Greentech Lead Japan: Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) announced a
reorganization of its industrial waste recycling program by integrating recycle
programs independently managed by each plant into a companywide comprehensive
SDK is promoting reduction of industrial waste in order
to lower the burden on the global environment and contribute to the realization
of recycling-based society. The waste recycling program aims to promote further
reduction of industrial waste generated by production processes, etc.
As the first step this reorganization, the company will
reprocess organic discharges originated from domestic plants through the
plastic chemical recycle plant in SDK’s Kawasaki Plant (Kawasaki City, Kanagawa
Prefecture) to reuse them as raw materials to produce ammonia and liquefied
The company aims to reduce industrial waste and maximize the effective use of
resources include reuse of waste acids and waste alkalis, reuse of waste oil
and waste plastics as fuels and so on.
As of May 2012, 9 plants have attained zero emission
through these efforts. However, the efficiency of each plant’s independent
operation to process or recycle industrial waste has reached its limits and, in
the company as a whole, 2.2 percent of annual industrial waste is landfilled.
SDK will also analyze the situation of each plant’s
industrial waste and facilities for waste treatment, and promote companywide
recycling of other waste as well as the above mentioned organic discharges.
Through these efforts, the company plans to attain zero emission by reducing
the ratio of landfill to 1 percent (1200t) or less of annual industrial waste
and to reduce the outsourcing cost of industrial waste treatment to 500 million
yen, almost half of the current amount.
As part of its medium-term business plan
“PEGASUS” for the 2011-2015 period, the Showa Denko Group is focusing
on the two business domains of “Energy/Environment” and
“Electronics.” Under this plan, the company will continue to
provide components, materials and solutions that contribute to the creation of
society in which affluence and sustainability are harmonized, and take positive
action to reduce the environmental impact associated with our production