Murata and the Environment

Use of Sustainable Resources

We have set targets for each of our worksites and each of our departments, and we are working to reduce our waste volume and water usage based on the fiscal 2019 to 2021 mid-term targets.*1

Recently, we have been focusing our efforts on resource recycling, including the reuse of plastics and other materials in response to the issue of ocean plastic and Chinese import restrictions.

*1 Link: CSR Activities: Targets and Results

Waste management

Murata’s waste management processes are based on “compliance,” “control of the production of waste,” and “zero emissions” as fundamental principles.

Results Compared to Fiscal 2019 to 2021 Mid-Term Target

In aiming for the fiscal 2019 to 2021 medium-term goal (improve the volume of waste emissions per output by 7% in fiscal 2021 compared to the average for fiscal 2016 to 2018), during fiscal 2020 the Company tackled the single fiscal year goal of reaching a level equal to or below the average basic unit for fiscal 2016 to 2018, reached a level of 0% compared to said basic unit, and was able to achieve the single fiscal year goal.

Going forward, the Company plans to also achieve the medium-term goal for fiscal 2019 to 2021 through the efficient reduction of liquid waste using an authorization system, reductions in the defect rate, and other initiatives.

Changes in Total Waste Discarded and Effective Production Ratio

Measures to prepare for disasters

Murata engages 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 were to suffer damage as the result of a natural disaster, there is a risk that 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.

Trends in volume of waste (by type)

*2 Dangerous waste: Hazardous waste and specially managed industrial waste

Trends in volume of waste production (by method of disposal)

*3 In Japan, we have maintained a zero landfill volume since 2003. However, this figure does not include waste that must be sent to landfill as the appropriate method of treatment.

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Resource recycling initiatives

In recent years, there has been a growing need for initiatives to recycle plastic in response to restrictions on the import of waste in China and other Asian countries as well as environmental problems such as ocean pollution. Especially in Japan, the amount of waste that cannot be recycled and goes to landfills has increased rapidly due to China’s waste import restrictions. Given this situation, Murata regularly exchanges information with materials manufacturers and considers recycling methods that can produce higher quality raw materials than at present, in order to maintain “zero emissions.”

Water resource management

Murata is striving to realize efficient use of the water resources that we employ in our business activities. We are responding to water risks that affect our corporate activities.

Results Compared to Fiscal 2019 to 2021 Mid-Term Target

In aiming for the fiscal 2019 to 2021 medium-term goal (improve the volume of water usage per output by 6% in fiscal 2021 compared to the average for fiscal 2016 to 2018), during fiscal 2020 the Company tackled the single fiscal year goal of reaching a level equal to or below the average basic unit for fiscal 2016 to 2018, succeeded in significantly improving the level by -4% compared to said basic unit, and was able to achieve the single fiscal year goal.

Going forward, the Company plans to also achieve the medium-term goal for fiscal 2019 to 2021 through the use of recycled water and scrubber water conservation, etc.

Trend for water use and comparative unit ratio of production

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Responding to water risks

Using WRI Aqueduct*4 and WBCSD Global Water Tool*5, in addition to data published by the authorities and other sources, Murata has set its own evaluation standards and is using these in evaluating water risks (drought risk and flood risk).

We evaluated three levels of drought risk (high, medium, and low) for each of our worksites. Looking at the volume of water usage by individual evaluation, the results showed that 98% of our total water usage was in regions with low or medium risk, indicating that drought risk is low. We evaluated flood risk based on frequency of occurrence and degree of impact, and we found that none of our worksites is located in high-risk areas. Going forward, we will promote activities with an eye to setting CBWTs*6, which are water targets based on local characteristics and water catchment issues.

When we acquire new factory sites, we also study risks from perspectives including the availability of water resources and wastewater regulations.

  • *4

    A water risk evaluation tool developed by the World Resources Institute (WRI)

  • *5

    A water risk evaluation tool developed by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

  • *6

    Context-based Water Target(CBWT)

Water usage by drought risk evaluation
Trends in water usage (by water source)
Trends in wastewater discharge (by destination for discharge)