KYOCERA Launches the 6th Environment and Safety Promotion Plan
KYOTO, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kyocera Corporation (President: Makoto Kawamura)(NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) is pleased to announce that with the end of the 5th Environmental Protection Promotion Plan, which covered a span of three years starting in 2005, the company is launching the new 6th Environment and Safety Promotion Plan as of the current fiscal year. The three-year plan, which has been used since 1992 to clarify Kyocera action goals for environmental protection, encourages energy-saving measures, waste reduction and other activities to protect the environment.
“As part of its environmental protection activities, Kyocera is developing a number of approaches for all regions focusing on the locales of its plants and business premises, to reach out to households and the regional community”
The scale of the plan will be expanded from Kyocera and the companies in the domestic group to include overseas group companies with all 68,000 employees (as of April 1, 2008) of the Kyocera Group participating in the effort.
In keeping with its corporate motto of “Respect the Divine and Love People,” Kyocera has, since its inception, positioned the three “Living Together” concepts — living together with our community, living together with our global society and living together with nature — at the center of all its corporate activities. Recognizing that corporate activities place an environmental burden on the planet and have an impact on the lives of people, the Kyocera Group is united in practicing environmental management, which has as its goal the sustainable development of the corporation, while pursuing compatibility between ecology and economy and signaling a clear vision of environmental protection.
Based on the results of the 5th Plan, the 6th Environment and Safety Promotion Plan establishes specific goals and plans for the next three years with a target of March 2011, but the plan also determines the destination point ten years into the future.
With, for example, action to prevent global warming, in addition to the mainstream goal of reducing absolute amounts of green house gas emissions, Kyocera has set a reduction target of 44% in units per net sales by FY2010, which exceeds the voluntary goal of a 35% reduction from 1990 levels set by the electronics and electric industry. Moreover, the plan outlines the goals for the next five-year and ten-year periods with a 50% reduction target for FY2012 and a 65% reduction target for FY2017 from the 1990 levels. The company plans to step up its efforts by implementing specific tactics such as energy-saving measures for production equipment, solar power generation systems, high-efficiency turbo refrigerators and fuel conversion.
According to Hisashi Sakumi, General Manager of the Kyocera Corporate Environment and Education Group, Kyocera is pursuing initiatives aimed at improving environmental contributions and environmental awareness on a global scale. “As part of its environmental protection activities, Kyocera is developing a number of approaches for all regions focusing on the locales of its plants and business premises, to reach out to households and the regional community,” Sakumi stated.
Kyocera Corporation (NYSE: KYO / http://global.kyocera.com/), the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in 1959 as a producer of advanced ceramics. By combining these engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with other technologies, Kyocera Corporation has become a leading supplier of solar energy systems, telecommunications equipment, semiconductor packages, electronic components, laser printers, copiers and industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2008, the company’s net sales totaled 1.29 trillion yen (approximately $12.9 billion).