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Environment

Environmental Management

EnvironmentEnvironmental Management

Policy

The Meiden Group practices environmental management that brings together business strategy and environmental initiatives.
We continually improve our environmental management system as we evaluate its validity and effectiveness.

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Organization
Environmental Management Promotion Organization

Under the leadership of the President, who is our chief executive officer, the executive officer (environment) oversees the environment management of the Meiden Group overall, while the general manager (GM) in charge of EMS works to maintain and improve the environmental management system (EMS).
In addition, our Group-wide internal environmental audit team, an independent organization, audits environmental management initiatives, legal compliance, EMS effectiveness, and more, and offers ideas for improvement.
The executive officer (environment) chairs the Meiden Group Environmental Committee (MGEC), our highest decision-making body for environmental initiatives. The MGEC identifies issues to address, including risks relating to climate change and the like, sets environmental targets and formulates action plans, conducts management reviews, responds to emergency situations, reviews and reports on environmental measures and working groups (WGs), and sets environmental management policy directions.
For the most important issues, the executive officer (environment) and GM in charge of EMS consult with the executive committee, Board of Directors, and the like and then acts as decided by top management.

Meiden Group Environmental Management Organization

Meiden Group Environmental Management Organization
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Responding to Environmental Risks and Opportunities

Phenomena (issues) related to environment Risks Opportunities Carrying out initiatives
Government (political) Laws and Regulations
  • Revision of Feed-in Tariff Scheme for Renewable Energy
  • Deregulation of electric power industry, revision of power supply structure
  • Flow of processes to implement carbon pricing
  • Energy conservation regulations & standards (business operations, products)
  • Stronger regulations on hazardous chemical substances

Short-term cost increases

  • Rising cost of energy increases our costs (procurement, shipping, manufacturing, scrapping, etc.) directly and indirectly.

Decline of product competitiveness

  • It will get harder to sell products that do not meet environmental regulations and standards.
  • We will lose share if we cannot meet the needs of a market looking for environmentally conscious products.

Decline of corporate value

  • Our image, evaluations (credit ratings, etc.), and share prices will decline if our business is not seen as environmentally conscious.

Increase of local disasters

  • Flooding and other disasters can stop operations and cut the supply chain.

Growth of new markets

  • Markets for products and services related to renewable energy and energy conservation are growing.

Differentiation with environmentally conscious products

  • Being among the first to bring products that meet regulations, etc., to market and offering low-environmental impact products and services make us more competitive.

Better business performance through environmental management

  • By running businesses that help solve environmental issues, we can enhance our corporate value and business performance.

Responding to natural disasters

  • Demand for flood control and disaster prevention and response (e.g., securing the power supply) is rising.

Expand products’ contribution to the environment

  • Expand sales of products related to renewable energy and energy conservation (wind, hydroelectric, and solar power equipment, EV/PHEV electric equipment, transformers, motors, inverters, etc.)
  • Develop environmentally conscious products, implement new technologies (which are more compact, lightweight, efficient, energy-conserving, etc.)

Diversify financial assets

  • Issue green bonds, etc.

Reduce the environmental impact of business operations

  • Promote energy conservation (capital investment, visualization, etc.)
  • Promote the 3Rs, eliminate harmful chemicals
  • Maintain water resources, consider biodiversity

Improve business efficiency

  • Promote Smart Work, etc.

Promote environmental management

  • Promote business risk management
  • Strengthen value chain management
  • Practice environmental communication (information disclosure, etc.)

Deploy infrastructure-support products during disaster

  • (emergency power supply equipment, mobile power supply cars, UPSs, remote monitoring systems, etc.)
Economy
  • Expanded ESG investment
  • Price competition (low cost, premium pricing)
Society
  • Spread of responsibility to entire value chain (upstream and downstream)
  • Improvement of employment / labor conditions
Technology
  • Enhanced efficiency of electric power conversion
  • Advancement of ICT, IoT technology
  • Development of new energy / alternative energy technology
Reputation / Needs
  • Demand for information disclosure (accountability)
  • Lifestyle changes (ecology-oriented)
Natural Environment
  • Changes of temperature and precipitation volume
  • Increase of local disasters (sudden downpours, tornadoes, etc.)
  • Ecosystem irregularities (increase of organisms that carry infectious disease)
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ISO 14001 Certification Status

ISO 14001 Certification Status

We are expanding the scope of bodies certified under ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management systems. In Japan, Meidensha and 17 affiliated companies have finished earning certification. Overseas, 11 companies, mainly manufacturing sites, have finished the process.

Certification Status in Japan
Company Name Date of Certification Acquisition
MEIDENSHA CORPORATION* February 24, 1998
MEIDEN KOHSAN CO., LTD.
MEIDEN SHOJI CO., LTD.
KOFU MEIDENSHA ELECTRIC MFG. CO., LTD.*
MEIDEN SYSTEM SOLUTIONS CORPORATION
MEIDEN PLANT SYSTEMS CORPORATION*
MEIDEN SYSTEM MANUFACTURING CORPORATION*
MEIDEN KIDEN KOGYO CO., LTD.*
M WINDS CO., LTD.
MEIDEN AQUA BUSINESS COMPANY
MEIDEN UNIVERSAL SERVICE LTD.
ANOTSUGIKEN CO., LTD.*
MEIDEN TECHNO SYSTEMS CO., LTD.*
MEIDEN O&M CORPORATION July 31, 2003
MEIDEN ENGINEERING CORPORATION
MEIDEN CHEMICAL CO., LTD.* November 20, 2012
MEIDEN FACILITY SERVICE CORPORATION November 18, 2015
HOKUTO DENKO CORPORATION* October 3, 2013
Certification Status Overseas
Company Name Area Date of Certification Acquisition
MEIDEN ZHENGZHOU ELECTRIC CO., LTD.* Zhengzhou, China Octorber 9, 2013
MEIDEN HANGZHOU DRIVE SYSTEMS CO., LTD.* Hangzhou, China April 7, 2008
SHANGHAI MEIDENSHA CHANGCHENG SWITCHGEAR CO., LTD.* Shanghai, China January 11, 2016
P.T. MEIDEN ENGINEERING INDONESIA Indonesia December 19, 2018
MEIDEN MALAYSIA SDN. BHD. Malaysia October 10, 2018
MEIDEN METAL ENGINEERING SDN.BHD.* Malaysia October 9, 2014
MEIDEN SINGAPORE PTE. LTD.* Singapore February 8, 2010
THAI MEIDENSHA CO., LTD. Thailand July 1, 2009
MEIDEN ELECTRIC(THAILAND)LTD.* Thailand September 30, 2013
TRIDELTA MEIDENSHA GmbH.* Germany July 13, 2015
PRIME MEIDEN LIMITED* India January 26, 2015
* Company with production work

Number of certified companies in Japan

Number of certified companies in Japan

Number of certified companies overseas

Number of certified companies overseas

Percentage of Companies Certified in Japan/Overseas

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Initiatives
Internal Environmental Audits

We conduct internal environmental audits separate from the external audits we get from ISO 14001 registrars. Internal audits confirm the state of improvement on concerns pointed out in external audits and check up on audit items that are marked as priorities for that fiscal year. At overseas manufacturing sites such as in China and Southeast Asia, audits are specially focused on topics like chemicals and waste that are under increasingly tighter regulation.
In fiscal 2018, our audits prioritized Medium-term Management Plan 2020 initiatives and activity status, compliance obligations, retained documents and decommissioned documents, and legal requirements, among others. We determined that overall the Group was conforming to ISO 14001:2015 requirements and functioning effectively.
If any concerns are pointed out during internal environmental audits, we take them as an opportunity for improvement and incorporate them into further improvement initiatives.

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Environmental Information Management System

The Meiden Group uses an “environmental information management system” that we put in place to manage and analyze environmental impact in our business activities.
The system collects and centrally manages information on environmental impact of business activities (such as automotive fuel, energy, waste, chemical substances, and water use) at Meiden Group manufacturing sites and offices, even those outside Japan.
The information so collected is used as basic data for efforts to lower environmental impact. It is also useful to ensure proper filings of information as required by the Act on the Rational Use of Energy, Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures, the electrical equipment industry’s “Commitment to a Low Carbon Society,” and Japanese PRTR system for reporting chemical releases and transfers.

Analysis of environmental impact with environmental information management system

Analysis of environmental impact with environmental information management system

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Compliance with Environmental Regulations

Compliance with Environmental Regulations

Each Meiden Group work site and affiliated company sets and follows voluntary standards stricter than applicable laws and regulations. This ensures we remain in legal compliance. If a legal violation or incident does occur, our rules state that management shall be notified within three hours.

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Environmental Accounting (fiscal 2018)

Results Data
Environmental Accounting (fiscal 2018)

We quantify such data as costs of environmental initiatives.

Environmental Protection Costs Investment (million yen)
Business area costs Implementation of new energy-saving devices, etc. 74
R&D costs R&D costs for environmentally conscious products, etc. 448

*Scope of calculation: Meidensha (non-consolidated); period covered: April 2018–March 2019

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