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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.
The Kyocera Group has established a policy on biodiversity conservation and actively promoting activities to conserve biodiversity.

  • Reduce natural environmental destruction and ecological impacts, such as avoiding areas of significant biodiversity
  • Conduct environmental impact assessments and work to mitigate impacts, including minimization, restoration, and offsets
  • Actively promote greening of business sites
  • Participate in and support social contribution activities in cooperation with external partners

We joined the Nippon Keidanren Declaration of Biodiversity Promotion Partners since 2010, and we endorse the Keidanren Declaration of Biodiversity and Action Guidelines (revised version) proposed in the Keidanren Declaration of Biodiversity Initiative since 2020.

Activities Related to Biodiversity Conservation

Promoting Kyocera Forestation Activities

The Kyocera Group conducts activities to help factory compounds and local forests regain rich greenery to contribute to various environmental issues, such as preventing climate change and preserving biodiversity, contributing to local community development, and enhancing employees' environmental awareness. Activities mainly include thinning, weeding underbrush, and tree planting in collaboration with external partners such as forestry cooperatives and local residents.

thinning
Thinning work
Making a bench
Making a bench
Tree planting (Tanba chestnut)
Tree planting (Tanba chestnut)
Tree planting (larch)
Tree planting (larch)

Activities in FY2022

Place of activity Start of activity Details of Activity
Okaya City, Nagano Prefecture Minatozaisan area (about 80,000 m2) October 2011 Supported Nagano Prefecture's "Forest Foster Parent Promotion" project.
Planting of larch trees: A total of 1,450 trees. Thinning and underbrush clearing.
Partners: Okaya City, Minato Property District Management Association
Higashi-Omi City, Shiga Prefecture Forest owned by the Shiga Gamo Plant (about 20,000 m2) June 2008 Thinning and underbrush clearing. Vegetation restoration through natural renewal.
Ayabe City, Kyoto Prefecture Forest owned by the Kyoto Ayabe Plant (about 1,000 m2) April 2020 Tamba Chestnut Planting: Total of 37 trees. Thinning and underbrush clearing.
Partners: Ayabe City, Kyoto Model Forest Association
Kyotanabe City, Kyoto Prefecture Mt. Kannabi (about 880,000 m2) November 2012 Thinning and underbrush clearing. Vegetation restoration through natural renewal.
Annual activity results 1 time and target was 2 times.
Partners: Kyoto City, Kyoto Model Forest Association
Satsumasendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture Forest owned by the Kagoshima Sendai Plant (about 1,000 m2) April 2011 Thinning and underbrush clearing. Vegetation restoration through natural renewal.

Some activities have been suspended due to measures to prevent COVID-19.

Development of Biotope (nurturing of fireflies)

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's compound
A firefly in the plant's compound

Rearing Lake Biwa Freshwater Fish

We have built a pond roughly 1/5,000 the size of Lake Biwa at our Shiga Yasu Plant that recreates the ecological environment of Lake Biwa in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. We are rearing rare Lake Biwa freshwater fish at the lake, such as willow gudgeon, char, and bitterling. We are also making effective use of existing green spaces at the plant, mainly consisting of evergreen woodland, by separating the area into four zones: a space offering various opportunities to enjoy the waterside environment, a place where people from the local community can experience the natural environment, the main pathways of the Yasu Plant's ecological network, and a space where people can learn how easy it is to grow more flowers and indigenous vegetation. In this way, we are boosting our employees' environmental awareness.

Breeding tanks for freshwater fish such as willow gudgeon, char, and bitterling
Breeding tanks for freshwater fish such as willow gudgeon, char, and bitterling
Our pond approx. 1/5,000 the size of Lake Biwa
Our pond approx. 1/5,000 the size of Lake Biwa

Protection of endangered species

The Mie Tamaki Plant of Kyocera Document Solutions Co., Ltd. has concluded an agreement with the "Sugashi Arita Sada-oki Environmental Conservation Society," an environmental conservation group, concerning the conservation and restoration of Satochi-satoyama areas, and is carrying out biotope restoration activities. As a result of activities such as weeding and thinning of rice paddies, planting greenery, and maintaining waterways, the inhabitation of rare animals and plants has been confirmed. In parallel with the biotope restoration, we also support observation events for children to learn about nature.

Agreement signing ceremony
Agreement signing ceremony
observation events for children
Observation events for children

External Awards

Shiga Yasu Plant (Yasu City, Shiga Prefecture) and Kyoto Ayabe Plant (Ayabe City, Kyoto Prefecture) received the Kinki Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry Director-General's Award and the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center Chairman's Award, respectively, in the FY2021 National Green Plant Awards for Excellent Greening. The awards are given in accordance with the spirit of the Factory Location Law to promote greening of factories, and are given to factories that have actively promoted greening and made outstanding achievements in improving the environment inside and outside their factories. The Shiga Yasu Plant was recognized for its efforts in greening the plant, such as the biotope set up in the plant to nurture endangered freshwater fish, planting fruit trees, and building a local energy network for local production for local consumption in cooperation with the local community through a renewable energy "self-dispatch" demonstration experiment. The Kyoto Ayabe Plant was highly evaluated for its greening activities, which included the planting of rows of cherry trees and other greenery around the plant's main gate, the designation of idle land as a forestation area, cleanup and underbrush clearing, and the planting of local specialty Tamba chestnuts in cooperation with the local community.

certificate of commendation
Certificate of Commendation (Shiga yasu plant)
Commendation Ceremony
Commendation Ceremony
Certificate of Commendation
Certificate of Commendation (Kyoto ayabe plant)
Walkway maintained through forestation activities
Walkway maintained through forestation activities
Pier maintained through forestation activities
Pier maintained through forestation activities