When bringing a new product to market, we use a point-based check sheet system to evaluate the degree of environmental considerations made at each stage of the product’s life from design, development, and the procurement of raw materials to manufacturing, distribution, application, consumption and disposal.
We evaluate the product’s concept, its use of renewable materials and any environment benefits it offers. A product that surpasses a set number of points is designated an Eco Product. Here at Sanyo, we incorporate the overall ratio of eco products into our management index. In 2017, our Eco Products accounted for 25.0% of total sales.
CO2 Product Contribution to Reducing CO2
In order to demonstrate the degree to which our products contribute to reducing CO2 emissions, we have formulated and implemented a set of standards for calculating product contributions to reducing CO2. These standards are used to quantify the amount of CO2 emissions reduced during the use and disposal of our eco products as compared to other conventional products widely available on the market.
As most of our products are used as components in a separate final product, it is difficult to calculate their full environmental impact over the entire lifecycle.
As a result, calculations reflect the amount contributed by our products to reducing CO2 as compared to other conventional products. Since first implementing this system in 2012, the amount of CO2 we have helped reduce as of 2017 is estimated to be 378,000 tons.
Viscosity Index Improver for Engine Oils – Aclube V Series
Amount of CO2 Amount of CO2 reduced per 1 kg of product ▶ 10-20 kilograms of CO2/Kilogram of product
Viscosity index improvers are used to minimalize changes in viscosity due to temperature (increased viscosity index) and prevent viscosity deterioration following extended use (shear stability) — two features demanded of engine oil. Although the properties of the additives required to improve these twin performances are typically at odds, Aclube V Series is able to accomplish both by copolymerizing special monomers. As a result, it not only works great with engines but can also be applied to lubricating oils for AT (automatic transmission) and CVT (continuously variable transmission) vehicles and even promotes excellent fuel efficiency (energy saving) and longer-lasting lubricants (resource saving).
In comparison to conventional products, our Aclube Series delivers 0.2-0.4% higher fuel performance, equivalent to 10-20 kilograms of CO2 reduction per kilogram of product.2 reduction.
Meeting the Demand for Thinner Disposable Diapers – SANWET SG Series
Amount of CO2 Amount of CO2 reduced per 1 kg of product 1.8 kilograms CO2/Kilogram of product
Capable of absorbing up to 1000 times its own weight in water, this series ensures nothing is released once absorbed, even when under pressure. This is the remarkable property of our super absorbent resin (SAP). After being brought to market in 1978, SAP was widely adopted in disposable diapers and a variety of sanitary products and materials. It even spread to other fields such as agriculture, horticulture, food production, logistics, civil engineering, architecture, cosmetics, household goods, toiletries, pet-related products, electrical components and coatings and adhesives.
The SANWET SG Series can hold and distribute a large amount liquid and greatly reduces the total amount of pulp for a thinner diaper. This allows for a reduction in CO2 equivalent to 1.8 kilograms per 1 kilogram of SAP used.
Products Helping Reduce Environmental Impact
At Sanyo Chemical, we provide a lineup of performance chemicals that address today’s environmental needs and help achieve a more sustainable society for all.
|Environmental Need||Function ・ Ability||Sanyo Chemical’s product line|
|Energy Efficiency / Resource Conservation / Preventing Global Warming / Lower Emissions||Increasing energy efficiency||Lubricant additive for improved fuel efficiency
Fuel oil additive for improved fuel efficiency
Electrolyte solution for electric double layer capacitor
POWER ELEC series
|Decreasing Energy Consumption||Low temperature fixable toner binder||HYMER series, APEXNARROW Series|
|Weight reduction, thinning film thickness||Polyols for rigid polyurethane foams
Superabsorbent resins for thin disposable diapers
Polyurethane beads for automobile interior skins
Polyurethane for moisture-permeable waterproof coverings
SANWET SG Series
MELTEX LF Series
|Improved durability, longer-life||Polyols for highly-durable flexible polyurethane foams
Electrolytic permanent antistatic agents for high durability capacitors
|Primeball, SHARPFLOW Series
PELESTAT, PELECTRON Series
|Water and electricity conservation||Concentrated liquid detergent base||ピュアミール EP-300S|
|Improved Yields||Dewaxing aid (increased lubricating oil yield)
Low temperature fluidity improver (increased gasoline production)
|Environmental protection (pollution prevention)||Removal of hazardous substances||Waste water treatment ・ Polymer flocculant for sewage treatment
Fly ash for heavy metal immobilizing agents
ASH FIX Series
|Elimination of hazardous substances||Non-ionic surfactants for treating environmental hormones
Aqueous foam-type (non-fluorocarbon) polyurethane foam materials
Solvent-free hot-melt adhesive
Solvent-free UV/EB curing monomers
Slush molding urethane beads (PVC-free)
Urethane resin emulsions for aqueous coatings (solvent-free)
|NAROACTY Series, SANNONIC Series
WHITEY MELT Series
SANRETAN Series, NEOMER Series
KEMI CLEAN Series
|Environmentally degradable||Biodegradable shampoo bases
Biodegradable hair treatment/conditioner bases
Biodegradable clothing detergent bases
|LEBON APL, BEAULIGHT Series
|Environmental Improvement (green initiatives)||Water retention performance, plant-friendly||Soil water retention agents||SANFRESH GT-1|