The company’s European branch was recognised with a gold medal for sustainability by rating agency EcoVadis in September, and now the Nippon Sanso Holdings Group (NSHD) has confirmed to gasworld it is ‘working to enable a carbon neutral world.

Nippon Gases was placed in the top 5% industrial gas companies for its sustainability rating after being awarded a gold medal by agency EcoVadis.

The ranking evaluates four key areas: environmental, ethics, human and labour rights and sustainable procurement.

These are all areas that the company has itself been proactive in addressing, many of which were highlighted in its Sustainability Report for the fiscal year ending March 2021. Published in July, the report outlines the impact that the company and its solutions have on the environment and in the communities where they operate.

This includes following the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

In a year dominated by the effects of the global pandemic, Nippon Gases exceeded most of its environmental, social and governance targets covering the three areas related to its philosophy – Proactive, Innovative & Collaborative – as well as the pillars of its strategy and the purpose behind its sustainability agenda: Making life better through gas technology.

Now its parent group NSHD has told exclusively gasworld that ‘Making life better through gas technology’ is not just a philosophy – it is a statement of commitment from all the companies in the Nippon Sanso Holdings group, of which Europe’s Nippon Gases is a part.

“Therefore, thanks to the spirit of proactivity, innovation and collaboration of all The Gas Professionals, we are working to enable a carbon neutral world through a portfolio of integrated technological solutions oriented towards a global circular economy model,” the company said.

“Our green oxygen combined with the state-of-the-art oxy-combustion technology, complemented by our CO2 (carbon dioxide) recovery unit solutions or our green and low-carbon hydrogen production expertise, are the foundational pieces of a portfolio aimed at building a circular business model, supported by digitalisation and the expertise of our group’s recognised know-how in the electronics industry.”

“And this is just the beginning,” the company continued. “Because as The Gas Professionals, we enable a carbon neutral world. And we do it for today, we do it for the future.”

How this is enabled is demonstrated in the above video.

Evidence of enabling a carbon neutral world is also seen through developments like Nippon Gases Italia recently announcing the launch of a second ‘green’ bulk atmospheric gases (B.A.G.) farm in Caserta, Italy.

The new green B.A.G. line will provide various industries, including pharmaceutical, medical, food and manufacturing markets, with nitrogen, oxygen and argon produced from 100% renewable sources.

The announcement in October came just one month after the start-up of the company’s new plant in Pontinia, also in Italy, which will be the first in a series of investments the company plans to make in the country.

Nippon Gases revealed only last month (November) that it was helping an Italian stainless-steel manufacturer – Cogne Acciai Speciali (CAS) – to lower its energy consumption with the modernisation of its onsite ASU (air separation unit). The upgrade is intended to increase the efficiency of production and thereby lower the energy footprint of the steelworks.