Environmental Accounting Sustainability

Environmental Accounting

Since fiscal 2002, Kurabo has been disclosing environmental accounting as a part of its environmentally friendly business activities. Our environmental accounting report has been prepared with reference to the Environmental Accounting Guidelines 2005, published by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment. We will continuously work on disclosing environmental accounting that is both accurate and easy to understand.
In fiscal 2018, we also compiled data from the Tokushima Biomass Power Plant, which began full-scale operation. Although the start of operation of the plant increased our overall environmental burden, the renewable energy it generates contributes to the prevention of global warming.

Method of Aggregation

  • ・Scope of aggregation: Kurabo, non-consolidated
  • ・Period covered: April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019
  • ・Expenses also include personnel costs and depreciation expenses
  • ・In the purchase prices of facilities, we calculated the prices for functions that contribute to environmental conservation and added them to the investment and depreciation amount
  • ・Economic benefits of environmental conservation measures are counted only when a financial effect is obtained

Environmental Conservation Costs (Unit: million yen)

Category Investment Expenses
Business area costs Pollution prevention costs 36 153
Global environmental conservation costs 22 45
Resource recycling costs 1 303
Subtotal 59 502
Upstream/downstream costs 13
Administration costs 1 79
R&D costs 22 337
Social action costs 0 1
Environmental remediation costs 0 0
Total 87 933

Major environmental investments were in equipment that reduces environmental burden, such as acid treatment equipment and smoke treatment equipment.

Economic Benefits Associated with Environmental Conservation Measures (Unit: million yen)

Description of benefit Preceding FY Current FY
Revenue Sale of waste 34 26
Cost reduction Energy conservation and resource recycling 288 334
Total 322 360

Major economic effects are brought about by the profit on sale of fiber waste such as cotton waste and the cost reduction due to recovery and recycling of raw materials such as caustic soda and ammonia.

Environmental Conservation Effects

Categories of environmental conservation effects Environmental performance indicators (Units) Preceding FY Current FY Difference from preceding FY
Environmental conservation effects related to resources input to business activities Total energy (GJ) 896 ,890 1,047,965 ▲14.4%
Electric power (GJ) 476,819 563,585 ▲15.4%
Heavy oil (GJ) 34,990 38,482 ▲9.1%
Gas (GJ) 383,297 443,682 ▲13.6%
Others (GJ) 1,783 2,216 ▲19.6%
Input of resources (t) 136,686 59,842 128.4%
Textile products (t) 21,085 26,362 ▲20.0%
Synthetic resin (t) 3,678 2,863 28.5%
Inorganic materials (t) 8,022 5,923 35.4%
Chemical substances (t) 21,010 22,005 ▲4.5%
Others (t) 82,891 2,690 2.981%
Input volume of water (1,000 m³) 2,005 2,057 ▲2.5%
Environmental conservation effects related to waste or environmental burden originating from business activities Greenhouse gas emissions (t-CO₂) 44,913 53,384 ▲15.9%
SOx emissions (t) 5.8 7.4 ▲22.5%
NOx emissions (t) 39.3 13.5 191.1%
Total waste emissions (t) 6,294 5,530 13.8%
Landfill disposal (t) 590.4 46.4 1.171%
PRTR-listed chemical substance emissions (t) 170 179 ▲5.0%
Wastewater (1,000 m³) 1,815 1,916 ▲5.2%
Water quality (COD) (t) 39.6 56.7 ▲30.2%

The impact of structural reforms in the Textile Business Division has reduced energy consumption. In addition, data from the Tokushima Biomass Power Plant has been added, increasing the amount of resource input and waste (wood chips, burnt residue).