Climate Change 07 Affordable and Clean Energy 13 Climate Action

Basic Approach

The DIC Group works to reduce CO₂ emissions over the entire life cycle of its products and, through its business activities, to lower risks associated with climate change.

Initiatives Aimed at Preventing Global Warming

In line with its goal of contributing to the realization of sustainability for the global environment and for society, in June 2021 the DIC Group announced DIC NET ZERO 2050, which sets a target of achieving carbon neutrality— net zero CO₂ emissions (Scope 1 and 2)—by fiscal year 2050. In January 2023, the Group’s CO₂ emissions target received official endorsement from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi),*1 which was established with the purpose of driving CO₂ emissions reduction in the private sector. (Information regarding the impact of the acquisition of the Colors & Effects pigments business will be communicated to the SBTi going forward.)
The DIC Group comprises 190 companies in 63 countries and territories. The Group is committed to working as one to cut emissions to ensure achievement of this target. Prior to this, in May 2019 the Group declared its support for the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD),*2 pledging to disclose climate-related information in line with the TCFD recommendations.

  • The SBTi is a partnership that encourages companies to set science-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets that are in line with the goal of the Paris Agreement. The SBTi endorses targets set by companies for the next five to 15 years as “science-based” if they are consistent with what climate science says is necessary to limit average global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and the pursuit of a limit of 1.5°C.
  • The TCFD was established under the auspices of the Financial Stability Board and announced in June 2017 with the objective of mitigating climate-related risks in financial markets that have the potential to affect performance over the medium to long term.

Goals and Achievements of Major Initiatives

Reduce CO₂ emissions at sites (Scope 1 and 2).

Goals for fiscal year 2022 DIC Group (global): Reduce CO₂ emissions at DIC Group sites (Scope 1 and 2) by 50% from the fiscal year 2013 level by fiscal year 2030 (average annual decrease of 3.5%).
Achievements in fiscal year 2022 DIC Group (global): CO₂ emissions: 720,444 tonnes
• Down 21.8% from fiscal year 2013 (921,386 tonnes)*
* Fiscal year 2013 emissions were calculated including an estimate for the Colors & Effects pigments business for that year.)
Evaluation ★★
Goals for fiscal year 2023 DIC Group (global): Reduce CO₂ emissions at DIC Group sites (Scope 1 and 2) by 50% from the fiscal year 2013 level by fiscal year 2030 (average annual decrease of 2.9%).
Goals for fiscal year 2022 DIC Group (Japan): Reduce energy consumption per unit of production by 17.0% from the fiscal year 2013 level by fiscal year 2030 (average annual decrease of 1.0%).
Achievements in fiscal year 2022 DIC Group (Japan): Energy consumption per unit of production: 3.687 GJ/tonne
• Up 0.9% from fiscal year 2020 (3.656 GJ/tonne)
• Down 11.6% from fiscal year 2013 (4.170 GJ/tonne)
Goals for fiscal year 2023 DIC Group (Japan): Reduce energy consumption per unit of production by 17.0% from the fiscal year 2013 level by fiscal year 2030 (average annual decrease of 1.0%).

CO₂ emissions per unit of production in fiscal year 2022: DIC Group in Japan: 190.6 kg/tonne

  • Down 3.0% from fiscal year 2021 (196.6 kg/tonne)
  • Down 20.1% from fiscal year 2013 (238.7 kg/tonne)
  • 「Evaluations are based on self-evaluations of current progress
    Key: ★★★=Excellent; ★★=Satisfactory; ★=Still needs work

Framework for Promotion

The DIC Group works to reduce CO₂ emissions through its business activities in four regions: Japan, the Americas and Europe (overseen by Sun Chemical), the Asia–Pacific region and Greater China. Despite differences in energy requirements and access to renewable energy depending on region and site location, the Group is committed to working as one to ensure it achieves its target of reducing its Scope 1 and 2 CO₂ emissions by 50% from the fiscal year 2013 level by fiscal year 2030.
Recognizing climate change as a critical social imperative, the DIC Group is working to reduce CO₂ emissions from its sites. Important measures are proposed to the Sustainability Committee to be deliberated and determined. DIC and DIC Group companies in Japan have established an Energy-Saving Promotion Committee at each site. Committee activities include confirming the progress of initiatives, engaging in discussions and conducting patrols. An Energy-Saving Working Group has also been set up at each site comprising members selected by the site itself to foster the exchange of information and research pertaining to new energy-saving measures, as well as to advance the horizontal deployment of effective measures across domestic Group sites. This combination of site- and Group-level initiatives forms the framework under which the DIC Group endeavors to reduce its CO₂ emissions.
In the Americas and Europe, Sun Chemical is promoting efforts to reduce its CO₂ emissions, a considerable challenge with the expansion of its operating scale owing to the integration of the Colors & Effects pigments business. In the Asia–Pacific region and Greater China, Group companies are encouraging a variety of independent energy-saving initiatives that align with related Group policies. DIC’s Production Management Unit provides support on multiple fronts, including managing overall progress.

Principal Efforts

  • Undertake energy-saving initiatives Groupwide.
  • Promote DX to optimize energy management for production and utility equipment.
  • Actively establish energy-saving facilities, including efficient cogeneration systems and net zero-energy buildings (ZEBs).
  • Employ energy from renewable sources—e.g., biomass boilers, wind power and net solar power—at suitable sites.
  • Conduct energy-saving analyses and support the deployment of energy-saving initiatives at DIC Group companies, including those in other countries and territories.
  • When installing or expanding facilities, purposefully select energy-efficient options and formulate related rules, including for investment in environmental value and the introduction of internal carbon pricing.

Disclosure in Line with the TCFD Recommendations

With the aim of helping institutional investors grasp climate-related risks and opportunities and reflect this in their investment decisions, the TCFD has structured its recommendations around four thematic areas that represent core elements of how organizations operate—governance, strategy, risk management, and metrics and targets. The DIC Group is enhancing its efforts to respond appropriately to risks and capitalize on opportunities associated with climate change with the objective of earning the trust of stakeholders through improved resilience and the proactive dissemination of information.

TCFD Recommendations for Financial Disclosures

Governance Governance around climate-related risks and opportunities
Strategy Actual and potential impacts of climaterelated risks and opportunities on businesses, strategy and financial planning
Risk management Processes used to identify, assess and manage climate-related risks
Metrics and targets Metrics and targets used to assess and manage relevant climate-related risks and opportunities


The DIC Group recognizes climate change as a key management challenge. Important matters, including the setting of medium- and long-term targets for the reduction of CO₂ emissions, are deliberated and determined by the Sustainability Committee, which meets four times annually and answers directly to the president and CEO, and the details are reported to the Board of Directors, in line with the rules governing the Board of Directors. (In principle, the Sustainability Committee reports to the Board of Directors on all of its deliberations.) A system is thus in place that ensures appropriate supervision of the Sustainability Committee is provided by the Board of Directors.
To appropriately assess and manage climate change–related risks and opportunities, thereby ensuring the effective management of its operations, the Sustainability Committee consists of the president and CEO, the general managers of the Production Management Unit and Technical Management Unit, and the heads of the Corporate Strategy Unit, General Affairs and Legal Unit, Finance and Accounting Unit, and ESG Unit, as well as the presidents of the business groups and the general managers of the product divisions.

Principal Climate Change–Related Issues Deliberated by the Sustainability Committee in Fiscal Year 2022


With pressure on the global community to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 intensifying rapidly, changes to rules governing competitiveness are expected to transform the socioeconomic system going forward. DIC is promoting sustainable business strategies, recognizing the importance of risks and opportunities associated with climate change. Because the impacts of climate change are likely to surface over the medium to long term, the Company is working to enhance its understanding of the principal climate-related risks and opportunities (transition as well as physical) that are likely to have a financial impact over the medium to long term.
Based on scenario analysis conducted in fiscal year 2020, the Company will work to raise its awareness of foreseeable opportunities and risks from a medium- to long-term perspective and at the same time to formulate and execute effective strategies on an appropriate time line. In fiscal year 2020, DIC also established the Climate Change Subcommittee, which is tasked with helping facilitate the achievement of net zero CO₂ emissions by fiscal year 2050. The activities of the subcommittee are reported to and debated by the Sustainability Committee.

Key Risk Management Perspectives

  • Should carbon pricing or carbon border taxes be introduced in the future, there is a risk that raw materials, fuel and electric power prices will rise and/ or that taxes will be imposed on exported products, making CO₂ emissions a factor that directly affects costs.
  • Should the Group be unable to respond to any sudden changes in demand resulting from the shift to a circular economy to advance decarbonization, there is a risk of a significant decline in profits generated by its businesses (climate change–related transition risk).
  • Should climate-related disasters arising from the increasing seriousness or frequency of extreme weather events occur, resulting in product supplies becoming impossible or being delayed due to the suspension of operations at production facilities and the instability of raw materials supplies, there is a risk that it will cause a significant decline in profits generated by Group businesses or threaten business continuity (extreme physical risk).

Principal Climate-Related Risks

Type Description
Emerging regulations (Transition) There is a risk that emerging regulations (e.g., the introduction of carbon pricing) will increase direct costs and impact on the operating environment/profitability (e.g., facility costs and raw materials prices).
Technology (Transition) With technological innovations, there is a risk of products and services becoming obsolete and demand declining.
Market (Transition) There is a risk that an insufficient grasp of evolving customer/consumer preferences will mean the loss of market opportunities. There is also a risk that businesses will shrink if demand related to the realization of a circular economy cannot be met.
Market (Transition) There is a risk that businesses will be affected, including through the loss of commercial rights, if rapidly expanding market/customer demand for products with a reduced carbon footprint cannot be met.
Reputation (Transition) If DIC’s attitude toward and ability to respond to climate change is seen by external observers as insufficient for a manufacturer of fine chemicals, there is a risk that its reputation will sufer.
Acute (Physical) Should extreme weather events become more frequent, there is a risk that operations at production sites will be afected.
Chronic (Physical) If temperatures remain persistently high, there are risks of increased production site maintenance and operating costs and of damage to health.
Upstream (Physical) In addition to a risk of uncertainty regarding the supply of raw materials monopolized by certain suppliers, there are BCP risks and risks that costs may increase due to, among others, rising prices for fuel and electric power, or to the imposition of taxes on exported products.

Principal Climate-Related Opportunities

Type Description
Emerging regulations (Transition) With emerging regulations, there is an opportunity to establish new business models that demonstrate the superiority of DIC’s businesses.
Technology (Transition) Technological innovation provides opportunities to create new low-carbon/decarbonized businesses that respond to climate change and to increase product cost competitiveness through the use of revolutionary technologies to improve processes.
Market (Transition/physical) Accurately grasping evolving customer/consumer preferences—e.g., shift to low-carbon business models, chance that certain existing businesses will be avoided—provides the opportunity to develop new products and services that anticipate lifestyle changes.
Upstream/downstream (Transition/physical) Addressing climate change (adaptation and mitigation) over products’ entire life cycles through organic collaboration with customers and suppliers provides the opportunity to create new businesses and systems.

Strategies for Reducing CO₂ Emissions

As an organization with a CO₂ emissions reduction target, the DIC Group will promote a variety of related initiatives as outlined below. The Group currently plans to make environmental investments of approximately ¥15 billion in Japan between fiscal years 2022 and 2030.

  • In Japan, Scope 1 CO₂ emissions are calculated using emissions factors set by the country’s Ministry of the Environment. In other regions, Scope 1 emissions are calculated using emissions factors set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • In Japan, Scope 2 emissions—attributable to the consumption of purchased electric power—are calculated using emissions factors of electric power utilities with which Group companies have contracts or, in cases where such data is not available, using emissions factors set by the country’s Ministry of the Environment. Scope 2 emissions in North America are calculated using the EPA’s Emissions & Generation Resource Integrated Database (eGRID), while those in other countries and territories, they are calculated using emissions factors set by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

CO₂ Emissions by the Global DIC Group (Scope 1 and 2)

CO₂ Emissions by the Global DIC Group (Scope 1 and 2)

Scenario Analysis

Scenario information 2ºC scenario 4ºC scenario
Scenario details Based on the IEA’s World Energy Outlook (WEO) Sustainable Development Scenario and Energy Technology Perspectives (ETP) 2017 2ºC Scenario Based on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) 8.5
Time frame 2030 2030
Carbon price assumption ¥8,000/tonne

Results of Scenario AnalysisOpportunity Risk

Implications for society and the business environment Risk and opportunity assessment DIC Group countermeasures
2ºC scenario: Strengthening of policies and regulations Introduction of carbon pricing (direct implications for manufacturing and the procurement of raw materials) Possible direct impact on manufacturing costs: ¥5.03 billion* (Annual CO₂ emissions in fiscal year 2018: 617,964 tonnes)

Reference: Possible impact on procurement costs: ¥11.8 billion (Annual CO₂ emissions (Scope 3, Category 1) in fiscal year 2018: 1,480,561 tonnes)
Opportunity Risk
Opportunity Risk
  • Take steps to maintain cost competitiveness, assuming global introduction.
  • Promote enhanced functionality to minimize the impact of carbon pricing in key businesses, including products for automotive, electronics and display applications and for healthcare, as well as pigments for cosmetics.
Opportunity Risk
  • Use the DIC Sustainability Index to promote products that help reduce CO₂ emissions (i.e., are sustainable).
  • Capitalize on rising demand for PPS compounds underpinned by expanded automobile production and the shift to EVs.
2ºC scenario: Changes in demand attributable to circular economy Global movement to minimize use of oneway plastics and efforts by brand owners seeking to reduce packaging Demand for some plastics (one-way plastics) will decrease, but increased demand for plastic alternatives will mean only a negligible impact on materials suitable for applications other than plastics. Opportunity Risk
  • Promote core products as appropriate for use with both plastics and plastic-alternative materials; differentiate with barrier and other functions.
  • Foster businesses that respond to demand for materials that are biodegradable and/or use bioderived raw materials.
Increase in production and sales of recycled plastics While it is unclear what will happen vis-à-vis demand changes, a failure to launch commercial distribution will mean the loss of future market opportunities. Opportunity Risk
  • Seek tie-ups with customers and step up exploration of chemicals and materials recycling.
Opportunity Risk
  • Focus on adding value, including by advancing innovations in materials and formulations that enhance recyclability.
2ºC scenario: Reduction of CO₂ emissions attributable to manufacturing Introduction of energy-saving and renewable energy equipment Annual investment in energy-saving and renewable energy equipment is estimated at ¥2.0 billion (direct impact on manufacturing costs).
Ongoing efforts to reduce CO₂ emissions attributable to production will also be necessary.
Opportunity Risk
  • Continue investing in energy-saving and renewable energy equipment with the aim of achieving the target for reducing Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 30% from the fiscal year 2013 level by fiscal year 2030.
  • The reduction of CO₂ emissions is expected to reduce costs by an average of ¥2.31 billion annually between fiscal years 2013 and 2030 (estimated annual emissions reduction: 289,000 tonnes).
Shift of focus to the achievement of net zero CO₂ emissions by fiscal year 2050 Efforts to reduce CO₂ emissions enough to keep the increase in global average temperature over the current century to 1.5ºC from the pre-industrial level are already underway. There is an increased risk that this target will be imposed across entire supply chains. Opportunity Risk
  • Consider the setting of a new science-based target conducive to keeping the increase in global average temperature to 1.5ºC.
  • Apply internal carbon pricing system to increase investment in energy savings and improve CO₂ emissions reduction performance.
4ºC scenario: Risk that supply chains will be interrupted due to an increase in climate-related disasters Suspension of production at suppliers’ facilities due to frequent climate-related disasters
Suspension of supplies of plant-derived raw materials
  • Stable procurement risks affect certain businesses, i.e., those dependent on raw materials procured overseas or monopolized by certain suppliers.
  • For most products, coordination among departments will facilitate the use of alternative raw materials.
Opportunity Risk
  • For key raw materials, promote two-company shared procurement in multiple regions and enhance BCP responses.
  • For key products, ensure ample inventories of raw materials and products.
4ºC scenario: Risk that operations at production facilities will be interrupted due to an increase in climate-related disasters Suspension of production at own facilities due to frequent climate-related disasters
Depletion of groundwater resources
  • Production sites are scattered across the globe, so impact on overall operations is limited. Certain products for which production is concentrated at certain facilities may be affected.
  • Countermeasures are required in areas where there are concerns that water-related risks will increase.
Opportunity Risk
  • Locate printing inks and other production facilities around the world to ensure complementary capabilities and cooperate with other companies to minimize the impact in the event port facilities are damaged due to storm surges or flooding.
  • Strengthen measures for sites located in coastal areas. Reinforce the effectiveness of BCPs by providing related training.
  • Implement measures to address water-related risks.
Increases in non-life insurance fees Insurance premiums may increase. Opportunity Risk
  • Bolster profitability by reinforcing and expanding portfolio of sustainable products.
4ºC scenario: Response to changes in lifestyles attributable to rising temperatures Changes in lifestyles and consumption patterns attributable to rising temperatures and resulting changes in demand
  • Demand for certain products may be affected by changing consumption patterns attributable to rising temperatures, but because demand sources are diverse the risk to overall business is low.
  • The potential for increases in new demand as a consequence of changes in lifestyles attributable to rising temperatures is high.
Opportunity Risk
Opportunity Risk
  • Rising temperatures present an opportunity in the form of increased demand for thermal barrier–related products.
  • Given that dietary preferences are also expected to change, capitalize on expanding demand from beverage manufacturers and for materials used in frozen foods.
  • Take advantage of higher demand in the health foods and life sciences fields attributable to increasing health consciousness.
  • These figures are based on results in fiscal year 2018, the year the scenario analysis was conducted. As CO₂ emissions in fiscal year 2022 amounted to 720,444 tonnes, the impact of carbon pricing under the same conditions would be as much as ¥5.76 billion.

Initiatives for Fiscal Years 2020–2023

  • Introduce internal carbon pricing.
    Quantify climate change risk and provide economic incentives for reducing CO₂ emissions to accelerate the promotion of investments and innovations to further advance emissions reductions. In fiscal year 2021, introduce internal carbon pricing for new investment projects as an internal framework for factoring the cost of related CO₂ emissions into estimates of investment benefits.
  • Promote full-scale collaboration with FP Corporation (FPCO) in the practical implementation of a closed-loop recycling system for polystyrene, used in plastic containers for food products, among others.
  • Establish the Climate Change Subcommittee, implement various measures and announce new targets for achieving carbon neutrality by fiscal year 2050.
  • Raise funds through sustainable finance.
  • Build ZEBs.
    Group company DIC Kyushu Polymer Co., Ltd., completed a new office building that employs ZEB-compliant construction methods. The new building has earned certification under the highest of four ZEB series’ ranks.
  • Embark on efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of products.

Regional Initiatives in Fiscal Year 2022


The bulk of renewable energy used by DIC Group companies in Japan is natural energy generated by a biomass boiler, as well as wind and solar power facilities, at the Kashima Plant. In fiscal year 2022, the DIC Group in Japan used 742,000 GJ of renewable energy (equivalent to 19,136 kl of crude oil), up 5.5% from fiscal year 2021 and equivalent to 15.5% of total energy (steam and electric power) used by these companies.
The use of renewable energy by DIC Group companies in Japan in fiscal year 2022 accounted for a reduction in CO₂ emissions of 47,173 tonnes, equivalent to 18.5% of the total annual reduction achieved by the Group in Japan. Highlights of the period include the start of operations at a new solar power facility with a generating capacity of 205 kW at Group company SEIKO PMC’S Mizushima Plant. Looking ahead, the Group will continue taking decisive steps to advance its use of renewable energy with the aim of meeting its DIC NET ZERO 2050 target.

Americas and Europe

To reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to achievement of the goals of DIC Vision 2030, Sun Chemical has formulated a plan to significantly increase its purchases of green power, while at the same promoting energy savings and reducing its use of fossil fuels, and is advancing a variety of related initiatives.
One successful project aimed at cutting fossil fuel use in fiscal year 2022 was the installation of a thermal oxidizer on the premises of Sun Chemical’s factory in Caleppio, Milan, in Italy, that controls the emission of waste solvent vapor into the atmosphere. This unit concentrates waste solvent emissions in a zeolite bed, significantly lowering the amount of natural gas required for its operation, facilitating an annual decrease in CO₂ emissions of 3,100 tonnes. At its Osterode site in Germany, Sun Chemical installed a large-scale photovoltaic array that significantly reduces the amount of purchased electric power required for production at the site. This will lower annual CO₂ emissions by 166 tonnes. Going forward, Sun Chemical will step up its green procurement plan, which combines efforts to purchase green power and use green power generated on-site, to further reduce its carbon footprint.


Greater China

DIC Zhangjiagang Chemicals Co., Ltd., was the first DIC Group company to adopt an on-site power purchase agreement. Using its roof and other on-site locations made it possible to install a 700 kW solar power generating facility without incurring initial investment costs, greatly contributing to the reduction of CO₂ emissions.

03Risk Management

Processes Used to Identify and Assess Climate Change–Related Risks

The DIC Group recognizes risks related to its response to climate change—a key component of its framework of sustainability themes, the foundation of its sustainability activities—and works to evaluate, address and manage them effectively. In fiscal year 2022, the Group began addressing climate change–related risk—until the previous fiscal year treated as a component of ESH—as an independent risk theme.
The Sustainability Working Group, a subsection of the Sustainability Committee, is charged with identifying and debating priority risks. Risks designated as priorities are submitted for consideration to the Sustainability Committee.

04Metrics and Targets

In light of accelerated global efforts to decarbonize, the DIC Group has set new targets for the reduction of its CO₂ emissions and pledged to step up related efforts. DIC now aims to achieve carbon neutrality—net zero CO₂ emissions—by fiscal year 2050 and will seek to reduce CO₂ emissions by 50% from the fiscal year 2013 level by fiscal year 2030.*

  • Targets are for Scope 1 and 2 emissions.

Principal Initiatives in Fiscal Year 2022

01Energy Consumption and CO₂ Emissions by the Global DIC Group (Scope 1 and 2)

Energy consumption by the global DIC Group in fiscal year 2022 amounted to 14,569,201 GJ, while CO₂ emissions totaled 720,444 tonnes. CO₂ emissions per unit of production were 281.6 kg/tonne. Both energy consumption and CO₂ emissions were up sharply from fiscal year 2021, owing to the acquisition of the Colors & Effects pigments business. The Group intends to obtain third-party verification of its energy consumption and CO₂ emissions (Scope 1 and 2) data, including the impact of this change.
The DIC Group achieved its goals for reducing its CO₂ emissions and CO₂ emissions per unit of production worldwide as a result of efforts by Group companies to break down the target set forth in the threeyear management plan that concluded in fiscal year 2021—a 50% decrease from the fiscal year 2013 level by fiscal year 2030—into an annual average decrease of 3.5% from the fiscal year 2018 level—and the promotion of more ambitious energy-saving and decarbonization initiatives, including the adoption of internal carbon pricing. Some of these initiatives are outlined below.
Going forward, the DIC Group will continue to implement a variety of energy-saving measures, including introducing highly efficient facilities, promoting process improvements and boosting capacity utilization rates, while at the same time further advancing its use of renewable energy by shifting to biomass and other clean fuels and installing solar power facilities.
In addition, the Sustainability Committee has made the decision to adopt CO₂-free electric power at all DIC Group sites in Japan. The DIC Building (DIC’s corporate headquarters) and the No. 2 DIC Building in Tokyo switched fully to CO₂-free purchased electric power. Remaining sites will begin gradually changing over in fiscal year 2023.

Factors Contributing to Change in Global CO₂ Emissions

02Grasping CO₂ Emissions Across the DIC Group’s Supply
Chains (Scope 3)

The DIC Group recognizes the importance of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases across its supply chains and works to ensure a grasp of emissions in all categories of Scope 3. The Group has also revised its calculation for emissions in category 1 (Purchased goods and services) with the aim of refining data reported in this category.

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Across the DIC Group’s Supply
Chain in Fiscal Year 2022

Initiatives in Areas Other than Production(Offices and Research Facilities)

In fiscal year 2022, energy consumed by the DIC Group’s 21 offices and research sites in Japan (excluding the Central Research Laboratories) rose 17.6%, with contributing factors being an increase in the number of sites and the inclusion in the calculation, for the first time, of fuel used by Company cars. Principal energy-saving initiatives implemented include replacing aged light fixtures and air conditioning equipment with newer, high-efficiency models that satisfy standards set by the Energy Conservation Center, Japan (ECCJ) for its Top Runner program, turning off lights when not needed and implementing mandatory 22°C winter and 28ºC summer air conditioning settings, working with facility management companies to implement diligent energy-saving measures and instituting a year-round no-jacket/no-tie dress code under the WSR 2020 project.
In fiscal year 2022, Group company DIC Kyushu Polymer Co., Ltd., completed construction of a new office building that incorporates net zero-energy building (ZEB)*1 construction, which aims to achieve virtually zero energy consumption. The new office building was designed with a variety of energy-saving equipment and fixtures, including solar power generation facilities, heat insulation materials and LED lighting fixtures, allowing it to achieve a reduction in primary energy consumption (energy saving + energy creation) of 111% and earning it certification as a top-level ZEB*2 building. DIC Kyushu Polymer participated in the 2021 ZEB demonstration project conducted by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, earning that company certification as a ZEB Leading Owner.*3 DIC Kyushu Polymer is the first Group company to pursue such an initiative. The DIC Group will continue working actively on building ZEB-compliant offices.

  • A ZEB is a building with considerably reduced annual energy consumption by saving as much energy as possible via better heat insulation, solar shading, natural energy and high-efficiency equipment as well as creating energy (e.g., with photovoltaic power generation), while maintaining comfortable environments.
  • The ZEB series consists of four ranks based on net reduction in primary energy consumption achieved: ZEB (net energy saving of 100% or more), Nearly ZEB (buildings that achieve net energy saving of 75% or more), ZEB Ready (buildings that achieve net energy saving of 50% or more) and ZEB-oriented (buildings with a floor space in excess of 10,000 m2 that achieve net energy saving of 40% or more).
  • A ZEB Leading Owner is an owner of a ZEB building that publicly discloses its targets for promoting awareness of ZEB, introduction plans and implementation results, as well as the results of related efforts.

Procurement Initiatives

Based on the DIC Group Sustainable Procurement Guidelines, DIC formulated the DIC Group Sustainable Procurement Guidebook, version 3 of which was published in February 2020, which it uses to survey suppliers and encourage them to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases. With the objective of better understanding and lowering the carbon footprint of DIC products, the Group is also making provisional calculations of the carbon footprint of the raw materials it uses, as well as seeking to expand its used of bioderived and recycled raw materials. The Group is also working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by using common tools such as EcoVadis to expand dialogue with suppliers.

Logistics Initiatives

In Japan, DIC Group companies are using fewer, larger trucks and taking decisive steps to improve loading efficiency, as well as promoting the use of modal shift and the efficient combination of truck, rail and marine transport. Group companies in other countries and territories are advancing initiatives tailored to local circumstances. Over the long term, the Group expects that the expanded use of next-generation vehicles and LNG carriers will further help reduce greenhouse gas emissions attributable to logistics.

Internal Carbon Pricing System

In fiscal year 2021, the DIC Group introduced an internal carbon pricing system. Instituting its own internal price places a monetary value on greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2) that the Company can then factor in cost–benefit assessments. This will allow more accurate capital investment decisions by making it possible to quantify the impact of emissions reductions while also raising awareness of the relationship between capital investments and CO₂ emissions. With the goal of expanding applications for its internal carbon pricing system, DIC will also look at using internal carbon pricing to factor the cost of emissions into calculations for energy procurement and rationalization efforts.

DIC Sustainability Index

The DIC Sustainability Index was established as a yardstick for measuring the social value of DIC Group products. The index’s vertical axis quantifies each product’s contribution to the reduction of environmental impact, which the Group is working continuously to reduce. In particular, the Group is focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2) and ensuring steady progress toward achievement of the targets it has set for fiscal years 2030 and 2050.

Calculating Products’ Carbon Footprint

To lower CO₂ emissions across its supply chain, the DIC Group calculates and works to minimize emissions associated with its products from the sourcing of raw materials through to provision to the customer. The Group is currently developing a scheme to calculate each product’s carbon footprint, which it believes will assist its efforts to foster dialogue with suppliers and respond to customer expectations and social imperatives. In response to requests from global customers, the Group is also creating guidelines for calculating products’ carbon footprint that are consistent with those employed by Sun Chemical, as well as to create an information-sharing mechanism. For customers in Japan, the Group set up a system for responding to inquiries related to products’ carbon footprint that is spearheaded by the Sustainability Department and held related presentations for technical and sales teams.

Avoided Emissions

The term “avoided emissions” refers to CO₂ emissions that can be avoided through the use of a product. Examples include products that contribute to improving fuel efficiency by reducing vehicle body weight and products that help reduce energy used for heating and cooling by improving insulation. The DIC Group is working to appropriately calculate avoided emissions’ contribution to emissions across the supply chain, as well as to quantify their importance to the value its products deliver.


By capitalizing on open innovation to promote the chemical recycling of its products, as well as the recycling and conversion of recovered CO₂ into new raw materials, the DIC Group is working to realize manufacturing that does not rely on fossil fuels, thereby helping contribute to sustainability for the global environment and for society, as set forth in DIC Vision 2030.

Protecting the Ozone Layer

Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are used widely as refrigerants in equipment and facilities. While not an ozone-depleting substance (ODS), HFCs have a warming potential 100–10,000 times that of CO₂ and their use is expected to account for a 0.5°C increase in the global average temperature by the end of the 21st century. At the 28th Meeting of the Parties in Kigali, Rwanda, held in October 2016, the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer reached an agreement to phase out the production and use of HFCs (the Kigali Amendment). Japan subsequently amended its Act on the Protection of the Ozone Layer Through the Control of Specified Substances and Other Measures in line with the amendment, which as of September 26, 2022, had been ratified by 138 Parties. (Having surpassed the condition of ratification by at least 20 Parties, the Kigali Amendment entered into force on January 1, 2019.)

In April 2015, Japan also revised its Fluorocarbons Recovery and Destruction Law. The same month, the Act on Rational Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons entered into force, compelling stakeholders to ascertain and report leaks of fluorocarbons from commercial equipment and facilities.
In fiscal year 2022, leaked fluorocarbons from DIC Group sites were equivalent to 439 tonnes of CO₂. (Leaks in excess of 1,000 tonnes per site or per company must be reported to the Japanese authorities.) The Company has worked to effectively manage fluorocarbons since fiscal year 2015, when the Act on Rational Use and Proper Management of Fluorocarbons entered into force, and has managed to keep leaks below the level requiring reporting. In fiscal year 2022, the Group’s efforts to comply with laws governing leaked fluorocarbons were recognized in the Japan Refrigerant and Environmental Organization’s second JRECO Fluorocarbon Rating, which selected it as one of 49 A-rank performers from among 1,840 companies surveyed. Going forward, the Group will continue working to ensure compliance with pertinent laws and regulations, as well as to reduce leaked fluorocarbons from its sites by, among others, choosing air conditioning equipment with low environmental impact refrigerants, including those containing no fluorocarbons.

Leaked Fluorocarbons by the DIC Group in Japan (CO₂ Equivalent)
Key Data