Renesas Electronics Group Environmental Measures

Recently, the environmental activities of companies vary from pollution prevention and reductions in greenhouse gases and waste material to compliance with the regulations of chemical substances and hazardous substances contained in products. The Renesas Electronics Group is working to reduce the environmental load from production activities as guided by the common objective of the industry association. We develop and supply environmentally friendly products that help to increase the environmental performance of our customers’ products. The annual policies and objectives of these environmental activities are discussed by the Environmental Promotion Committee, which is chaired by the director in charge of environmental operations, and will be announced to the whole group.

Environmental Policy

We will contribute to the harmonization of society and the environment in the course of our business activities.

Action Guidelines

  1. 1. We will incorporate environmental considerations into all stages of the product life cycle, including research & development, design, procurement, production, sales, logistics, use and disposal.
  2. 2. We will strive to prevent pollution as well as to minimize the environmental loads. When environmental problems arise, we will take appropriate steps to minimize the environmental loads and disclose accurate information.
  3. 3. Our environmental management efforts will involve compliance with all environmental laws, regulations and agreements, and we will promote compliance activities.
  4. 4. We will disclose environmental information to stakeholders and encourage communication with society for the purpose of promoting mutual understanding.
  5. 5. We will educate all employees in environmental conservation to create a company culture that promotes harmony between the environment and business activities.

Three Environmental Cornerstones of Renesas Electronics

Some of the key issues for our environmental measures are 1) legal compliance, 2) reduction of our environmental loads, 3) the development of ecofriendly products and 4) maintaining good relations with stakeholders.

We are tackling these issues through environmental management, in which all employees participate. Such management is based on an Eco-Management system, built on the cornerstones of our Eco-Factories, Eco-Products and Eco-Communication Initiatives.

  • Eco-Factories Initiative [Environmental Load Reducing Activities at Factories]

    Aimed at reducing the environmental loads of manufacturing sites through the reduction of greenhouse gases(GHG) and the appropriate management of chemical substances in manufacturing processes

  • Eco-Products Initiative [Environmentally Friendly Product Development Activities]

    Aimed at supplying eco-friendly semiconductors produced with environmental considerations in mind throughout their lifecycles, including the control of chemical substances contained in products and the development of products with excellent energy-saving performance

  • Eco-Communication Initiative [Environmental Education and Information Transmission Activities

    Aimed at strengthening employee awareness through environmental education and disseminating the Group’s environmental information to society.

    Aimed at supplying eco-friendly semiconductors produced with environmental considerations in mind throughout their lifecycles, including the control of chemical substances contained in products and the development of products with excellent energy-saving performance.

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The Group's Business Activities and Environmental Footprint

The semiconductor products and solutions offered by the Renesas Electronics Group help our customers make their own products and systems smaller and more energy efficient. This boosts protection of the global environment by helping to prevent global warming and use resources effectively.

On the other hand, it is true that production activities place a large environmental loads. They consume energy (electric power, fuel, etc.) and resources (chemicals, water, etc.) while producing waste in solid, liquid, and gaseous forms.

We are attempting to reduce our environmental loads by conducting detailed measurements of our volume of input and output from production to distribution, and making planned reductions. Moreover, we continue delivering environmentally friendly products that are manufactured in an efficient manner by making effective use of limited resources and energy.

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Overview of Environmental Load Reduction for fiscal 2019 (January 2019 to December 2019)

Achievements of FY 2019 and targets for FY 2020

Item Targets for FY 2019 Results of FY 2019 Internal Evaluation Targets for FY 2020
Eco-Management Initiative Strengthening of the environmental management system and maintenance of ISO 14001 certification
  • Information sharing process, making the group's environmental compliance items conform to the details (items) of environmental compliance evaluation
  • Revised the EMS guidelines
  • Renewed ISO 14001:2015 certification
Well done Strengthening of the environmental management system and maintenance of ISO 14001 certification
  Eco-Factories Initiative Reduce 7% or more from benchmark year (Energy consumption per sales) Reduced 42% from benchmark year (Energy consumption per sales) Well done Reduce 7.76% or more from benchmark year (Energy consumption per sales)
Reduce PFC*1emissions from the results of 2015 (unit per wafer area) Reduced the PFC emissions by 0.024 points from the 2015 emissions (units per wafer area) Well done Reduce PFC emissions from the results of 2015 (unit per wafer area)
Eco-Products Initiative Address the various domestic and foreign regulations appropriately
Improve the green device ratio in the new mass production products
Responded to regulatory revisions appropriately
Improved the green device certification rate by 8.9 points from the previous year.
FY2018:75.9% 
FY2019:84.8%
Well done Respond appropriately to various overseas and domestic regulations and customer demands
Improve the green device ratio in new mass production products
Eco-Communication Initiative Publish an electronic version of the Environmental Report Posted the environmental report (HTML version) on the official website Well done Update and issue the environmental report
Enrich materials for position-specific education
Implement the environment e-learning program
Updated education materials for fiscal 2019 and implemented education programs Well done Improve and implement education materials for position-specific education and environment e-learning
Continue environmental CSR activities Conducted activities with local residents Well done Continue environmental CSR activities

*1 PFC: Perfluoro Compounds: (The semiconductor industry has specified CHF3, CF4, C2F6, C3F8, C4F8, SF6 and NF3 as PFCs for emissions reduction targets.)

 
 

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