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Environmental Protection Activities

Support of Environmental Education for Children

Kyocera Group "Eco-Lessons"

The Kyocera Group has conducted "Eco-Lessons," a locally rooted social contribution activity, since FY2003, to help children, the next generation of leaders, better understand environmental and energy-related issues and receive an environmentally friendly education at school. Kyocera held 76 classes (for 1,790 students) in FY2020, and around 130,000 children (as of March 31, 2020) have heard our message about protecting the global environment since we first started this social outreach activity.

Photo: Lesson where students learn the mechanism of solar cells and battery(Japan)
Photo: Lesson where students learn the mechanism of solar cells and battery(Japan)
Lesson where students learn the mechanism of solar cells and battery (Japan)

Special Science Class to Teach the Mechanism of Electricity

The Osaka Board of Education holds "Special Science Lessons" jointly with corporations in hopes of letting children learn the joy of science through hands-on lessons and enhance their interest in and willingness to learn science. Kyocera Document Solutions Inc. started to participate in this joint educational program in 2009 and so far has held lessons for a total of 4,961 students at 68 elementary schools. Children can feel the joy of working on experiments by hand-copying pictures drawn by themselves. They can also operate copying machines and learn about how products use electricity in our daily lives.

Photo: Elementary school students visiting the exhibition booth of Kyocera 01
Children learning the mechanism of copying through an experiment
Photo: Elementary school students visiting the exhibition booth of Kyocera 02
Students learning the history of the copying machine in class

Participating in Environmental Awareness Events

KYOCERA Document Solutions Australia Pty. Ltd. participated in the annual Business Clean-Up Day. We have participated every year since 2003 in this annual event where companies in Australia organize volunteer clean-ups. In the future, we intend to continue to participate in this event to pass a beautiful natural environment on to future generations.

Photo: Participants in Business Clean Up Day
Participants in Business Clean Up Day

Activities Related to the 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.
In regards to the Kyocera Group’s business activities, while we are benefitting from the ecological system in the form of raw materials, its output has no small effect on biodiversity. The Kyocera Group establishes working policies relating to the conservation of biodiversity on activities such as the reduction of destructive effects on the natural environment and on the ecological system, active promotion of greenification at Group facilities, and participation in and support of social contribution activities.

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. These activities mainly include thinning and undergrowth cutting together with residents.

Thinning work
Thinning work

We are implementing a five-year plan at Kyocera’s Kyoto Ayabe Plant to develop and properly manage its green spaces. In FY2021, the first year of the project, we are conducting weeding, carrying out a vegetation survey, and clearing land to construct a new promenade. We are also planning to raise chestnut seedlings under the Ayabe municipal authorities' supervision so that the site can also support Tanba Chestnut production, a local brand.

Planting seedlings
Planting seedlings

Activities

Place of activity Start of activity
Okaya City, Nagano Prefecture Minatozaisan area (about 80,000 m2) October 2011
Higashi-Omi City, Shiga Prefecture Forest owned by the Shiga Gamo Plant (about 20,000 m2) June 2008
Ayabe City, Kyoto Prefecture Forest owned by the Kyoto Ayabe Plant (about 1,000 m2) April 2020
Kyotanabe City, Kyoto Prefecture Mt. Kannabi (about 880,000 m2) November 2012
Satsumasendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture Forest owned by the Kagoshima Sendai Plant (about 3,000 m2) April 2011

Development of Biotope (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.

Photo: A firefly in the plant's compound
A firefly in the plant's compound

Development of Biotope (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

Main Feedback on Sustainable Management

Selected for the Top-ranking A List in the CDP Climate Change Survey

Kyocera was selected by CDP, an international non-profit, for its top-ranking A-List for environmental activities. CDP has global influence in the environmental field, and it recognized Kyocera as a company with excellent transparency and initiatives against climate change. The Kyocera Group has set FY2031 targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adopting renewable energy, and we are currently expanding aggressive action towards their achievement. Based on recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Kyocera is reviewing climate-related risks and opportunities, formulating energy strategies based on analysis of scenarios where global average temperatures have risen by 2~4 degrees Celsius, and moving forward with measures such as the adoption of renewable energy. CDP selected Kyocera for the Climate Change A-List in overall recognition of our activities about climate change.

The CDP Climate Change A List

Selected for the CDP Supplier Engagement Leader Board

For the second year running, Kyocera has been chosen for CDP's Supplier Engagement Leader Board to recognize our activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout our supply chain. CDP assesses companies based on climate change countermeasures throughout their value chain and selects outstanding companies for its Supplier Engagement Leader Board. The Kyocera Group sets medium to long-term greenhouse gas emissions targets (SBT* certified) and aims to reduce our environmental impact throughout our value chain. CDP selected Kyocera in overall recognition of those initiatives.

SBT: Science Based Targets (greenhouse gas reduction targets based on scientific grounds)

Supplier Engagement Leader Board

Received the Japanese Minister of the Environment's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity for the 10th Year Running

The Kyocera Group has been awarded the Japanese Minister of the Environment's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity consecutively for the ten years since our high output solar power module first received the prize in 2010. We received the Minister of the Environment's Award for Global Warming Prevention Activity (implementation of countermeasures/dissemination category) in overall recognition of our community-based environmental preservation activities in 2019. These include the following measures at the Kyocera Document Solutions Tamaki Plant: installation of solar panels on the roof, individually controlled air conditioning, use of LED lighting, installation of highly energy-efficient equipment, and eco-lessons at local elementary schools.

2,814 solar panels installed on the roof of the plant
2,814 solar panels installed on the roof of the plant

Other Awards (FY2020)

Date Award Recipient
September, 2019 Japan Greenery Research and Development Center President’s Honorable Mention Award, National Green Factory Awards Shiga Yasu Plant
December, 2019 WorldStar Award 2020 Kyocera Document Solutions Inc.
March, 2020 Office with Excellent 2R, Sorting and Recycling Activities Kyoto Fushimi Office, Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto Co., Ltd.