To meet the demands for environmental friendliness that are socially increasing and to enhance mid- and long-term corporate value, KT&G perceives environment management as a social responsibility. To practice integrated and systematic environment management, KT&G manages environmental impacts throughout all processes of business activities while developing and applying diverse environmentally friendly technologies, thereby supporting the growth of society into a green society.
Environment management implementation system
Based on the environment management implementation system, KT&G is establishing and expanding it throughout the company. KT&G has selected environmentally friendly factory management, establishment of emission management systems, enhancement of employees’ sense of the environment, and external communication activities as major activities to be implemented, and is actively implementing the related activities from a mid- and long-term viewpoint.
Establish an environmental department
to carry out activities such as integrated
management of energy and environment,
prevention of environmental pollution,
and introduction of the latest
- enhanced green purchase rate in business places
- implemented exchanges with global advanced companies
- newly established a department dedicated to the environment and established R&R (roles and responsibility)
Systematic management o
air, waste, water quality contami
nants, and greenhouse gases
- enhanced and evaluated cooperative companies’ environment management ability
- made personnel acquainted with environment manual and enhanced their ability to practice
- began greenhouse gas emission management and emissions trading system
members’ sense of the
Improve employees’ sense of
the environment through
systematic education and
- continuously enhanced sense of the environment
- enhanced personnel’s rate of completion of environment education programs
Reinforce external environmental
communication capacity through
strict environmental outcome
- continuous implementation of environment-related social contribution activities
- continuous participation in the Carbon Information Disclosure Project (CDP)
Implemented environmentally friendly business place
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Water resource management
To minimize environmental impacts on regional residents and surrounding ecosystems a nd realize the environmentally friendly business place, KT&G strictly manages water res ource use, effluents, and wastes.
To reduce wastes generated in its business place, KT&G manages wastes by establishi ng strict plans. KT&G is reducing raw material usage by developing technologies to red uce byproducts generated in the manufacturing processes and is increasing byproduct recycling rates, as well as improving product quality, by securing technologies to recycle raw materials separated from processes.
Cooling water recycling
To minimize the use of underground water, KT&G recycles co oling water through process improvement. By recycling 100% of cooling water by connecting after-cooler cooling water outfl ow piping to the underwater pipe going to the water storage t ank, KT&G reduced energy usage as well as contributed to t he enhancement of compressed air quality through the suffici ent supply of cooler cooling water.
Strategic response to climate change as part of environment management
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Responses to greenhouse gas/energy regulations
To establish corporate response systems and support the stabilization of a power supply in an uncertain management environment such as national power supply problems, KT& G has established and is operating summer/winter emergency power-saving scenarios. KT&G has reinforced in-house response ability by stopping the operation of some suppo rt facilities such as room heaters/coolers, air conditioners, and lighting facilities from 10:0 0 to 11:00 AM and 14:00 to 17:00 PM, when power demand rapidly increases, sequentia lly controlling other facilities depending on the situation, and operating emergency in-hou se generators. During the 2013 summer power-saving regulation period, KT&G achieved savings of 29.1%, which is much higher than the average obligatory power saving rate of 10%, through such efforts as adjustment of working hours and the utilization of vacations, thereby saving 124MWh of power.
Reduction of energy used in the business place
Although KT&G is not in an industry that consumes large amounts of energy, it is implem enting diverse activities to reduce energy usage at the company level. KT&G has installe d facilities for energy savings in each factory, participates in ESCO (Energy Service Com pany) projects, and to respond to government policies to prevent power crises in the win ter it has implemented activities such as the management of energy loads.
Improvement of products’ environmental performance
To improve the environmental performance of products, KT&G has improved the internal and external packing mat erials used for products. Through this, KT&G is enhancing the recyclability of products and saving resources, thereby making efforts to improve products’ environmental perfor mance and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Wrapping paper improvement
Reinforcement of external environmental communications
Minimization of environmental risks in the surroundings of the business place
KT&G is expanding its investments in the environment sector so that problems due to bad smells, wastewater, or air pollutants will not occur in areas in the vicinity of its business place.
In particular, since the surroundings of the Cheonan factory has been changed from an industrial region to a general residential region in the city plan, KT&G constructed bad smell prevention facilities by investing approximately 2 billion won to prevent damage to residents due to bad smells.
Implementation of manufacturing factory tours
KT&G is operating factory tour programs at three factories (in Yeongju, Gwangju, and Sintanjin) equipped with the largest production facilities and scales in Asia.
KT&G discloses the manufacturing environment, which is based on a quality and environment system that satisfies ISO international standards and environmentally friendly facility operation, to the general public.Shortcut to factory tour