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Environmentally Friendly Products / Green Procurement

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 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.

Life Cycle Assessments

Life Cycle Assessments

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.

Environmentally Friendly Products

The Kyocera Group develops environmentally friendly products including fine ceramic products, solar power generation systems, solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC), and LED lighting.

Storage battery
Storage battery
Residential-use solar power generation system
Residential-use solar power generation system
Dummy image M
High-color rendering index LED modules CERAPHIC®

Green Procurement Efforts in Cooperation with Business Partners

Kyocera Guideline on Environmentally Hazardous Substances / Kyocera Guideline on Environmental Protection Activities

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 started promotion of green procurement in FY1999. Kyocera established 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, to reinforce cooperation and coordination with our business partners.

Promotion of Green Procurement Diagram

Kyocera Guideline on Environmentally Hazardous Substances

  English version [Ver.13]
Kyocera Guideline on Environmentally Hazardous Substances
(Requirements for Suppliers)
(pdf/691 KB)

Application Form

  English version
Application Form of Kyocera Guideline on Environmentally Hazardous Substances* (excel/242 KB)

* The Excel file includes the following forms in each worksheet.

  • [General] Form 2 Certificate for Nonuse of Prohibited Chemical Substances
  • [General] Form 3-1 Report on Constituent Contents (Chemical Substances and Preparations)
  • [General] Form 3-2 Report on Constituent Contents (Articles)
  • [General] Form 4 Certificate of Constituent Contents
  • [General] Form 5 Application for Change

Kyocera Guideline on Environmentally Hazardous Substances/Application Form (Connector Products Division, Corporate Electronic Parts Group)

  English version [Ver.24]
Kyocera Guideline on Environmentally Hazardous Substances
Application Form
(pdf/915 KB)

Kyocera Guideline on Environmentally Hazardous Substances/Annex (Corporate Display Group Version)

  English version [Ver.2]
Kyocera Guideline on Environmentally Hazardous Substances
Corporate Display Group Annex
(pdf/2,582 KB)

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 global 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. These phthalates are also restricted under REACH regulations as of July 2020. In addition, as a consequence of revisions to the EU Waste Framework Directive (WFD), as of January 2021 it is necessary to reliably relay information about items containing substances of very high concern (SVHC) regulated by REACH. The manufacturing divisions concerned are basing their response on the content data they have gathered so far. The Kyocera Group regularly holds Product Environmental Quality Meetings to formulate company-wide response policies and share information on these regulations within the entire group. In addition, the manufacturing divisions respond to product-related environmental regulations by obtaining information about chemical substances contained in purchased items, and meticulously controlling chemical substances during processes.

  • Restrictions on the use of specified substances contained in electric and electronic equipment
  • Regulations on the registration, assessment, permission and control of chemical substances

Kyocera List of Environmentally Hazardous Substances (Extract)

Classification Controlled Substance Chemical Substance (Group)
Prohibited Substances (Rank A) Prohibited substances that must not be contained in goods procured by Kyocera or used in the manufacturing of procured goods
  • CFCs (Annex A Group I substances in the Montreal Protocol)
  • Halons (Annex A Group II substances in the Montreal Protocol)
  • Other CFCs (Annex B Group I substances in the Montreal Protocol)
  • Carbon tetrachloride (Annex B Group II substance in the Montreal Protocol)
  • 1.1.1-trichloroethane (Annex B Group III substance in the Montreal Protocol)
  • Bromochloromethane (Annex C Group III substance in the Montreal Protocol)
  • Methyl bromide (Annex E substance in the Montreal Protocol)
  • HBFCs (Annex C Group II substances in the Montreal Protocol)
  • HCFCs (Annex C Group I substances in the Montreal Protocol)
Prohibited Chemical Substances (Rank B) Prohibited chemical substances that must not be contained in goods procured by Kyocera
* For some substances in this category, provisions may be made to limit their application
  • Cadmium and cadmium compounds
  • Hexavalent chromium compounds
  • Lead and lead compounds
  • Mercury and mercury compounds
  • Trisubstituted organotin compounds (including Bis (tri-n-butyltin) oxide (TBTO), tributyltin (TBT) compounds and triphenyltin (TPT) compounds)
  • Dibutyltin (DBT) compounds
  • Dioctyltin (DOT) compounds
  • Cobalt dichloride
  • Arsenic and arsenic compounds
  • Nickel and nickel compounds (Applications where the substance might come into contact with the skin)
  • Polybrominated biphenyls (PBBs)
  • Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs)
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • Polychlorinated naphthalenes (Cl >= 1)
  • Short chain chlorinated paraffins
  • Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
  • Asbestos
  • White phosphorus
  • Red phosphorus
  • Azocolourants and azodyes which form certain amines
  • Radioactive substances
  • Phthalates
    • Dibutyl phthalate: DBP
    • Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate: DEHP
    • Butyl benzyl phthalate: BBP
    • Diisobutyl phthalate: DIBP
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Tetrachloroethylene
  • Dichloromethane
  • Dioxins
  • Tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate
  • Formaldehyhde
  • Dimethyl fumarate (DMF)
  • Hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD)
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • PFOA (Pentadecafluorooctanoic acid)
  • “Class I Specified Chemical Substances” designated in Article 1 of the Order for Enforcement of the Act on the Evaluation of Chemical Substances and Regulation of Their Manufacture, etc.
  • “Harmful Substances, etc., Prohibited for Manufacturing, etc.” designated in Article 16 of the Order for Enforcement of Industrial Safety and Health Act
Controlled Chemical Substances (Rank C) Since neither an alternative material nor technology has been established, these chemical substances may be used intentionally in items procured by Kyocera, on condition that the status of their use is monitored, and that due consideration is given to recycling and other steps for appropriate management.
  • Organotin compounds other than bis (tributyltin) oxide (TBTO), tributyltin compounds (TBTs) and triphenyltins (TPTs)
  • Antimony and antimony compounds
  • Beryllium and beryllium compounds
  • Bismuth and bismuth compounds
  • Selenium and selenium compounds
  • Thallium and thallium compounds
  • Brominated flame retardants other than PBBs and PBDEs
  • Chlorinated flame retardants (CFR)
  • Fluorinated greenhouse gases
  • Perchlorates
  • 2,4-Dinitrotoluene
  • Anthracene oil,anthracene paste, anthracene fraction
  • Aluminosilicate, refractory ceramic fibres
  • High temperature coal-tar pitch
  • Acrylamide
  • REACH SVHC