In August 2020, we announced our support for the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and promoted an analysis of the risks, opportunities, and financial impacts of climate change on our business. We are pleased to disclose some of the results of this study based on the TCFD recommendations.
Based on our basic policy of sustainability and fundamental environmental policy, we recognize that initiatives for climate change is one of the most important issues. The contents of the studies conducted by the Environmental Committee and the Information Disclosure Committee, which are chaired by executive officers, as well as by its subcommittees and working groups under their supervision, are scrutinized by the Sustainability Management Committee, which is chaired by a director and managing executive officer and the general manager of the administration division. The Sustainability Management Committee notifies Board of directors of the key issues. The PDCA cycle has implemented to ensure matters pointed out by Board of directors throughout the company.
Basic policy of sustainability:
Fundamental environmental policy:
We recognize that various changes due to climate change will affect our business. In order to identify the most important risks and opportunities, we conducted a scenario analysis at 1.5/2°C and 4°C for our entire business in the following steps.
We identified the climate change risks and opportunities facing the company now and in the foreseeable future. We scrutinized the interests of our stakeholders and their future significance. As a result, we identified 16 transition and physical risks and opportunities.
|Degree of Impact||Risks||Opportunities|
#1 Increase in operational costs due to introduction of carbon tax/emissions trading scheme
#2 Increased burden and risk of fines due to stricter disclosure requirements and regulations
#3 Loss of reputation among customers, decrease in sales, and loss of competitiveness
#4 Short-term increase in operating costs due to introduction of renewable energy and promotion of energy conservation
#5 Tighter regulations on raw materials
#6 Increased risk of business shutdown and decreased sales due to severe wind and flood damage
#7 Increased damage due to severe wind and flood damage
#8 Increased air conditioning and cooling costs due to higher average temperatures
#9 Increased risk of business shutdowns and decreased sales due to employees' inability to come to work due to higher average temperatures
#10 Increased risk of business shutdown anddecreased sales due to employees' inability to come to work due to severe wind and flood damage
#11 Increase in sales through the provision of products and services that contribute to addressing climate change
#12 Increase revenues by entering new markets
#13 Decrease in expenses due to gains in client and investor reputation
#14 Increase in revenues through introduction of renewable energy and promotion of energy conservation
|#16 Loss of reputation and competitiveness among investors||・Decrease in sales resulting from lower production due to lower rainfall at the water sources from which the water is withdrawn|
We set 1.5/2°C and 4°C scenarios for 2030 and considered changes in the external environment and stakeholders with regard to adaptation to climate change and the transition to a low-carbon society. We also projected changes in our customer sectors that may occur as a result of these changes, and examined the degree of impact on our business.
A sensitivity analysis was performed to assess the potential impact of each scenario on our strategic and financial position. For each of the climate change risks and opportunities with a high degree of importance, we examined the business impact calculation methods and calculated and examined them from available internal and external parameters. Examples are as follows;
|Types||Impact on Business in 2030||Potential Financial Impact|
|Risks||Transitional||Decrease in sales due to lower product competitiveness and sluggish customer evaluations||High||-|
|Short-term increase in operating costs due to introduction of renewable energy and promotion of energy conservation||Mild||-|
|Physical||Business shutdowns (production sites, logistics, inventory, supply chain) and sales decline due to severe wind and flood damage||Mild||High|
|Damage to manufacturing sites due to severe wind and flood damage and increased restoration costs||Mild||High|
|Opportunities||Medical and biotechnology equipment: Increased sales of related products for specimen testing equipment||Mild||Mild|
|Industrial Equipment: Increased sales of related products for EV battery inspection systems||Mild||Mild|
|Analytical instruments: Increased sales of related products for environmental analysis||Mild||Low|
Based on the results of the project impact assessment, we will consider countermeasures for those items that have a large impact.
We have established environmental management rules and operate a company-wide environmental management system. We evaluate risks and opportunities for the environment, including climate change, and set environmental objectives and targets for each fiscal year. Management reviews our performance and challenges, and we strive to improve our environmental performance through continuous improvement.
Based on multiple climate-related scenarios, we have quantitatively evaluated risks and opportunities for financial impact, which will be used for risk management throughout the group in the future.
Under the Group's long-term vision for global warming countermeasures, our greenhouse gas reduction targets (GHG reduction targets) were certified by the SBT Initiative, an international environmental organization, in October 2021 as scientifically based and in line with the Paris Agreement. Meanwhile, as key metrics in our mid- to long-term environmental strategy, we have established, evaluated, and managed GHG emissions, water usage, renewable energy usage, etc. GHG emissions are calculated for Scope 1, 2, and 3* in accordance with the GHG Protocol, and third-party verification is conducted. 74th fiscal year (ending September 30, 2021) GHG emissions (Scope 1 and 2) were 59,386 t-CO2 in the 74th fiscal year (ended September 30, 2021), a reduction of approximately 13 % (target 7.5 %) from the 71st fiscal year (ended September 30, 2018).
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