Glory develops environmentally friendly products that minimize the environmental impact throughout the product life cycle, from material procurement and customer use to final disposal.
The Glory Group has set a long-term goal of 30% reduction in CO2 emissions from the 2005 levels by its products during use and is engaged in developing environmentally friendly products in order to achieve a low-carbon society as it continuously engages in environmental conservation efforts. We conduct life cycle assessments (LCAs) in response to customer requests to evaluate the environmental impact at every stage of the product life cycle, from material procurement and customer use to final disposal.
Our product assessments during new product development cover over 60 categories, from energy efficiency to reuse-recycling, and we compare products under development to those that already exist. Through these assessments, products that meet standards such as electric power use efficiency are at least 15% better than existing products, and chemical substance regulation-compliant, are designated as G-Eco products in accordance with in-house standards.
Approximately 44% of our new products released in fiscal year 2018 were designated as G-Eco products. The coin and banknote recyclers for cashiers for overseas markets (CI-5) use approximately 40% less electricity during operation for banknotes and 25% less for coins compared to their predecessors. They also achieved recyclable rates of approximately 91% for banknotes and 89% for coins.
Moreover, the G-Eco Product logo will be applied to such products in catalogs and elsewhere so that customers can recognize the environmental friendliness of our products.
Glory designates materials regulated by the RoHS Directive, REACH Regulation, and other laws and regulations in the Glory Specified Chemical Substances List. It also stipulates banned materials in the Green Procurement Standards to facilitate the thorough management of chemical substances contained in our products.
In addition to confirming compliance with regulations concerning chemical substance content during the parts selection process, we use X-ray fluorescence spectrometers to inspect all parts carefully as they are delivered. We also measure chemical content amounts, which are registered in the Chemical Substance Control System, making it easy to tally amounts for the overall product. Furthermore, all new products are inspected before shipping to comply with relevant regulations.
Supplier cooperation is essential for controlling chemical substances. We request that domestic and overseas suppliers ensure the parts and materials shipped to us fully comply with the Glory Green Procurement Standards. They are also asked to execute a memorandum of understanding on green procurement and provide data concerning chemical substance content.
Glory developed the Recycle Jet air duster as an environmentally friendly maintenance product that removes dust and other contaminants from electronics and precision machinery. Instead of typically used chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) alternatives, the Recycle Jet is filled with carbon dioxide (CO2) injection gas recovered as an industrial by-product yielding a global warming potential of just 1/1,430 of that of existing products, thereby helping to prevent global warming. Since carbon dioxide is non-flammable and therefore has no risk of igniting, the product is extremely safe. In addition, its reusable and detachable cylinder minimizes waste.
We have established our own recycling-oriented scheme that makes use of a nationwide network of more than 100 service locations, towards achieving a recycling-oriented society. Through this scheme, technical staff collect used cylinders during routine maintenance work and then send the cylinders to affiliated carbon dioxide filling facilities to be refilled with injection gas.
The number of filled cylinders in fiscal year 2018 was about 60,000, reducing CO2 emissions by around 30,000 tons.