- Subsidiaries and Affiliates
- Overseas Manufacturing Companies
- Development Center and Production
- Overseas Sales
- Environmental Activities
- Environmental Management
- Reduction of Environmental Impact of Products
- Reduction of Environmental Impact of Business Activities
- Energy Conservation Measures for CO2 Reduction
- Various Activities to Reduce Greenhouse Gases including PFCs
- Activities Aiming to Reduce Chemical Substance Discharges
- Waste Sent to Landfill 0.5 percent or Less at Manufacturing Sites
- Efficient Use of Finite Water Resources
- Initiatives for Protecting Natural Environment and Biodiversity
- Environmental Communication
- News Release/Topics
Reduction of Environmental Impact of Business Activities
Promoting energy conservation and resource conservation to build a sustainable society
Ever since the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011, interest in energy saving and resource conservation is heightening among people in Japan. Lifestyles that avoid wasting power have taken root due to the situation of electric power shortages. People now turn off the power of unnecessary home electronics devices, and are replacing devices with energy-efficient ones as a matter of course.
Energy saving and resource conservation, however, have been necessary since even before the Earthquake, but they have only become obvious because of the Earthquake. It is said that the use of world's underground resources will reach its peak in the mid 21st century and food resources will not catch up with the increasing population. How can we use the earth's limited resources in order to build a sustainable society? Individuals and enterprises are being asked to find an answer.
The Semiconductor & Storage Products Company Group has introduced cross departmental energy saving plans in response to these demands from society, and is promoting the reduction of its greenhouse gas emissions in its manufacturing lines. We are making efforts for resource conservation using the 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle) plans, including "mottainai" (too good to waste) activities at manufacturing sites, to prevent the waste of valuable resources.
For instance, we use a large amount of energy for the air-conditioning of clean rooms when manufacturing semiconductor products and hard disk drives, but we are saving energy by the development of power conserving clean rooms and recovery of waste heat. We are also conducting various projects with the target of reducing emissions of greenhouse gases and chemical substances by introducing abatement tools and other measures.
In this chapter, we will introduce examples of the energy conservation project for power supply equipment at Yokkaichi Operations that won the Energy Conservation Center of Japan's Grand Prize for Excellence in Energy Efficiency and Conservation in FY2011, the reuse shop setup project at Oita Operations, and biodiversity preservation activities conducted at manufacturing sites both in and out of Japan.