Recycling of Rare metal (Harima Plant)
In order to reduce the environmental impact, the Harima Plant collects discarded PHS and we have it collected by a major cell phone company engaging in recycling activities. As of July 2020, more than 100 phones have been collected since 2019. In addition, we are gradually expanding our recycling activities by collecting them from other business sites.
Many rare metals are used in electronic devices such as mobile phones, and recently it has become recognized that recycling and reproduction is more efficient than mining. We will continue our efforts to collect and recycle equipment, and in Japan, where mineral resources are scarce, we are promoting activities that will lead to the effective use of resources as much as possible.
Electronic equipment containing high levels of rare metals
Solar panel Installation (Ushio Philippines, Inc. (UPI))
We have been working on the installation of solar power panels at UPI since 2018, and successfully completed construction in 2020 by clearing a number of issues. Currently, final adjustments are being made to start operation, and the installation of the solar power system is expected to provide approximately 330kW (approximately 5-8% of the UPI's total usage) of electric power.
Water management (Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. (CDS))
Businesses in California were ordered to follow strict water conservation laws and regulations during the droughts. CDS has worked to implement an onsite water management plan.
The plan included the following:
• Purchasing and installing WeatherTrak irrigation system controllers at both facilities. These controllers adjust irrigation based on current weather data. This data is received wirelessly each day and automatically adjusts the irrigation in accordance with changing weather. The controllers allow the user to select landscape-specific parameters (such as plant type, soil, slope and sprinkler type) to establish optimal irrigation schedules.
• Introduction of drought tolerant landscaping which included California native plants.
• Installation of water-efficient fixtures and appliances.
CDS’s water management plan helped reduce the use of a renewable natural resource as well as water conservation during California’s droughts over the past several years. Currently, drought conditions in California and specifically in Southern California where CDS Cypress is located has seen a signification improvement.