Topcon's Environmental Footprint Report (FY2020)
1. Mitigating Global Warming (CO2 Emissions Reduction) Considering global warming as a top environmental priority, we sought to reduce our emissions to 4,710.0 t-CO2, which is equivalent to a 25% reduction in emissions below the benchmark (three-year average for FY2005 to FY2007) stipulated by an ordinance of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. As a result, we reduced our emissions by 48.3%, to 3,243.8 t-CO2. We are also working to reduce our CO2 emissions at over- seas business bases, in accordance with this approach.
2. Effective Use of Resources (Total Emissions Reduction) We strive to reduce our total emissions based on a zero-emission initiative, in order to make effective use of the Earth's limited resources. In FY2020, the total emissions were 242.7 tons, which exceeded the total emissions target of 230.0 tons due to a higher-than- planned disposal of waste. We will make thorough efforts to control emissions, in order to achieve our target values.
3. Management of Chemical Substances (VOC Reduction) We are working to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOC) as part of the management of chemical substances. In FY2020, whereas our total emissions target was 3,300 kg, which represents an 82.4% reduction below our FY2000 level, we were able to reduce VOC usage to 1,556 kg (91.7% reduction).
In addition, we also switched from solvent paint to water paint to effectively reduce VOCs. The wear durability of conventional water-based paints tends to be lower than those of solvent paints. However, the developed water-based paints have wear durability equal to or better than those of solvent paints and are compatible with both environmental conservation and product durability.