Reducing the Environmental Impact of Business Activities

Approach on the reduction of CO2 emissions

The NICHICON Group as a whole works to reduce CO2 emissions that cause global warming. In addition to efforts to reduce energy consumption per basic unit by working aggressively to improve the efficiency of production processes that consume large amounts of energy and reduce the percentage of defective products, we are promoting the improvement and efficient operation of facilities, which lead to energy saving.

Furthermore, CO2 reduction is viewed as an activity involving full employee participation. To give familiar examples, energy saving is being promoted through such ongoing efforts as switching to low-emissions equipment, shifting from the use of fuel oil to liquefied natural gas (LNG) as an energy source, proper management of air-conditioning temperature, switching to LED illumination, suspension of unnecessary lighting and equipment, and adoption of the practice of turning off the engine rather than idling when stopped during commuting by private vehicle.

We are also asking suppliers to practice eco-driving—avoiding sudden starting and acceleration—as well as to cooperate with our Idling Stop campaign. In distribution and logistics, we are working to reduce CO2 by decreasing the number of product deliveries and moving to consolidated shipments.

Furthermore, we believe that the expansion of inverter smoothing film capacitors—a key device for promoting the spread of EVs that do not emit CO2—will lead to CO2 reduction.

An EV/HV inverter smoothing film capacitor

An EV/HV inverter smoothing film capacitor

Waste reduction and recycling initiatives

Aiming for the establishment of a sound material-cycle society, the NICHICON Group has been promoting the reduction and recycling of waste. We set the definition of zero emission as “recycling at least 98% of total waste emissions,” and we have achieved this goal continuously since fiscal 2002.