We are working to promote waste reduction, resource-saving, and recycling, considering the lifecycle of resources. Especially, to reduce the amount of steel used, we are making efforts to minimize material loss（scrap waste, etc.） and improve material yield while implementing activities to reduce oil usage and industrial waste output.
In addition, because the use and discharge of water are essential in production activities, we are working on the reducing the impacts on water sources and discharge destinations by reviewing the operation for optimized water usage amount and implementing a thorough water quality management.
Initiatives to waste reduction
Domestic group companies* output in FY2021 and FY2022 was 1,594 tons and 1,200 tons, respectively. Regarding the inflow of underground water into stamping pits in some plants in FY2021, although water sealing measures have been implemented and are showing some improvements, abnormal values still persist. We have set a target at the normal level of 1,180 tons with the expectation that wastewater will be reduced in FY2023.
We are also promoting activities aimed at reducing the amount of waste generated by domestic group companies by 11% of the FY2019 level by FY2030.
*Domestic group companies : FUTABA INDUSTRIAL Co.,Ltd., Futaba Kyushu Corp., Futaba Hiraizumi Corp., Futaba Sumi Corp.
Waste output（Domestic group companies）
Initiatives to reduce steel usage
Improving material yield is an important activity in pursuing minimization of material needed to make one product. Each production site makes steady and repeated efforts to reduce the size of materials by millimeters. Countermeasure against root causes are also important in preventing outflow of defective products. Therefore, we also focus on global activities to reduce waste within the production process (by 50% or more compared to FY2020 by FY2025) to avoid defective products in the process and on minimizing loss and waste. By using non-destructive testing equipment, we reduce scraps from daily inspections and promote overall resource-saving and waste reduction.
Changes in reduction of waste within the production process（Non-consolidated）
Initiatives to reduce oil usage
To reduce the amount of fuel used for gasoline-powered forklifts, which account for nearly 70% of all oil use, we are shifting to electric forklifts and small electric vehicles. In FY2022, 82% of forklifts were shifted to electric ones. Going forward, we will continue to reduce the number of forklifts by improving distribution.
Also, to contribute to making effective use of resources through recycling, the processing oil for product processing is filtered and reused as much as possible.
Shift to electric forklifts（Non-consolidated）
Initiatives for water resources
In recent years, global warming is predicted to have significant impact on the availability of water in some regions, as it is said to cause changes in the amount of precipitation and a rise in sea levels. In order to conserve water resources which are essential for its production activities, Futaba Group is implementing strict quantitative controls to lower water discharge limits by an additional 10% compared to the Agreement for Pollution Prevention signed with municipalities. In addition, we are working to achieve our target of reducing water intake volumes by 15% from the FY2020 level by FY2050.
Futaba uses industrial water and groundwater in various processes including the cooling of its facilities, cleaning of its products and airtightness inspections. Futaba is making efforts to reuse its water resources by building recirculating systems at various sites.
In addition, we are striving to prevent the deterioration of water resources in the vicinity of plants by treating wastewater that cannot be recirculated appropriately.
Water intake volumes （non-consolidated）