Environment Protection Activities
“Clarion Global Eco Photo Contest 2015”
As an event during eco-month in June, we held “Clarion Global Eco Photo Contest 2015.” There were entries of 359 pictures with motif of environment in everyday life from 14 countries around the world, and excellent pictures were commended with prizes. Pictures that passed the first stage assessment were published on the company’s internal website to foster employees’ environmental awareness.
Participation in Volunteer Clean-up Activity of Inawashiro Lake (Fukushima Pref.)
As a part of the environmental joint activities of the Koriyama Site’s Eco-Factory Subcommittee, we took part in clean-up actions and collection of drifted waterweeds on Tenjin Beach on Inawashiro Lake in Fukushima on Saturday, April 18 and Saturday, October 24, 2015, to collect and remove waterweed and waste which cause deterioration of water quality.
Clarion actively promotes activities for improvement of water quality and preservation of ecological systems of Inawashiro Lake.
Bat Protection Activities in America (CCA)
Bats generally roost in dead trees or the cracks of tree barks.
However, as their habitat is diminishing, many bats have lost a safe place to roost. A bathouse can serve as a bat’s roost, where they can raise their young in a safe and secure environment. Bats feed on harmful insects, helping farmers and gardeners to use less agricultural chemicals. Just one bat can remove thousands of pests in one night.
Building feed stations in Hungary (CHE)
Feed stations were built at CHE to help preserve birds in the winter.
Environmental Activities in Brazil (CBL)
At CBL, projects were initiated to engage in environmental activities. Initiatives include lectures regarding the maintenance of the CBL site in orderly state, environmental protection technology, and efficient use of resources.
Energy Consumption Reduction Activities
The Hitachi Group is striving to achieve energy consumption reduction targets of 16% in terms of Basic Unit for Energy in fiscal 2016 (against fiscal 2005 level).
The total energy consumed by Clarion Group in fiscal 2015 in terms of crude oil was 3,808 kℓ.
We will further promote the reduction through such activities as reviewing of production processes, introduction of energy saving device and other steady improvement of the work environment.
Intercompany Container Matching (Use of Non-Clarion Containers)
Clarion has started “Intercompany Container Matching” since October 2015 as part of our wasted cost reduction activities for road transport.
Efficient use of empty containers by import & export companies can lead to reduced impact on the environment as well as reduced logistics costs.
Active Use of Forest Absorption Credit (Emission Trading)
Clarion has taken a new step in environment protection through the deployment of international air transport services with CO2 credit. As we use international air transport services, we procure CO2 credit, following the Kyoto Mechanism, and transfer it to the redemption account of the Japanese government.
In the past, we mainly participated in overseas projects when conducting carbon offsetting. However, we can now make transactions using a Japanese project, and funds from carbon offsetting can go back into forestry in Japan. We can indirectly contribute back to the revitalization of forestry in Japan and take measures to cope with global warming.
Clarion endeavors to reduce the total amount of waste generated by its business activities and further promote recycling activities. Clarion defines “zero waste output” as “reducing the amount of final disposal at the sites to be less than 0.5%, by recycling more than 99.5%” and we have been working to achieve this goal since fiscal 2011. At the same time, we promote material recycling through improvement of production processes and disassembling of waste.
In fiscal 2015, the increased amount of parts purchased from overseas resulted in a rise in packaging material for parts, and as a consequence, the recycled volume accounted for a total of 1,208 metric tons, and we managed to recycle 99.9% of our waste. We shall proactively pursue further reduction of environmental impact through promotion of higher level recycling and technology for reintroduction of waste in product resources.
Clarion conducts thorough chemical substance management through ongoing awareness education and training activities. Moreover, we strive to reduce the output of chemical substances used in production as much as possible by switching these to ones with lower environmental impact. Currently we work primarily to reduce solder, waste oil and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) of which we have higher usage, eventually, waste output.
Complying with the Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) Law
Clarion runs a system that tracks the amounts of chemical substances used and their waste output, even if they are used only in smaller amounts below the levels subject to report under the PRTR. In fiscal 2015, although as a whole Clarion domestic operations handled 651.5kg of chemical substances, the amount itself was below that required to be reported under the PRTR Law. We are also striving to reduce the amount of usage and waste output of chemical substances that are not subject to the PRTR Law.