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Reducing Environmental Impact

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Identifying the environmental impact of business operations

Overview of main environmental impact associated with the Brother Group operations

The Brother Group facilities are engaged in processing and assembly to manufacture products. The environmental impacts (including resource consumption, CO2 emissions, and waste generated) associated with all business operations are quantitatively monitored and summarized to reduce environmental impacts.

Input of Resources, Production & Emission of Substances in FY2016 (April 1, 2016-March 31, 2017)

Resource and energy inputs in FY2016

Resource consumption Total energy consumption Water consumption
Product material (t) 202,357 Crude petroleum equivalent (kL) 46,898 Total amount of water consumption (m3) 876,435
  • *:    The scope of aggregation was directly related to the product range (main business sites below).

Brother Group in FY2016 (main manufacturing facilities)

Brother Group in FY2016 (main manufacturing facilities)

Production & Emission of Substances in FY2016

CO2 emissions Amount of wastewater Amount of waste
Greenhouse gas emissions from energy use (t-CO2) 100,400 Amount of wastewater (m3) 785,210 Production-related waste (t) 11,576
Amount of wastewater recycled (m3)* 90
(0.01%)
Amount of waste recycled (t) 10,513
  • *:   The Brother Group facilities don’t reuse any water resources in FY2016.

Calculation method

Resource and energy inputs in FY2016
Resource consumption The resource consumption is calculated by multiplying the shipments to major products shipped in FY2016 per weight.
  • *:    The calculation methods of resource consumption have been changed from FY2015 (April 1, 2015-March 31, 2016).
Total energy consumption Total amount of electricity, steam, LPG/LNG, city gas, oil, etc. consumed at target business sites in FY2016
Crude petroleum equivalent Calculated by converting electricity, oil, city gas, etc., LPG/LNG, and steam into crude petroleum, respectively
  • *:   The conversion rate for crude oil equivalent is based on the Table of Standard Calorific Values by Energy Source (February 2002) released by the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Government of Japan.
Water consumption Total amount of water consumed at target business sites in FY2016
Clean water Measurement using a water meter
Industrial water Same as above
Underground water Same as above
Production and emission of substances in FY2016
CO2 Calculated based on the location-based method (using the grid-average emission factors in a certain area such as a country or region)
  • *:   The sources of emission factors for the location-based method are as follows:
    • IEA - CO2 EMISSIONS FROM FUEL COMBUSTION 2015 edition
    • GHG Protocol - Calculation tools
    • DEFRA
Amount of wastewater The amount is equivalent to the amount of water intake, or is calculated in accordance with the formula set in respective regions (based on the amount of water intake).
Amount of waste Production-related waste Total amount of waste (including metals, waste plastics, circuit boards, sludge, waste oil/solvents, waste acids/alkalis, glass/ceramics, and batteries) generated in the production process at target business sites in FY2016

Environmental impact data of main business sites in FY2016

Name of site Location Main line of business (as of March 31, 2017)
Eight business sites in Japan (head office of Brother Industries, Ltd., Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility, Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, Logistics Center) Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture (various locations) [Mizuho Manufacturing Facility] Research and development of telecommunication/printing equipment, electronic stationery, and home sewing machines [Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility] Prototype production of printer heads [Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center] Research and development [Kariya Manufacturing Facility] Production of electronic stationery, garment printers, and machine tools
Nissei Corporation Anjo, Aichi Prefecture Manufacture and sales of speed reducers, small gears, and die-cast products; and lease of real estate properties (including condominiums)
Mie Brother Precision Industries, Ltd. Taki-gun, Mie Prefecture Production of consumables for mobile printers, electronic stationery, etc., recycling of toner cartridges, and product repair services
Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. Wales, U.K. Production of consumables for printers, All-in-Ones, etc.
Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o. Krupina, Slovakia Production of consumables for printers, All-in-Ones, etc.
Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. Kaohsiung, Taiwan Production of home sewing machines
Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd. Johor, Malaysia Business operations terminated on March 31, 2017
Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd. Guangdong, China Production of electronic stationery, scanners, home sewing machines, karaoke systems for business use, industrial printing equipment, etc.
Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. Shaanxi, China Production of industrial sewing machines and machine tools
Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd.* Guangdong, China Production of printers and All-in-Ones
Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. Batangas, the Philippines Production of printers, All-in-Ones, and electronic stationery
Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd. Hai Duong Province, Vietnam Production of printers and All-in-Ones
Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. Hai Duong Province, Vietnam Production of industrial sewing machines
Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd Dong Nai Province, Vietnam Production of home sewing machines
  • *:   Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd. was subject to an absorption-type merger in October 2016, with Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. as the surviving company.

Environmental impact data for before FY2015 is available on the CSR Report PDF Download  page.

Name of site Resource consumption
(t)
Energy consumption
Electricity
(MWh)
LPG
(t)
City gas
(1,000m3)
Gasoline
(kL)
Light oil
(kL)
Eight business sites in Japan (head office of Brother Industries, Ltd., Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility, Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, Logistics Center) 16,284 36,326 0 758 37 0
Nissei Corporation 8,276 31,077 14 2,181 36 4
Mie Brother Precision Industries, Ltd. 310 564 0 0 1 0
Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. 994 1,112 0 67 1 1
Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o. 929 556 0 67 0 11
Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. 637 1,709 5 0 0 0
Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd. 2,688 3,097 4 0 0 0
Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd. 11,672 3,694 0 0 8 5
Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. 11,392 8,863 0 251 1 2
Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd.* 53,627 25,493 0 350 122 48
Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. 21,476 19,219 41 0 1 0
Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd. 60,999 24,005 102 0 0 65
Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. 1,625 2,972 128 0 0 7
Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd 9,603 3,897 0 0 0 1
  • *:   Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd. was subject to an absorption-type merger in October 2016, with Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. as the surviving company.

Environmental impact data for before FY2015 is available on the CSR Report PDF Download  page.

Name of site Greenhouse gas emissions from energy use (t-CO2)
  Scope 1 Scope 2
  From lubricant
Eight business sites in Japan (head office of Brother Industries, Ltd., Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility, Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, Logistics Center) 22,298 1,519 0 20,779
Nissei Corporation 22,034 4,258 0 17,776
Mie Brother Precision Industries, Ltd. 326 3 0 322
Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. 642 132 0 511
Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o. 253 193 37 98
Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. 1,013 13 0 1,000
Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd. 2,158 63 51 2,146
Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd. 2,662 32 0 2,630
Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. 6,793 483 0 6,311
Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd.* 19,222 5,984 4,912 18,151
Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. 11,214 125 0 11,089
Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd. 8,954 4,954 4,474 8,474
Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. 1,451 402 0 1,049
Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd 1,378 2 0 1,376
  • *:   Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd. was subject to an absorption-type merger in October 2016, with Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. as the surviving company.

Environmental impact data for before FY2015 is available on the CSR Report PDF Download  page.

Name of site Water intake Amount of wastewater Amount of recycled water
(m3)
Clean water
(m3)
Industrial water
(m3)
Underground water
(m3)
Public water
(m3)
Sewer system
(m3)
Eight business sites in Japan (head office of Brother Industries, Ltd., Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility, Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, Logistics Center) 87,772 0 0 16,740 69,833 0
Nissei Corporation 83,740 0 0 710 19,908 0
Mie Brother Precision Industries, Ltd. 50 0 1,358 1,408 0 0
Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. 1,475 0 0 0 1,475 0
Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o. 0 0 2,278 2,278 0 0
Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. 15,343 0 0 0 15,343 0
Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd. 16,838 0 0 0 16,838 0
Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd. 88,221 0 0 0 88,221 0
Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. 26,003 8,668 0 0 27,126 0
Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd.* 296,511 0 0 296,511 0 90
Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. 0 0 82,133 0 69,813 0
Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd. 129,051 0 0 0 129,051 0
Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. 8,468 0 0 0 7,134 0
Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd 28,527 0 0 0 22,822 0
  • *:   Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd. was subject to an absorption-type merger in October 2016, with Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. as the surviving company.

Environmental impact data for before FY2015 is available on the CSR Report PDF Download  page.

Name of site Water pollution load
BOD
(mg/L)
COD
(mg/L)
n-hexane SS
(mg/L)
Mineral oils
(mg/L)
Animal and vegetable oils
(mg/L)
Eight business sites in Japan (head office of Brother Industries, Ltd., Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility, Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, Logistics Center) 34.0 6.7 6.6 6.8
Nissei Corporation 86.3 4.2 1.0 3.5
Mie Brother Precision Industries, Ltd. 2.0 10.0 - - 7.0
Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. - - - - -
Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o. 2.5 16.3 - - 5.0
Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd.

1.4

13.5 - - 10.1
Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd. - - - - -
Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd. 18.0 61.0 1.7 9.5
Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. 14.0 55.9 0.3 0.1 14.5
Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd.* 8.3 20.0 0.0 0.0
Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. 43.8 85.1 2.0 22.9
Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd. Less than 3 Less than 6 - - -
Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. 5.0 26.0 Less than 0.7 10.0
Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd 33.0 70.3 - - -
  • *:   Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd. was subject to an absorption-type merger in October 2016, with Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. as the surviving company.

Environmental impact data for before FY2015 is available on the CSR Report PDF Download  page.

Name of site Waste amount
Production-related waste (t) Material recycling (t) Thermal recycling (t) Incineration amount (t) Other disposal amount (t) Amount of landfill waste (t) Rate of landfill waste (%)
Eight business sites in Japan (head office of Brother Industries, Ltd., Mizuho Manufacturing Facility, Hoshizaki Manufacturing Facility, Minato Manufacturing Facility, Momozono Manufacturing Facility, Kariya Manufacturing Facility, Research & Development Center, Logistics Center) 1,702.2 1,527.9 164.3 10.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Nissei Corporation 3,650.1 3,451.7 198.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Mie Brother Precision Industries, Ltd. 101.0 80.1 20.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Brother Industries (U.K.) Ltd. 358.4 350.6 7.9 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Brother Industries (Slovakia) s.r.o. 481.8 402.8 79.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Taiwan Brother Industries, Ltd. 71.2 16.6 0.0 54.5 0.0 0.0 0.0
Brother Industries Technology (M) Sdn. Bhd. 143.5 143.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Zhuhai Brother Industries, Co., Ltd. 236.7 219.1 0.0 17.6 0.0 0.0 0.0
Brother Machinery Xian Co., Ltd. 567.3 356.6 4.2 158.9 47.6 0.0 0.0
Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd.* 934.8 886.9 47.3 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0
Brother Industries (Philippines), Inc. 1,044.5 808.6 0.0 0.0 124.8 111.0 10.6
Brother Industries (Vietnam) Ltd. 1,521.3 1,367.1 0.0 154.2 0.0 0.0 0.0
Brother Machinery Vietnam Co., Ltd. 412.4 57.1 0.0 345.7 0.0 9.6 2.3
Brother Industries Saigon, Ltd 332.9 304.5 0.0 28.4 0.0 0.0 0.0
  • *:   Brother Industries (Shenzhen), Ltd. was subject to an absorption-type merger in October 2016, with Brother Technology (Shenzhen) Ltd. as the surviving company.

Environmental impact data for before FY2015 is available on the CSR Report PDF Download  page.