Murata’s waste management processes are based on "Compliance," "Control of the production of waste," and "Zero emissions" as fundamental principles.
Based on our 6th Environmental Action Plan, which started in fiscal 2016, we are presently working to reduce our volume of waste products. We are also implementing countermeasures to respond to natural disasters, for example heavy snows or earthquakes.
While we implemented measures to reduce our volume of waste production, for example by streamlining our use of solvents, we ran 20% over our target, thereby failing to realize our goal. The cause of this was a rapid increase in our manufacturing volume of product types, generating a high volume of waste per unit of production as a result of the expansion of our business.At present,
we are reviewing the introduction of a wastewater treatment facility that would
allow us to treat 15% of our total volume of waste liquid in-house. The
facility is scheduled for completion during fiscal 2019.
Murata contracts waste
treatment contractors to process and recycle the waste products generated by
our production activities. In the unlikely event that one of our waste
treatment contractors was to suffer damage as the result of a natural disaster,
we would be unable to discharge our waste products, and would be forced to
suspend our production activities. In order to avoid this risk, we have secured
multiple treatment routes to ensure that our production activities are unaffected.
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