Living in harmony with nature and the environment while preserving the basis of
life for mankind as well as flora and fauna is more than ever a challenge for all
societies and cultures of this world. Environmental governance is a comprehensive
issue relating to industrial, emerging and developing countries. It is also an important
issue in terms of the increasing world population, which will exceed the seven billion
mark in 2011. The prognosis for world population by 2014 is 8 billion and by 2050
it will surpass 9 billion. Issues concerning nourishment, food supply, resources
and commodities therefore need to be addressed urgently.
Sustainability, environmental and climate protection cannot be delegated. These
issues concern each and every individual, families, groups, societies, as well as
corporations being part of the economic cycle and industries which are consuming
and processing resources.
Different thinking, counteracting and adopting new attitudes and actions are feasible
– this route has already been pursued frequently and successfully. Rivers have been
renaturated, catalytic converters have been built into automobiles, lead-free fuels
have been introduced, the use of CFC’s has been banned, and regulations such as
RoHS, WEEE as well as the German Drinking Water Ordinance have been implemented.
Of course, there is still much that needs to be done. It is a road taken in small
steps, as it is not always easy to get everyone on board.
General lines are drawn, for instance, by the United Nations Environment Programme
(“UNEP Environmental ‘Blue Angel’”) in the Montreal or Kyoto Protocols. On national
levels there are Ministries for the Environment, while the corporate world employs
environmental protection officers.
Since the mid 1990’s Shimadzu has specified ‘environmental protection and harmony
with nature’ in its ‘Cubic Heart’ symbol as part of its corporate philosophy. Shimadzu’s
analytical instruments contribute to the protection of human health and the environment.
Many systems help to recognize negative effects on the environment, for instance
conventional gas chromatographs are applied for the analysis of pesticides in the
environment and in foods.
Combatting global warming is one of the most urgent tasks of the future. Shimadzu
has therefore issued an energy-saving program. Through energy-friendly manufacturing
processes, CO2 emissions have been reduced in its production facilities – for instance
by use of solar energy. The rate of consumption of composite materials has also
been reduced. The percentage of green office supplies and production materials could
be increased to 90% resp. 66%. Technical improvements of air conditioning systems
as well as wastewater treatment also contribute to environmental protection at Shimadzu.
Shimadzu has created its own eco-label under which new products have been developed
which generate less CO2 emissions during operation. These new products use at least
25% less energy compared to their predecessor models, thereby reducing running costs.
In addition to lower materials and lower energy consumption, one of the current
instruments – the GCMS-QP2010 Ultra – also features an eco-mode for stand-by operation.
Furthermore, environmentally friendly materials in accordance with RoHS guidelines
were used in the manufacture. Further savings in the operation of these instruments,
for instance via the reduction of consumables and applied gases or an extension
of maintenance interval, also have an effect on the supply chain. This reduces the
need for on-site service and contributes to energy saving at customer service departments.