Environment Protection Activities
A part of Fukushima site premise was turned to a biotope, “Clarion ECO Garden”, to contribute to measures for preservation of biodiversity.
As a part of environmental joint activities of Eco-Factory Subcommittee, we took part in Clean-up Actions of Funatsuhama Beach on Saturday, June 23, 2012, and Collection Actions of Drifted Waterweeds on Tenjin Beach on Saturday, October 13 both on Inawashiro Lake in Fukushima to collect and remove waterweeds and wastes which cause deterioration of water quality. Clarion actively promotes activities for improvement of water quality and preservation of ecological systems of Inawashiro Lake.
Tree Planting Activities in Mexico / Activities of Planting of Mangrovetrees in Thailand
Clarion promoted “Operation Green Curtain”again in the fiscal year 2012.
Environment Group of CSR Promotion Office distributed seeds of Goya (kind of bitter melon) and morning glories to employees who wanted to grow them at home in an effort to save electricity with their effects of “green curtains”.
Further, in order to raise awareness of “electricity saving”, Clarion’s liquid crystal thermometers were widely used.
The Hitachi Group is striving to achieve an energy use reduction target: 15% per unit of production (against fiscal 2005). The total energy consumed by the Clarion Group in fiscal 2012 in terms of CO2 emission was 8,021t- CO2 . This increase was due to higher index of power consumption vs. CO2 emission influenced by the stoppage of nuclear power plants. With the index for 2011, the figure would have been 5,788t- CO2 .
● CO2 Emissions (Total Energy) ∗ With last year’s index of power consumption vs. CO2 emission
At the occasion of anti-earthquake reinforcement works of the office buildings of CMS, they installed various energy-saving equipment such as heat-pump multiple air conditioners and LED lightings. Up to then, air conditioning was done with absorption cool/hot water generator using kerosene as fuel. The CO2 emission of this system was larger and the environmental impacts was heavier. With the installation of the new system, Clarion expects to reduce CO2 emission by 64 tons per year, which will contribute to mitigating of environmental impacts.
Changing air conditioning from cool/hot water generator with kerosene fuel to heat pump multiple air conditioning / Installation of LED lightings
DCOE achieved energy-saving through supplying hot water in the employee dormitory using heat generated by the compressor used in the production processes. With this improvement, they could reduce consumption of electricity by 120MWh, and of light oil by 44 KL (each per year) which contributed to reduction of CO2 emission by 205 ton/year.
Clarion started new approach for more consideration to the environment through 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 redemption account of the Japanese government. The procurement of CO2 credit, at the same time, contributes to social infrastructure of the State of Karnataka, India, where the project is located from which we procure the credit.
Type: Kyoto Mechanism Credit/CER
Project: Wind Power Project, Karnakata, India [NSL27.65MW]Wind Power Project in Karnataka, INDIA Registration No. 0998, UN CDM Board
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 are working to achieve this goal. At the same time, we promote material recycling through improvement of production processes and disassembling of waste.
Through efforts of waste separation patrol and promotion of education/ training, we recycled 99.9% of output in fiscal 2012. We shall address this issue of further reduction of environmental impact through promotion of higher level recycling and technology for re-input of waste in product resource.
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 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.
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 2012, although as a whole Clarion domestic operations handled 703kg 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.