private companies set reduction targets aligned with the Paris Agreement, which entered into force in 2016, with all business activities being evaluated. In February 2018, we submitted a commitment letter to the SBT Initiative. We expect that our fiscal 2030 targets (base year: fiscal 2015) will be verified and approved by the SBT Initiative by the end of fiscal 2018.