Green Products

| Development of Environmentally Friendly Products | Environmentally Friendly Products |

 Development of Environmentally Friendly Products
The Kyocera Group aims for every product that it sells to contribute to the betterment of the global environment and endeavors to develop environmentally friendly products.

Kyocera has clearly specified the Concept of Environmental Consciousness to guide our design of environmentally conscious products. Kyocera also identifies products designed to contribute actively to the climate change prevention, energy saving, resource saving, and reductions in hazardous substances as Green Products, and has set up evaluation criteria for each product based on the Concept of Environmental Consciousness. As a result of these efforts, 99% of our products were designated as Green Products in FY2016.

We intend to continue being active in this respect to continue supplying environmentally friendly products to society.
Concept of Environmental Consciousness
Kyocera considers the three themes of “Climate Change Prevention and Energy Conservation,” “Resource Recycling” and “Environmental Preservation and Safety” as high-priority issues. For each of these, we have established clear guidelines for environmental protection at the product development stage.

Concept of Contributing to Environmental Protection
These products allow customers and end-users to contribute to the reduction of environmental impact through use of our products.

Concept of Lowering Environmental Impact
These products minimize environmental impact at all stages of the product life cycle, including manufacturing, sales, distribution, use, and disposal.

Image: Concept of Environmental Consciousness
Concept of Environmental Consciousness

Environmentally Conscious Designs for Printers and Multifunctional Products (MFPs)
Kyocera Document Solutions Inc., which produces and sells printers and multifunctional products (MFPs), conducts environmentally conscious activities in various aspects including longevity design that reduces part replacement or disposal; 3R design that focuses on “reduce,” reuse,” and “recycling;” and low consumption power design that reduces greenhouse effect gas emission.

In the design stage, designs are developed based on the Environmentally Conscious Design Standard from the initial development stage of new products through each of the subsequent development steps. The Environmentally Conscious Design Check Sheet is then used to make sure designs are environmentally conscious during product development.

Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. also conducts a life cycle assessment (LCA), which digitalizes the resources, energy, and waste used or discharged for products or services during the stages from the acquisition of resources to manufacturing, transport, use, and disposal/recycling for all products to reduce the environmental burden of our products.
Image: Life Cycle Stages
Life Cycle Stages
Kyocera Document Solutions Inc., Evaluation of Environment Impact of Products External Sites
Compliance with Environmental Product Standards
Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. is committed to producing environmentally conscious products and actively acquiring Environmental Labels.

The Environmental Label contains three types as specified by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), or Type Ⅰ (label for or with which a third party independently conducts product categorization and establishes the judgment criteria and certifies compliance); Type Ⅱ (self-declaration type label for which a company independently established the criteria and holds that its products are made environmentally conscious); and Type Ⅲ (label for which the environmental loads of a product from “resource acquisition” to “disposal” are calculated based on the life cycle assessment technique and are disclosed based on quantitative analysis).

Kyocera actively promotes acquisition of those certification programs. To be specific, when Kyocera manufactures products, we always attempt to create products that can satisfy the required criteria of major environmental labels (Type Ⅰ), such as Eco Mark or Blue Angel Mark, as early as their development stage.

For Eco Leaf environmental label (Type Ⅲ), we manufacture products that have less environmental loads and actively register and disclose environmental information of products.

Products of Kyocera Document Solutions Inc., Compliance with Environmental Product StandardsExternal Sites

 Environmentally Friendly Products
The Kyocera Group develops environmentally friendly products including fine ceramic products, energy management systems (EMS), solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), LED lighting, and solar power generation systems.

Environmentally Friendly Products

Photo: Home-use SOFC cell stack

Home-use SOFC cell stack
Photo: Floating solar power plant

Floating solar power plant
Photo: High-color rendering index LED modules

High-color rendering index LED modules

Promotion of Green Procurement

Aware of the importance of making efforts in the entire supply chain including Kyocera as well as our suppliers and business associates in order to tackle worsening global environment issues, Kyocera formulated the Kyocera Green Procurement Guideline in 1998 and has promoted green procurement since then. In FY2014, we revised this Guideline and divided it into two guidelines, the Kyocera Guideline on Environmentally Hazardous Substances, which established the standards for product specifications in promoting green procurement; and the Kyocera Guideline on Environmental Protection Activities, which describes the guiding principles of Kyocera's idea of environmental protection activities. With this revision, we have reinforced our ties with our business partners.

Image: Promotion of Green Procurement
Green Procurement Efforts in Cooperation with Business Partners

Conforming to Environmental Product Regulations
Today, the creation of products that are more friendly to the global environment is being demanded while regulations on the restriction of chemical substance management and use (RoHS Directives*1, REACH*2, etc.) are being reinforced from the perspective of preventing impacts on humans and environmental pollution. In response to these moves, Kyocera regularly holds Product Environmental Quality Meetings to develop company-wide response measures and share information on environment-related laws and regulations. In addition, each production department responds to environmental regulations by obtaining information on the chemical substances contained in each purchased item and conducting thorough management of chemical substances in every process.
*1  Restrictions on the use of specified substances contained in electric and electronic equipment
*2  Regulations on the registration, assessment, permission and control of chemical substances
Top of page