Harima Chemicals Group, Inc.


Environmental Management

Harima Chemicals Group, Inc. has been expanding its environmental management system under its environmental policy and based on ISO14001.
Each department and section sets annual goals to continuously reduce environmental loads and implement environmental conservation activities.


In operating the environmental management system, we have established the "PDCA cycle" based on our environmental policy and goals. We strive for continuous improvement of the cycle and reduction of environmental loads.

Continuous Improvement

Environmental Goals and Achievements

We prepare mid-term environmental goals for each theme (currently FY2020 Environmental Goals), set specific annual objectives and promote efforts to achieve the goals.

FY2017 Achievements and the Mid-term Environmental Goals (FY2020 Environmental Goals)

Evaluation Criteria ○: Achieved ☓: Not achieved

Theme FY2017 Goals FY2017 Achievements Decision FY2020 Goals
Prevention of Global Warming Reduction of electricity consumption by 1% compared to the year before(intensity-base) Intensity: Reduction by 2.5% Reduction of energy intensity by 1% per year
Reduction of fuel consumption by 1% compared to the year before(intensity-base) Intensity: Reduction by 4.7%
Reduction of CO2 emission by 1% compared to the year before CO2 emission: Reduction by 2.4% Reduction of CO2 emission by 25% from 1990 level
Reduction of 1% in the basic unit year on year in energy consumption associated with product transfer Intensity: Increase by 3.3%
Effective use of resources Reduction of the amount of waste generation by 4% compared to the year before(intensity-base) Intensity: Increase by 2.2% Continue zero final landfill
Continuation of zero-emission* (0.0%) Zero emissions (0.0%) are continuing
Chemical substance management Reduction of the emission of substances subject to PRTR by 1% Emission to the atmosphere: Reduction by 2.9% Unified control by a chemical substance management system
Compliance to environment-related regulations Application for low-volume new products
Raw material and product control by a chemical substance management system - SDS preparation support
- Consideration of system update
Crisis management Absence due to Personal Injury:0 Leave due to accident: 1 case Strengthening of disaster prevention system based on risk management
Near-Injury:Reduction to half compared to the year before (not more than 6) No leave after accident: 5cases (decreased from the previous FY by 8 cases)
Strengthening pollution prevention monitoring (environment-related complaint 0) Environment-related complaint: 2 case (increased from the previous FY by 1 cases)
Provision of an emergency response manual Review of the existing manual and implementation of training (at each base)
Other Improving the level of internal audit - Setting priority audit items
- Implementation of education of difference in standard revision
Improving the level of internal auditors
Promotion of digital manifests Digitalization has been applied to some bases Promotion of digital manifests
Utilization of e-learning on environmental education Education materials such as "Air Pollution Control Act" are prepared Improvement of environmental awareness through education

Calculation range: Harima Chemicals and Harima M.I.D.

Zero emissions: The concept proposed by the United Nations University that aims to formulate a new resource-circulating society by utilizing every waste product from one industry for a raw material in another and reduce every kind of waste to zero. Harima Chemicals strives for "reducing the landfill ratio of general and industrial waste generated from business establishments to 1% or less of the total amount."

ISO 14001: Transition to 2015 version of the standards

In association with the ISO14001:2015 version of the standards issued in September 2015, Harima Chemicals Group established an environment management system that complies with the 2015 version of the standards and completed the transition. We will continue to promote activities for the environment by utilizing ISO 14001.

Education for internal auditors

After the transition to the ISO 14001:2015 version of the standards, we implemented education of the difference between the current and previous standards for internal auditors, and then an internal audit was implemented by auditors with improved skills.

Education for internal auditors (Dec. 6, 2017)

In-house study session for ISO 9001 and ISO 14001

Malaysia Harimatec Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

In order for employees to improve their understanding of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, we hold in-house study sessions every year. We will also improve the awareness of employees.

Education for employees (Sept. 7, 2017)

Environment education

In order for each employee to improve environmental awareness, we continuously implement environmental and awareness education via study sessions and seminars. In fiscal year 2017, we held monthly environmental study sessions, meetings to report environmental load results at plant sites, energy study sessions, and recycling study sessions.

Monthly environment study session titled “Road to recycling society” was held with a visiting lecturer (June 26, 2017)

Received EHS Excellence Awards from the PCA

USAPlasmine Technology, Inc.

In the annual spring competition of the Pine Chemicals Association (hereinafter called the “PCA”) held in Orlando, Florida, USA, on Apr. 19, 2017, the LAWTER Baxley plant received the Facility Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Excellence Award, and Violet, the president of Plasmine Technology, received the  Leadership EHS outstanding Excellence Award.

PCA is an organization that involves the production and consumption of useful pine chemical products, such as rosin obtained from pine, fatty acid, and turpentine oil. PCA is promoting activities in consideration of safety, the environment, and continuous development in order to stably provide high-quality products, and about 80 companies around the world are members of PCA. The Facility Award is given to a worksite where new preventive measures were positively implemented to avoid environmental destruction and industrial accidents, and the Leadership Award is given to a leader who provides a strong initiative for the promotion of EHS activities via the overall organizational power. With the award received this time, we will make efforts together to improve the performance in this field.

From left to right: President Violet, President Hasegawa, Site Manager Hallman, and EHS Manager McNeal (LAWTER Baxley plant)

Received the environmental protection award from Xiaoshan Development Zone

ChinaHangzhou Hanghua Harima Chemical Co., Ltd.

On March 23, 2018, Hangzhou Hanghua Harima Chemicals Co., Ltd., was selected as one of 11 companies demonstrating advanced environmental conservation in fiscal year 2017 at the 2018 safety fire-fighting environment conservation report meeting for the development zone hosted by the Xiaoshan Economic and Technological Development Zone Management Committee (China). This award is given to a company assessed as specially advanced in environment preservation activities . We will fulfill our obligations as a company.

Recognition awarded

Harima Chemicals Group obtained ISO 50001 (Energy Management System) recognition

BelgiumLAWTER Kallo

On Jan. 3, 2018, LAWTER Kallo R&D and plant obtained ISO 50001 certification, an international standard for energy management system. This is the first certification obtained for the Harima Chemicals Group. With the adoption of the Paris agreement and rising worldwide concern about energy management, the demand is to reduce greenhouse effect gas emissions and energy costs, which prompted LAWTER Kallo R&D and plant to work on reductions. By obtaining of ISO 50001 certification, we will accelerate energy saving measures efficiently and effectively.

ISO 50001 certification obtained

Dealing with Conflict Minerals

Inhumane actions against the public and environmental damage by the armed forces are significant problems in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and surrounding countries. Funds generated from the illegal mining of conflict minerals including tantalum, tin, gold and tungsten are used by these armed forces. In response, companies using conflict minerals should thoroughly trace and audit their supply.
Harima Chemicals Group have investigated our historic and current supplies and verified that minerals mined in conflict areas are not included in our raw materials. We will continue our investigation and verification of minerals when employing new raw materials sources and strengthen our initiatives.