Environmental achievements in 2005

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JRC began aggregate calculation of environmental accounting in 2001 and is working to achieve efficiency in its environmental activities in terms of both cost and effect.

1. Accounting conditions

  • Period covered: April 1, 2005- March 31, 2006
  • Range of accounting: Japan Radio Co., Ltd. Mitaka Plant and Saitama Plant
  • Basic concepts: Guidelines for Environmental Accounting, 2005 edition (Ministry of the Environment)
  • Only costs of the measures taken for the purpose of environmental conservation should be included in the accounting, and unexpectedly, those contributing to environmental conservation are excluded.
  • Depreciation costs of environmental facilities are included.
  • Only substantial impacts (reduction impacts, income from selling valuable resources) should be included, but estimated impacts should not be included.

2. Environmental conservation costs

Unit: Million yen
Classification FY 2005
Classification Efforts Investment Costs
1. Costs in business areas · Cost of waste disposal
· Maintenance and management costs of facilities to reduce environmental loads
218.6 142.6
2. Up- and down-stream costs · Recycling cost 0 1.6
3. Management activity cost · Personnel cost of environmental control
· Maintenance cost of environmental management systems
0 218.1
4. Research and development cost · Research and development cost for environmental-friendly products 0 684.9
5. Costs of social activities · Environmental maintenance cost, including vegetation
· The cost of publicity
0 10.9
6. Cost of environmental damage · Cost of restoring natural environments 0 0
Total 218.6 1,058.1

Image:Costs and Investment


3. Effects

Economic effects Unit: Million yen

2005
Contents of effect Substantial effect Economic effect
1. Reduction of power (1,000 kwh) 45.1 0.6
2. Reduction of city gas (1,000 m3) -55.5 -2.7
3. Reduction of consumption of tap water and well water (1,000 m3) -13.4 -3.0
4. Resources recycling and reduction of wastes
(1) Industrial waste subject to special control
(1,000 kg)
(1,000 L)
(2) Industrial waste
(1,000 kg)
(1,000 L)
(3) General waste from business activities
(1,000 kg)




9.0
3.0

5.2
0.2


5.1
-1.4
5. Valuable resources (1,000kg) 373.3 16.0

* All values except the actual values of valuable resource show the difference from actual values of the previous fiscal year.
Image:Effect in monetary terms

4. Report of results
The “costs” component of environmental costs in 2005 declined by 20 percent on the preceding year. This may be attributed to the newly created RoHS compliance promotion department, which while in itself leading to higher management costs reduced a portion of research and development costs, and also to lower demand from the target market. The “Investment amount” increased due to an upgrading of extra high voltage receiving facilities (SF6 Gas, 293kg decreased).

In terms of the substantial effects of environmental measures, power consumption decreased but city gas consumption increased, due to the replacement of air conditioning facilities with those using gas. The water supply increased because of a temporary increase in staff for projects. The amount of waste was reduced considerably by recycling of solvents. The values of the valuable resources (aluminum, copper, iron scraps and rolled gold products, etc.) are the result of segregated recycling activities. On the other hand, the economic effects of our environmental activities only slightly increased, due to the increased disposal cost of dry cell wastes, battery wastes, construction wood wastes and fluorescent tube wastes.

In addition, the item “reduction in ozone depleting substances” was deleted, because all ozone depleting substances including CFC substitutes had been abolished by December 2002.


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