As part of its long-standing environmental protection activities, the
Kyocera Group is planting "Green Curtains" across Japan to help meet
regional energy reduction targets following the shutdown of all nuclear
reactors after the March 2011 earthquake. The curtains of foliage are
grown on trellises over windows and outer walls of manufacturing and
office buildings to provide shade from direct sunlight and heat
radiation. The Green Curtains reduce the temperature inside buildings
and decrease the need to run energy-intensive air-conditioning systems
during the hot summer months. This year Green Curtains are being planted
at 28 Kyocera Group company locations throughout Japan*1,
more than a 30 percent increase over the previous year, which is helping
the country meet its regional energy reduction goals ranging from 5 to
Green Curtains shading the outer walls and windows of a Kyocera Group facility in Japan (Photo: Business Wire)
Group Green Curtain Activities Web site provides an overview of the
eco-friendly initiative with photos and illustrations showing how to
grow your own Green Curtains at home or at the office. The web site
provides a complete list of materials and step-by-step instructions for
constructing trellises and planting seeds.
By mitigating temperature increases in workplaces, Green Curtains are
helping companies reduce the energy load required by air conditioning
systems as well as decreasing utility bills.
In addition to greening up with Green Curtains, the Kyocera Group has a
total of approximately 2-megawatts of solar power generating systems
installed at 18 company facilities in Japan -- generating the equivalent
power used by roughly 480 average households*3.
The Kyocera Group in Japan is using many progressive conservation
practices to help meet power reduction targets and minimize
environmental impact while providing a blueprint for activities any home
or business can use. Follow Kyocera's lead with some of these
Save Energy by Reducing Air Conditioning and More:
Set the thermostat to 82 degrees Fahrenheit during work hours, and
relax the dress code to allow employees to dress and work comfortably
while reducing energy use.
Use a digital, programmable thermostat and automate ideal settings for
different times of day.
Install automatic door-closers throughout the workplace including
exterior and interior freight doors as well as walk-in refrigerators
Maintain ventilation systems with regular filter replacement and duct
Insulate water heaters and supply pipes.
Install blinds and reflective film on windows to decrease room
temperature from sunlight.
Improved Lighting and Other Energy Reducers:
In addition to turning off of all unnecessary lights, install
movement-activated sensors for lighting in stairways, hallways and
other places employees are not constantly using.
Replace old fluorescent lights with new, energy-efficient models; use
compact fluorescent over incandescent bulbs, which use 75 percent less
electricity and will last more than 10 times as long. Install LED exit
signs as well for more savings.
Shorten the delay time before employee computer monitors automatically
go to sleep or "power down" mode.
Have employees use laptops when possible. Laptops use up to 90 percent
less energy than a desktop computer. Furthermore, shut down and unplug
all computers at the end of the work day.
*1 Locations planned at time of release.
*2 Energy reduction
targets, periods and times vary by regional utility power service areas.
Typical periods range from early-July through mid-September; weekdays
from 9am to 8pm.
*3 Based on an average use of 3,600kWh per
household. Source: Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan.
For more information about Kyocera CSR Activities: http://global.kyocera.com/ecology/index.html
Corporation (NYSE:KYO) (TOKYO:6971) (http://global.kyocera.com/),
the parent and global headquarters of the Kyocera Group, was founded in
1959 as a producer of fine
ceramics (also known as "advanced ceramics"). By combining these
engineered materials with metals and plastics, and integrating them with
other technologies, Kyocera has become a leading supplier of solar power
generating systems, telecommunications equipment, printers, copiers,
electronic components, semiconductor packages, cutting tools and
industrial ceramics. During the year ended March 31, 2012, the company's
net sales totaled 1.19 trillion yen (approx. USD14.5 billion). The
company is ranked #426 on Forbes magazine's 2012 "Global 2000"
listing of the world's largest publicly traded companies.
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Brad Shewmake, +1-858-735-8748