Current Status of Environmental Impact and Environmental Targets and Outcomes

Current Status of Environmental Impact

The following tables outline the environmental impact (material balance) of the manufacturing activities at KIOXIA.
Although the environmental burden shows an increasing trend due to KIOXIA’s increased production capacity resulting from expansion of our information infrastructure, we continue to work on reducing this burden by means of various initiatives.
For details of the environmental impact of Yokkaichi Plant and their environmental activities, see the "2019 Yokkaichi Plant Environmental Report" (PDF:4.5MB).

Input

  FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Chemicals* ton 44,974 47,661 47,147
City water thousand m3 60 78 30
Industrial water thousand m3 16,879 19,463 19,766

*Chemicals which are targeted for reduction

Output

  FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Greenhouse gas thousand ton 1,726 2,065 2,186
Chemicals* ton 687 653 518
Waste ton 70,075 80,203 81,211
Waste water thousand m3 13,590 14,777 14,733
NOx ton 21.5 28.0 27.0
SOx ton 0 0 0

*Chemicals targeted for reduction

CO2 emissions from business operations

Greenhouse gases (CO2 equivalent) emissions from KIOXIA‘s business operations in FY2019 are shown in the below chart.

(Hyphenated cells are not applicable, and we have not calculated ”use of sold products”)

  CO2 emissions in FY 2019(t-CO2) Outlines of categories
SCOPE1
(Direct emissions)
484,100 Direct greenhouse gas emissions in our own operations
SCOPE2
(Indirect emissions, electricity)
1,702,000 Emissions associated with the purchased energy
SCOPE3
(Indirect emissions through the value chain except for SCOPE1, SCOPE2)
Category    
1 Purchased goods and services 2,822,000 Emissions from activities up to manufacturing of raw materials
2 Capital goods 558,541 Emissions from construction and manufacturing of the capital goods
3 Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in SCOPE1 or SCOPE2 146,000 Upstream emissions of purchased fuels/electricity, etc.
4 Upstream transport and delivery 218 Emissions from transportation of products and waste in Japan (except for overseas transportation and suppliers' transportation)
5 Waste generated in operations 14,810 Emissions from treatment of waste
6 Business travel 4,117 Emissions from business travel by employees
7 Employee commuting 16,316 Emissions from transportation of employees when commuting
8 Leased assets (upstream)
9 Downstream transportation and delivery
10 Processing of sold products
11 Use of sold products
12 End-of-life treatment of sold products
13 Downstream leased assets
14 Franchises
15 Investments
SCOPE3 (Total) 3,562,002  

Targets and Outcomes

KIOXIA group promotes business activities that contribute to the sustainability of society by setting environmental targets and objectives. The following table summarizes the environmental targets of KIOXIA for 2019 and their achievement status.

We again achieved all environmental targets in FY2019 thanks to our energy-saving activities promoted across the organization and efforts to reduce the amounts of used and discarded chemical substances at our flash memory manufacturing plants. We are also actively carrying out social contribution activities with employee participation and biodiversity conservation activities, primarily at our manufacturing plants.

We adopted the “rate of change of environmental impacts per unit of GB (gigabyte) from FY2013 basis” as our targets, excluding the reduction of CO2 emissions from energy sources. Accompanying our plans for production line expansion, the environmental impact of KIOXIA is expected to increase in 2020 compared with the previous year, and we will continue to undertake cross-functional environmental initiatives.

Environmental targets and objectives FY2019 Target FY2019 Result FY2019 Achievement Status
Development of products that aim to reduce the environmental impact of society Reducing the environmental impact of production processes through miniaturization of devices 3 or more measures per year 3 measures
Mitigation of global warming Reduction of CO2 emissions from energy sources ≥ 19,513 t-CO2 20,667 t-CO2
PFC emissions
(Rate of change from FY2013)
≤ 76.5% 70.1%
Promoting efficient use of resources Total amount of waste generated minus amount of valuable waste
(Rate of change from FY2013)
≤ 40.5% 36.5%
Total waste generated
(Rate of change from FY2013)
≤ 28.4% 25.8%
Water intake
(Rate of change from FY2013)
≤ 35.2% 27.3%
Reduction of environmental risk Emissions of chemical substances to air and water
(total amount, rate of change from FY2013)
≤ 32.1% 23.9%
Biodiversity conservation Biodiversity conservation Periodic monitoring of indicator species Periodic monitoring of indicator species
Promotion of environmental communication Social communication Charity eco bazaars, collection of recyclable wastes, donations, etc. Held charity bazaars, collected recyclable garbage, made donations, etc.
Community communication Local communication Communicated with local people (e.g., meetings with local residents' associations)
Raising environmental consciousness Raising environmental consciousness Measures for raising consciousness Held consciousness-raising programs (e.g., monthly environmental events)

(〇: Achieved, ×: Not achieved, t: ton)