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.

In FY2020, we devised our own indicators and set targets in resource consumption reduction and resource circulation and started making concrete efforts to achieve them. The results of the environmentally-focused designs showed a 20.6% improvement overall*2 in the environmental design assessments.

In May 2021, the azbil Group added “Design all new products to be 100% recyclable” as one of the quantita-tive targets for its 2030 SDG targets. Within the scope of the usable best available technology (BAT*3 ), we will create designs that can be adequately disassembled, separated and recycled by customers during disposal. Further initiatives are planned to help us promote environmentally-conscious design.

*1 CO2 emissions over the entire life cycle.
*2 A summation of the evaluation points for all products that received an environmental design assessment in FY2020.
*3 The most efficient technology that is executable from an economical and technical point of view.