VOC (volatile organic compounds) is the general term of organic compounds that become gaseous in the atmosphere such as toluene, xylene and ethyl acetate, and regarded as one of the causative agents of photochemical oxidant that does harm to the human body and animals and plants.
In addition to printing, laundry, refueling and metal surface treatment (treatment in preparation for plating), VOC is also emitted from exterior painting of buildings, automobiles and boilers.
In Tokyo, the environment standard for photochemical oxidant has not been achieved yet. Instead, the number of days when highly concentrated photochemical oxidant occurs tends to increase in recent years. TMG is trying to reduce VOC emissions as an urgent issue.
While regulating emissions based on laws and ordinances, TMG also provides technical support to voluntary approaches to reduction in VOC emissions such as distribution of a guidebook for measures against VOC and dispatching of advisors to small-to-medium businesses. In addition, TMG is also striving to promote wide use of and awareness about low-VOC products by introducing advanced examples of low-VOC painting on its website.