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Environment

Water Resources

Policy and Basic Approach

Water is an essential resource that supports all human activity, including corporate activities. However, saltwater makes up the majority of the earth’s water resources, and the amount of fresh water available for use by humans is extremely limited. Regions across the world are facing water resource problems such as water shortages brought on by population growth and increasing competition for available fresh water. Water resources are also unevenly distributed across countries and regions.

Furthermore, it is expected that local communities and businesses will increasingly be impacted moving forward due to the emergence of physical risks such as the changes in rainfall patterns caused by climate change.

Sojitz Group develops a wide range of business in a multitude of countries and regions around the world, and it therefore recognizes the importance of conservation and sustainable use of water resources. Sojitz has declared its commitment to “develop, use, and supply sustainable resources” as part of its Key Sustainability Issues (Materiality) and the Sojitz Group Environmental Policy promotes the recycling and the conservation of natural resources, including water.

Sojitz implements initiatives for reducing its water usage based on these policies and conducts regular checks to monitor the impact of water risks on Sojitz business. Sojitz also strives to provide solutions to water-related social issues through its business.

ご参照Key Sustainability Issues (Materiality)

ご参照Sojitz Group Environmental Policy

ご参照Sustainable Water Use

ご参照Complying with TCFD

Goals and Targets

In addition to preparing for transition risks brought on by new regulations aimed at mitigating climate change, we are also planning ways to address physical risks in the event that climate change cannot be avoided and global warming continues to progress. To begin with, we are primarily focusing on water-related physical risks, such as damages to assets from floods and droughts. During Medium-term Management Plan 2020, we first surveyed the status of actions taken to address water stress by Sojitz Group’s top water users and confirmed that there were no problems with their on-site measures or with their systems for reporting to Sojitz headquarters. Moving forward, we will take steps to address other physical risks our its business. Sojitz is also engaged in initiatives for the conservation of natural resources, including water, and recycling.

ご参照Addressing Physical Risks

ご参照Water conservation, resource conservation, recycling

Systems

Systems

The Sustainability Committee, chaired by Sojitz’s president and CEO, deliberates on all environmental initiatives, including water resource-related matters. The committee reports its conclusions to the Management Committee and the Board of Directors, which provide supervision and instruction.

Deliberation on all business investments and loans require projects to be analyzed and evaluated for all environmental and social risks, including water resource risks. A project’s value must be confirmed from a sustainability perspective prior to resolution.

The Corporate Sustainability Office is a dedicated body that supports the entire deliberation and evaluation process and is in charge of implementing directives from the Sustainability Committee. The office reviews all investment and loan proposals discussed by the Finance & Investment Deliberation Council from a sustainability perspective, including with regard for water resources.

Sustainability Committee

The Sustainability Committee's activities include establishing company-wide sustainability-related policies and goals, constructing frameworks for their implementation, and monitoring various measures that utilize the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard.

Sojitz’s implementation of sustainability initiatives

ご参照Sojitz’s implementation of sustainability initiatives

Sustainability Committee Members (Current as of April 1, 2024)

Committee Chair
  • President, COO
Members
  • Chairman, CEO
  • CFO
    Executive Management of Corporate Departments
    COO, Corporate Planning Department
  • Managing Executive Officer,
    COO, Human Resources Department
  • Executive Officer,
    COO, PR Department, IR Office, Corporate Sustainability Department
Observers
  • Corporate Auditor
  • General Manager, Legal Dept.
  • General Manager, Corporate Planning Dept.
Secretariat
  • Corporate Sustainability Dept.

Risk Management

Existing businesses

Sojitz Group uses Aqueduct, a tool for analyzing water risk developed by the World Resource Institute, to carefully analyze all water-related risks, including potential damages to assets caused by floods and droughts.

During Medium-term Management Plan 2020, we first surveyed the status of actions taken to address water stress by Sojitz Group’s top water users and confirmed that there were no problems with their on-site measures or with their systems for reporting to Sojitz headquarters.

Moving forward, Sojitz plans to conduct regular checks to monitor the impact of water risks on Sojitz business and disclose the results of quantitative surveys it conducts.

More onSojitz’s sustainable water usage

New Business

Prior to deliberating on new investment and loan projects, Sojitz requires the department applying for investment and loan approval to complete an “Environmental and Social Risk Checklist.” Using the checklist, the department confirms that they have conducted the required due diligence and taken all necessary measures to deal with potential environmental risks, such as impact to biodiversity; soil, groundwater, or water contamination; impact on water resources in water-stressed regions; and impact on indigenous peoples.

Initiatives

Physical Risks

In addition to preparing for transition risks such as new regulations aimed at mitigating climate change, we are also planning ways to address physical risks in the event that climate change cannot be curbed, and global warming continues to progress. To begin with, we are examining the risks to our assets, primarily focusing on water-related risks such as floods and droughts.

Sojitz conducts regular surveys to confirm impacts on Sojitz’s businesses by utilizing the Aqueduct analysis tool for water risk assessment that references the 4-degree scenario (RCP8.5) provided by the World Resources Institute.

Under Medium-term Management Plan 2023, Sojitz is working to address physical risks classified by the TCFD framework. Sojitz measures the financial impacts for company assets identified as having potential flood-related risk, which is considered an acute physical risk.

Amount of damages to company assets (tangible fixed assets) in the event of a flood: JPY 31 billion
※Tangible fixed assets in the “Extremely High” and “High” category in the Aqueduct analysis tool as of end of March 2023.

Initiatives in Water-Stressed Regions

Sojitz has entered the natural-gas power and desalination business in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, a water-stressed region.

In May of 2021, Sojitz acquired a 20% stake in Mirfa International Power and Water Company (MIPCO), which operates the Mirfa Independent Water and Power Project in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The company acquired all shares in MIPCO held by SHUAA Capital, a major asset management and investment firm in the Emirate of Dubai. Sojitz will start business operations together with existing shareholders Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA), one of the largest integrated utilities companies in the EMEA region based in Abu Dhabi, along with ENGIE SA, a major French energy company with extensive experience in the development and operation of large-scale IPP/IWPP projects around the world.

The project consists of natural gas-fired power facilities which have a generation capacity of 1,600MW and desalination facilities which have a desalination capacity of 52.5 million imperial gallons per day. Sojitz and its partners own and operate the power and desalination plant. All electricity and water produced by the plant are sold to Emirates Water and Electricity Company under a long-term power and water purchase agreement over the remaining contract period of around 22 years. Sojitz seeks to provide a stable supply of electricity and water in Abu Dhabi where demand is increasing in response to economic development utilizing natural gas which is an environmentally friendly fossil fuel with a lower environmental burden of combustion compared to other types of fossil fuels used for thermal power plants.

Mirfa power and desalination plant
[Mirfa power and desalination plant]

ご参照Sojitz Enters Natural Gas-fired Power and Desalination Project in the United Arab Emirates

Initiatives to Reduce Water Consumption

Initiatives within our Fertilizer Business

Sojitz Group subsidiary Japan Vietnam Fertilizer Co., Ltd. (JVF) produces compound chemical fertilizers using steam granulation. This manufacturing process pulverizes the raw materials, creating dust particles, but JAV has introduced equipment to control the amount of dust released into the atmosphere.

Additionally, the fertilizer mixing process uses water. The water used in this process is the same water used to collect the aforementioned dust particles. In this way, JVF recycles water within the facility to create a factory with zero water discharge.

These efforts to control air pollution and use water resources effectively have helped JVF achieve sustainable operations.


Production and sales of compound chemical fertilizer Business in Vietnam
(Japan Vietnam Fertilizer)

Cooperation with Our Stakeholders

Sojitz is a member of the Japan Foreign Trade Council*’s Global Environment Committee and is actively involved in the creation of a recycling-based society, including through management of water resources.
*Japan Foreign Trade Council is a group member of “KEIDANREN” (Japan Business Federation).

Performance

Water withdrawal by source(㎥)

  FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
    Tap water, industrial water 659,934 3,020,934 3,351,857 2,971,193 3,318,064
Groundwater 530,800 521,059 456,654 462,202 472,977
River water 62,920 1,220,977 1,213,895 1,068,290 1,176,457
Rainwater 2,630 4,048 3,360 2,847 2,600
Freshwater total 1,256,284 4,767,018 5,025,766 4,504,531 4,970,099
Seawater 180,516,900 178,401,225 151,920,000 174,576,000 175,332,600
Total (including seawater) 181,773,184 183,168,243 156,945,766 179,080,531 180,302,699

Scope of Data

Sojitz Corporation (including offices and branches), all Group companies in Japan, Group companies overseas.
Note: Freshwater usage has increased since FY2019, mainly due to Sojitz’s acquisition of an overseas paper manufacturing company in FY2018. Furthermore, the data for FY2018 does not include emissions from this company.

Amount of wastewater discharged according to discharge site (㎥)

  FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
    River 596,454 2,741,447 2,827,894 2,679,339 2,942,748
Sewer 263,974 245,527 166,796 773,007 672,474
Underground seepage 6,214 6,589 5,898 5,879 15,951
Other 97,353 112,954 68,323 33,471 66,065
Freshwater total 963,955 3,106,517 3,068,911 3,491,696 3,697,238
Ocean 179,770,418 177,677,695 151,275,080 173,784,135 174,651,748
Total (including seawater) 180,734,414 180,784,212 154,343,992 177,275,831 178,348,986

Scope of Data

Sojitz Corporation (including offices and branches), all Group companies in Japan, Group companies overseas.
Note: Freshwater discharge has increased since FY2019, mainly due to Sojitz’s acquisition of an overseas paper manufacturing company in FY2018. Furthermore, the data for FY2018 does not include emissions from this company.

Recycle Rate for Water Used

FY2018 FY2019 FY2020 FY2021 FY2022
16% 9% 8% 3% 1%

(Amount of water recycled divided by total usage)

Scope of Data

Sojitz Corporation (including offices and branches), all Group companies in Japan, Group companies overseas.
Note :The recycling rate has been declining since FY2019, mainly due to Sojitz’s acquisition of an overseas paper manufacturing company in FY2018. The data for FY2018 does not include the overseas paper manufacturing company acquired in that year.

COD and BOD Amounts(t)

  FY2019 FY22020 FY2021 FY2022
COD 3,421 2,796 601 551
BOD 3,345 2,694 427 441

Scope of Data

Sojitz Corporation (including offices and branches), all Group companies in Japan, Group companies overseas.

Number of incidents or violations by Sojitz Group concerning water intake and discharge

FY2022: 0 cases

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