Environment and Energy
To address deepening global environmental issues including the material issues of climate change and a recycling-oriented society, the H.U. Group is working to reduce environmental impact and improve operational efficiency by reducing GHG emissions, improving efficiency, and reducing waste based on the Environmental Policy.
Established on July 5th 2019
Revised on April 21st 2023
The H.U. Group recognizes the connection between diverse business characteristics and the environment. We engage in environmental preservation, contributing to a sustainable society.
- We strive for environmentally friendly business activities, providing services and products to society that are friendly to both people and the environment.
- We engage in energy and resource conservation, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the proper control of chemicals, waste reduction, recycling and the protection of water resources, striving to prevent environmental pollution.
- We comply with laws, regulations, and agreements on the environment. We also strive for ongoing improvements in our environmental management systems and environmental performance.
- We communicate our environmental policies and other environmental initiatives to employees and all others involved in our business activities. We also disclose these policies and initiatives externally.
We have established an Environment and Energy Subcommittee managed by an Executive Officer/division head of General Affairs from H.U. Group Holdings. Further, we have established the Environmental Management System (EMS), and formulate and execute plans for environmental activities in climate change, waste, and other areas. This subcommittee regularly monitors the progress of these activity plans and their results, and strives to act and take corrective action going forward. We have acquired ISO14001(*) certification at our major bases in clinical laboratory testing and in vitro diagnostics businesses, grasping the environmental impact of our business locations and activities and working to reduce environmental burden.
External goal setting and participation in initiatives must be deliberated by the H.U. Group Sustainability Committee, which is chaired by the President and Group CEO. Depending on the cases, it will be reported to the Board of Directors.
- (*)ISO14001: A standard for environmental management systems (EMS) established by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization). Certification is given to organizations that have built a system conscious of the environment and reducing environmental burden on an ongoing basis.
Promotion System for Environment and Energy Management
Targets and Results
The H.U. Group has identified climate change and a recycling-oriented society as material issues in the area of the environment based on the Paris Agreement and the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision. We have set long-term targets of
achieving net zero CO2 emissions and recycling 100% of plastic waste by 2050. In addition, we have set medium-term targets to be achieved by 2025 and 2030 and formulated a sustainability roadmap laying out KPIs for the
immediate fiscal year. We manage progress accordingly.
In FY2023, we revised our targets upward to enable us to apply for Science Based Targets (SBT) certification, which recognizes targets which are based on scientific grounds and consistent with the requirements of the Paris Agreement.
Long-Term Environmental Goals
Sustainability Roadmap for Environment and Energy
In light of the actual results of the three years from FY2020 until FY2022, the H.U. Group established a new roadmap (two-year targets) in FY2023.
＜Three-Year Targets and Results（FY2020～2022）＞
|KPI||[Reference results]||Performance||Performance 2022||Three-Year Targets and Results|
|Climate change||CO2 reduction||Sales intensity basis||Scope
|t-CO2 / 100 million yen||23.3||19.9||17.4||14.9||22||17.4||CO2
|〈Reference〉 Compared to FY2017*||%||-||-14.6||-25.3||-36.2||-7||-24.2|
|Marine plastic waste(Formation of a recycling-oriented society)||Circular, effective use of resources||Total recycling rate of waste plastic||%
(Recycled amount / total amount)
|66.0||71.4||73.6||75.7||76||85.7||Waste plastic recycling rate:
|CDP score||Climate Change||-||Rank||-||C||C||A-||A-||A-||B plus or better||A-
Base year when setting the three-year targets
|Climate change||CO2reduction||Total emissions basis||Scope
|Marine plastic waste
(Formation of a recycling-oriented society)
|Circular, effective use of resources||Total recycling rate of waste plastic||%
(Recycled amount / total amount)
Domestic and overseas companies subject to internal control evaluation
Environmental Management System (EMS)
The H.U. Group promotes EMS company-wide under the H.U. Group Environmental Policy. H.U. Group Holdings Inc., the SRL, Inc. Central Laboratory, and each business office of Fujirebio inc. have established our systems that meet ISO14001 requirements.
In order to ensure objectivity and independence, Environment and Energy Subcommittee at H.U. Group Holdings plays a central role in conducting internal audits by internal environmental auditors who meet qualification requirements within the Group companies.
Status of External Audit Implementation
Since 2020, H.U. Group Holdings gained ISO14001 certification by the third party certification organization, TüV SüD Japan.
|the scope of the EMS ISO 14001:2015|
|Sites||Scope of application|
|H.U. Group Holdings, Inc. Headquarters||
Clinical Testings, Research & Development for Clinical Testings.
Design, Development, Production of Diagnostic Equipment and Reagent, Production of Raw Material and Bulk Reagent for Immunoassay Device.
|SRL, Inc. Central Laboratory||Clinical Testings, Research & Development for Clinical Testings|
|Fujirebio inc. Hachioji Facility, Hachioji 2nd Facility, Hachioji 3rd Facility||Development, Production of Diagnostic Equipment and Reagent|
|Fujirebio inc. Sagamihara Facility||Production of Diagnostic Reagent|
|Fujirebio inc. Tokachi Obihiro Facility||Production of Raw Material and Bulk Reagent for Immunoassay Device|
|Fujirebio inc. Ube Facility||Production of Diagnostic Reagent and Raw Material for Immunoassay Device|
|Fujirebio inc. Asahikawa Facility||Production of Diagnostic Reagent|
Applicable to employees, contract employees, and business partners such as contractors
Status of Environmental Compliance
Over the past five years (FY2018-2022), the H.U. Group has not experienced any violations of environmental laws and regulations (including regulations on water quality and quantity) or serious incidents affecting the environment.
Please refer to this link for specific data about the above, including the number of audits conducted and violations of environmental laws or regulations.
Response to climate change
The H.U. Group regards climate change as an important issue, has set Long-Term Environmental Goals, and aims to achieve "net zero CO2 emissions by 2050." CO2 is the Group's primary target among all the greenhouse gases, and we are continuously promoting the following energy conservation measures to reduce emissions.
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction by scope
Through a business alliance with MEDIPAL Holdings Corporation, we are working to reduce exhaust gas and carbon dioxide emissions by combining specimen collection and pharmaceutical logistics networks, optimizing logistics functions, and reducing the number of vehicles on the road. At the same time, we are also considering switching to non-fossil fuel vehicles such as EVs and FCVs.
We are engaged in energy-saving activities such as introduction of high-efficiency equipment, conversion to LED lighting, restructuring of laboratory systems, and consolidation and abolition of business sites, as well as the procurement of renewable energy.
For products in the clinical laboratory reagent business, we are working to discontinue the use of plastic packaging materials and reduce weight.
Adaptation to climate change
We are building a business continuity structure based on our social mission not to stop medical testing operations, assuming an event in which a physical risk such as a natural disaster impacts management resources and causes business interruptions.
- Relocation and consolidation of business bases in consideration of water disasters
- Securing generators assuming a certain infrastructure outage
- Securing water and sewage storage facilities
Response to a recycling-oriented society
Promotion of Waste Plastic Recycling
At the G20 Osaka Summit held in June 2019, the leaders of each country shared the "Osaka Blue Ocean Vision" to reduce additional pollution from marine plastic litter to zero by 2050. For this reason, we are targeting the SRL, Inc., which comprises 80% of our total amount of plastic waste, and especially working to tackle waste issues at the Central Laboratory, which accounts for more than half of that. Specifically, we are selecting new vendors for our high recycling/coverage rates and more thoroughly sorting waste within bases. We will expand these activities to resolve issues at the Group's important bases.
- Review of Product Packaging Materials
For products using plastic in our in vitro diagnostics business, we are working to suspend use of plastic materials, reduce the weight volume of plastic parts, and replace conventional plastics with biomass plastics.
Initiatives to Protect Water Resources
The use of tap water and groundwater is essential for the business activities of the H.U. Group. Therefore, we understand that the reduction of the consumption of water, a limited natural resource, is an extremely important
Above all, problems in many parts of the world such as the depletion of water resources, degraded water quality, and flooding are seriously affecting the global environment. Partly reflecting this, the H.U. Group is striving to reduce water consumption and ensure the appropriate treatment and quality control of wastewater treatment to protect water resources, which constitute a part of our efforts to establish a recycling-oriented society, one of the material issues of the Group in the area of the environment.
|Main businesses||Main purpose of water use related to the business|
|Lab testing and related services||Adjustment and dilution of reagents and cleaning of analytical equipment|
|In-vitro diagnostics||Production of reagents|
|Healthcare-related services||Cleaning of medical instruments|
- Progress in the reduction of water consumption
Each Group company is striving to use water efficiently based on the characteristics of its business, in our efforts to reduce water consumption. In FY2020, the H.U. Group began to be affected by the increase of work involving the use of water, including an increase in COVID-19-related tests. In the last two years, however, both the overall water consumption and the quantity of water intake per unit of sales (m3/million yen) have declined year on year. We will continue to improve efficiency to reduce water consumption.
- Understanding and Addressing Water Risks
We identify water risks at our domestic and overseas production sites based on Overall Water Risk, an indicator used by AQUEDUCT released by the Water Resources Institute (WRI). We have thus confirmed that none of our sites is operating in a region with "Extremely High" or "High" water stress. If a site with a high level of water risk is identified in the future, we will take appropriate measures such as the reduction of water consumption according to the details of the risk and societal conditions.
- Participation in the Ministry of the Environment's Water Project
We participate in the Water Project launched by the Ministry of the Environment when the Basic Act on the Water Cycle came into force in July 2014. In support of the project's initiatives to use and preserve a sound water environment through efforts including collaborations involving industry, government, academia and society, we will promote not only the Group's business activities but also activities to increase employee awareness and collaborate with other companies participating in the project.
Implementation of Environmental Education
All employees on joining the company are provided general education to inform them about the Group's environmental activities and how its different businesses affect the environment. In addition to specialized education for supervisors responsible for operating the environmental management system and personnel responsible for implementing the environmental management system at business sites subject to ISO certification to acquire practical knowledge, in FY2021, we are also providing training for all Group companies on global / social situations and the H.U. Group's environmental policies and activities.
The H.U. Group strives for two-way communication with stakeholders through active disclosure of information on environmental management and dialogue with stakeholders.
We responded CDP’s climate change questionnaire for the first time in 2019 and are rated A- in 2021 and 2022. And we also have received an A- rank, the second highest, as for Supplier Engagement Ratings (SER) that is related to Supply chain items since 2020.
JAPAN CLIMATE INITIATIVE (*2)
In addition to supporting the Japanese government's stance and policy of creating a decarbonized society, in April 2020 we joined the Japan Climate Change Initiative (JCI) by agreeing to its declaration of “Joining the front
line of the global push for decarbonization from Japan.” In October 2021 we joined the JCI Race To Zero Circle, in order to participate in the Race to Zero promoted by the secretariat of the United Nations Framework
Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
In addition to the above, we will continue to strengthen our efforts to address policies and regulations relating to the global environment, on issues such as carbon neutrality and decarbonization, through active participation in various initiatives including the TCFD Consortium and the United Nations Global Compact Environmental Management Subcommittee.
- Expression of Support for an Initiative Mitigating the Impact of Climate Change
As a member of the Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Association of Japan, which is involved in the Keidanren Carbon Neutrality Action Plan, we will formulate and promote plans to mitigate the impact of climate change
and proactively lobby the government to introduce relevant public policies and regulations.
In March 2023, prior to that year's G7 Summit in Hiroshima, we expressed our support for the JCI's Overcoming Two Crises with Renewable Energy and Carbon Pricing, a message requesting that the Government of Japan further enhance its initiatives, and our intent to take the lead in this.
Outline of the JCI message that we support
- Ensure the vast majority of electricity supplied is from renewable energy sources by 2035
- Early introduction of effective carbon pricing
- Stand at the forefront of the global challenge to achieve the 1.5℃ goal
Information Disclosure in line with TCFD Recommendations
We have been disclosing our status of response to TCFD (*3) recommendations and risk and opportunity since October 2020.
Response to items for disclosure recommended by the TCFD
|TCFD recommended disclosureitems||Response status|
|Governance The organization’s governance around climate-related risks and opportunities||
• The H.U. Group's Sustainability Committee, with the CEO as its chair,deliberates on climate change issues and implements CO2 reduction targets and manages progress
• The Executive Officer in charge of General Affairs and division head of General Affairs serves as chair of the Environment and Energy Subcommittee.
Based on this subcommittee's decisions, the division promotes measures against climate change
|Strategy The actual and potential impacts of climate-related risks and opportunities on the organization’s businesses, strategy, and financial planning||• Through the H.U. Group Sustainability Committee, risks and opportunities(given the beyond two degrees scenario) are identified and impacts are anticipated|
|Risk Management The processes used by the organization to identify, assess, and manage climate-related risks||• At the H.U. Group Risk Management Committee selected natural disaster risk including impact of climate change as one of the Significant risks|
|Metrics and Targets The metrics and targets used to assess and manage relevant climate-related risks and opportunities||
• Have set long-term reduction targets aligned with SBT certification standards based on the Paris Agreement
CO2 Emission … Net Zero by 2050
Targets for FY2030 : Scope1-2 37.8% reduction (Base: FY2021)
Scope322.5% reduction (Base: FY2021)
Response to risks / opportunities
highly uncertain climate change.
In considering our risk and opportunity responses, we have deepened our understanding of the world, where transition risks increase (1.5℃ and 2℃) and where physical risks increase (4℃), and sorted out events that could take place under each scenario. To prepare for these potential events, we have set timelines of “short term: 1 year”, “medium term: 5 years”, and “long term: 10 years”, organized the potential business impact and our response measures, and analyzed business risks and opportunities.
- An international NGO working in environmental areas, including climate change, preceded by the Carbon Disclosure Project established in 2000. This organization focuses on collection and disclosure of climate change-related information that is of interest to institutional investors.
- A network organization to strengthen information dissemination and exchange of opinions among companies, local governments, NGOs, and other actors that are actively engaged in taking climate action in Japan (as of September 15, 2020, a total of 499 organizations participate in the Initiative)
- By request of the G20, the Financial Stability Board established the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), chaired by Michael Bloomberg, to consider climate-related information and how financial institutions should respond.