Environmental Assessments

The Group has been using environmental design guideline for developing environment-conscious products and upgrading the performance features of its existing products since 1997. Products are assessed for their environmental impact in eight categories (Energy Conservation, Resource Conservation, Environmental Friendliness, Extended Service Life, Reusability/Recyclability, Ease of Disposal, Packaging Materials, and Information Provision) in comparison with existing products in a four-stage process.

Our new products undergo a life-cycle assessment and an environmental design assessment to promote designs for the environment (DfE) that consider the entire life cycle. We conduct a DfE review appropriate for the stage of development and set environmental design targets measured by LC-CO2*1 for each product.

Environmentally conscious design results for fiscal year 2019 (ended March 2020) saw the overall*2 environmental design assessment improve by 20.6%. In addition, almost 90% of new products have reached azbil Group Environmental Label*3 certification standards. We are also reviewing initiatives to implement environmentally conscious design in finding solutions to difficulties arising from the spread of COVID-19.

*1 CO2 emissions over the entire life cycle.
*2 Sum total of all environmental design assessment results.
*3 A Type II Environmental Label.