The Hirakata Plant also continued to address energy conservation as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in FY2017. To be specific, we put a premium on reducing power consumption to conserve energy. In toner production, we improved the yield of toner production and reduced power consumption by remodeling the equipment.
Promotion of conversion of waste into valuable resources by sorting
In FY2017, 68% by weight of total plastics waste and composite emitted from our plant that had been formerly discarded as waste could be converted into valuable resources (recyclable material) by further sorting.Also, as for the conversion of waste toner which was generated during manufacturing process but unfit for market release into valuable resources, which we launched in 2012, 63% by weight of total waste toner could be converted into valuable resources.
The municipal government of Hirakata City recommends that its citizens install "green curtains" as an effective means to prevent global warming or mitigate summer heat. We installed our own high-density green curtains, composed of goya (bitter squash) and morning glory, which cover entire buildings (including our administrative building). Also, we delivered over 200 goya fruits for free to visitors to the plant's summer festival and to residents at summer festivals for neighborhood associations. Moreover, we promote friendly communication with local residents and contributes to enhancing local citizen awareness of environmental preservation. These efforts were highly rated, which resulted in our winning the First Prize in the 2016 Green Curtain Contest.