Green Communication

Japan
| Support of Environmental Education for Children | Activities Related to the Conservation of Biodiversity
| Main Feedback on Sustainable Management |

 Support of Environmental Education for Children
Kyocera Group “Eco-Lessons”
The Kyocera Group has conducted “Eco-Lessons”, a locally rooted social contribution activity, since FY2003, to help children, the next-generation of leaders, better understand environmental problems and energy, and recieve an environmentally friendly school education. Kyocera started Eco-Lessons in China too in FY2010 based on knowhow accumulated in Japan.
In FY2017, we held “Eco-Lessons” in areas near 20 Kyocera Group sites in Japan (11 prefectures) and taught 9,461 school children in 159 elementary schools. In Shanghai, China, an Eco-Lesson was also delivered to 22 children in a local elementary school. Since FY2003, the total number of students who have participated in Eco-Lessons totals 119,846 in and out of Japan.
photo:Lesson where students learn the mechanism of solar cells (Japan)

Lesson where students learn the mechanism of solar cells (Japan)
Kyocera Group ”Eco-Lessons”


Cooperating Exhibition at the Kyoto Manufacturing Hall
Kyocera displays Kyocera’s products and holds a workshop where students learn the nature of fine ceramics and mechanism of solar cells at the Kyoto Manufacturing Hall, a hall that displays exhibitions of corporations and is intended for elementary school and junior high school students, opened in 2009 in a Kyoto experience-based study facility. Children who visit the Hall to attend the lesson can see products and technologies on display and feel the enthusiasm and effort of people dedicated to manufacturing to deepen their understanding of society and what it means to work. photo:Elementary school students visiting the exhibition booth of Kyocera01photo:Elementary school students visiting the exhibition booth of Kyocera

Elementary school students visiting the exhibition booth of Kyocera



Special Science Class to Teach the Mechanism of Electricity or Copying
The Osaka Board of Education holds “Special Science Lessons” jointly with corporations in hopes of allowing children to learn the joy of science through hands-on lessons and enhance their interest in and willingness to learn science. Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. started participation in this joint educational program in 2008. Over 4,000 elementary school students in a total of 58 schools have taken these Science Lessons. Children feel the joy of experiments of hand-copying pictures drawn by themselves. They actually operate copying machines and vividly realize that electricity is applied to products familiar to us. photo:Children learning the mechanism of copying through an experiment
Children learning the mechanism of copying through an experiment
photo:Students learning the history of the copying machine in class
Students learning the history of the copying machine in class


Cooperating with Environmental Awareness Event
Since 1996, Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. has participated in an annual environmental education event organized by the Tijuana municipal government for local middle and high school students from Tijuana, where Kyocera operates a manufacturing plant, and its neighboring areas. Attracting roughly 20,000 participants, the event enlightens students about the importance of environmental protection as they learn about local environmental initiatives undertaken by companies and the government in an enjoyable way. photo:Students learning at the Kyocera booth

Students learning at the Kyocera booth


 Activities Related to the Conservation of Biodiversity
Human society consists of various blessings from nature. On the other hand, forests equivalent to one fifth of Japan’s land area are lost from the world every year. It is also said that the effect of human activities over the last several hundreds of years has caused the extinction rate of species to be accelerated by 1,000 times. In these ways, circumstances surrounding biodiversity have become extremely serious.

In regards to the Kyocera Group’s business activities, while we are benefitting from the ecological system in the form of raw materials, its output has no small effect on biodiversity.

The Kyocera Group establishes working policies relating to the conservation of biodiversity on activities such as the reduction of destructive effects on the natural environment and on the ecological system, active promotion of greenification at Group facilities, and participation in and support of social contribution activities.

Promoting Kyocera Forestation Activities
The Kyocera Group conducts activities to help factory compounds or local forests regain rich verdure to take action for environmental issues such as prevention of climate change or preservation of biodiversity, contribute to local society, and enhance employees’ environmental awareness. These activities mainly include thinning and undergrowth cutting together with local residents. photo:Thinning work photo:Cutting of undergrowth
Thinning work Cutting of undergrowth

Records of Activity
  Place of activity Start of activity
Okaya City, Nagano Prefecture Minatozaisan area
(about 80,000m2)
October 2011
Higashi-Omi City, Shiga Prefecture Forest owned by the Shiga Gamo Plant
(about 20,000m2)
June 2008
Kyotanabe City, Kyoto Prefecture Mt. Kannabi
(about 880,000m2)
November 2012
Satsuma Sendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture Forest owned by the Kagoshima Sendai Plant
(about 3,000m2)
April 2011

One Approach

Contract of the “Forest Foster Parent Agreement” Renewed
The Nagano Okaya Plant conducts forestation activities in cooperation with administration and local communities in support of the purpose of the Forest Foster Parent Promotion project promoted by Nagano Prefecture to deepen exchange between corporations and local society and create a new form of forestation. The Plant signed the Forest Foster Parent Agreement with Minatozaisan area, Okaya City in July 2011, and started the activity. Since some part of the forest was damaged by heavy rainfall, the damaged forest covering an area of about 8 hectares was named as the Kyocera Forest, and the Plant is conducting various measures including thinning, cutting of undergrowth, or planting trees, to make the forest more resistant to disasters. In March 2017, the Plant renewed the agreement at a renewal signing ceremony at the city hall of Okaya. Kyocera continues to develop and preserve forests through these activities. photo:Renewal signing ceremony
Renewal signing ceremony
Promoting Project Firefly
The Kagoshima Kokubu Plant launched Project Firefly in November 2009 in order to preserve the distinctive local biosphere around the manufacturing plant. With the cooperation of local firefly researchers, employees improved the environment around a pond in the plant premises to make it habitable. As a result, fireflies flew around the plant in May 2010, glowing brilliantly. We also endeavor to enhance the environmental awareness of employees through this project. photo:A firefly in the plant compound
A firefly in the plant compound


 Main Feedback on Sustainable Management

Minister of the Environment's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity Aawarded Consecutively for Seven Years

Since our high-output solar module was awarded the Minister of the Environment's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity for the first time in 2010, Kyocera has been awarded the same commendation consecutively for seven years. In 2016, the Kyoto Ayabe Plant was awarded the Minister of the Environment's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity in the category of Countermeasure Technology Introduction and Dissemination as the plant’s local contribution activities were comprehensively evaluated, including installation of solar power generating systems, introduction of highly energy-saving high-efficiency equipment and waste heat recovering equipment, and holding of “Eco-Lessons” at nearby elementary schools.

The solid-oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cogeneration system for residential use “ENE FARM Type S” jointly developed by Kyocera, Osaka Gas Co., Ltd., Aisin Seiki Co., Ltd., and Noritz Corporation won the same Award in the category of Technological Development and Commercialization. Kyocera was in charge of the cell stack, the core of this system.
photo:Award ceremony

Award ceremony

Awards Received Related to the Environment (FY2017)
Date Award Recipient
April
2016
Recycler of the Year Kyocera Communications, Inc. (U.S.A.)
(now Kyocera International, Inc.)
August
2016
Excelencia Ambiental Kyocera Mexicana, S.A. de C.V. (Mexico)
October
2016
Environment Award and Environment Activity Award, Japan Cutting & Wear-resistant Tool Association Shiga Yohkaichi Plant and Kagoshima Sendai Plant
October
2016
Refuse Reduction and 3R Activity Excellent Establishment Certification Award, Kyoto City Kyoto Fushimi Office
November
2016
Refuse Reduction and 3R Activity Excellent Establishment Certification Award, Yokohama City Yokohama Office
November
2016
Grand Prize, Green Curtain Contest, Hirakata City Hirakata Plant, Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
November
2016
Minister of the Environment's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity (Countermeasure Technology Introduction and Dissemination) Kyoto Ayabe Plant
November
2016
Minister of the Environment's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity (Technological Development and Commercialization) Development of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) cogeneration system for residential-use “ENE FARM Type S”
February
2017
Prize, Fukushima Protocol Project Award (Production Industry) Fukushima Koriyama Plant
February
2017
Excellent Prize, Kagoshima GHG Emission Reduction Enterprise Hotel Kyocera
   
 
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