Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (JRC) is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year, having grown by developing its unique technologies based on radio communications and information technologies since its establishment in 1915.
At JRC we have been conducting our business in an environmental conscious manner in accordance with the basic philosophy of our environmental policy, which is to recognize that conserving the global environment is one of the most important issues facing humanity, and take conservation of the environment into account in every stage of our operations.
In terms of the social situation, the Japanese Government declared its commitment to "reducing Japan's annual CO2 emissions by 25% by 2020 from 1990 levels" at the United Nations General Assembly and at COP15 (The 15th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) as a measure to reduce greenhouse gases. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government enforced the Tokyo Metropolitan Ordinance on Environmental Preservation, imposing a binding obligation for greenhouse gas emission reduction. Furthermore, the revised Energy Saving Act requires such greenhouse gas emission reduction on a company-wide basis as well as conventionally mandated production factories (sites). On the other hand, in terms of biodiversity, the Nagoya Protocol, an international rule establishing guidelines for access to genetic resources and the sharing benefits arising from their utilization, and the Aichi Target, specifying "By 2020, at least 17% of terrestrial and inland water areas, and 10% of coastal and marine areas shall be conserved," were adopted at COP10 (The 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity). Companies are now required to be committed to global environmental protection more actively and multilaterally than ever to fulfill their social responsibilities from here now.
We base our challenges for the environment on ISO14001 and, this fiscal year again, are putting it into practice to increase the amount of environmentally-conscious design products and engage in environmentally-conscious production as the president policy. In concrete terms, we have established 6 objectives in the environmental plan for this fiscal year such as "expansion of environmentally-conscious design products", "promotion of green procurement" and "taking further global warming countermeasures". We will strive to achieve the challenges we have set ourselves one by one by e.g. increasing the percentage of newly developed in-house products compatible with our Type II Environmental Label (RoHS compatible and our own standards) to 100% or more in the area of technological development, reducing industrial waste emissions and increasing the recycling rate in the areas of production and company-wide energy consumption.
Now, as for the actual performance of fiscal 2009, annual energy consumption was reduced by 10.1% compared to the levels of the previous fiscal year. The energy consumption per unit production price was increased by 13.2% compared to the previous fiscal year levels, failing to achieve its target of reduction by 3.8% or higher mathematically, because of the decreased production price. In terms of activities intended to mitigate the environmental impact of products, the applicability of the Type II Environment Label to products was 70%, not totally achieving its target of 90% or higher. To establish a management system for substances including products, the hazardous chemical substances aggregation system (J-COSMOS), introduced in the latter half of fiscal 2007, became fully operational and is expected to significantly help in implementing surveys of hazardous substances and designing environmentally-conscious products.
For details, please refer to the following pages.Finally, to continue our environmental conservation activities, we need your opinions in addition to our information disclosure. We would be delighted to hear your comments or opinions about our environmental activities.