Green Factories and Logistics
Reduction of environmental load
KYOCERA Document Solutions has made various efforts to reduce the environmental load incurred through delivering our products to our customers. We contribute to environmental protection not only through its products, but also by ensuring that its manufacturing facilities and methods are environmentally friendly throughout all development, production and distribution processes. This often involves aggressive measures, such as installing solar power generating systems on facility rooftops.
- Energy and resource conservation
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- Waste reduction and recycling
- Preventing air pollution and water contamination
- Chemical substances management
CO2 Reduction through Logistics
In the past, KYOCERA Document Solutions' products destined for Europe had been transported via truck to its warehouses after discharging them at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Since its new warehouse began its operation in 2007 (in Beringe, southern Netherlands), its mode of transportation has been shifted to trains and/or barges*, which are considered to cause less strain on the environment, reducing its truck transportation accordingly. The proportions of its modes of transportation in fiscal 2009 were: 84% for trains, 7% for barges, and 9% for trucks.
In addition to the above-mentioned approach, KYOCERA Document Solutions, since June 2009, has reduced the number of trucks it uses for transportation in order to improve its shipping efficiency travelling from the Netherlands to Italy by using double-decker trailers.
* Barges: Small transport vessels that carry containers from ports to the destination using rivers and canals.
Efforts of CO2 Reduction in Japan
KYOCERA Document Solutions had used two outside warehouses in Japan to store products for domestic shipments until May 2009, when the two warehouses were integrated into the Hirakata Plant. This allowed us to abolish the truck transportation of products manufactured at the Hirakata Plant (Osaka Prefecture) to a location outside our company. In addition, we have been able to integrate our inventory, which had previously been stored at the Tamaki Product Center (Mie Prefecture), into Hirakata Plant, rendering our truck transportation from Hirakata Plant to Tamaki Product Center unnecessary since August 2009.
Efforts of CO2 Reduction at Factories in China
Our products for the Chinese market were once transported via land to AVX/KYOCERA (Tianjin) International Trading Co., Ltd., which is our sales company in China. This was done by way of Shanghai after shipping from the Shilong Plant in Dongguan City to a warehouse in Guangzhou, using trucks for transportation. To reduce CO2 emissions from transportation, we reviewed our mode of transportation and changed it to shipping products to Shanghai and Tianjin by sea from fiscal 2009.
Export containers from our Shilong Plant, which had once been transported via truck to Yantian Port in Shenzhen, are currently transported via truck to Changping Railway Station in Dongguan City (Guangdong, China), the location of the Shilong Plant, and via railway from Changping Railway Station to Yantian Port. The shift in mode of transportation in the area between Changping Railway Station and Yantian Port has allowed the transport distance by truck to be reduced.