Reducing the environmental impact of business activities is a social responsibility for companies that must be fulfilled in order to realize a sustainable society as well as an important measure for achieving sustainable growth. Accordingly, we are striving to reduce CO2 emissions and waste, effectively use energy and resources, and develop environmentally friendly and safe products.
Based on international frameworks, such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, Terumo recognizes that reducing CO2 emissions from its business activities, through means such as improving energy efficiency and combating climate change, is an important responsibility and is advancing Groupwide activities to this end. We set the target of reducing CO2 emissions per revenue unit for the entire group to 50% of the fiscal 2005 level by fiscal 2025 and working towards the target.
Companies are now expected to set science-based CO2 reduction targets and to work toward the achievement of these targets in order to contribute to accomplishing the Paris Agreement’s goal of maintaining the increase in average global temperature to less than 2°C above pre-industrial levels.In fiscal 2018, Terumo plans to establish a new target for the Group based on the methodology for setting CO2 emissions reduction targets endorsed by the international initiative known as Science Based Targets. Moreover, we are committed to reducing CO2 emissions through a concerted Groupwide effort to help mitigate climate change risks and accomplish the goal of the Paris Agreement.
Terumo has established and applied to product development its proprietary Human×Eco Development Guidelines, a set of guidelines for developing products that are friendly to both people and the environment. Products that exhibit excellence with regard to the guidelines display the “Human×Eco” logo, an internalcertification mark, to make this excellence readily apparent to customers.
Human×Eco Development Guidelines
Terumo has developed condensed liquid nutrients that enable people to receive greater amounts of calories and nutrition while consuming smaller amounts of nutrients. These nutrients enable people that cannot ingest large meals to obtain the calories and nutrition they need at their own pace. In addition, these highly condensed liquid contents allow for less packaging, which helps reduce the waste produced.
Intravascular ultrasound catheters are used when performing intravascular ultrasounds, an examination technique thatutilizes ultrasonic waves to observe the inside of blood vessels. By improving the image resolution, image acquisition, and processing speeds, and ease of operation of our catheters, we have helped reduce the amount of time required for preparations, examinations, and image interpretation pertaining to intravascular ultrasounds. We anticipate that the shorter procedure times will reduce the burden on patients and medical professionals and thereby contribute to the realization of safer and more efficient treatments.
TERUPACK Eco is an IV solution bag designed to be environmentally friendly. It is manufactured with less plastic, in a production process that consumes less energy and emits less CO2 than previous processes. In addition, because TERUPACK Eco bags weigh 23% less than prior bags, we expect them to generate less waste and reduce overall impact on the environment.
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) can be performed by inserting a catheter at either the wrist or the groin. Inserting at the wrist, in a procedure called transradial intervention (TRI), entails fewer complications, such as post-procedure bleeding, and is less invasive. Terumo has developed an innovative introducer kit that features a sheath with a thinner, more finely formed wall for a smaller outside diameter. A narrower sheath makes more treatment options available for patients with small arteries while also reducing costs and resource usage associated with post-procedure complications.
The Terumo Group uses water for production of medical devices and pharmaceuticals including IV solutions. While water shortages are becoming more serious worldwide, effective use of water resources is a social responsibility for companies that must be fulfilled and also an important initiative for the Terumo Group to ensure the sustainable supply of products. In this light, we examine the state of water resources and ascertain risks and opportunities in water use in every country and region where Terumo’s manufacturing sites are based. The Terumo Group also strives to use water resources effectively and to reduce water consumption by, for example, circulating water and using rainwater. As a result, in fiscal 2017 we achieved a nearly 10% reduction in our water use per unit of revenue compared with fiscal 2016.
Terumo understands that our lives and health and even the practice of medicine itself depend on the existence of diverse living organisms and ecosystems. As a company whose business draws benefits from nature, Terumo seeks to preserve biodiversity through environmental education and reforestation activities and works to support the development of a society in which humans coexist with nature.
Terumo has two factories in the city of Fujinomiya in Shizuoka, Japan. Both take in groundwater from springs at the foot of Mt. Fuji for use in the production of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and other products. Recognizing that our business depends on the use of natural resources, we launched the Terumo Mt. Fuji Reforestation Project in fiscal 2003 with the aim of restoring the natural forests in this area. This project involves the reforestation of parts of Mt. Fuji’s forests where many trees have been destroyed by typhoons. Repopulating these areas with native tree species will help them become more resistant to future natural disasters and ensure that they can continue to serve as a source of groundwater.
In fiscal 2011, three parties—Shizuoka Prefecture, a local forest owner, and Terumo—entered into an agreement called the Shizuoka Mirai-no-Mori (Future Forest) Supporter Pact. Under this agreement, we plant trees and maintain forested areas to create the Terumo Megumi-no-Morireserve within the Fumoto district of Fujinomiya. Moreover, we are engaged in year-round reforestation activities based on the concepts of the environment, living organisms, interaction, and health through this agreement. A special commemoratory cherry tree was planted in fiscal 2017 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Terumo Mt. Fuji Reforestation Project.
Volunteers planting trees
Volunteers creating walking paths paved with wood chips
For details, please refer to our Sustainability Report.