Pollution Control

Air Pollution Prevention

The Taisho Pharmaceutical Group not only complies with laws and regulations but also sets its own management standards as required to reduce environmental load.

Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) Emissions
Fiscal year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Production Headquarters and Research Headquarters (tons)*1 15.3 15.7 15.9 15.2 15.8
Logistics Headquarters (tons)*2 44.8 44.5 45.6 40.0 41.5
Sales Headquarters (tons)*3 13.9 17.1 22.0 20.0 14.3
  • *1. Scope of calculation: Production facilities and research centers in Japan
  • *2. Scope of calculation: Logistics vehicles (NOx emissions during contract transportation)
  • *3. Scope of calculation: Business vehicles
Sulphur Oxide (SOx) Emissions
Fiscal year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Production Headquarters and Research Headquarters (tons) 2.5 2.7 2.6 2.6 3.0

Scope of calculation: Okayama Factory

Chloroform Emissions
Fiscal year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Production Headquarters (tons) 0.006 0.005 0.006 0.003 0.003

Water Contamination Prevention

Wastewater from production facilities and research centers is treated appropriately and discharged in compliance with laws and regulations or standards based on agreements with local governments. We set voluntary standards for items at risk of exceeding wastewater standards and constantly monitor the quality of wastewater.

Cases of Exceeding Wastewater Standards Over the Past Five Years
Period Site Event Response
August 2017 Omiya Factory Exceeded standards for suspended solids (sewer) Sludge deposited in the final effluent tank is extracted once a year and treated as industrial waste (Latest : October 20, 2019)
BOD* Emissions (Production and Research)
Fiscal year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
BOD* Emission Volume (tons) 50.7 39.6 34.6 20.1 21.3
  • * BOD: Biochemical Oxygen Demand

Implementation of Soil and Groundwater Pollution Measures

We have undertaken continuous cleaning since fiscal 2001 to deal with the soil and groundwater contamination discovered during the factory site soil investigation conducted from November 1999 to May 2000 at the Omiya Factory.

Appropriate Management of PCB Waste

We have appropriately stored and managed Polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) waste according to the Waste Management and Public Cleansing Act and the Act on Special Measures concerning Promotion of Proper Treatment of PCB Wastes. We check the storage and management status on a periodic basis and report the results to the government body every year.

Fluorescent lighting ballasts containing PCB that were stored and managed were disposed of by the Japan Environmental Storage & Safety Corporation (JESCO) in July 2020.

PCB Waste and PCB Devices in Use
  Storage Devices in use
Low-pressure capacitor
High-pressure capacitor
Fluorescent ballast
Mercury lamp ballast
High-pressure transformer 1 device (low density) 11 devices (low density)

Management of Chemical Substances

We strive to appropriately manage chemical substances that are harmful to the environment, including chemical substances designated under the Law concerning Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR), and reduce emissions in line with pertinent rules and Taisho Pharmaceutical’s unique management procedures.