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KYOCERA to Participate in "CO2 Reduction / Light-Down Campaign" for 3rd Consecutive Year

22 Kyocera Group locations to help reduce CO2 emissions by turning off lights

June 18, 2010
Kyocera Corporation (President: Tetsuo Kuba) announced that as part of its environmental protection activities it will be turning off lights at its facilities and billboards across Japan in order to help cut CO2 emissions through its participation in the "CO2 Reduction / Light-Down Campaign" which Japan's Ministry of the Environment has been organizing since 2003 to mitigate global warming. This is the third consecutive year that Japan-based Kyocera Group companies have taken part in the eco-friendly campaign.

The campaign will run from June 20 through July 7, 2010. During that time, Kyocera will turn off lights at 23 facilities in 12 locations*, including the garden area which is open to the public at its headquarters in Kyoto City. Kyocera's participation in the Light-Down Campaign is expected to mitigate 1,915kg-CO2** — the equivalent of planting 137 cedar trees.

Furthermore, Kyocera will completely shut down all lights at its facilities across Japan from 8 to 10 pm on the two days designated by the Ministry of the Environment for "Black Illumination" — the day of the summer solstice on June 21, and for the "Star Festival Light-Down" on the day of the Star Festival on July 7. Also, at 39 facilities in 22 locations, Kyocera Group companies will shut down the lighting of main manufacturing facilities' signs and 3 neon billboards.

Moreover, Kyocera is also encouraging employees at its domestic group company locations to take up the campaign at their own homes to help further cut use of unnecessary lighting.

Summary of Kyocera Group Light-Down Campaign Participation

1. Dates and Locations  
1) Light-Down Campaign" June 20 - July 7, 2010
  23 facilities at 12 locations planned Hours vary by location
2) "Black Illumination" June 21, 2010 8-10pm
  "Star Festival Light-Down" July 7, 2010 8-10pm
  39 facilities at 22 locations planned  
2. Campaign
Lights will be turned off at headquarters garden area, company facilities, advertising billboards, etc.

Main Locations Targeted by the Campaign

Photo: Public garden area in front of the headquarters building
Photo: Hotel Kyocera neon signage
Photo:Billboard in Tokyo
Public garden area
in front of
the headquarters building
Hotel Kyocera neon signage
Billboard in Tokyo

*Hours vary by location.
**One cedar tree absorbs 14kg-CO2 per year. (Source: Forestry Agency of Japan)