The Takasago Group Environmental Report 2010
Takasago International Corporation
Nissay Aroma Square 17F
5-37-1, Kamata, Ohta-ku, Tokyo 144-8721, Japan
Corporate Strategy and Planning Department
The Takasago Group Environmental Report 2010
On the Issuance of the 2010 Environmental Report
This report covers the many efforts being carried out by Takasa-
go's seven domestic and seven overseas factories to reduce en-
vironmental impact. Additional information and data not covered
in this booklet can be found on the company's website. We have
tried to edit this report to make it easy for readers to understand
the actions of each factory.
With everyone's input we intend to verify and improve upon these
activities, and reevaluate our distribution and reporting methods.
This report covers the period of April 2009 to March 2010 (and includes some
more recent data) for Takasago International Corporation and its group companies.
Ball Incense Holder (Mari Koro)
Late Edo Period Height: 8 cm
Looking Toward a Future of Great Potential for Aromas
This small, spherical incense burner consists
of a body and lid, the lower and upper halves,
respectively. The surface is decorated with
gold and silver lacquer, depicting a bounding
rabbit and waves. It is designed with a gyro-
scopic burner inside, so that even if the holder
is rolled, the burner will remain upright.
Because it could be placed into the hanging In June 2010 the company received a Develop-
sleeve of a kimono known as a sode, it is also ment Bank of Japan loan based on its being
evaluated as “a company with advanced envi-
called a sode koro. ronmental programs.”
Redoubling efforts to reduce CO2 emissions pared to FY 2000. head task forces seeking systematic solutions to a wide Contents
in the run-up to our centenary We are working toward these goals by switching fuel to range of challenges.
liquid natural gas (LNG), which generates few CO 2 Top Message 1
Let me begin with a heartfelt word of thanks for your emissions, and by taking systematic steps to reduce ener- In the quest for sustainability, we will explore
how best to coexist with the environment, the Takasago International Corporation
patronage of the Takasago Group. gy use on the production line. We also intend to continue
Since its founding in 1920, Takasago International has, installing more energy-ef cient equipment and streamlin-
ecosystem, and society at large Domestic production base
faithful to its philosophy of “Contributing to Society ing the production process. With 2010 being the International Year of Biodiversity, Hiratsuka Factory 3
Based on Technology,” always sought to deliver safety global recognition of the importance of protecting biodi- Iwata Factory 5
and peace of mind through the products it makes. Today As a truly global corporation, our aim is to versity is increasing. Over 50% of the raw ingredients
Kashima Factory 7
companies are judged also on their environmental stew- achieve ISO 14001 certi cation at Takasago handles are derived from living organisms, so it Takasago group
ardship, and what most customers expect of us, I feel, are all production sites is no exaggeration to say that our very business depends
both all-round ability as a global corporation and the de- As of FY 2009, the Takasago Group has obtained ISO on biodiversity and its blessings.
Takasago Chemical Corporation
pendability of a partner with whom to do business over 14001 certi cation for ve sites in Japan We at the Takasago Group intend to enhance our
the long term. Our task now is, while recognizing sustain-
Takasago Spice Co., Ltd. 9
(the Iwata, Hiratsuka, and Kashima factories, Takasago knowledge of the intimate connection between biodiver-
Takasago Coffee Co., Ltd.
ability as a priority, to do right by society in our corporate Food Products, and Takasago Chemical) and one loca- sity and our business. With the aim of eventually bringing Takasago Food Products Co., Ltd. 11
activities and put all our efforts into achieving sound, tion abroad (in France). We will now focus on establish- out a sustainability report, we will also explore how best
pro table growth. To that end we will, in cooperation ing environmental management systems with the goal of to coexist with the environment, the ecosystem, and soci- Overseas base
with our stakeholders, manufacture products that impose strengthening our environmental stewardship on a global ety at large. Takasago International (Singapore) Pte., Ltd.
Shanghai Takasago-Union Fragrances&Flavors Co., Ltd.
no burden on the environment over the course of their scale.
lifecycle from procurement of raw materials through nal
Dan Kaffe (Malaysia) SDN BHD 13
In FY 2011, Takasago intends to bring in a system for
Takasago International Corporation (U.S.A.)
disposal. managing and aggregating environmental data and begin Ritaro Igaki
The Takasago Group has drawn up a medium-to long-
Takasago De Mexico S.A. De C.V. 15
collecting environmental data from all company locations President and Chief Executive Of cer
Takasago Europe G.m.b.H.
term plan on the environment, health and safety entitled across the globe–branch of ces, production sites, research September 2010
EHS100. Covering the period from FY 2009 through
Takasago International Chemicals (Europe) S.A. 17
labs, and so forth. We further aim to achieve blanket ISO
2020, our centenary, this consists of four phases, each of 14001 certi cation for all Takasago production sites
three years’ duration. The goal for Phase I is to reduce the around the world before the end of that year.
Takasago Group’s total CO 2 emissions by 2% per year; Under the EHS100 program, EHS managers have been Please see following URL about the site report of each factory.
the goal for Phase II is to achieve a 10% reduction com- appointed at Takasago’s global production sites. They http://www.takasago.com/aboutus/
About us Environment,Health and Safety Site Reports
build a sustainable society
by working globally to protect
1 The Takasago Group Environmental Report 2010 2
We do everything in our capacity to
Odor prevent odor dispersion from our wastewater
Measures treatment facility and waste retaining site.
Takasago International Corporation Hiratsuka Factory Environmental Facilities Department
Sumio Ishiwa, Director
The wastewater from every Takasago plant is containers, cans filled with raw materials, and
processed as activated sludge and released bottles of samples. We built a tent-style ware-
into the public sewage system only after envi- house to hold strong-smelling waste and in-
ronmental criteria have been met. In scal 2008 stalled two activated carbon deodorizing towers
we eliminated odor dispersion from the balanc- in the warehouse to prevent odors from leaking
ing tanks at our wastewater treatment facility by out. Odors are measured in all of the deodoriz-
installing stainless steel lids. ing towers at the Hiratsuka Factory twice a year.
We followed a recommendation for odor pa- Activated carbon is replenished to prevent the
trols of the land ll site where we amass plastic spread of odors whenever necessary.
Activated carbon deodor-
Takasago International Corporation Odor Patrols izing equipment installed in
Yoshifumi Yuasa, Plant Manager Since becoming ISO 14001-certified,
we have been conducting “odor pa- Tent-style warehouse for
trols.” Today, we patrol outside the storing waste. People and ve-
factory twice a week and inside the hicles use separate entrances
to prevent the spread of odors.
factory once a week. The patrollers
use odor-detecting equipment as well
as their own noses, rating the strength
We are putting in place new countermeasures of odors from 0 points (no odor) to 5 points (strong
odor). Whenever a strength of 3 or higher is found, we
to reach “zero odor complaints” from local residents. treat the situation as abnormal and take immediate mea-
sures for remediation. We also reached our primary ISO 14001
goal for scal 2009, that of eliminating complaints from nearby Highly impervious to aging, stainless
residents regarding odors, as zero complaints were registered. steel lids were adopted to cover the bal-
top priority on measures to protect the environment. ance tanks and prevent odor dispersion.
Aiming to be a neighbor-friendly factory In scal 2009 we began an even more advanced “odor
The Hiratsuka Factory, adjacent to the technical research lab- elimination project.” This project is a three-year plan aimed
oratory, specializes in avor and fragrance blends produced at preventing odor generation and odor dispersion from the
In addition to preventing odor dispersion by improving odor patrols and
without the use of extracts. Hundreds, even thousands, of factory by inspecting the sources of odors, making improve-
odor countermeasures at our facilities, we are reducing the burden
materials are handled at the factory. Yet the factory location, ments, and taking measures to prevent their spread.
on the environment by switching to electric powered forklifts and other actions.
just across the road from a residential area, has compelled
us from early on to take strict measures to handle odors. Our Not merely “Kaizen for the sake of Kaizen”
goal is to achieve zero odor complaints from local residents. At the Hiratsuka Factory, we have set up an “Executive In-
Measures to prevent odor dispersion that we have im- spection Day,” a surprise inspection by the general manager
plemented include a switch to a tent-style warehouse for at different points around the factory each month to check
Action to The adoption of battery-powered vehicles and painting
the temporary storage of waste that generates strong odors the status of the 5S/Kaizen* activities in daily operations. The Environmental the outside walls of the warehouse help to reduce CO2
(such as raw material cans) and the adoption of highly airtight reason for surprise inspections is to encourage the natural Impact emissions and create an environmentally friendly plant.
stainless steel lids to cover the balance tanks at the waste- implementation of 5S/Kaizen activities in daily business op-
water treatment facility. erations rather than an arti cial implementation only to sat-
At the Hiratsuka Factory many different efforts In 2008, we painted the outside walls and
We are very careful about odors emanating from indi- isfy inspection. The mission of the Hiratsuka Factory is based are helping to reduce CO2 emissions. roof of our disaster prevention warehouse with a
vidual facilities. Where coffee is roasted, we use a deodorizing on the pursuit of business in tandem with environmental pro- In scal 2009, three diesel-powered forklifts high-re ection paint, creating an effective heat
method that burns up odor and decomposes the odor molecules. tection. A crucial requirement in carrying out this mission is were converted to battery power, thereby re- shield. Then in 2009 we painted the outside
At our waste retaining site, activated carbon is used in de- to provide guidance to assure that kaizen activities are not ducing CO2 by approximately 32%. Now, about walls of our hazardous materials warehouse and
odorizing equipment to adsorb odors. In this way we use de- merely carried out for their own sake. Today, we solicit the one-third of the forklifts used in the factory are one delivery center product warehouse. This ef-
odorizing equipment to match the facility or manufacturing cooperation of all of our employees in environmental endeav- battery-powered and more will be converted in fort has improved the effectiveness of air condi-
the future. tioning and reduced energy consumption.
process, and twice a year measure odor in exhaust steam. ors, making these efforts enjoyable to participate in. We also
Not only do we take environmental measures inside our communicate to them how a factory must be run based on 36 forklifts are steadily
facilities, but we also carry out neighborhood efforts. To im- scienti c principles as we move forward with efforts in this being converted from die-
sel to electric power.
prove communication with people in the neighborhood, we area.
patrol the perimeter of the factory to check for odors, clean
roadside ditches outside the premises, and during local festi-
vals provide a rest area for the public. We also raise employee
*The 5S's are: seiri (sorting), seiton (setting in order), seiso (systematic cleanup),
awareness about the factory's ISO-based environmental pol- seiketsu (sanitizing), and shitsuke(sustainable discipline). The entire Takasago The warehouse painted
with high-re ection paint.
icy. Fully aware that neglect of environmental issues would group carries out kaizen activities in which the employees themselves create and
Energy is saved in the sum-
propose plans to address points requiring improvement in 5S and business ac-
pose a threat to continuing business operations, we place tivities. mer with less needed for
3 The Takasago Group Environmental Report 2010 4
Iwata Factory We are striving to beautify the local environment through
Town cleanups of the adjacent Iwai River and surrounding roads.
Takasago International Corporation Iwata Factory Administration Department
Hitoshi Suzuki, Manager
In 2008, we joined the Iwata City River, a waterway that runs along-
Town Beautification Partner Sys- side the factory, and collect illegally
tem promoted by Iwata City. This dumped trash. On monthly “safety
is a partnership between citizens days” we clean inside and outside
and the local government aimed at the factory all together. As a good
cooperative town building, focusing corporate citizen, we contribute to
on the beauti cation and protection the community through volunteer
of public spaces such as roads, riv- activities of this type and efforts to
ers, parks, and green areas, to in- promote environmental communi-
spire a fondness for the local area. cation.
Year by year concern for the Ef uent is treated thoroughly using
environment surrounding the fac- activated sludge that provides micro-
tor y has been rising, along with bial action before being released into
the Iwai River. We continue to carry out
interest in the environment among cleanups of the river and surrounding
Takasago International Corporation
neighboring residents. Around the roads to protect aquatic creatures and
Iwata Factory beautify the environment.
Iwata Factory we clean up the Iwai
Michio Kato, Plant Director Signboard standing on the bank
of the Iwai River behind the facto-
ry, from the Iwata City Town Beau-
We continue to make additional efforts to
ti cation Partner System. The sign
reads, “We clean this path.” Monthly cleanup by all employ-
ees on Safety Day.
reduce environmental impact since acquiring
ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certi cation.
As a member of the Iwata City Town Beautiﬁcation Partner System,
we work with the local government and residents to beautify the environment,
while employing energy-saving, resource-conserving factory equipment
environment by trimming branches and thinning out stands
Aiming for harmonious coexistence with to make the workplace more environmentally friendly.
of hinoki cypress in the hilly surroundings. We also plant
local residents and the town pine trees as a wind break and participate in other activities
The Iwata Factory manufactures aromachemicals and in- sponsored by the Iwata City Greenery Promotion Commit-
termediates for pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics. Its tee. Communicating what we do at the factory through such
main aromachemical product is ℓ-menthol*, a material local interaction is important for our harmonious coexis- Environmental Environmentally sound equipment is
used in chewing gum, other foodstuffs, poultices, and so tence with the community.
precautions creating an increasingly green factory.
on. Since achieving ISO 9001 certi cation in 1997 a rst in Takasago International Corporation Iwata Factory Production design & Engineering Department
the domestic avor and fragrance industry and ISO 14001
Forward-thinking environmental activities equipment
Etsuo Ito, Chief Electric Engineer
certi cation in 2000, we have been working hard to reduce leading up to the factory's 50th anniversary
the environmental impact of our business activities through The Iwata Factory was built in 1968, already more than 40 In the many years since our acquisition of the factory equipment toward the elimination of
quality control strategies. years ago. We are now in a phase leading up to the 50th an- ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certi cations, we have environmental impacts. Here are the efforts we
continued to expand our efforts to improve our made to reduce energy consumption.
We have come up with various ideas appropriate for each niversary of the factory’s founding. Forward-thinking envi-
facilities: We have adopted energy ef cient, resource-sav- ronmental activities are more important than ever. To further
Of the 69 water seal vacuum
ing measures that include the use of electrical transformers, mitigate environmental impact, at the Iwata Factory we are pumps used in depressurizing
the distillation equipment, 14
cooling water equipment, and containers to store product moving forward with the installation of LNG (liquid natural were upgraded to dry-type
prior to shipping. Materials no longer needed in the factory gas) satellite stations in 2010. At present the factory’s boil- vacuum pumps. This resulted
in a power savings of about
have been utilized to set up a nighttime heat accumulation ers are red by heavy oil, but by converting over to LNG 228,000 kWh, with 43,750 tons
equipment. when it is time to replace boilers, we anticipate reducing less wastewater produced.
One area in which we have made signi cant improvements CO2 emissions by 4,500 to 5,000 tons.
is in odor control. The amount of raw materials and nished We emphasize “team play” at the factory. By fostering in-
products that we handle at the Iwata Factory exceeds the dividual abilities, we are able to draw out employees’ unique
amount handled at our other factories. We thus take mea- strengths. The same holds true in environmental activities.
sures such as the use of vent scrubbers special deodorizing We have been raising awareness toward “energy-saving When expanding the
factory we improved the
equipment that adsorbs odors by pounding with water and actions to take now that will be good for the future,” and coolant water equipment
make sure there is no odor dispersion due to changes in this has helped employees to understand the importance to achieve an 11% re-
duction in the amount of
wind direction by conducting weekly “odor patrols” around of taking environmental measures at a physical level. We coolant water used and We replaced the stones covering the area near the boiler
a 38% decrease in cool- room and substation with green grass, thereby improving the
the facility. are con dent that we will be able to continue improving the ant water per unit, over a ef ciency of heating and cooling. We are promoting green-
Starting in 2008 we began to chair the Iwata City Envi- workplace environment to encourage further action. period of 10 years. ing inside the factory as well. Other greening efforts include
sodding the red dirt eld and other small areas around the
ronmental Protection Promotion Council. Every year we join factory with grass.
* ℓ-menthol is an aromachemical in high demand worldwide that is main com-
with city workers and local citizenry to help protect the local ponent of Mentha arvensis and peppermint.
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As a recycling effort we convert coffee grounds,
Waste oolong tea leaves, and other biodegradable materials
through into fertilizer that is supplied to local farmers.
Takasago International Corporation Kashima Factory General Administration Department
Satoshi Takashina, Director
Left: Coffee grounds placed in a eld. Right: Plant-based In 2003 the factory received permission to pro-
waste generated at the factory is delivered by dump truck to
duce and sell specially approved fertilizer. Since
that time we have been recycling into fertilizer
huge volumes of coffee and oolong tea waste
Pine trees planted by generated at the factory. Member farms of the
a horticultural farmer
using our special fertil- non-profit corporation Zero One mix the plant
izer. Kamisu City is well waste with chicken manure and use the fertilizer
known for its cultiva-
tion of pine and Chlo- or sell it to horticultural or livestock farmers. The
ranthus. cost of recycling biodegradable waste in this way
is only one-tenth the cost of incinerating it.
Takasago International Corporation Certiﬁed as part of the “Ibaraki Eco Business Establishment Registration System,”
we make fertilizer out of coffee grounds and concentrate the efﬂuent to reduce food waste,
Tetsuharu Okazaki, Plant Manager among many other ecological efforts that we continue to pursue.
We are registered as an eco business establishment
We are implementing 5S/kaizen activities with
Business that pays due attention to the environment and
healthy input from young employees as we maintain Registration
continue to actively implement energy-saving ideas.
our eco-friendly factory record of zero emissions.
Takasago International Corporation Kashima Factory General Administration Department
Toshiyuki Takahashi, Manager
This symbol represents the
Ibaraki Eco Business Estab-
The Kashima factory was approved in to save energy in the area of lighting. lishment Registration System.
sphere also makes it easy to implement ideas from young 2008 as one of the business establish- Some 906 business establish-
Unused lights at lunchtime are turned
Raising employee awareness through 5S/ employees. Workplace awards (including an MVP award) ments are currently registered
ments that engage in efforts to eliminate off and energy-ef cient lighting xtures
Kaizen activities and other means of giving recognition stimulate employee environmental impact in Ibaraki Pre- have been introduced. By switching
(as of July 2010).
The Kashima Factory primarily manufactures avors for fa- motivation. Effective kaizen activities were also implement- fecture under the Ibaraki Eco Business over 62 fluorescent lights to energy-
miliar food additives. These include citrus essences used in ed at other factories, creating a synergistic effect. Establishment Registration System. saving models, a reduction of close to
soft drinks and sports drinks, natural extract liquids such as The Kashima Factory continues to 4.7 tons annually in CO2 emissions was
vanilla and other spices for ice cream, and aqueous extract
Making further progress as an Ibaraki Eco i m p l e m e n t m a n d a to r y t h e r m o s t a t achieved. We will continue to carry out
aromas for beverages such as coffee and oolong tea. business establishment adjustment and unplugging of power and maintain such ecological efforts in
cords, and enforces rules to stop the combination with 5S/Kaizen activities.
It is closer to a food factory than a food additives factory, In 2008 the factory was certi ed under the Ibaraki Eco Busi- practice of vehicle idling as far as is
for which reason it is certi ed not only under ISO 9001 and ness Establishment Registration System, so we must con- Left: Lunchtime at the column extraction factory. In scal 2007, 1,032 lights
practical, while making special efforts were turned off every day during the lunch hour. Each light was rated at 32 W,
ISO 14001, but also under SQF2000-HACCP standards tinue to move forward as an ecologically responsible place and calculating 247 working days in a year, 8,156 kWh of energy was saved,
or approximately 4.7 tons of CO2 emissions. Right: In scal 2008 an “Eco-
(regulating the manufacture of safe, high-quality food prod- of business. In addition to converting coffee grounds into Drive 10 Recommendations” campaign was run. In July 2009, Eco-Drive
ucts) and provides assured food safety. fertilizer, we have also introduced ef uent-concentration stickers were distributed, and they were put on 85 cars out of 132 (64%).
Related to these activities, the Kashima Factory uses the equipment to ef ciently concentrate post-extraction ef-
slogan, “Look far with ISO and look near with eco-activi- uent. These efforts have signi cantly reduced our food Other Eco-Actions
ties,” and has been working over the last several years to waste, and in scal 2009 we again achieved zero emission.
raise employee awareness. One area that has brought sig- Now we are focusing our efforts on minimizing the inci-
Forklifts Pull Tabs, Stamps, and PET Bottle Caps Efﬂuent Concentration Equipment
ni cant results is the group-wide engagement in 5S/Kaizen dence of unacceptable or nonconforming products in the In fiscal 2009 we replaced two LPG We collect pull tabs from aluminum cans, postmarked Heat pump-type ef uent-concentration equipment
activities. These efforts have been aimed at improving the manufacturing process. Our efforts at the factory to elimi- (Liquid petroleum gas) powered fork- stamps, and the caps of PET bottles. In scal 2009 we was introduced in scal 2008 to enable the factory
work environment and boosting work productivity. In scal nate the use of containers that become waste and to elimi- lifts with two that run on battery pow- collected 8.1 kg of pull tabs that were exchanged for to reuse the heat generated by vaporization. By
2009, employees submitted 265 kaizen activity proposals, nate the production of other waste are indirectly linked to er, thereby cutting CO2 emissions by one wheelchair. The 458 postmarked stamps collected concentrating the ef uent produced after extract-
2.8 tons annually. At present, 21 of 22 became funds to promote volunteer activities. The ing coffee, in 2009 food waste (coffee effluent)
ten percent (33) of which were environment-related. Among our environmental activities. Reducing environmental im- forklifts used at the Kashima Factory was reduced by 702 tons. The equipment is also
12,000 PET bottle caps collected enabled the non-
the many ideas submitted were: “Replace uorescent light- pact as a natural extension of business activities is an ideal are battery- pro t organization Ecocap Move- more energy efficient
ing in the monitoring room with low-energy bulbs,” “switch we pursue as a responsible business establishment. powered. ment to buy vaccines for 32 chil- than previous equip-
from diesel-powered to battery-powered forklifts,” and dren in developing ment, reducing CO 2
countries. The emissions by 258.3
“turn off the lights not used at lunchtime.” These valuable
overall reduction tons annually.
ideas were submitted together with calculations of pre- and in CO 2 emissions
post-implementation costs, and estimates of energy usage was 95 kg.
amounts and CO2 emissions. An open workplace atmo-
7 The Takasago Group Environmental Report 2010 8
Protecting Ensuring a stable supply of Turning
Sorting waste and recycling it
Underground water for industrial use with Waste into
Water using an “ECO Cart”.
an alternative water source. Resources
At one time the Kakegawa Factory re- The Hadano Factory promotes waste
lied on water pumped up from a single collection and sorting with the use of an
underground source. But in 2009, to “ECO Cart” in the factory.
Akira Kawabata, a for-
protect this resource, we built a large- We deliver spice powder refuse to an mer employee currently
scale reservoir facility to intake water for industrial waste processing company that being a part-timer of the
industrial use from the Oi river system uses the energy from incineration to gen- General Administration
Department, collects and
located approx- erate electricity, and the incinerated ash sorts waste for recycling
imately 2 kilo- becomes a raw material for manufactur- using the ECO Cart.
meters away. ing cement. Waste plastics are melt-solid-
i ed, becoming fuel for a paper company
in Hokkaido. The burlap sacks in which
At present, the water raw materials are imported are reused as
use from these two lo-
cations is about 50:50.
ground cover to prevent weeds from grow-
ing, or are mulched into organic fertilizer
that is highly prized by fruit farmers.
Saving energy and recycling
We are limiting air pollution Waste plastics, which account
with the use of
for about 80% of the waste from
the factory, are converted into fuel. resources using inventive means.
Takasago Chemical Corporation
high-performance scrubbers. Takasago Spice’s Hadano Factory processes powder
Kakegawa Factory spices such as black pepper, and manufactures curry
Seiji Sasaki, Plant Manager In scal 2008, in an effort to better con- Preventing odor leakage by roux, health foods, and other products. Because the
trol any odor leakage or release of noxious Counter- factory handles natural materials, we began making ef-
substances, we replaced one of seven measures
improving manufacturing facilities. forts to cope with environmental issues such as residual
currently operating scrubbers with a new
pesticides and abnormal weather phenomena that can
scrubber that eliminates nitrogen oxide
We are reducing environmental (NOx), an air pollutant. We also take environmental measures to control the dispersion of odors threaten the stability of harvests. We also perform regu-
lar group cleanups, both on the premises to boost work
impact by cutting back on energy from spice products. Six years ago we installed a wet scrubber in each
factory building, and in recent years we made the manufacturing facili- productivity and outside to beautify the surroundings.
use and employing eco-friendly ties airtight and installed a dust collector to prevent powder from escap-
ing. Our own "odor patrol" devised speci c standards for judging the
manufacturing technologies. strength of odors and conducts
monthly patrols along the bound-
Takasago Chemical Corporation’s Kakegawa Factory aries of the factory premises.
is the manufacturing base primarily responsible for Section
synthesis operations for the Takasago Group. Its main Motoshige Takaba,
manufacturing category is organic electronic materials
(OPCs) and pharmaceutical intermediates. We use pro-
A dedicated scrubber was also newly installed to Wet scrubbers are part of a highly ef cient
prietary catalytic technologies to improve reaction ef - prevent release into the air of trichlorosilane and its deodorizing system that uses alkali to neutral-
ciency to reduce environmental loads, starting from the resolvent, hydrogen chloride. ize odors contained in powder dust.
initial design of processes. After use, organic solvents
are collected and reused. We also try to keep industrial Other Eco-Actions Other Eco-Actions
waste to a minimum and make a special effort to con-
tribute to the local community by joining in cleanups of Implementing environmental measures Slashing power consumption with
illegally dumped waste in the area. one after another. energy usage alerts.
Since acquiring ISO 14001 certi cation in 2005, our employees have gained Efforts are being made to
a greater awareness of the environment. In recent years, we have not only cut down on power con-
been complying with the Act on the Evaluation sumption in administrative
of Chemical Substances and Regulation of their areas as well as in manu-
Manufacture, etc., but have also been doing as facturing. We use indoor
much as possible on other fronts. We take mea- lighting selectively and have
sures such as collecting worn out safety shoes set the upper limit on power
for recycling, and we reuse organic solvents. We usage to 550 kilowatts per
have also doubled our ef uent treatment capac- day. Now we have an alarm
ity as part of investing in environmentally sound system that alerts us when
infrastructure. 540 kilowatts has been
Environmental Management Section Haruo Aihara,
Kazuhiro Kobayashi, Chief Manager
Takasago Spice Co., Ltd.
9 The Takasago Group Environmental Report 2010 Katsumi Yamaguchi, General Manager
Pick up The Effective
Actively reassessing energy Pick up
An extended deodorizing line and In 2008 we made a full switchover from the use of LPG
(Liquid petroleum gas) to LNG (liquid natural gas), resulting
completely airtight system are used in a 15% reduction in CO 2 emissions. In the boiler we use
to prevent odor leakage. a plate heat exchanger that offers excellent heat transfer
performance, aimed at the energy-ef cient use of energy
The steam discharged from the coffee grounds after extraction is
sprayed with water when it goes through the deodorizing line and
odors are adsorbed. We lengthened the deodorizing line by 60% and LPG boiler equipment. CO 2 emissions were
reduced by approximately 1/4th the size of Tokyo
installed spray nozzles in eight new locations. We also installed an air- Dome in scal 2009.
tight cover to the bypass section. The well water used for spraying is
sent to the wastewater treatment facility where it is reused for dilution
before being discharged into the sewage system.
Odor Counter- Deodorizing in two stages with
measures scrubbers. Aiming to abolish land ll waste
by promoting more recycling.
We pay careful attention to odor At Takasago Food Products we manufacture powder
Takasago Coffee Co., Ltd.
countermeasures and have installed
Iwata Factory spices that are used in many varieties of foods, along
scrubbers in each factory building.
Fujio Takihira, Plant Manager Coffee grounds from the ex- Especially in our factory that manu-
with food additives such as fruit juices, natural avor-
traction column are discharged in
factures powder spices, odors go ings, and food dyes. We are constantly aware of and
three locations. The space is large
enough to hold the trucks that de- through primary deodorizing inside work toward easing environmental impact and function-
liver the grounds. the factory and then again using a ing in harmony with the local community. In all of our
We are working all together Environmental Facilities Section
large deodorizing tower. In process- manufacturing-related activities we strive to use energy
ing coffee grounds and treating highly
on odor countermeasures and Yoshihiro Hirano
concentrated ef uent, the line is shut-
effectively, save resources by recycling, and minimize
converting waste into usable tered so that odors cannot escape,
and a duct leads to the dryer.
resources. We have also changed the buffer
material and use alkali neutralizers on
Takasago Coffee’s Iwata Factory produces regular cof- products that produce strong odors
fee roasted coffee beans in kraft paper bags and coffee for effective deodorizing. Measured
Shizuok a Prefecture
Shizuok a Prefecture
extract from coffee beans. The extract is used in cof- odor values continue to drop year by
Other Eco-Actions Strongly aromatic powder spices
fee and milk-based drinks, frozen desserts, etc. Cof- year thanks to these and other efforts. are further deodorized using a large
fee gives off a distinctive aroma, so we conduct “odor Greening the Factory Premises by 25%!
patrols” on a daily basis and take measures to coun-
Under Japan’s Factory Location Act, a minimum portion of factory grounds
teract odors in each process of roasting, grinding, and (currently 25%) must be used for plants or other greenery. To comply with
extracting. this regulation, we use plantable concrete blocks for the parking lot which
At the roasting factory, a platinum catalyst is used as allow green grass to grow in the gaps between concrete blocks. The con-
an oxidant in combustion-type deodorizing equipment nected green strips that are formed create a nice, green area on the factory Other Eco-Actions
to decompose odors. The exhaust steam from grinding
the roasted beans is passed through a layer of water Tea growers are using our special fertilizer
in a device known as a “water scrubber” for odor ad- In addition to our fer tilizer
sorption. Also, the steam discharged from the coffee brand “TFP 1,” we have reg-
istered the ordinary fertilizer
grounds after extraction is cooled under a water shower “Kocha Kasu” and the special
and adsorbed. fertilizer “Coffee Kasu.” For
In 2010 an expansion pipe was installed as part of convenience we use private
measures to improve the line and strengthen odor pre- dump trucks to supply fertil-
For the parking lot, instead of grass, izer to nearby farms. Coffee Kasu is
vention measures. Also, by using circulated water in which requires periodic maintenance, highly acclaimed for
we laid plantable concrete blocks and its ability to stimu-
certain areas we were able to cut down on our use of our employees seeded the sections late plant growth.
water. We plan to implement many other environmental We laid sod mats which are designed to be with clover.
laid over concrete, creating over 10 m 2 of green
measures to ensure that the local community fully ac- space. Tsuneo Hirai,
cepts the factory. General Manager
Takasago Food Products
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Takasago’s plants and business establishments overseas are as committed as
their Japanese counterparts to reducing their environmental footprint.
Shanghai Takasago-Union Fragrances & Flavors Co.,Ltd.
While implementing improvements parallel to those in Japan,
they are also taking their own unique steps as described here.
Shanghai Enhancing safety measures in pursuit of
Takasago International (Singapore) Pte., Ltd.
Singapore Taking extra steps to protect the environment Takasago’s Shanghai plant is a primary supplier to major
multinationals. The Shanghai Expo took place during the
down, thus helping prevent accidents on site. The brightly
colored sign immediately catches drivers’ attention at night
by raising employee awareness. year, and environment, health, and safety measures have
assumed greater importance than ever as Takasago’s busi-
as well as during the day.
In addition, the Shanghai plant will continue to give prior-
ness operations in China expand. ity to wastewater processing and deodorization, as well as
An evacuation drill is held every year to practice safety take further steps to enhance employee safety.
Eco measures implemented, was brought to the notice of employees by poster and e- procedures during emergencies and raise safety awareness
a new committee formed mail, and they were urged in so far as possible to avoid us- among employees. Signs and lighting showing the positions
ing electricity at the designated hour — to turn off their TVs of the emergency exits and urging peo-
— all in pursuit of achieving certiﬁcation
and computers and spend the time with their families. This ple to evacuate swiftly play a key role in
Takasago’s Singapore plant is striving to achieve certi ca- was a chance for them to start thinking eco in their private ensuring safety.
tion for ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 which supplement lives as well. The entrance to the plant is equipped
ISO 9001 and HACCP by the end of August 2010. On Earth Day employees were encouraged to avoid the with an alarm warning drivers to slow
ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 of cially recognize, and elevator and take the stairs, while a contest was held for
reinforce, a company’s efforts and achievements in maxi- production staff on the tricks to eco-friendly living. World
mizing safety for workers and visitors on site and in minimiz- Environment Day, on June 5, was also advertised by poster
Sign and lighting identifying an emergency exit. An alarm warns drivers to slow down.
ing impact on the environment (the soil, water, atmosphere, and e-mail.
people, and ora and fauna). The Singapore Takasago team will keep up its environ-
To ensure that certi cation is fully achieved by the tar- mental conservation efforts on all fronts.
get date, an outside consultant has been engaged to advise
each location, and de nite progress has been made. As- The 5 S’s — raising the awareness of
sessments of impacts and risks at all levels have already each and every employee
been completed, and an EHS committee has been estab- Dan Kaffe (Malaysia) SDN BHD
lished. Both sites in Singapore have implemented numerous The 5S Committee continues to support implementation of
measures to enhance safety and environmental protection.
Efforts to meet the required standards are being backed up
environmental and safety systems. By raising employee
awareness, it facilitates recycling efforts and creates a safer
Malaysia Pulling out all the stops to achieve conformity
by the existing safety committee and its associated activi-
ties, along with the 5 S’s.
workplace environment for workers and visitors. On 5S Day,
which took place in October, the winners of the Logo Design
with local environmental regulations.
Award and the Best Project Award were honored, further
Green Committee spearheads boosting awareness among staff. The 5 S’s, an indispens-
company-wide eco efforts able part of the company’s philosophy and culture, will be Takasago’s Malaysian plant, which produces liquid coffee roasting machine, which allows production of a wide range
maintained in 2010 and beyond. extract and instant coffee, is taking measures to protect the of avors through various roast settings, and makes it pos-
The Takasago Singapore Green Committee launched two environment in readiness for ISO 14001 certi cation, while sible to achieve emission controls in conformity with Malay-
years ago is vested with the task of supporting the cam- steadily implementing a small-scale improvement program. sian environmental standards. Operation commenced after
paign for ISO certi cation. The committee has taken many The plant’s production capacity has increased 150% adequate product testing, trial runs, and ne-tuning, and
essential steps in the areas of recycling, environmental con- since the addition of a second processing line in 2009. Of quality coffee beans are now produced in large quantities.
servation, and raising awareness to ensure all the criteria for particular signi cance is the installation of a fully automated And the new boilers burn far less fuel than before, reducing
certi cation are met. CO2 emissions.
The committee also spearheads the Switch Off Cam- Thank you sticker
paign, which calls on people to switch off the lights when on the staircase.
they leave the room. Stickers have been put up in conspicu-
ous locations and e-mail reminders are sent out regularly, all Sign on the elevator announcing today
in an effort to raise awareness among employees and alter is Earth Day and asking people whether
they intend to take the lift or stairs.
their behavior. This campaign is designed not only to foster
eco-friendly operations but also the habit of saving energy.
Advantage has been taken of several worldwide eco
Fully automated coffee The new four-path boiler, already up
events to raise employee awareness and contribute directly roasting machine. and running, is used on both production
to conserving the environment. Earth Hour, in March 2010, lines.
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Takasago International Corporation (U.S.A.) Takasago De Mexico S.A. De C.V.
U.S.A. Reducing impacts on the environment Mexico Saving energy and conserving the environment
by using energy more ef ciently. by systematically implementing the basics.
A full range of eco measures and Cutting back power use with Protecting the environment through Reducing water use and tapping
programs in place energy-saving technology the combined effect of water and natural energy — a boon to both
power conservation environment and bottom line
In 2009, in an effort to raise awareness about energy use At the avor plant, reductions in nitrogen oxide (NOx)emis-
and the importance of environmental conservation, Takasa- sions and natural gas use have been realized by installing a Takasago’s plant in Mexico used to water the lawn with The plant’s clean-in-place (CIP) system requires 12m 3 of
go U.S.A. launched an Energy Management Team, which new, more energy-ef cient model of industrial steam boiler. drinking water, but now it purchases cheaper recycled water drinking water per cycle, but the water used during the third
directly oversees energy use and ecological programs (spe- Furthermore, the lighting system is now equipped with au- for that purpose instead. Rainwater accumulated in the 11m 3 stage of the cycle can be recycled for reuse at the next
ci cally recycling). tomatic controllers with built in motion sensors and photo- water tank is used as well. stage. A total of 487 cleaning operations using the anhydro
Ongoing training of building management staff at all lo- tubes, while large load circuits have been separated off in a In the past bulbs consuming 40W of power each were spray dryer are planned for 2010, and it is expected that 6m 3
cations has instilled a greater sense of responsibility about bid to curb excessive power consumption. used, but with the installation of energy-ef cient equipment of water can be conserved per operation, saving a total of
energy and the environment. At the fragrance plant, reductions in electricity use have these have now been replaced by 32W bulbs. 2,922m 3 of water.
been achieved by adopting a variable frequency drive de- There are 150 light xtures in use at the company, and the Moreover, the boiler is shut down in spring and summer,
Progress made in saving energy by taking sign for large-scale motors and upgrading the warehouse switch from two 40W bulbs to two 32W bulbs for each cuts and the hot water needed for the cleaning process is heated
bold action, raising employee awareness lighting system. power consumption by 2,400W. Assuming the lights are on using a solar water heater.
When purchasing energy, Takasago U.S.A. is careful to ten hours a day, that adds up to a reduction in electricity use
Electrical power use was cut by 5% in 2009, use of natural select suppliers that buy energy produced with clean tech- of 5,760 kWh per year. Outcomes of environmental conservation
gas by 27%. These reductions were achieved by limiting or nology. It also takes part in an energy program in partner- measures in numbers
optimizing running of heating, ventilation, and air condition- ship with energy suppliers and the New Jersey Of ce of
ing equipment — boilers, cooling apparatus, air condition- Clean Energy. 1. Drinking water consumption reduced by 3,482m 3 per
ers, compact heaters — in both the of ce and the fragrance When launching new projects for the future, the company year (equivalent to the amount consumed daily by 12,616
plant. Further reductions were achieved by posting no- gives rst priority to adopting energy-ef cient, eco-friendly Mexicans).
tices next to every light equipment. It is also pursuing research on the potential of 2. Power consumption reduced by 22,392 kWh and CO2
switch in every location alternative energy sources. emissions by 14 tons per year (equivalent to the monthly
urging staff to conserve power consumption of 93 Mexican households).
Automatic sprinklers in opera-
energy. A little ingenuity goes a long way tion at night, with control switch. 3. Using a solar water heater instead of a boiler reduces
CO2 emissions by 9 tons per year.
The company e-mail system has been enlisted in the ef-
fort to conserve natural resources. To raise environmental Takasago De Mexico is committed to achieving further
awareness, all e-mails automatically include the message, such gains through sustained efforts to protect the environ-
“Save paper. Don’t print e-mails unless absolutely neces- ment and save energy.
sary.” In addition, the use of styrofoam cups, which are bad
for the environment, has been forbidden at all company lo-
cations; instead mugs bearing the Takasago logo have been
issued to all employees. As a means of conserving water,
meanwhile, of ce washrooms are being equipped with wa-
Takasago U.S.A. intends to keep up these efforts to
combat global warming and save energy. CIP system at Takasago’s
Solar water heater at Takasago’s
Steam boiler designed to reduce
nitrogen oxide emissions and natu-
ral gas use.
A highly energy-efficiency
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Takasago Europe G.m.b.H. Takasago International Chemicals(Europe)S.A.
Germany Protecting the environment on a daily basis Spain Respecting the environment and the community
with ef cient systems for conserving energy and while creating products of use to society.
reducing CO2 emissions.
substance is spilt, absorbent material is available in each The plant in Spain, which serves as Takasago Internation- and the health of employees as part of its mission of sup-
Meticulous measures for reducing area to wipe it up. Finally, water piping is equipped with cut- al’s aroma chemicals production hub in Europe, has been plying safe, reliable products.
greenhouse gases and conserving energy offs to prevent any leaked toxic agents from owing into the taking steps to protect the environment, enhance safety,
public sewers or the public sewage treatment plant. and promote the health of employees in line with the EHS
During construction of the new company building on the site These cutoffs also function in the event of a re, pre- Statement adopted in 2008.
of the plant in Germany, environmental considerations were venting the water and foam used to extinguish the re from Following the switch to natural gas boilers, which reduce
factored in right from the design stage. The new laboratory penetrating groundwater and soil. the burden on the environment, the remaining heavy oil
built in 2009 has been equipped with ventilation incorporat- boiler underwent refurbishment in 2009. This upgrade is
ing a heat-recovery system, opening the way to major gains Pursuing CSR through expected to reduce heavy oil consumption by more than
in energy conservation. active community participation half. Waste oil from the plant will consist purely of hydro-
The ventilators are tted with exhaust lters to reduce CO 2 carbons, making for a much cleaner fuel than the heavy oil
emissions. These lters are changed regularly, and soiling As a responsible corporate citizen, Takasago Europe used before.
is automatically monitored; if dirt builds up before it is time G.m.b.H fully backs up employees who participate in com- Production processes for over a hundred items are being Flu shot notice.
for a regular lter change, an alarm sounds and the lter is munity emergency response programs like the volunteer systematically reviewed, and on-site inventory of interme-
changed immediately. re brigade. Employees are exempted from duty when tak- diates reduced, in an effort to conserve energy and raw
Installation of ventilators is now complete in all structures ing part in re ghting drills or rescue activities. They put materials and ensure a safe working environment.
built since 1999. An energy-ef cient ventilation system using the expertise so gained to good use on the job through Other steps are also being implemented to ensure safety
The refurbished boiler will have more than
recycled air is now available for cooling facilities as well. their role in formulating risk avoidance and rst aid plans. and protect the health of workers. These include providing double the annual waste oil processing capacity,
and save energy too.
Besides taking steps to reduce its environmental foot- employees with training and giving them u shots. Takasa-
Taking all possible steps to prevent print, the company thus also strives hard to be part of the go’s Spanish subsidiary will further strengthen efforts in
soil and water pollution community. the areas of the environment, safety, workplace conditions,
The company implements safety measures of the highest
standards in the quest to prevent soil and water pollution or
minimize its effects. To that end it mobilizes a full range of
Overseas Takasago Locations
technologies. Outside Japan, Takasago has over thirty locations scattered across the ve continents,
All production or storage areas where hazardous sub- including full-scale facilities complete with research laboratory and production plant.
stances are used or stored are equipped with ltration Among the countries where it has a presence: U.S.A., Mexico, Brazil, France, Germany,
sumps. The oors are covered with a special corrosion- Spain, Singapore, and China.
resistant waterproof coating, which stops cor-
rosive substances from leaching into the soil.
Just in case a hazardous liquid does seep out,
doors and gates are tted with hand-operated France
emergency shutters, which can be shut to pre- U.S.A. P15
vent contamination of other areas. In the un-
likely event that a small amount of a hazardous Germany China Shanghai P14
P18 Malaysia China Guangzhou Brazil
Emergency shutters and waterproof oor coating prevent leakage of hazardous substances. Mexico
Please see following URL about the site report of each factory.
Rooftop of the new company building, with ventilation equip-
ment for the heat-recovery system. http://www.takasago.com/aboutus/
About us Environment,Health and Safety Site Reports
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