Reduction of Environmentally Hazardous Substances

The Lintec Group complies with relevant laws and regulations in and outside Japan and strives to reduce its use of chemical substances that have an impact on the environment.

Compliance with PRTR Act*

In fiscal 2018, Lintec used 12 substances that are subject to PRTR reporting, such as toluene and xylene. The total quantity of PRTR chemicals was 8,179 tons.
Toluene accounted for approximately 97%, the largest portion, of this amount, at 7,919 tons, up 167 tons from the previous year due to an increase in production volume. Emissions of toluene into the atmosphere were 489 tons, up 7 tons from the previous year, and the transferred amount was 529 tons, up 46 tons from the year before.

Emission and transfer of toluene FY2018
Emission and transfer of toluene FY2018
Change in emission and transfer of toluene
  2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Toluene handled (t) 7,580 7,436 7,730 7,752 7,919
Toluene emitted (t) 462 441 471 482 489
Quantity eliminated (t) 6,582 6,502 6,792 6,787 6,901
Elimination rate (%) 93 93.6 93.5 93.4 93.4
Quantity transferred (t)
(Disposed of)
536 494 467 483 529
  • Note: Elimination rate = eliminated amount/(handling amount − transferred amount) ×100
  • *The PRTR (Pollutant Release and Transfer Register) Act is formally named the Act on Confirmation, etc. of Release Amounts of Specific Chemical Substances in the Environment and Promotion of Improvement to the Management Thereof.

Complying with EU Regulations Concerning Chemical Substance Management and Environmental Preservation

Lintec examines substances with environmental impact in the raw materials it purchases, properly grasps and manages its use of chemical substances to comply with related laws and regulations, and communicates information to customers. The company is fulfilling its reporting obligations under the REACH Regulation*1 and the RoHS Directive*2. In fiscal 2018, Lintec took steps to comply with chemSHERPA*3 in order to manage chemical substances properly along the entire supply chain.

Product Information Flow
Product Information Flow
  • *1 REACH Regulation: A chemical substance regulation in the EU on the "Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals". Registration is required when exporting a chemical substance into EU states in quantities of one metric ton or more per year. Notification must also be submitted to the authorities when a chemical substance falling under the category of "candidate for required authorization" is present in a product at more than 0.1 percent of the mass of the object.
  • *2 RoHS Directive: EU's Directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment.
  • *3 chemSHERPA: A scheme, recommended by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, for communicating information about chemical substances contained in products. The mechanism is aimed at properly managing chemical substances contained in products across supply chains, from upstream to downstream, to ensure continued compliance with tighter regulations.

Chemical Leak Drills

The Lintec Group conducts chemical spill drills at plants and research centers that handle chemical substances. The drills aim to familiarize employees with actions required to be taken in the event of a chemical spill, including immediate initial actions, steps to prevent possible secondary disasters, such as a spill extending to outside the premises, soil contamination, and fire, and safe methods of clearing the contaminated area.
In fiscal 2018, drills were carried out at the Mishima Plant, Agatsuma Plant, Kumagaya Plant, Komatsushima Plant, Chiba Plant, Tatsuno Plant, Ina Technology Center, Research Center and Niihama Plant.