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Envlronmental programs


Creating a new way of living with biomass plastics - a renewable resource

Corn, which is the raw material for cornstarch, is the grain produced in the largest volume in the world, and there are expectations that it will be a biomass resource for the next generation. Japan Cornstarch is continuing with programs to minimize its environmental impact, not only through the expansion of our company's products that are produced from biomass resources, but also through far-reaching environmental measures in our production processes.


An important biomass resource for the post-petroleum age

Corn is expected to be an important renewable biomass resource for the post-oil age. The cornstarch made from this corn is a high polymer with glucose as its base monomer and is similar to petrochemicals. By changing the molecular structure, it is possible to change its form into plastics or textiles. We are aiming to establish a cornstarch chemical industry to replace the petrochemical industry as we work towards a much-needed recycling-oriented society.



30% reduction in CO2 achieved by changing fuels

Beginning from January 2010, we changed the fuel used to dry products from type A fuel oil to natural gas. With this change, we have succeeded in reducing CO2 emissions in the drying process by 30%. We expect that our annual CO2 emissions will drop by approximately 3,800 tons.

The use of carbon footprint labeling (as an indication of CO2 emissions over product lifecycles) in the food products industry is continuing to grow, and further CO2 reductions are needed.

In cooperation with the company Recycle One, Inc.*, Japan Cornstarch is calculating the CO2 emissions for each product in order to introduce a carbon footprint system. These calculations are scheduled to be completed at the end of February 2010.


* A consulting company which specializes in the environmental field for the central government, major private companies, research laboratories, business groups, municipal governments, and other parties.

What is a carbon footprint?

This is a mechanism for converting the greenhouse gases emitted by a product over its entire lifecycle (from material procurement to disposal or recycling) to an equivalent amount of CO2, which is labeled on the product.

Operation of recycling facilities

Japan Cornstarch utilizes recycling facilities to recycle usable excess organic materials generated by companies in the complex into high-quality materials for agricultural production.

Pollution prevention measures with consideration for the surrounding environment

Based on the Outline for Promotion of Food Product Industrial Parks that was formulated as national policy for the modernization of the food products industry, in March 1972 the Kinuura food product complex became the only food products complex in the Chubu Region that was approved by the Ministry of Agriculture. At the core of this complex, the Japan Cornstarch Kinuura Plant is operating while producing 0% waste.




Acquisition of ISO14001

This is an international standard for environmental management systems that was established by the ISO in 1996.

This standard requires improvements related to the effects on the environment resulting from the business activities of an organization (company, municipality, etc.), and requires the continuation of business activities that do not impact the environment.

The Japan Cornstarch Kinuura Plant acquired this certification in 2000.


Biomass Mark

Biomass refers to resources derived from living materials.

This mark indicates an environmentally-friendly product which has been approved as containing biomass and being good in terms of quality and safety.

The Japan Cornstarch product Best Remover has acquired the Biomass Mark.