Ecology (Ecological Sustainability)

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Ecology (Ecological Sustainability)

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Management Approach

As a global company responsible for the environment, we will endeavor through all areas of our activities to achieve the sustainable development of society wherein human prosperity and the environment co-exist harmoniously.

In February 2021, Sumitomo Rubber Industries released its Carbon Neutrality Declaration, thereafter launching initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions from factory operations by 55% by 2030 and reduce such emissions to net zero by 2050.

Initiatives to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

Targets and Results Relative to Sustainability Initiatives

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In line with the Sumitomo Rubber Group’s Long-Term Sustainability Policy: “Driving Our Future Challenge 2050,” we verify results achieved thus far against targets specified under this policy and then formulate targets for the upcoming fiscal year.

Here, we present targets and results for each item.

Targets under the Long-Term Sustainability Policy PLAN
Fiscal 2022 Target
Fiscal 2022Activity Results
Fiscal 2023 Target
Carbon Neutrality
  • Carbon Neutrality (Scope 1, Scope 2)
  • 55% Reduction in Emissions Compared to 2017 Levels (2030), Full Carbon Neutrality (2050)
6% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to 2017 levels 15% reduction compared to 2017 levels 100% or more 6% reduction compared to 2022 levels
  • Carbon Neutrality (Scope 3)
  • Setting Targets for the Reduction of Scope 3 Emissions (2022)
Formulate Scope 3 reduction targets Assessed emission volumes to identify reduction targets for Scope 3 emissions 75% Establish targets by the end of 2023
  • Harnessing the Potential of Hydrogen
  • Stable Operation of Production Line Utilizing Hydrogen Boilers (2023)
Introduce hydrogen boilers at the Shirakawa Factory (Fukushima Prefecture) Completed the installation of hydrogen boilers at the Shirakawa Factory (Fukushima Prefecture) 100% Initiate the mass-production of tires manufactured via a carbon neutral process in terms of CO2 emissions
Confirm issues associated with the around-the-clock operation of hydrogen boilers
Water Resources
  • Reducing Water Usage
  • 100% Recycled Water Usage at Bases of Operations in Areas with High Water Security Risk (2050)
Maintain 100% water recycling rate at the Turkey Factory Maintained the 100% water recycling rate at the Turkey Factory 100% Specify bases with high water security risks and formulate plans to address such risks
Discussed methods for assessing water risks