Green Management: Basis of Environmental Management Promotion

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| Environmental Management Promotion System | Environmental Education | Environmental Risk Management | Environmental Audit | Environmental Accounting | Overall Environmental Impact |

 Environmental Management Promotion System
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Environmental management promotion system
The Kyocera Group formulates environment-related policies and measures through reviews and discussions in the Planning and Policy Division, Environment Division and other related divisions with the President as leader. Environment-related projects are set up whenever required to take on any environment-related challenges and resolve outstanding issues.

A separate organization has been established with the Environment Division playing a central role so that Kyocera can continue activities for environmental protection. Specifically, the contents of the Kyocera Group Global Environment Policy are assimilated into our environment management system based on ISO 14001 and managed through the monthly PDCA process.

ISO 14001 Certification Status (pdf/45KB) PDF


 Environmental Education
The Kyocera Group provides systematic environmental education to help all employees understand the significance of environmental protection activities and their roles in them. Specifically, environment education is divided into general/awareness education and special education and is provided to employees systematically depending on their rank and occupation so as to improve environmental awareness.

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Efforts to Improve Employees’ Environmental Awareness
The Kyocera Group sets a specific period in which environmental protection activities such as energy conservation are conducted intensively so as to improve awareness of the environment and enhance environmental conservation activities at plants and offices.

In Japan, the period of four months from June to September was designated Summer Eco Challenge 2013 as a movement to intensify efforts for energy saving during summer. Kyocera conducted various activities during this period, including a “Green Curtain” photo contest and Eco-Lessons for the children of Kyocera employees.

Overseas, Kyocera also carried out active efforts including the preparation of environmental awareness posters and participation in local environment-related events.
Photo: Environment-awareness poster (Thailand)

Environment-awareness poster (Thailand)
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Participation in environmental events (Mexico)

 Environmental Risk Management
The Kyocera Group established the Kyocera Group Environmental Management Standard in 1992, which is stricter than statutory and public regulations on emissions, wastewater, soil and groundwater. Based on this Environmental Management Standard, we have more stringent voluntary management standards for each site. Thorough management for environmental conservation is thus ensured using these strict standards, including periodic environmental measurement. In addition, we have Soil and Groundwater Management Regulations to ensure the prevention of soil contamination. To comply with these regulations, we take various measures, including the use of double wall structures for underground storage tanks and leakage detection systems to promote early detection of leaks and prevention of the spread of contamination.
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Kyocera Group Environmental Management Standard
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Double-layered underground tank storage Leakage detection system
(Leakages are detected by sensing changes in electric resistance as a result of damage to the insulation layer.)
See below for the Kyocera Group’s Environmental Management Standard, voluntary management standards and environmental impact data for each site:
Environmental Impact Data at Kyocera Group Sites

Dealing with Emergencies
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Emergency training (Kagoshima Sendai Plant)
Assuming the inevitability of accidents and emergencies which may affect the environment, we have taken preventative countermeasures, such as the installation of dikes. We have also prepared procedures for dealing with emergencies. To ensure that employees are familiar with these procedures, we hold emergency training drills more than once each year.
Environmental Regulations Compliance Status
In the Kyocera Group, no violations of environment-related legal regulations occurred in FY2014.

Reports on Soil and Groundwater Contamination
The Kyocera Group (Japan) conducts soil surveys based on the Soil Contamination Countermeasures Act and provides survey reports to the relevant local governments. Four sites have so far been designated by local authorities as warning areas, one location of Kyocera Crystal Device Corporation in Asahi City, Chiba Prefecture in 2013, two sites of Kyocera Crystal Device Corporation in Ebetsu City, Hokkaido Prefecture and Hachioji City, Tokyo, in 2014, and one site of Kyocera Chemical Corporation in Kawaguchi City, Saitama Prefecture in 2014.

Strict control of contaminants is now being carried out at these sites, including measures to prevent the spread of contamination. No spreading or effects on surrounding areas have so far been reported. Kyocera will continue to work with local authorities and take appropriate measures to prevent pollution.


 Environmental Audit
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Environmental audit
The Kyocera Group conducts periodic internal audits to make sure the Environmental Management System is being run properly based on the requirements of ISO 14001.

The results and corrective actions are reflected in the review and in the improvement of the Environment Management System.


 Environmental Accounting
The Kyocera Group established an Environmental Accounting System which has been in practice since FY2003. In its business activities, the Kyocera Group quantitatively assesses the cost laid out for environmental conservation and its conservation effects as well as economic benefits, and positively utilizes this information for environmental conservation measures.

Analytical Results of Environmental Accounting


 Overall Environmental Impact
The Kyocera Group monitors and manages the relationship of business activities and environmental burdens as numerical data. The data for each stage of materials procurement, manufacturing, distribution, use, and disposal/recycling are used in the formulation of measures and the analysis and assessment of results to realize effective reductions in environmental burdens. Image: Overall Environmental Impact
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