Material CSR Issue

Environmental protection

Why is it important?

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.

Contribution to SDGs

SDG targets the Toyal Group can
contribute to
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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

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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

The Toyal Group’s approach
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We promote the widespread use of renewable energy by supplying parts and materials for solar cells and solar power systems. For example, we are working to enhance the efficiency of solar panels, reduce power generation costs, and make solar panels more installable. We also work to improve the energy efficiency of products at every step from production to utilization with an aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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We are taking various measures aimed at building a circular economy, such as switching productions processes to those that leave a smaller environmental footprint as well as reducing and recycling waste. In fiscal 2017 we added molded pulp to our lineup as part of our product-based environmental initiative.

OUR PERFORMANCE

Aiming to Take Renewable Energy to New Heights
- Hane® Lightweight Solar Cell Module -

Conventional solar panels may be impossible to install in some places due to their size and weight. Toyo Aluminium’s Hane® 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.

carport equipped with Hane® modules(left) and LED street lights(right) powered by the modules at the Yao Works

Development of Molded Pulp Containers

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”)

Energy-saving Initiatives based on Capital Investment

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).

VOC treatment system at the Gunma Works

CSR Employee Message

Yoshikatsu Isaki
Package Sales Department,
Toyo Aluminium Ekco Products Co., Ltd.

Yoshikatsu Isaki
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I work as a sales rep for commercial food packaging products. Our products are made from recyclable materials such as aluminium and paper. We also focus on marketing products made from FSC-certified paper that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) to have been sourced in an environmentally friendly manner. I look forward to continue working on promoting the sales of environmentally friendly products.
Keiichi Watanabe
Engineering Center
Keiichi Watanabe
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I’m responsible for aluminium foil manufacturing equipment. We use a huge amount of energy and generate carbon dioxide through our production activities. I will look into the use of renewable energy and work with production departments to create innovations in manufacturing practices and processes that will lead to a substantial reduction in energy consumption.
Yutaro Sawada
New Business Creation Department
Yutaro Sawada
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I am engaged in developing stainless paints containing stainless steel flakes that use the grinding technology of aluminium paste, which holds the top share of the market worldwide. I think I can contribute to a more sustainable society from an LCC perspective by developing stainless steel paint that has a low environmental impact that enables resource, cost, and VOC reductions through extended life, which leads to less frequent maintenance.
Mitsuo Onishi
CSR Promotion Office
Mitsuo Onishi
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Reducing greenhouse gas emissions to prevent global warming is a very important issue for humanity. I have experience in activities related to improving energy savings at manufacturing sites, and, as a member of the CSR Promotion Office, I will use the knowledge I have gained from those activities to continue promoting activities that reduce environmental impacts together with each business office.