Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity
Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
Contributing to the conservation of forests and working to maintain biodiversity at operational sites
As a printing company, Toppan needs to consider biodiversity from various perspectives, including the procurement of raw materials such as paper, the use and discharge of water, emissions of chemical substances, and the environment of the land on which its operational sites are located and their surroundings. In order to give shape to and consistently implement activities for the conservation of biodiversity, in 2010 Toppan established a Basic Policy on Biodiversity, which covers conservation and sustainable use.
Case 1: Proactive use of lumber harvested from forest-thinning operations
Toppan is contributing to the conservation of forests in Japan by actively using lumber harvested from forest-thinning operations (known as kanbatsuzai in Japanese). Thinning is a process to maintain spaces between trees by clearing out those that are not growing well. This leads to the healthy growth of forests and the conservation of biodiversity. Cartocan, a paper-based beverage container, has received the “Kanbatsuzai Mark” because it is produced from pulp using at least 30 percent domestic lumber, including kanbatsuzai. LIME*-based life-cycle assessment (LCA) of the Cartocan revealed that lumber, a raw material of paper, has a significant environmental impact. The use of kanbatsuzai enables this impact to be reduced by about 20 percent.
Case 2: Activities to improve land use at operational sites
Aiming for land use that cares for biodiversity, four operational sites have been selected every year since fiscal 2010 to conduct land use assessments (monitoring of flora and fauna and assessment of the degree of attention given to biodiversity based on the JBIB Guidelines for Sustainable Business Sites). As a result, studies are underway on programs such as the planting of vegetation that takes into account the local ecosystems and the creation of biotopes.
The Fukaya Plant in Toppan’s Living & Industry segment has acquired ABINC Certification* for business facilities engaging in conservation of biodiversity. Maintaining the existing green belt of trees around the plant means that the Fukaya Plant is surrounded by native trees. Measures are also taken to conserve biodiversity. These include installing nest boxes, planting flowering and berry producing plants that will serve as food for birds, and planting aquatic plants at the water’s edge. Activities to conserve biodiversity are also conducted through an environmental education program called “Creating a Bird Paradise,” held for employees and their families.
* ABINC is an abbreviation of Association for Business Innovation in harmony with Nature and Community. ABINC Certification is granted to business facilities certified by third parties as engaging in the conservation of biodiversity based on the JBIB Guidelines for Sustainable Business Sites.