Risk Management of Water Resources and Response

The NGK Group recognizes the management of water resources as an important issue for the company in achieving a sustainable society, and promotes relevant initiatives as described below.

Water Risk Evaluation

To ascertain water supply risks for each of our production facilities within Japan and overseas, the NGK Group performed a simplified internal survey to assess water shortage risks based on the water supply capacity of rivers in the respective regions. For production facilities located in areas where there is a risk of water shortages, particularly overseas, we commissioned a third party to conduct a comprehensive survey. As part of that survey, in addition to the water supply capacity of rivers, factors such as groundwater, seasonal fluctuations in water supply capacity, and the holding capacity of dams are evaluated and used to create water supply/demand forecasts. The risk of water-related disasters (flooding, landslides) and water quality deterioration (public health, ecosystem) is also analyzed as part of a comprehensive risk assessment.

These efforts allow us to determine waster risk at all overseas manufacturing sites, information that we share among all of our sites.

Although no serious water-related risks have been identified to date at any of our facilities, we stay abreast of regulatory trends and we strive to make more efficient use of water.

Water Usage Guidelines

NGK created guidelines (an implementation status checklist) aimed at appropriate water usage and, in fiscal 2015, launched inspections to ascertain the efficiency of water usage at all manufacturing sites in and outside of Japan. Going forward, we will enhance these guidelines through internal and external case studies while encouraging efforts at each location to strengthen the operational structure against a future tight water supply.

Filtration device using reverse osmosis membranes

Promoting Efficient Water Use at Group Companies

NGK Ceramics Mexico, S. de R.L. de C.V.

We strive to use precious water resources as appropriately and efficiently as possible, including the recycling of water used inside plants, at Group companies located in highly water-stressed regions.
For example, at NGK Ceramics Mexico, manufacturing process waste water is filtered using reverse osmosis membranes and the recycled water is reused as coolant and boiler water or sprinkled on vegetation.

Cooperation with Suppliers

Believing that it is important to address issues related to water resources throughout the supply chain, the NGK Group asks its suppliers to practice water resource-related risk management and efficient water usage in accordance with the CSR Procurement Guidelines. In fiscal 2018, 99.5% of companies in NGK's domestic supply chain agreed to our request.