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Reducing Environmental Impact

Environmental Accounting

For greater efficiency in our environmental activities

Concept of environmental accounting

The Brother Group performs environmental accounting as an effective means to improve the efficiency of environmental management on an ongoing basis. The Brother Group monitors annual investments and expenses related to environmental activities, quantitatively assess their effects, and then uses the results to plan environmental activities to be carried out the next fiscal year.

Environmental conservation and economic effects by achieving the Brother Group 2015 Mid-Term Environmental Action Plan (2011-2015)

By achieving the Brother Group 2015 Mid-Term Environmental Action Plan (2011-2015) , CO2 and waste emissions per JPY 1 million of sales of the Brother Group have been decreasing year after year, steadily producing environmental conservation effects. The economic effects derived from the environmental conservation measures during the five years were JPY 790 million in total. The energy expenses reduction effects achieved by energy conservation were JPY 140 million.

Environmental conservation effects

Environmental conservation effects

Economic effects derived from environmental conservation measures

Economic effects derived from environmental conservation measures

 Environment Accounting (Detailed Data: FY2010-FY2015) [PDF/202KB]

  • *:   Economic effects derived from environmental conservation activities are those that can be calculated in monetary terms from among the effects derived from the environmental conservation activities. Effects that cannot be calculated based on solid grounds (i.e., assumed effects and accidental effects) are not calculated. The scope of aggregation is indicated in the PDF file.

Calculation results for FY2015 (April 1, 2015-March 31, 2016)

Environmental conservation costs and expenses

The Brother Group (business sites in Japan) spent JPY 184 million on environmental conservation activities, down 50% from the previous year. The amount decreased because the cost to extensively modify IT-related equipment for environmental management was high in FY2014 (April 1, 2014-March 31, 2015). Manufacturing facilities outside Japan spent JPY 115 million, down approximately 16% from the previous year.

Expenditures and labor costs for various environmental conservation activities were JPY 794 million, up approximately 1.5%, for the facilities in Japan, and JPY 295 million, up approximately 27%, for those outside Japan.

Environmental investments in Japan focused primarily on energy conservation measures such as improvement of the thermal insulation performance of buildings.

Environmental investments by manufacturing facilities outside Japan are attributed to efforts to modify equipment for maintaining and improving the quality of wastewater from manufacturing facilities, and efforts to replace old air conditioning equipment and increase efficiency.

Classification Details of main activities and their effects Investment
(unit: JPY million)
Expenses
(unit: JPY million)
In Japan Outside Japan In Japan Outside Japan
1.Business area cost 1)Pollution prevention cost Pollution prevention measures (including air, water, vibration and noise) 24
(20)
49
(49)
21
(1)
86
(2)
2)Global environmental conservation cost Global warming prevention (energy-saving) measures 117
(-3)
66
(-71)
83
(20)
92
(67)
3)Resource circulation cost Recycling and reduction in waste generation 0
(0)
0
(0)
104
(19)
59
(3)
2.Upstream/downstream cost Costs incurred to reduce environmental impact when procuring parts and materials and after selling products Green procurement activities; collection and recycling of used products/consumables 0
(0)
0
(0)
89
(-6)
15
(13)
3.Administration cost Costs incurred by activities that contribute indirectly to reducing the environmental impact of business operations Establishment, administration, and maintenance of the ISO 14001 system; environmental training for employees; disclosure of environmental information; greening and cleanup of manufacturing facilities and their surrounding areas 33
(-122)
0
(0)
329
(-29)
35
(-20)
4.R&D cost R&D costs for reducing environmental impact Development of eco-conscious products and technologies; implementation of product environmental assessments; design improvement 10
(-48)
0
(0)
152
(7)
4
(4)
5.Social activity cost Costs of environmental conservation that is not directly linked with corporate activities Support for environmental conservation groups and organizations; support for environmental activities by local citizens; information services 0
(0)
0
(0)
12
(-1)
4
(-7)
6.Cost to deal with environmental damage Costs incurred to restore the natural environment (including soil remediation) Soil contamination surveys; soil remediation 0
(0)
0
(0)
4
(1)
0
(0)
Total 184
(-153)
115
(-22)
794
(12)
295
(62)

Figures in parentheses show increases/decreases in the amount from the previous fiscal year.

Environmental conservation and economic effects in FY2015

Regarding environmental conservation effects, both resource input and environmental impact have been decreasing in Japan, while energy input remained almost unchanged at manufacturing facilities outside Japan. Releases into the atmosphere decreased significantly, while water consumption and waste emissions increased. The increase is attributed to increased production at Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. and Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd. The main economic effects were reduction in waste treatment costs due to resource saving and recycling in Japan and operating income from the recycling of waste outside Japan.

Content of environmental conservation effects Classification of index to measure environmental conservation effects In Japan Outside Japan
Effects resulting from business area cost Effects related to resource input into business operations Total energy input (kL: converted into crude oil quantity) 10,116
(-367)
18,820
(-18)
Water input m3 93,989
(-7,071)
698,704
(34,743)
Effects related to environmental impact and waste released from business operations Release into atmosphere CO2(t-CO2/year) 15,117
(-542)
30,993
(-92)
NOX(Kg/year) 2,020
(-26)
2,894
(-709)
SOX(Kg/year) 8
(0)
72
(-16)
Generation of waste Amount of waste generation (t) 1,998
(-304)
5,259
(408)
Landfill waste (t) 0
(0)
1
(-1)

Figures in parentheses show increases/decreases in the amount from the previous fiscal year.

Content of economic effects derived from environmental conservation measures* In Japan
(unit: JPY million)
Outside Japan
(unit: JPY million)
Income Operating income from recycling of waste generated from main business operations 2.9
(-4.0)
81.3
(25.7)
Cost reduction Reduction in energy cost by energy-saving 8.2
(5.2)
12.8
(-12.5)
Reduction in waste treatment cost due to resource-saving and recycling 27.6
(-4.1)
29.7
(-18.4)
Other Publicity effects, such as newspaper reporting, calculated in terms of advertising expenses 3.1
(0.8)
13.9
(-3.3)
Total 41.8
(-2.1)
137.7
(28.3)

Figures in parentheses show increases/decreases in the amount from the previous fiscal year.

  • *:   Economic effects derived from environmental conservation measures are those that can be calculated in monetary terms from among the effects derived from the environmental conservation activities. Effects that cannot be calculated based on solid grounds (i.e., assumed effects and accidental effects) are not calculated.

Eight business sites in Japan (including head office)*1 and 12 manufacturing facilities outside Japan*2: Target period is from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.

  • *1: Head office, Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility, Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, Logistics Center (Aggregate only environmental conservation effects for Logistics Center)
  • *2: Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd., Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o., Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd., Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd., Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd., Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd., Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd., Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd., Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd., Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd., Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd., and Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc.

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