Management of Water Utilization

Utilization of Water Resources

Ascertaining water risks for corporate business activities and taking suitable countermeasures are growing in significance. The JVCKENWOOD Group has set a target to reduce water use as follows.

 

■Reduction of water utilization

  • ・Target: 6% reduction by FY2025 from the FY2019 level (total, global)

 

We reduced water use by 20% from the FY2019 level in FY2020. Our water use significantly decreased during the year as its production activities stagnated due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, the Group has been steadily implementing measures to reduce water use on a constant basis, such as water recycling (for details, see Initiatives Pertaining to Wastewater). We also recognize the importance of complying with laws and regulations pertaining to water quality, and no violations were committed in FY2020.


Water usage (FY2014-2020)

Note: refer to “Change in Water usage by business location”


Water usage (by type) (FY2016-2020)

Unit: t

Type 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Waterworks 197,839 199,701 185,134 163,858 137,286
Industrial water 74,309 87,983 83,837 79,986 56,030
Fresh groundwater 29,756 15,374 14,119 12,455 11,134
Fresh surface water (rainwater) 1,955 2,222 1,776 0 0
Total usage 303,859 305,280

284,865

256,299 204,450

Note: refer to “Change in water usage by business location”


Change in water usage by business location (FY2016-2020) 

Unit: t

Japan/overseas Company name and location 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Japan Head Office & Yokohama Business Center 21,097 21,695 20,634 19,841 15,365
Hachioji Business Center 29,977 22,839 22,877 23,364 16,534
Hakusan Business Center 13,091 10,893 9,695 8,766 5,443
Kurihama Business Center 17,310 17,204 17,524 13,774 12,361
Yokosuka Business Center 5,040 6,412 6,010 4,253 2,947
JVCKENWOOD Yamagata 7,178 6,836 7,060 4,147 3,341
JVCKENWOOD Nagano 3,622 4,418 4,423 4,554 3,958
JVCKENWOOD Nagaoka 11,259 13,372 14,130 11,554 11,791
JVCKENWOOD Creative Media 14,473 6,788 9,161 9,235 9,311
JVCKENWOOD Victor Entertainment 4,562 3,477 3,310 3,931 3,027
JVCKENWOOD Video Tech 826 827 873 851 567
JVCKENWOOD Design 1,101 682 0 0 0
Other affiliate companies 4,920 4,953
Malaysia JVCKENWOOD Electronics Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. 41,050 46,692 49,489 38,303 33,965
Thailand JVCKENWOOD Electronics (Thailand) Co., Ltd. 22,967 20,356 11,263 11,577 8,266
JVCKENWOOD Optical Electronics (Thailand) Co., Ltd. 32,783 32,939 29,429 24,278 16,175
Indonesia PT. JVC Electronics Indonesia 41,526 55,044 54,408 55,708 39,855
People’s Republic of China Shanghai Kenwood Electronics Co., Ltd. 24,908 24,453 19,983 18,504 19,697
Singapore JVCKENWOOD Technologies Singapore Pte. Ltd. 6,170 5,400 4,597 3,659 1,846
Total usage 303,859 305,280 284,865 256,299 204,450

Initiatives Pertaining to Wastewater

To address the rising water risk in recent years and to use water resources in a sustainable manner, the JVCKENWOOD Group is endeavoring to ensure as far as possible that the water used and the wastewater generated in its business activities are reusable water resources. For example, at our Head Office and Yokohama Business Center, we recycle about 5,000 m3 of water annually by purifying gray water from kitchens and cafeterias as well as wastewater from toilets to recycle it. This helps reduce the amount of drinking water and industrial water that we use (see diagram below). In FY2020, we spent approximately 5.1 million yen of costs for water-related measures, including the maintenance of septic tanks.

 

With regard to wastewater quality, the actual amount of 28 hazardous substances specified under the Water Pollution Prevention Act contained in our wastewater was 0.1307 tons in FY2020, achieving the target to beat our FY2019 result of 0.1443 tons. The water management plan is introduced by six business locations including the Head Office and Yokohama Business Center.


Water recycle system


Wastewater volume (by type) (FY2018-2020)

Unit:t

  2018 2019 2020

Sewers

284,865

250,267

182,481

Rivers

0

Other

3,562

Total 284,865 250,267 186,044

Note1: refer to “Change in water usage by business location”
Note2: For certain regions where we cannot monitor the wastewater volume, the volume of water use was calculated as the wastewater volume.


Operations in Water-stressed Regions

The Group identified water-stressed regions by using the Aqueduct tool provided by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and has confirmed that two of its business locations operate in these regions. The total amount of water used in the two business locations was 35,872 tons in FY2020, which represented 17.6% of the total water use by the Group. We aim to actively work toward reducing water use in the regions, considering that the significance of doing so is particularly high in achieving our global target for water use reduction. In addition to the Group’s measures to reduce water use, we undertake activities to support stakeholders faced with water risks in the regions. In FY2020, we provided support such as donation of care bags to 22 employees of JVCKENWOOD Optical Electronics (Thailand) Co., Ltd. who suffered flood damage.


Participation in Water-related Initiatives