Green Products

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 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 establishes “Green Products” as those designed to contribute actively to climate change prevention, energy conservation, resource conservation, and the reduction of hazardous substances, and has set up evaluation criteria for each product based on the Concept of Environmental Consciousness.

We will actively expand the development of environmental consciousness efforts so we can continue supplying environmentally friendly products and contribute to the global environment.
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.

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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.
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Life Cycle Assessments
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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.

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 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

Residential-use solar power
generation system
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High-color rendering index
LED modules

Promotion of Green Procurement

Since we consider it important to take action in the entire supply chain including business partners in addition to ourselves to cope with worsening global environment problems, we established, in FY1999, the Kyocera Guideline on Environmentally Hazardous Substances, which specifies criteria for product specifications in promoting green procurement, and the Kyocera Guideline on Environmental Protection Activities, which describes the guideline for environmental protection activities considered important for Kyocera. These actions are designed to reinforce cooperation and coordination with our business partners.

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Green Procurement Efforts in Cooperation with Business Partners

Product Response to Environmental Regulation
In order to curb the harmful impact on human health and the prevention of environmental pollution, management of chemical substances or restrictions on their use are being reinforced through regulations in various countries in the world, with major examples including the RoHS Directive*1 or REACH regulations*2. This trend suggests greater demand for the production of products more friendly to the earth’s environment. Europe's RoHS Directive plans to add four phthalates to the list of restricted substances, which currently contain six substances including lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium, in July 2019. In response, the Kyocera Group regularly holds Product Environmental Quality Meetings to formulate company-wide response policies and share information on environmental laws and regulations within the entire group. For four phthalate compounds, Kyocera conducted a use status survey to purchasers and has already taken appropriate action as required, including shifting to alternative substances through the supply chain.
*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
   
 
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