Kyocera Group’s Environmental Management
The 21st century has widely come to be known as the “Environmental Age.・Realizing early the impact business activities can have on the environment and people’s lives, Kyocera established a vision for seeking a harmonious balance between economic development and environmental protection.
Our goal is to offer attractive products and services while taking companywide measures to reduce waste, conserve energy and resources, and respond to climate change.
Under our Management Rationale, “to contribute to the advancement of society and humankind,・Kyocera’s environmental commitment is embodied in organizational structures, plans and targets that we are devoted to achieving.
Fine ceramics — Kyocera’s core technology — are excellent ecological materials. Taking advantage of their superior resistance to abrasion, heat and corrosion, Kyocera offers a variety of environmentally friendly products.
Kyocera’s Environmentally Friendly Products
Piezoelectric stacks for fuel injectors
Transparent encapsulation materials for LEDs
Sapphire substrates for LEDs
Amorphous silicon (a-Si) photoreceptor drums
Printers and document imaging equipment
Solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC)
We strive for all our products to be labeled “Kyocera Environmentally Friendly Products.・Based on our Environmental Consciousness Evaluation System, we conduct a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which evaluates the environmental friendliness of newly developed products from the planning stage to actual use and disposal.
Environmental assessment in product development
We have an internal system and certification program that focuses on environmental consciousness from the R&D stage all the way to supplying world-class environmentally friendly products.
Concept of environmental consciousness
We consider the three themes of “climate change prevention and energy conservation,・“resource recycling・and “environmental preservation and safety・as high-priority issues, and have established guidelines for each, under the categories of “contributing to environmental protection・and “lowering environmental impact.・/p>
Environmental assessment steps
We conduct LCA at each step including “target-setting,・“estimation and verification・and “measurement and verification,・and quantitatively evaluate the environmental impact of a product through all stages of material procurement, production, distribution, use and disposal.
Conforming to environmental product regulations
Kyocera conforms to the European RoHS Directive, which restricts the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment, and REACH, a regulation concerning chemicals. We also make other efforts to reduce the content of harmful chemical substances in our products.
Kyocera promotes environmental protection throughout our supply chain — including the suppliers from whom we buy materials. We strive to procure environmentally conscious materials in accordance with the Green Procurement Standard we established in 1998, and ask our suppliers for their support in accordance with the Guidelines for Green Procurement.
Kyocera contributes to environmental protection not only through our products but also by ensuring that our manufacturing facilities and methods are environmentally friendly throughout the processes of development, production and distribution. To this end, we are installing solar power generating systems on our manufacturing plants・rooftops. We will complete installation at all ten of Kyocera’s Japan-based manufacturing plants by the end of March 2011.
Energy and resource conservation
Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions
Waste reduction and recycling
Prevention of air pollution and water contamination
Chemical substances management
Solar power generating system installed on the rooftop to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
at Shiga Yohkaichi Plant.
The Kyocera global headquarters building (Kyoto, Japan), which was constructed in 1998, is an innovative ecological building that incorporates a 214-kilowatt solar power generating system, a natural gas cogeneration system, and a variety of other features to reduce environmental burdens.
The Kyocera Group implements the ecological practice of planting “Green Curtains・at many of our manufacturing locations and offices throughout Japan and at other Group locations around the world. The Green Curtains absorb carbon dioxide through photosynthesis and also help shade the windows from direct sunlight, thus enabling us to conserve energy by reducing the use of air conditioners.
The Kyocera Group creates Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reports and publishes them on our Web site in English, Japanese and Chinese, to widely disclose information about our environmental protection and social contribution activities.
To promote two-way communication with local communities, in 2004 our plants and offices in Japan began to hold CSR economic, social and environmental briefing sessions. At these sessions we report on the activities of the entire Group and of individual locations, host facility tours, and exchange ideas with community members.
Since 2002, Kyocera has been giving “Eco-Lessons・to children about the importance of preserving the Earth’s environment. In these Eco-Lessons our employees act as guest lecturers and visit elementary schools with experiment kits using solar cells. As of May 2010, we have provided lessons to more than 20,000 children throughout Japan. Since April 2009, we have also expanded our environmental education activities to China and given lessons to more than 3,000 children there.
Related Web Sites for Kyocera’s CSR Activities