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Environmental Sustainability Report 2004

Kobe Steel Group Environmental Sustainability Report 2004

Table of Contents
Aiming at a Company Highly Esteemed by People around the World

Company Profile

Introducing Group Products and Technologies

Basic Policy for the Environment and Actions to be Taken

Environmental Management

Environment-friendly Production (1)

Environment-friendly Production (2)

Environment-friendly Production (3)

Environment-friendly Production (4)

Environment-friendly Production (5)

Contribution to Environmental Protection through Products, Technologies and Services (1)

Contribution to Environmental Protection through Products, Technologies and Services (2)

Contribution to Environmental Protection through Products, Technologies and Services (3)

Contribution to Environmental Protection through Products, Technologies and Services (4)

Contribution to Environmental Protection through Products, Technologies and Services (5)

Contribution to Environmental Protection through Products, Technologies and Services (6)

Disclosure of Environment-related Information

Harmonious Co-existence with the Society

Promotion of Employee Initiatives

Thorough Risk Management

Environmental Chronology

Emission Data of Production Facilities (Fiscal 2003)

Introducing Group Companies


Aiming at a Company Highly Esteemed by People around the World


Yasuo Inubushi
President and CEO
Yasuo Inubushi

I am very happy to present our Environmental Sustainability Report 2004.
The Kobe Steel Group sets forth a vision of contributing to society through our material business (steel, welding, aluminum, and copper); the wholesale electricity supply business (IPP); and the machinery business (industrial machinery, construction machinery, environmental solutions, and plant engineering). Through our businesses, we are striving to supply products, services, and technology that win the approval of people around the world.
To achieve this ambitious goal requires not just to provide better products and services to you but also to carry out “environmental management,” in which evaluation from the viewpoint of the environment is incorporated in all corporate activities. To this end, I constantly attach great importance to eco-friendliness when making decisions.
In the 2003-2005 Consolidated Medium-Term Business Plan unveiled last year, the “Promotion of Group Environmental Management” was designated as one of the priority measures. I myself am taking initiative to exercise and promote group-wide approaches. At the same time, each of the group companies intends to further endeavor to improve its awareness of the environment. .
I look forward to your continued understanding and support of the environmental activities of the Kobe Steel Group.


Ecoway
Kobe Steel Group has established a symbol mark with an aim to cultivate an “environmental” mind in employees and to allow the environment image to take root in its employees.
The freshly green leafdrawn freehand expresses a natural and gentle image, and by combining an arrow mark with the word “ECO WAY.” This mark expresses the “Kobe Steel Group’s corporate stance to steadily advance, step by step, on the path to becoming an environmentally advanced company.

Editorial Policy
This report was created referring to the "Environmental Reporting Guidelines (Fiscal Year 2003 Version)" published by the Ministry of the Environment in March 2004. Technical terms are explained for easy understanding and the sources of related information are included so that readers can obtain more detailed information.

Applicable Period/Applicable Organizations
The Environmental Sustainability Report 2004 presents Kobe Steel's activities and achievements in environmental protection and creation in fiscal 2003 (April 1, 2003 to March 31, 2004). Some data from previous years are also included. The report also sets forth the company's basic policy on environmental protection as well as its future activities.