Appropriate Management of Chemical Substances

The Kobe Steel Group appropriately handles treatment, emission and disposal of chemical substances, in line with laws and regulations such as the PRTR law, the PCB Special Measures law, and the Act on Rational Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons.

Compliance with the PRTR Law and the Chemical Substance Control Law

In addition to accurately assessing the use, disposal and transfer of chemical substances covered under the PRTR Law1 and Chemical Substance Control Law2, the Kobe Steel Group engages in initiatives to limit the use and output of such substances.

According to estimated figures for reporting under the PRTR Law for each location in the Kobe Steel Group (in Japan), the Kobe Steel Group handled 55 substances, with a total output3 of 764 tons, and total transfer4 of 567 tons.

Calculation of Kobe Steel Group PRTR Estimates

Calculation of Kobe Steel Group PRTR Estimates

1. Law Concerning Pollutant Release and Transfer Register

2. Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.

3. Amount discharged includes atmospheric and water emissions.

4. Amount transferred includes transfers of substances off company grounds and drainage.

Management of Waste Electrical Equipment Containing PCB

Transformers, condensers and other used equipment containing PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) are appropriately stored and managed, as prescribed under the Act on Special Measures Concerning Promotion of Proper Treatment of PCB Wastes. We train responsible parties in appropriate management rules such as the need for an on-site witness when contracting for outside disposal, check management status during environmental audits and other opportunities, and work to ensure final disposal within periods prescribed by law.

Management of Fluorocarbons

The Kobe Steel Group appropriately manages the fluorocarbons used as coolants in equipment such as air conditioners and compressors, in line with the Act on Rational Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons.

We strive to prevent atmospheric emission of fluorocarbons, including through regular inspection and upkeep of equipment containing fluorocarbons.

Examples of Activities to Reduce Chemical Substance Emissions

Business/company name Location Measures
Ibaraki Plant Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture Substitution of non-PRTR substance lubricants
Shinko Welding Service Co., Ltd. Fujisawa, Kanagawa Prefecture Reuse and reduction of ethanol used in trial runs
Chofu Works Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture Substitution of non-PRTR substance detergents
Kobelco & Materials Copper Tube, Ltd. Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture Switch to non-solvent paints
Kobe Wire Products (Foshan) Co., Ltd. Foshan, Guangdong Province, China Reduction of washing chemicals through rationalization of manufacturing processes
Kobe Welding of Korea Co., Ltd. Changwon, Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea Substitution of detergents with lower environmental impact

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