Reduction of CO2 emission
At each factory of Topy Industries, Ltd. improvement activities are in place according to the production facilities involved toward achieving targets based on Keidanren's (Japan Business Federation) "Voluntary Action Plan on the Environment." In FY2014, the total amount of CO2 emissions from energy use at Topy's facilities was 469 thousand tons, maintaining the target level below that of FY1990. However, the CO2 emissions has continued to be flat since FY2010 due to the increase in production along with the recent upturn trend of the global economy.
As we anticipate an increase in the amount of energy use in the future as production volume recovers, we will pursue stringent control and improvements in order to continue to restrict the amount of energy usage.
The amount of CO2 at our facilities is reported to the government authorities according to the revised Energy Saving Regulation enacted in FY2009. The report includes Topy’s offices, which would usually be excluded from designated energy control factories. As for Toyohashi Factory and Toyokawa Factory in Aichi Prefecture, we have submitted a Global Warming Prevention Measures Plan according to the Aichi Prefecture Ordinance for Global Warming Prevention Measures Plan System.
Energy source based CO2 emission amount[Topy Industries, Ltd.]
Pilot solar power generation facility at Toyohashi Factory
The company is propelling “Energy Saving Action 2020” as one of the objectives of “Preservation of Global Environment by Energy Saving.” As part of “Promotion of Energy Saving Investment,” the mainstay of such action plan, we installed a pilot solar power system facility at Toyohashi Factory and assessment has started from March 2014. The facility has a total solar panel space of 270 m2 with an estimated generation power of some 46,000 kWh per year. For testing purpose three different panels (single-crystal panel, multi-crystal panel and CIS panel) were installed at the same time to compare generation power and characteristics. For another experimental purpose beside the solar facility, we laid oxidized slag aggregates produced in-house on the ground of the pilot facility to check the effectiveness of oxidized slag aggregates as a suppressor against weeds including its effects to the pilot equipment and power generation itself. We are undertaking these attempts as part of our contributions to the global environmental conservation activities.
Initiatives on Biodiversity
The business and manufacturing operations of Topy Industries does not involve activities such as deforestation and other activities that may disrupt the ecosystem. We share the recognition that conservation of biodiversity and prevention of global warming are essential for a sustainable society. As one part of biodiversity conservation and preservation of forest resources in developing countries, we encourage the use of paper made from domestic materials and recycled paper. To preserve water resources we are working on the reduction of water consumption by circulating and reusing cooling water at our factories.