We process aluminium made from the mineral bauxite to produce materials for various products. That takes huge amounts of natural resources, energy, and chemicals in operations that we realize impact the environment. That’s why we ensure that our operations are in harmony with the global environment.
7.2 By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix
7.3 By 2030, double the global rate of improvement in energy efficiency
12.2 By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
12.5 By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
Conventional solar panels may be impossible to install in some places due to their size and weight. Toyo Aluminium’s HaneTM lightweight solar panel modules were designed to bring solar power systems where they’ve never been before. They have huge potential for use in distributed power generation as well as emergency power supply and help spread renewable energy.
We have been promoting the use of these modules in-house, and in fiscal 2017 the panels were installed on a parking lot carport at our Yao Works where they power street lights.
Development of Molded Pulp Containers The EU announced the European strategy for plastics in 2018, with the objective of ensuring that by 2030 all plastic packaging placed on the EU market is reusable or easily recycled. We’re also witnessing a growing number of countries imposing regulations related to plastic plates, utensils, and bags. These trends are expected to drive a quick shift from plastic food trays used in supermarkets, etc. to paper trays in the West and elsewhere. Working against this backdrop, Toyo Aluminium Ekco Products Co., Ltd. developed molded pulp*1 containers in fiscal 2017 to add to its existing lines of paper containers, such as EC-Ware*2 and paper cups. Since pulp can be molded into any desired shape, molded pulp containers can meet a wide variety of needs for use as food trays. Toyo Aluminium Ekco Products continues to focus on the manufacture and sales of paper containers that will replace plastic containers with an aim to protecting the global environment.
*1. Molded pulp: Molded paper products made from pulp, which is dissolved in water, made into paper over a wire mesh, and dried *2. EC-Ware: Press-molded paper trays with rolled rims (EC stands for “edge curl”)
Recognizing the huge environmental impact of the manufacturing equipment it uses in aluminium production, the Toyal Group actively invests in equipment with excellent environmental efficiency in a well-planned manner in order to contribute to the greenhouse gas reduction targets set under the Paris Agreement.
In fiscal 2017, its Gunma Works installed a new VOC treatment system to replace three older systems. The overhaul resulted in a 60% reduction in natural gas consumption (950 t-CO2) and a 17% reduction in power consumption (40 t-CO2).