We consider the preservation of the global environment and the harmonious conduct of our business activities to be an important topic in the way we manage the company, and to that end we strive to observe the applicable environmental laws, ordinances, and regulations as we proactively take part in natural conservation activities and work to conserve resources and energy. We are working to reduce the environmental burden generated by all of our processes, ranging from R&D and the procurement of raw materials to production, distribution, sales, and consumption.

(1) Initiatives to Address Climate Change

The main facilities at Takara Bio headquarters account for a large percentage of Takara Bio Group’s CO2 emissions and water usage. At these buildings, we are implementing environmental preservation strategies such as use of construction design that incorporates new building techniques with high environmental performance.

Examples of environmental preservation strategies for Takara Bio headquarters
 

  • Installed cogeneration systems
  • Increased heat insulation in exterior walls and windows
  • Used high-efficiency transformers
  • Enabled visualization of the building’s management system to optimize energy performance through the Building Energy Management System
  • Designed buildings to prevent biohazard risk

Current CO2 emissions and reduction targets (scope 1, 2)

Takara Bio Group generated 14,000 t of CO_{2} in fiscal 2022, which was a 1,400-t increase from the previous year. The emissions increased due to the full-scale operation of the CGCP building 2. As Takara Bio Group expands its business, our CO_{2} emissions are continuing to increase. However, we aim to consider environmental impact in our business activities, and have set targets for reducing emissions. Our target for fiscal 2031 is to reduce emissions per unit of revenue (emissions intensity) to 50% of that of fiscal 2019. Takara Holdings Group is also tackling environmental issues by aiming to reduce emissions to virtually zero by fiscal 2051.

CO_{2} emission reduction targets
 

  • Reduce emissions per unit of revenue (emissions intensity) to 50% of that of fiscal 2019 by fiscal 2031
  • Aim to reduce Takara Holdings Group emissions to virtually zero by fiscal 2051

 Volume of water used

Takara Bio Group used 104,000 m~{3} of water in fiscal 2021, which was a 43,000-m~{3} increase from the previous year. The main reason is that we began operations at a new plant near Takara Bio headquarters in Japan.

Prevention of water pollution

Kill tank system for wastewater treatment at Takara Bio headquarters
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Kill tank system for wastewater treatment at Takara Bio headquarters

Takara Bio Group is taking measures to ensure safety and environmental cleanliness by installing kill tank systems for wastewater treatment at facilities that handle biohazardous materials such as microorganisms, viruses, and genetically modified organisms and using these systems to treat contaminated wastewater under high heat and high pressure.
We are also preventing contamination of wastewater with harmful or biologically active substances by treating these substances as industrial waste.

(2)Disclosure based on TCFD framework

 Takara Bio Group strives to proactively disclose information to its stakeholders by accurately assessing the risks and opportunities related to climate change, clarifying the impact on its business operations, and clarifying measures to be taken as we work towards the realization of a sustainable society and the sustainable growth of our Group. All assessments are based on scenario analysis in accordance with the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD). Scenario analysis was carried out using a “2ºC or lower scenario,” in which the average global temperature increase is restricted to 2ºC or lower than pre-industrial levels, and a “4ºC scenario,” in which average global temperature is increased by 4ºC. This analysis evaluated the degree of impact on our business operations and the likelihood of those scenarios occurring, examined countermeasures. 
We will continue to review risks and opportunities and implement specific measures and reflect them in our medium- to long-term management strategy to enhance our management strategy against climate change. 
 

Takara Bio Group Sustainability Plan

Theme Measure Targets
Response to climate change Reduce CO₂ emissions from production process Reduce Takara Bio Group’s CO₂ emissions intensity (emissions per unit of revenue) to 50% of that of fiscal 2019 in fiscal 2031.
Response to environmentally conscious product packages and packaging Develop environmentally conscious products • Start switching paper packaging to FSC-certified paper, with the aim of 100% usage by fiscal 2026.
• Switch 100% of aluminum packaging to single-sided aluminum pouches by fiscal 2026.
• Switch 100% of ink used for paper packaging to vegetable oil-based ink by fiscal 2026.

Environment-related Information

Items Applicable companies unit FY2019 FY2020 FY2021
CO₂ emissions (t-CO₂)
(Scope 1,2)
Takara Bio t-CO₂ 5,894 6,822 8,585
Takara Biotechnology (Dalian) t-CO₂ 3,869 4,039 4,058
Other offices t-CO₂ 3,425 0 187
Waste emissions (t) Takara Bio t 129 178 231
Takara Biotechnology (Dalian) t 74 74 88
Amount of chemical substances handled
(under PRTR Law) (kg)
Takara Bio kg 76 34 97
Volume of water used (㎥) Takara Bio 38,246 39,784 84,190
Takara Biotechnology (Dalian) 21,062 21,428 19,963
Other offices 12,993 0 75