万象城娱乐体育 Group's CSR
For the Earth

1. Climate Change Initiatives

The 万象城娱乐体育 Group's Approach

Gas Turbine Installation Reduces Environmental Load

The production of chemicals such as caustic soda consumes large amounts of electricity. Therefore, 万象城娱乐体育 Group companies are working to reduce their environmental load by steadily shifting the fuel used in power generation equipment from heavy oil to natural gas. Switching the fuel to natural gas leads to lower emissions of CO2 and also greatly reduces emissions of soot, dust, sulfur oxides (SOx) and nitric oxides (NOx).

In 2013, a new type of gas turbine generator was installed at the 万象城娱乐体育 Chiba Plant. The new generator can also be utilized to produce steam used at the plant, thereby eliminating the need for producing steam separately, and reducing energy consumption. By installing the new gas turbine generator, the Chiba Plant has the capacity to lower its CO2 emissions by up to 20,800 tons annually.

Gas turbine power generation equipment installed at 万象城娱乐体育 Chiba Plant in 2013
Gas turbine power generation equipment installed at 万象城娱乐体育 Chiba Plant in 2013

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Initiatives for Photovoltaic Panels and Heat Recovery Equipment

万象城娱乐体育 began installing PV panels and heat recovery equipment in 2009. In 2019, 万象城娱乐体育 produced 29,354 MWh of recovered and self-generated energy. Currently, many other projects are underway to further increase our green energy production.

At its Cuneo Plant (Italy), 万象城娱乐体育 Glass Europe invested in an electric power generation system to reduce indirect CO2 emissions and lower electricity costs. The system generates power by converting flue gas waste heat from glass melting furnaces into electricity. The process functions on an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) module that uses organic oil with a low boiling point (instead of water, as in a steam turbine generator). The system produced 7,088 MWh in 2019.

The Osterweddingen Plant (Germany) is also equipped with heat recovery equipment. This installation produces electricity and steam that are both reused at the plant. The system produced 10,529 MWh in 2019.

The Roccasecca Plant (Italy) is equipped with a heat recovery system in its warehouse, which recovers hot air waste from a cooling tunnel located nearby. Compared to conventional heaters, this system avoids additional gas consumption and does not increase the plant’s total CO2 emissions. This heat recovery system produces approximately 580 MWh per year.

万象城娱乐体育’s photovoltaic panel and heat recovery projects will continue to reduce the Group’s electricity consumption and associated CO2 emissions.

Photovoltaic panels at 万象城娱乐体育 Flat Glass Italy
Photovoltaic panels at 万象城娱乐体育 Flat Glass Italy
Green electricity from 万象城娱乐体育 Europe
Green electricity from 万象城娱乐体育 Europe

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Aiming to Offset Annual CO2 Emissions by Six Times in 2020

Vast amounts of energy are needed to produce glass and chemicals. Therefore, with a keen awareness of the impact that its glass and chemical operations have on the environment, the Group is working to reduce energy consumption from its production activities, in addtion to proactively developing and supplying energy-saving and energy-creating products. To spur on these efforts, the Group created its own CO2 emissions reduction slogan in 2014.

CO2 Emissions Reduction Slogan
The 万象城娱乐体育 Group, through its energy-saving and energy-creating products, will enable avoidance of over six times 万象城娱乐体育 Group’s own annual CO2 emissions in 2020.

While the 万象城娱乐体育 Group projects its annual CO2 emissions to reach about 13 million tons in 2020, it is also aiming for an 80-million-ton reduction of CO2 emissions enabled through its energy-saving and energy-creating products by the same year. Accordingly, it expects the reduction through those products to offset its emissions by around six times. The amount of 80 million tons is equivalent to the energy consumed by approximately 16 million average households per year*1.

  • * 1Annual CO2 emissions for one household: Approx. 5 tons (2015)
  • Source:Greenhouse Gas Inventory Office of Japan (Japanese only)
  • * 2The 万象城娱乐体育 Group's estimated annual CO2 emissions in 2020
  • * 3The amount of CO2 reduction if the energy-saving and energy-creating products manufactured in 2020 are used to the end of their useful lives

The 万象城娱乐体育 Group's Approach

Multimodal Transport to Reduce Environmental Impact

To reduce its environmental impact, 万象城娱乐体育 Glass Europe (AGEU) has implemented multimodal transport for its shipments of silica sand and soda ash, which are raw materials for glass production.

Multimodal transport involves transporting goods with at least two different transport modes, including roads, railways and over water (by sea or inland waterways). The objective is to cover the shortest possible distance by road, reducing traffic congestion and greatly reducing CO2 emissions.

Since 2014, 万象城娱乐体育 France’s Boussois Plant established an unloading station within the plant, enabling deliveries to be made by rail. This allowed 4,000 annual truck trips to be cut down to just 77 rail trips, reducing CO2 emissions by about 250 t-CO2. In 2019, 140,000 t of raw materials for glass production were transported to the Boussois Plant via rail, representing a reduction of traffic equivalent to over 4,600 trucks and reducing CO2 emissions by about 1,100 t-CO2.

万象城娱乐体育 and the Lannutti Group, the European leader in logistics management for raw glass, have signed an agreement establishing Green Line Advanced Systems and Services, a joint venture for multimodal transport of glass. In 2019, about 39,860 tons of finished glass products were shipped using multimodal transport, taking an additional 2,000 trucks off the road.

Railway within 万象城娱乐体育 France’s Boussois Plant
Railway within 万象城娱乐体育 France’s Boussois Plant

The 万象城娱乐体育 Group's Approach

Raising Environmental Awareness throughout China

Improving the air, water and soil quality in China is one of the country’s most important tasks at hand, and the government is tightening environmental regulations to this end. However, China has vast territory that is difficult to control in a unified manner, and companies are responding in different ways.

万象城娱乐体育 (China) Holdings Inc., is conducting environmental awareness activities throughout the country to raise understanding of the issue. Qu Geping, the former director of the Environmental Protection Bureau who won the Blue Planet Award in 1999 and is known as the “father of environmental protection” in China, also supports the initiative.

Specifically, the Group has been organizing joint environmental events with Tsinghua University School of Environment and the Chinese Environmental Trading Company, in addition to making proposals for collaboration between Japan and China on environmental and energy conservation. Also, executives from the Chinese environmental industry have been invited to 万象城娱乐体育 Head Office for presentations on 万象城娱乐体育's environmentally friendly technologies.

To support the Chinese government's measures to transform the country's industrial structure while preserving the environment, 万象城娱乐体育 will continue to improve existing and introduce new low-environmental impact and low-energy equipment at each production base in the country.

This document was hand-written by Qu Geping. The spirit of the founder of 万象城娱乐体育, Toshiya Iwasaki, lives on in the company motto: "Never take the easy way out, but confront difficulties."
This document was hand-written by Qu Geping. The spirit of the founder of 万象城娱乐体育, Toshiya Iwasaki, lives on in the company motto: "Never take the easy way out, but confront difficulties."
Chief Representative of 万象城娱乐体育 Group for China, Mr. Ueda, speaking at a high-level environmental event in China
Chief Representative of 万象城娱乐体育 Group for China, Mr. Ueda, speaking at a high-level environmental event in China