Proper Management of Chemical Substances

The JVCKENWOOD Group has set the following target for the prevention of pollution and the proper management of toxic chemicals.

Proper management of chemical substances (toxic chemicals)
・ Define and manage environmental control substances based on in-house standards that have been judged to have a significant impact (aspect) on the global environment and human body.


Management of Chemical Substances in Procurement

At the JVCKENWOOD Group, we recognize that we should share information on chemical substances contained in products across the supply chain to ensure their proper management and continue to comply with expanding regulations. Therefore, the JVCKENWOOD Group was involved from the beginning in the establishment and introduction of chemSHERPA, an information sharing scheme led by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and is making active efforts to facilitate the sharing of information on chemical substances contained in products across the private sector. For details of our comprehensive approach to environmentally friendly procurement and notes for submitting chemSHERPA data, please see Green Procurement.


Management of Chemical Substances in Business Activities

The JVCKENWOOD Group recognizes that it is responsible as a global corporation for minimizing the impact of chemical substances on people and ecosystems by properly managing chemical substances in accordance with international regulations. Therefore, we work to monitor and control the use of toxic chemicals in the production process, look for alternative chemicals, and review and improve the working environment. These efforts also involve our suppliers. 

In FY2020, we emitted 11.9 tons* of toxic chemicals, all of which were properly disposed of as specially controlled industrial waste. We will continue working to promote proper management of toxic chemicals and reduce emissions. 

*Limited to specially controlled industrial waste generated in Japan

Going forward, we will continue to develop, manufacture, and sell environmentally and human friendly products around the world so that customers can confidently use our Group’s products. 


Toxic chemical emissions (FY2014–2020)

Note1: Specially controlled industrial waste generated in Japan
Note2: The figures indicate the amount of waste disposed of in each fiscal year (and do not equal the actual emission amounts)
Note3: The increase in 2014 is attributable to a temporary increase in polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) stemming from plant closures, etc.


Efforts to reduce the emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

We are making efforts to reduce the emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that cause air pollution. VOC emissions over the last three years are as follows.


VOC emissions (FY2018-2020)

Unit:t

  2018 2019 2020
VOC emissions 15.4 16.4 10.4

Note: Business centers and manufacturing companies in Japan


In compliance with the Chinese government's requirements to further reduce VOC emissions, Shinwa Industries (China) Ltd. adopted the method of increasing VOC adsorption with the filter in the activated carbon adsorption tank located at the exhaust gas outlet of the coating workshop (As a result, the VOC emission rate decreased from 0.041 kg/h to 0.009 kg/h. Based on the annual production of 7200 hours, VOC emissions can be reduced by 0.23 tons per year). In August 2020, the company passed the government’s on-site inspection.


VOC emissions reduction equipment