Feature Article No.3 Kyocera Group Environmental Management Founded on Three Pillars of Coexistence

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Coexistence of society, the world and nature is the basis of the Kyocera Group's corporate activity. Kyocera engages in environmental management to achieve sustainable corporate development, while pursuing the coexistence of ecological and economic goals.
 
Kyocera Group Environmental Management Establishment of Environment Vision 2020
 
Establishment of Environment Vision 2020
Based on the concept of coexistence (Living Together), in 1990, the Kyocera Group drafted the Kyocera Environmental Charter. The Charter reflects Kyocera's basic philosophy on the environment.

On the road to realization of the Kyocera Environmental Charter, we have prepared our Environment Vision 2020. This plan sets out the state of environmental management to be achieved by the Kyocera Group by the year 2020.

 Environment Vision 2020
 
Figure:Environment Vision 2020
For the Kyocera Group, harmonious coexistence (Living Together) is the underlying foundation of all our business activities as we strive for sustainable development through environmental management. Based on a global environmental management system (Green Management), we strive for ecological and economic compatibility in three areas: Green Products, Green Factories and Green Communication.

1. Contribute to realization of a low-carbon society
Targeting our Low-Carbon Society Contribution Factor of 3 (Contribution Volume ÷ Emission Volume) by maximizing the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through energy creation, and suppressing greenhouse gas emissions in business activities.
 
2. Contribute to realization of a recycling-based society
Contribute to realization of a society with sustainable recycling of resources by reducing the volume of new resource input and minimizing waste emissions.
 
3. Contribute to realization of a society coexisting with nature
(1) Advance conservation of biodiversity by minimizing negative impact on the natural environment, as well as protecting and nurturing the natural environment.
(2) Contribute to cultivation of an environmentally conscious society, through environmental communication with various stakeholders and environmental awareness activities.

 Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Target our Low-Carbon Society
 Contribution Factor of 3
In addition to targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from business activities, the Environment Vision 2020 establishes a new benchmark in aiming for realization of a low-carbon society. Named the "Low-Carbon Society Contribution Factor," this benchmark gives an overall assessment of the volume of contribution to greenhouse gas reduction through use of Kyocera green products.
Figure:Low-Carbon Society Contribution Factor = Volume of contribution to greenhouse gas reduction / Volume of greenhouse gas emissions
 
Volume of greenhouse gas emissions is the total of greenhouse gas emissions converted to greenhouse gas volume. Volume of contribution to greenhouse gas reduction is the estimated equivalent volume of energy created, converted to greenhouse gas volume, of solar power generation systems manufactured, sold and used continuously for generating electricity over 20 years.
Figure:Volume of greenhouse gas emissions
Coefficient used in conversion = 0.360kg of CO2 per kWh
(Based on the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association's Independent Industry Rules on Labeling) Volume of greenhouse gas emissions will be offset against volume of contribution to greenhouse gas reduction from energy creation in FY2014. The long-term objective is a Low-Carbon Society Contribution Factor of 3, whereby volume of contribution to greenhouse gas reduction from energy creation in 2020 will be at least three times greater than the volume of greenhouse gas emissions.

 Advancing the 7th Environment & Safety Promotion Plan
The 7th Environment and Safety Promotion Plan was established as a milestone on the way to achieving the Environment Vision 2020. The Plan sets out concrete targets and action plans for research, development, propagation and expansion of green products, in addition to reduction of negative environmental impact of plants and offices, over three years to FY2014.

7th Environment & Safety Promotion Plan (pdf/46KB) CSR Report 2011 PDF
Figure:Advancing the 7th Environment & Safety Promotion Plan


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