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Management of Wastewater, Waste Matter, and Chemical Substances

Basic Philosophy

Established as an environmental initiative, the Nichirei Group’s Environmental Policy includes a theme of promoting sustainable recycling. The Group recognizes that corporate business activities have a considerable impact on the natural environment. Emitting pollutants and using chemicals through business activities has an effect on the air and soil, and expanding business activities results in more waste being generated and a greater effect on valuable resources. The Group’s business, in particular, relies heavily on natural ecosystems for the procurement of ingredients. Any loss of these ecosystems would be a significant business risk, and in addition, the generation of food waste is a major challenge.
Recognizing the issues outlined above, the Group is making the best use of limited global resources in cooperation with its suppliers, partners companies and consumers, and in addition, through its business activities, is promoting reductions of waste and pollutants as well as the reuse and recycling of resources. The Group is also helping build recycling-oriented social systems by procuring recyclable resources and working to develop associated mechanisms.
Two medium-term environmental targets adopted by the Group are to maintain a waste recycling rate of at least 99% at its food factories and distribution centers, and to reduce residual animal and plant material at its food factories in Japan.

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Management System

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Initiatives

The amount of waste discharged outside worksites in FY2018 was 45,200 tons, and the recycling rate was 99.5%. Looking at waste destined for final disposal, in some cases, depending on the district, waste paper and other types of waste are simply incinerated at processing plants catering for general, business-based waste. In other cases, depending on the type and volume of waste, recyclers cannot be found. In any case, the Group will work on further reductions, including by controlling the amount of waste produced. During FY2018, the Group emitted 9 kg of specially controlled industrial waste (such as flammable waste oil, strong acid/strong alkali and other waste classified separately from industrial waste because of hazardous or toxic properties).

Nichirei Group Discharged Waste Discharged Outside Worksites and Recycling Rate

Nichirei Group Discharged Waste Discharged Outside Worksites and Recycling Rate

Nichirei Group Wastewater and Drainage Load

Nichirei Group Wastewater and Drainage Load

Promoting Integrated Crop-livestock Production

The food residue and chicken guano received from factories and food material production facilities can be recycled as feed and fertilizer to reduce waste and make effective use of resources.
The Nichirei Group, which uses feed and fertilizer recycled from food products to produce food, aims to establish a food cycle involving livestock and humans. At Nichirei Fresh Farm Inc., set up as a poultry farm for the production of purebred domestic Japanese chickens, the Group is collaborating with local residents to build a regional recycling production system using chicken guano.

Project for Recycling-based Production via Chickens

At the Hirono facility operated by Nichirei Fresh Farm, chicken droppings are processed into organic fertilizer, which is used to produce feed stock rice for specialized chicken feed. Rice for the chicken feed is produced by partner farmers in the towns of Karumai and Hirono in Iwate Prefecture, in cooperation with JA Shiniwate. Much of this rice is grown using rice paddies lying fallow because of rice production adjustments. The recycling-based production cycle of chickens thus contributes sustainably to regeneration of the local farming industry.

Fertilizer, Feed Made from Factory Food Residue

To reduce waste generated at our production facilities, Nichirei Foods is undertaking various initiatives. These include production management, initiatives to prevent problems, and the recycling of processing residue, such as raw ingredients not turned into products.
 Processing residue is disposed of with in-house treatment machinery at our Funabashi and Shiroishi plants, and recycled for use as fertilizer and feed. Our other factories entrust the processing of residues to recycling companies that turn the leftovers into fertilizer and animal feed. The Group plans to continue reducing the amount of waste generated by setting target values, while making the most effective use of processing what residue is inevitably produced.

Factory Wastewater Released Only after Having Been Cleaned Using Special Equipment

The water used at food factories becomes wastewater containing food-related organic matter, detergents, and disinfectants. The Nichirei Group cleans its factory wastewater using disposal equipment and only releases it outside the factory once it complies with emissions standards stipulated by law.

Management of Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) Substances

 In FY2019, approximately 1 ton of chlorodifluoromethane (R-22), used as a refrigerant, was released at one of the Nichirei Group’s worksites. The Group reported this to the Japanese government since the amount exceeded the annual legal limit of 1 ton, as specified in the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register*. Since this breach, the Group has been taking more steps to reduce the amount of chemical substances it releases.

  • *The laws concerning the Pollutant Release and Transfer Register refer to the collection and publication of data related to the release into the environment of chemicals, from any source, which could possibly adversely affect the lives, growth, or development of humans, animals, or plants.
Management of PCBs

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a group of man-made compounds, were previously used as insulating oil in transformers, but their use was banned in the 1970s, after their toxicity became apparent. In Japan, equipment that has been confirmed to contain PCBs is being appropriately stored in compliance with standards set by law. Currently, disposal is being carried out systematically, based on the capacity of the nation’s five government-run PCB disposal plants. Sixty three transformers collected from the Nichirei Group in FY2019 have been disposed of at a one of the government plants.

Management of Asbestos

The asbestos that was found to have been sprayed on the underside of the roof, and which had the possibility of spreading, was removed and disposed of during an inspection in FY2006. In addition, when demolishing office buildings that have been closed, the Nichirei Group does another survey and takes legally compliant and appropriate steps to dispose of any building materials containing asbestos.

Management of Contaminated Soil

 In addition to fulfilling the appropriate disclosure requirements when selling, buying, or renting land, the Nichirei Group does evaluations of soil contamination and carries out the appropriate management.

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Reduce Environmental Impact
Environmental Management

Basic Philosophy

The Nichirei Group established a Group Environmental Policy focused on th...

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Management System

The Nichirei Group, comprising a wide variety of different businesses, prom...

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Goals and Priority Challenges toward FY2021

■ Long-term Goals for FY2012–FY2021 (formulated in FY2011) ...

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Medium-term Targets and Results

■Group’s medium-term environmental plan Group medium-term env...

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Prevention of Global Warming

In addition to the Group working to reduce CO2 emissions at its places of b...

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Promotion of Sustainable Recycling of Resources

The amount of waste discharged outside worksites in FY2019 was 45,400 tons,...

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Water Resource Conservation

The Nichirei Group grasps and manages its consumption of water and quality ...

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ISO 14001 Certification, etc.

The Nichirei Group prioritizes ISO 14001 certification at its food factorie...

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Environmental Audits

In addition to covering areas such as organizational management and busines...

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Environmental Accounting

To gain a quantitative picture of the costs and environmental benefits of i...

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Status of Environment-related Incidents, Legal Violations

In FY2019, there were no legal violations or environment-related incidents,...

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Ecology Committee Leads Environmental Resource Management

Most of the energy consumed by Nichirei Biosciences Inc. is used by its dev...

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Initiatives for Sustainable Raw Ingredients

Basic Philosophy

To provide value to society and to continue to survive, it is vitally impor...

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Initiatives for Sustainable Raw Ingredients

Management System

To promote efforts to maintain a sustainable supply chain for all of Nichir...

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Initiatives for Sustainable Raw Ingredients

Priority Challenges for FY2021 (focus on business activities)

・ Procure materials produced or caught in consideration of sustainable util...

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Initiatives for Sustainable Raw Ingredients

Sustainable Procurement in Symbiosis with Nature and Neighborhoods

Mauritanian potted octopi are one of the quality materials used at Nichirei...

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Initiatives for Sustainable Raw Ingredients

Efforts for MSC/ASC-certified Materials

Nichirei Fresh developed the Forest of Life Project, which it has maintaine...

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Initiatives for FA Ingredients

Drug-resistant bacteria—bacteria on which antimicrobial agents (antibiotics...

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Initiatives for Sustainable Raw Ingredients

Suppression of Methane Gas Emissions by Cattle

Suppression of methane gas emissions by cattle

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Initiatives for Energy and Climate Change

Basic CSR Policy

Established as an environmental initiative, the Nichirei Group’s Environmen...

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Initiatives for Energy and Climate Change

Management System

Environmental management system Regarding the actual values for the ...

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Initiatives for Energy and Climate Change

Initiatives

The Nichirei Group’s approach to environmental conservation Eliminat...

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Initiatives for Water Resource Conservation

Basic CSR Policy

Established as an environmental initiative, the Nichirei Group’s Environmen...

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Initiatives for Water Resource Conservation

Management System

Regarding water resources used in business, the volumes of water used and w...

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Initiatives for Water Resource Conservation

Initiatives

In terms of water-related initiatives associated with business activities, ...

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Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation

Basic CSR Policy

Biodiversity Policy

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Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation

Management System

As “living in symbiosis with nature” is one of the three priorities of the ...

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Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation

Initiatives

Collaboration with WWF Indonesia and WWF Japan Promoting Biodiversity Conse...

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Initiatives for Biodiversity Conservation

Protecting endangered orchids, biodiversity conservation

https://www.nichirei.co.jp/english/csr/environment/action/office ...

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Emissions into the Atmosphere

Management System

The Nichirei Group manages and stores PRTR substances and PCBs (polychlorin...

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Emissions into the Atmosphere

Initiatives

Reduction of NOx, SOx, and PM Emissions Nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur ...

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Management of Wastewater, Waste Matter, and Chemical Substances

Basic Philosophy

Established as an environmental initiative, the Nichirei Group’s Environmen...

Reduce Environmental Impact
Management of Wastewater, Waste Matter, and Chemical Substances

Management System

Environmental management system

Reduce Environmental Impact
Management of Wastewater, Waste Matter, and Chemical Substances

Initiatives

The amount of waste discharged outside worksites in FY2018 was 45,200 tons,...

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Initiatives in Products and Services

Basic Philosophy

Committed to manufacturing and service solutions that are conscious of mini...

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Initiatives in Products and Services

Management System

Environmental management system

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Initiatives in Products and Services

Initiatives

Suppression of Methane Gas Emissions by Cattle (Nichirei Fresh) Suppre...

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Processing Environmental Complaints

Basic Philosophy

Based on the management principle below, each Nichirei Group company commun...

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Processing Environmental Complaints

Management System

The Group accepts a range of inquiries via telephone, letter, and online po...

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Long-term CO₂ emission reduction target

Long-term CO₂ emission reduction target

Nichirei Corporation is expanding their business globally in a wide range o...