Murata and the Environment

Overall Image of Environmental Impact and Environmental Accounting

Murata strives to quantitatively ascertain the environmental impact associated with its business activities and analyzes that information to reduce the environmental impact.

Murata’s environmental impact

Measures to respond to climate change and conservation/recycling of resources are priorities

Although the electronic components we manufacture are small, the amount of resources such as energy and water used in their production is not.

We have established goals related to the reduction of environmental impact for fiscal 2019 to fiscal 2021 from a lifecycle perspective and are taking action to achieve those goals.

Data calculation method

“Total substance input” and “Chemical substance atmospheric emissions” represent totals for manufacturing plants and subsidiaries in Japan. Other figures represent totals for manufacturing plants and subsidiaries in Japan and other locations.

Environmental Accounting: Fiscal 2019 results and analysis

Expenses for environmental activities in fiscal 2019 totaled approximately 6 billion yen.The figure for capital investment was approximately 4 billion yen

As production increased, there was a commensurate increase in day-to-day management costs related to resource recycling measures. In addition, as a capital investment, we proactively introduced equipment to assist in the prevention of pollution.

Environmental Accounting: Fiscal 2019 Results and Analysis

Classification Costs (Millions of yen) Investment (Millions of yen)
Fiscal 2018 Fiscal 2019 Fiscal 2018 Fiscal 2019
Costs at manufacturing plant premises Pollution prevention 341 265 846 651
Environmental protection 272 293 355 318
Recycling of resources 3,118 3,008 2,516 2,949
Subtotal 3,730 3,566 3,717 3,919
Upstream/downstream environmental protection costs 66 71 0 0
Management activities costs 1,055 1,106 9 20
Social activities costs 84 90 0 0
Cost of R&D 1,104 1,256 258 106
Environmental damage costs 0 0 0 0
Total 6,039 6,089 3,984 4,045

Calculation method

  • Aggregates include each Murata Manufacturing business site and domestic production plant (20 companies) .
  • Figures were aggregated for the 12-month period from April 2019 to March 2020.
  • Costs include personnel costs and depreciation costs.