- Related SDGs
JCR has been implementing a wide range of measures to mitigate its environmental impact, such as reducing CO2 emissions and effectively using water resources.
JCR has been taking a wide range of steps to mitigate its environmental impact, including reducing CO2 emissions and effectively using water resources. For example, we have worked to transition to LED lighting at all company facilities and shift all our company cars, including those used at plants and the Research Institute, to hybrid cars and electric vehicles. In addition, we have promoted measures such as reducing water use at manufacturing sites, along with adopting single-use bioreactors to ensure the efficient use of manufacturing facilities.
In July 2022, as part of efforts to create a new structure for promoting sustainability, JCR established the Environmental Committee which is composed of Internal Directors and employees selected from within the Company. JCR views the environmental impacts through its business activities as risk factors that could potentially impact its long-term business or society, and will work to implement environmentally conscious business activities.
JCR plans to make active use of renewable energy sources, such as solar power generation, at new manufacturing sites that it began constructing from FY2021. Additionally, environmentally friendly investments will be made as part of our efforts to further upgrade and expand production sites, which we are considering in anticipation of full globalization from the mid-2020s.
JCR has seen an uptrend in total energy use (electricity, gas) as its business results have grown. In the Research Division, total energy use has increased with the opening of the Clinical Trial Material Manufacturing Center (CTMC) and Cell Processing Center (CPC) in 2016. In the Production Division, total energy use has remained mostly flat, mainly owing to the installation of highly energy-efficient equipment and changes in how we use energy.
Information about total energy use will be disclosed in accordance with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) from FY2022 onward.
We have seen a decrease in the use of water resources, despite growth in our business results. The main reasons have been reductions in the amount of water used in research and production processes and efforts such as promoting the recovery and reuse of exhaust steam. Notably, there has been a consistent decline in the use of water resources in production activities. All water used in research and production activities has been treated appropriately.
Information Disclosure in Accordance with the TCFD
JCR will deliberate on matters such as establishing medium- to long-term GHG reduction targets in light of its business plans and initiatives such as the GHG reduction targets set by various companies, with the aim of keeping the rise in temperatures that has occurred since the industrial revolution below 1.5°C.
JCR will continue to handle the analysis of risks and information disclosure related to climate change in accordance with TCFD recommendations, and is working to calculate the GHG emissions of its entire supply chain. In addition to the above, it will consider enhancing disclosures regarding scenario analysis and strategic resilience in the future.
JCR is working to strengthen governance initiatives related to climate change. Policies regarding activities and specific contents are deliberated by the Sustainability Committee, and the Board of Directors make decisions on them, taking into consideration the opinions of the Sustainability Advisory Committee.
Regarding physical and transition risks and opportunities related to climate change, JCR plans to identify those that affect operations to a high degree as important risks and opportunities after assessing the significance of their short-, medium-, and long-term impact on business, strategy, and finances.
JCR is considering risk identification, assessment, management, and enterprise risk management integration processes, and will disclose information on this moving forward.
[Metrics and Targets]
JCR will consider climate change performance indices going forward. In addition, our Scope 1, 2, and 3 (some categories) GHG emissions calculated according to the GHG Protocol, an international calculation standard, are as follows.
FY2021 GHG Emissions by Scope