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Environment

Our lives, communities and business activities are inextricably linked to the environment. The Otsuka group embraces its responsibility to care for the environment and pursue sustainability at every stage, from the manufacturing of products through to their use.

Climate Change Response

By recognizing that the earth’s resources are finite, the Otsuka group is working to help realize a carbon-neutral society. This includes initiatives to minimize carbon dioxide emissions through energy conservation and better productivity.

Combating Climate Change and Conserving Energy

In 2016, the 13 Otsuka group companies in Japan*1 used the energy equivalent of 333 thousand tons of CO2 emissions through their business activities. The 34 group companies outside Japan*1 used the energy equivalent of 462 thousand tons of CO2 emissions, resulting in total emissions of 795 thousand tons of CO2. The increase in CO2 emissions outside Japan was due to expansion of business activities. The Otsuka group in Japan has set a medium-term target to reduce fiscal 2018 CO2 emissions*2 by 10% compared to fiscal 2010. The group is striving to control emissions by promoting fuel conversion and higher energy efficiency, and achieved a 7.3% reduction in fiscal 2016. In addition, by calculating the Scope 3 emissions of four group companies,*3 which account for about 80% of group emissions in Japan, and by ascertaining emissions for each product category, the group will devise further emission reduction efforts. Heat is required for sterilization processes used in producing pharmaceuticals (IV solutions) and beverages, as well as for the reaction, distillation, and drying of chemicals. Therefore, each group company is working on innovative production processes that will reduce energy consumption for these energy-intensive uses.

*1: Consolidated companies that have a production site.
*2: Calculated using 2010 coefficient
*3: Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, Taiho Pharmaceutical, and Otsuka Foods.
Total CO2 Emissions (Energy-related)
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 * The “In Japan” results are for the nine months Apr–Dec, but the “Outside Japan” results are for the twelve months Jan–Dec.

Energy Usage (Crude-oil equivalent)
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* The “In Japan” results are for the nine months Apr–Dec, but the “Outside Japan” results are for the twelve months Jan–Dec.

Otsuka Group CO2 Emissions by Country
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CO2 Emissions by Company
in FY2016 (in Japan)
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Supply Chain Emissions in FY2016 at Four Group Companies in Japan*3
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  • Scope
    Calculating emissions under the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (international emissions calculation standards). Under the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, "Scope 1" indicates direct emissions from business activities; "Scope 2" indicates indirect emissions such as electricity use; and, "Scope 3" indicates other indirect emissions such as from supplier and customer activities.
  • *4: Including Okayama Taiho Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
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Initiatives on the Production Floor

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Otsuka Chemical: Cogeneration system at the Tokushima Factory

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory: Boiler room at the Toyama Factory

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Otsuka Sims (Guangdong) Beverage: Gas boiler

The Otsuka group aims to help prevent global warming by promoting both tangible energy-saving activities, such as equipment updating, and intangible activities, including operational improvements. In Tokushima, where most of the group’s production facilities are located, the Tokushima Factory of Otsuka Chemical has installed a gas turbine cogeneration system, which supplies power and steam to various group companies in the same district. In addition, the Fukuroi Factory of Otsuka Pharmaceutical has introduced a system that uses energy from hot wastewater generated by sterilization processes during manufacturing to provide air conditioning for low-humidity rooms.
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory has a committee operating at each of its production sites comprised of members from all departments and headed by the plant manager and energy managers in order to promote plant-wide energy conservation activities. Further efforts were made in 2016 by creating an energy conservation subcommittee at the Matsushige Factory, and a VE team at the Toyama Factory.
Otsuka Techno is aggressively pursuing energy-saving measures because most of its energy use is electric. Abnormal weather in recent years has generated more hot summer days with higher daily temperatures. In response, the company seeks to tighten control of peak power use through the installation of demand monitoring systems at the Naruto and Wajiki Factories.
The Hanamaki Factory of EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical aims to reduce power consumption through progressively switching to LED lighting and higher efficiency cooling equipment. Otsuka Chemical is reducing power through smarter use of power equipment such as controlling the number of operating units, shortening operating hours, and adjusting settings.
In Indonesia, Amerta Indah Otsuka, which manufactures and sells POCARI SWEAT, has installed a cogeneration system at two of its plants to enhance supply stability and save energy. In addition to its ISO 14001 certification, the company also acquired ISO 50001 in 2015, a certification that focuses on energy management.
China Otsuka Pharmaceutical and Guangdong Otsuka Pharmaceutical, which manufacture IV solutions, Otsuka Sims (Guangdong) Beverage, a maker of POCARI SWEAT in China, and Egypt Otsuka Pharmaceutical, which makes IV solutions, have reduced their environmental impact by converting fuel sources from coal and heavy oil to natural gas and diesel. The group is making further improvements, including changing the set pressure in a once-through boiler, installing demand-monitoring devices, and shifting peak demand through production adjustments for products that require significant energy to manufacture.

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Global Warming Prevention Efforts by the Whole Factory
Yasuji Sakamoto Facilities Maintenance and Engineering, Naruto Factory
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, Inc
 

The department is engaged in an innovative, cooperative effort with the manufacturing department to convert recovered heat from high-temperature wastewater generated in the manufacturing process into usable energy for boilers. This conversion process has reduced CO2 emissions by 670 tons in 2016. At the Naruto Factory, all employees are dedicated to ensuring a stable supply of high-quality products, while working to prevent global warming.

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Reducing CO2 Emissions from Logistics

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Otsuka Warehouse: modal shift to ocean transport

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: ocean transport (1)

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: ocean transport (2)

The Otsuka group is promoting modal shifting as part of Otsuka’s efforts to address the environmental impact of its logistics operations. Shipping of drinks and other products is being shifted from trucks to ocean or railway transport, both of which are more environmentally friendly and better suited for mass transport. When trucks are necessary for medium and long distance transport, Otsuka Warehouse uses shared logistics platforms that enable it to decrease the number of necessary delivery vehicles; this innovation has effectively reduced CO2 emissions.
Energy Consumption per Ton-Kilometer by Four Specified Consigners of the Otsuka group*1
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* Results are for the nine months Apr–Dec.

  • *1: Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, Taiho Pharmaceutical, and Otsuka Foods.
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Initiatives in the Office

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: LED lighting at the Discovery and Preclinical Research Division (Tsukuba area)

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: Cool Biz poster

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Otsuka Pharmaceutical: Hybrid vehicle

The Otsuka group is focused on improving energy use efficiency in buildings and fuel efficiency in business vehicles. Environmental managers from across the Otsuka group gather together to share information on energy-saving activities in offices to promote each company’s initiatives.
In addition to working to optimize daily energy use, the Otsuka group strives for efficient lighting and air conditioning use in offices. Employees participate in Warm Biz and Cool Biz campaigns that encourage appropriate seasonal office attire. The group has supported declaring no-overtime days and use of air circulators. LED lighting is also being progressively introduced. Actions taken to reduce paper use in printers have raised awareness about paper and energy conservation. Transition to hybrid and fuel-efficient business vehicles is in effect. In fiscal 2016, the green vehicle usage rates for Otsuka Foods, Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory, and Taiho Pharmaceutical were 92%, 87%, 84%, and 69%, respectively. Additionally the group promotes eco-friendly driving habits with attention on safe driving and accident prevention.
The Kobe Branch of Otsuka Pharmaceutical has cooperated with internal and external parties to reduce its energy consumption; it has updated lighting, humidification, and air conditioning equipment in its rented office space. In addition to these updates, the branch continues to take comprehensive measures such as implementing plan-do-check-act cycles to find new and improved ways to save energy. The Kobe Branch received a 2016 Kansai Eco Office Award from the Union of Kansai Governments for their innovations. Based on the cooperation of seven Kansai prefectures, the Union of Kansai Governments promotes disaster prevention, tourism, culture, industry, healthcare, and environmental conservation.



 

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Energy-saving Activities through Local Collaboration
Kiyoto Oshima Finance and Accounting Department (Kobe Branch)
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
 

The Kobe Branch values close communication with the building management company; we continue to propose improvements found in daily environmental activities. Recent improvements and renovation of the building facilities resulted from the environmental awareness of our entire branch.
We will continue to work on energy-saving activities in cooperation with the local community.

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Clean Energy Use

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Ridge Vineyards: Lytton Springs

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Otsuka Techno: Naruto Head Office

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Otsuka Techno: Naruto Mold Center

The Otsuka group is actively pursuing clean energy. It is working to reduce CO2 emissions by installing solar power generation systems. Otsuka Techno has introduced solar power generation at the Naruto head office, Mold Center, and the Wajiki No. 4 Factory. EN Otsuka Pharmaceutical has installed photovoltaic solar panels at its Hanamaki Factory, which partially power the employee cafeteria. Solar panels were installed for the IV solutions information center at the Naruto Factory of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Factory. The amount of electricity generated and the level of CO2 emissions reduction are displayed on an indoor monitor. This display serves to raise the environmental awareness of employees and communicates energy-saving efforts to visitors at the center. Ridge Vineyards—the group's winery in the United States—has installed 400 rooftop solar panels, which supply 40% of the facility’s electricity.
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Green Curtains

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Taiho Pharmaceutical: Green curtain planting at Okayama Plant

Every year offices and factories in the Otsuka group grow bitter gourd, morning glory, and other vine plants in their offices and plants to cover sunny windows in order to create green curtains that lower the indoor temperatures and save energy. Large mature leaves help block the strong sunlight in summer, and drop room temperatures by three degrees. Produce harvested from these window plantings is featured on lunch menus in employee cafeterias. This initiative raises conservation awareness, and encourages employees to growing other edible vines such as passion fruit.
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Combating Climate Change and Conserving Energy

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Initiatives on the Production Floor

The Otsuka group aims to help prevent global warming by promoting both tang...

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Climate Change Response
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Reducing CO2 Emissions from Logistics

The Otsuka group is promoting modal shifting as part of Otsuka’s efforts to...

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Climate Change Response
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Initiatives in the Office

The Otsuka group is focused on improving energy use efficiency in buildings...

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Climate Change Response
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Clean Energy Use

The Otsuka group is actively pursuing clean energy. It is working to reduce...

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Climate Change Response
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Green Curtains

Every year offices and factories in the Otsuka group grow bitter gourd, mor...

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Eco-Friendly Products
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Lighter Bottles

The Otsuka group has introduced lighter containers that conserve resources ...

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Eco-Friendly Products
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Lighter and Smaller Packaging

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Eco-Friendly Products
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Product Development Targeting Both User Convenience and Waste Reduction

Innovative packaging for the antipsychotic ABILIFY MAINTENA features improv...

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Sustainable Product Design

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Waste Reduction
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Reducing Waste

In 2016, the 13 group companies in Japan discharged 336 thousand tons of wa...

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Waste Reduction
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PRTR Substances

Management of PRTR substances* at the 13 group companies in Japan are shown...

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Waste Reduction
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Waste Reduction and 3R Promotion

Through 3R (reduce, reuse, and recycle) promotion efforts, the Otsuka group...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Basic Approach and Guidelines

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Relationship between Biodiversity and Business Activities

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Water Resource Initiatives

In fiscal 2016, the 13 group companies in Japan used 12.222 million m3 of w...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Creating Biotopes

Otsuka Pharmaceutical’s Tokushima Itano Factory has created facilities that...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Initiatives to Protect Water Resources

Ridge Vineyards, a world-renowned winery in Northern California uses techno...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Initiatives for Protecting and Reintroducing Endangered Species

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Otsuka Group Non-Native Fishing Tournament

Lake Biwa is well known as Japan’s largest lake and has been a local source...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Community Activity: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Environmental Club

Many Otsuka group employees living in Tokushima participate as volunteers i...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Sustainable Ingredients

As palm oil is used as an ingredient in biscuits and other products, Nutrit...

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Protecting Biodiversity
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Factory Grounds Open to the Community

Factories of the Otsuka group carry out regular cleanup activities on areas...