Reduction of the Environmental Impact of Products and Raw Materials

Management information

Relevance to our business

Some Fuji Oil Group products have a high environmental impact. These products require large volumes of water or emit high levels of CO2 during their manufacture. We have a responsibility to identify such environmental impacts and reduce them as much as possible. It is also important that we assess environmental impacts at every stage in the lifecycle of our products and reduce such impacts efficiently. These stages include the cultivation of raw materials and processing of our products by customers, in addition to our own manufacturing processes.

Basic approach

We will work to develop processing technologies that have a low environmental impact and help us achieve our reduction targets for CO2 emissions, water usage, and waste outlined in our Environmental Vision 2030. * We will also conduct a comprehensive assessment and pursue technological innovation to reduce the environmental impact of our products on a lifecycle basis; our goal in this endeavor is to prevent that reductions in our own operations increase the impacts that occur upstream and downstream.

Management system

In FY2021, we changed the name of this material ESG issue*1 from “development of manufacturing methods with low environmental impact,” which was used until FY2020, to “reduction of the environmental impact of products and raw materials,” which reflects the approach described above. The Chief Technology Officer (CTO) oversees initiatives in this area, while the ESG Committee, *2 an advisory body to the board of directors, monitors progress and results. The ESG Committee reports insights to the board of directors for review.

Goals / Results

At least 90% complete At least 60% complete Less than 60% complete

FY2020 Goals FY2020 Results Self-assessment
Develop oil and fat processing technologies that do not use chemical catalysts or organic solvent processing We developed a technology that reduces environmental impact by replacing chemicals with enzymes in the processing of oils and fats. We began testing the technology with the aim of using it in our commercial operations.
Develop technologies that significantly reduce CO2 emissions We also changed the raw material we use in the manufacturing of granulated soy protein products, one of our most carbon-intensive manufacturing processes, to determine whether this would reduce CO2 emissions. However, changing the raw material increased the environmental impact of these products at the cultivation stage. This revealed how impact reductions in our operations do not necessarily result in reduced impact for the entire product lifecycle.

Analysis

We made steady progress in developing a low-impact technology for processing oils and fats using enzymes instead of chemicals. On the other hand, the CO2 emissions reduction from our granulated soy protein ingredient manufacturing process has no substantive environmental benefit as it increases the environmental impacts during raw material production. Therefore, we need to explore a different approach to solve this issue.

Next step

We see lifecycle thinking as an important part of reducing the environmental impact of our products and the raw materials we use. To address this issue, we set the following goals for FY2021.

  • Develop manufacturing methods that achieve higher efficiency and reduced environmental impact through the application of a new enzyme-based oil and fat processing technology in commercial production.
  • Conduct a survey on the environmental impact of our granulated soy protein products. Draft a strategy to reduce lifecycle impact.