Environmental Risk Management
Any environmental pollution resulting from Epson's business activities could have a serious impact on residents of the surrounding area, as well as for the rest of the region or country. We follow Group-wide standards for pollution control and ensure that all members are well acquainted with the ideas and laws of environmental risk management. Each promotion unit uses ISO 14001 to identify and assess the risk of failing to meet standards or of experiencing environmental complaints or incidents in an ongoing effort to continuously mitigate those risks.
Epson did not incur any regulatory violations and administrative penalties in FY2018, nor did it incur any large fines (fines exceeding US$10,000), claims, or accidents.
Environmental due diligence
We investigate the environmental aspects prior to acquiring new businesses and land through M&As as part of due diligence. We investigate all sites, and not only manufacturing sites, to confirm whether there are any problems involving things such as soil and groundwater pollution and hazardous wastes prior to entering into new contractual agreements.
Soil and Groundwater Remediation
Epson is pumping and treating groundwater contaminated by chlorinated organic solvents at several sites in Japan, including at its Head Office. In addition, we have barriers in place to prevent further contamination. The concentration of trichlorethylene in groundwater is under long-term management and is moving toward compliance with environmental standards.
Site Groundwater Data and Remediation Methods
Groundwater trichloroethylene concentration trend (annual average in wells with highest concentration at each site)
|Head Office||mg/L||16||7.1||6.2||Barrier, pump and treat, monitoring|
|Shiojiri||mg/L||0.21||0.24||0.17||Barrier, pump and treat, monitoring|
|Fujimi||mg/L||0.025||0.014||0.013||Barrier, pump and treat, monitoring|
|Suwa-Minami||mg/L||0.045||0.041||0.048||Barrier, pump and treat, monitoring|
* Amounts of Head Office in FY2016/2017 and Shiojiri in FY2017 differ from those in Sustainability Report 2016/2017.
Reference: Trichloroethylene standards
- Environmental quality standard for groundwater under Japan's Basic Environmental Law: 0.01 mg/L max.
- Groundwater remediation standard under Japan's Water Quality Pollution Control Act: 0.01 mg/L max.
- Groundwater standard under Japan's Soil Contamination Countermeasures Law: 0.01 mg/L max.
Epson's Chitose Plant is located upstream from Lake Utonai, which has been designated as a national wildlife protection area and a Ramsar Site.
Wastewater generated in manufacturing processes is detoxified and then discharged into sewers. To prevent leaked chemicals and other substances from leaking offsite, rainwater is collected in a retention basin to monitor the pH and oil levels before flowing into Lake Chitose and Lake Utonai via the Bibigawa River. All chemicals, waste materials, and wastewater treatment systems are located indoors to prevent them from leaking off the site.
Epson's internal policy specifies that wastes must be processed in the country in which they originate. We do not directly import or export any wastes, including hazardous wastes specified under the Basel Convention.
However, we employ subcontractors who satisfy the requirements of the Basel Convention to process fluorescent lamps, etc., that originate in countries and regions where it is difficult to process them domestically.