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 receive an environmentally friendly education at school. Kyocera started Eco-Lessons in China as well in FY2010 based on knowhow accumulated in Japan.
In FY2019, Kyocera delivered Eco-Lessons to 53 elementary schools, or 3,295 students, mainly in the areas in Japan where 18 Kyocera Group sites are located (11 prefectures). Eco-Lessons were also held for 815 students in elementary schools in Shanghai, China. A total of 128,943 students inside and outside Japan have participated in our Eco-Lessons since FY2003.
Lesson where students learn the mechanism of solar cells and battery(Japan)

Lesson where students learn the mechanism of solar cells and battery(Japan)

Kyocera Group “Eco-Lessons”
 

Cooperating Exhibition at the Kyoto Manufacturing Hall
Kyocera holds fine ceramics crafts lesson at the Kyoto Manufacturing Hall of Fame, a company exhibition hall for elementary and junior high school students that opened a hands-on learning facility in Kyoto in 2010. The lesson teaches the nature of fine ceramics and the mechanism of solar power generation. In addition, Kyocera exhibits items related to manufacturing. Children visit this facility as part of their extracurricular activity. The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to help the children deepen their understanding of society and work as they can see first hand the hard work and passion for products, technology, and the art of manufacturing.
Elementary school students visiting the exhibition booth of Kyocera 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 letting children 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 2009. Over 5,000 elementary school students in a total of 66 schools have taken these Science Lessons. Children feel the joy of experiments of hand-copying pictures drawn by themselves. They are able to operate copying machines and learn how electricity is applied to products in our daily lives. Children learning the mechanism of copying through an experiment

Children learning the mechanism of copying through an experiment
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. 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.
Thinning work Kyocera employees participate in a forestation event

Thinning work

Kyocera employees participate in a forestation event

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
Development of Biotope (nurturing of fireflies)
The Kagoshima Kokubu Plant started a biotope in November 2009 to maintain the local ecosystem inside the compound. The Plant also raises fireflies in this biotope. With the help of local firefly specialists, the Plant staff improves the natural environment around a pond in the plant compound to create an environment easier for fireflies to live. Thanks to their effort, adult fireflies fly around the plant compound every year. Plant employees are encouraged to be more conscious of environmental protection through this activity. A firefly in the plant' compound
A firefly in the plant' compound


 Main Feedback on Sustainable Management

Environment Minister’s Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity Presented to Kyocera for 8 Consecutive Years

Kyocera has been awarded the Minister of the Environment's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity consecutively for the nine years since our high output solar power module first received the prize in 2010. In 2018, our Nagano Okaya Plant received the Environment Minister’s Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity (Implementation of Countermeasures/Dissemination Category) for their community-based environmental preservation efforts including energy creation and CO2 emission reduction by effective use of solar power generating systems, reduction of power consumption by introduction of highly efficient air conditioning equipment and the reduction of air conditioning load by fostering green curtains,. Kyocera was also commended for the provision of eco-lessons to local elementary school students. Growing green curtains (The total length is approximately 140 meters.)

Growing green curtains (The total length is approximately 140 meters.)

Other Awards Received Related to the Environment (FY2019)
Date Award Recipient
July, 2018 "Environmental Excellence Award" KYOCERA Mexicana, S.A. de C.V.(Mexico)
Sep., 2018 "Water Innovation & Efficiency Award" of the San Diego County Water Authority KYOCERA International, Inc.(USA)
Oct.,2018 "Excellent Recycling Plant Award" in Niigata Prefecture Niigata Shibata Plant
Nov.,2018 "award for excellence" of Green Curtain Contest in Hirakata City Hiarakata plant of KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.
Dec.,2018 Environment Minister's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity (Implementation of Countermeasures/Dissemination Category) Nagano Okaya Plant
Dec.,2018 Chubu electricity use Rationalization Committee
"Chubu electricity use Rationalization Committee Chairman's Commendation for Achievements in Energy Management"
Tamaki Plant of KYOCERA Document Solutions Inc.

 
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