NGK Group Environmental Vision

To help realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations, the NGK Group seeks to provide new value to society with our unique technology, thus contributing to the realization of a sustainable society and earning positive expectations and trust from society. The NGK Group Vision: Road to 2050 announced in April 2021 outlines the entity that NGK strives to become by 2050 and requires management to address Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) issues. Based on the NGK Group Vision and to respond to such expectations and trust, in April 2021 we formulated the NGK Group Environmental Vision.

NGK Group Environmental Vision

The NGK Group will contribute to the realization of society’s direction toward carbon neutrality, a recycling-oriented society, and harmony with nature through its business activities.

Toward carbon neutrality

We will develop and provide products and services that contribute to the realization of a carbon-neutral society and apply them to our own business activities in order to achieve our goal of net zero CO2 emissions by 2050.

Toward a recycling-oriented society

We will contribute to the realization of a recycling-oriented society by reducing our natural resource consumption and developing and providing resource-efficient products.

Toward harmony with nature

We will minimize our environmental impact on ecosystems and raise stakeholder awareness through educational activities in order to achieve harmony with nature.

Carbon Neutrality Strategic Roadmap

The NGK Group has drawn up its Carbon Neutrality Strategic Roadmap comprising four strategies as a guide to realizing the goals of the NGK Group Environmental Vision.
We have established a Group-wide target of net zero CO2 emissions by 2050, with milestone targets along the way of 550,000 metric tons by FY2025 (25% reduction compared with the FY2013 base year) and 370,000 metric tons by FY2030 (50% reduction). In the future, we will consider advancing our efforts to achieve net zero ahead of schedule by promoting the development of related technologies such as hydrogen, CCU and CCS (carbon capture, use and storage).

Four Strategies of the Carbon Neutrality Strategic Roadmap

Strategy 1: Development and provision of carbon neutrality (CN)-related products/services

In addition to our existing carbon neutrality (CN)-related products, we will also work to commercialize new products under development as well as offer society NAS battery-driven renewable energy supply business and other relevant services.

Strategy 2: Top-down enhancement of energy-saving

We will work to further enhance our existing energy conservation activities, as well as introduce high efficiency equipment and facilities and more energy-efficient operations.

Strategy 3: Promotion of technical innovation

Although the ceramics firing process requires fossil fuel which is responsible for CO2 emissions, we will work to switch over to hydrogen, ammonia and other fuels that will allow us to become fossil fuel-free.

Strategy 4: Expanded use of renewable energy

In addition to promoting various renewable energy procurement strategies both within Japan and overseas, we will install photovoltaic (PV) power generation systems at manufacturing sites within the NGK Group, and use them in conjunction with NAS batteries and zinc rechargeable batteries, to achieve demand control. We will use this as a model case in NGK Group’s renewable energy business, and work towards the goal of enabling all energy demand within the NGK Group to be met through renewable energy.

Carbon Neutrality Strategic Roadmap

This diagram explains the Carbon Neutrality Strategic Roadmap. We aim to achieve net zero CO<sub>2</sub> emissions across the entire Group by 2050.