KDDI Environmental Charter / Action guideline
The KDDI Group recognizes the importance of fulfilling its duty as a responsible global corporate citizen to conserve and protect the Earth's irreplaceable environment so that it can be inherited by future generations. We are committed to pursuing our business in eco-conscious ways, through programs of activities that span the entire company.
- We will strive to evaluate the quantitative impact of our activities as a company on the global environment, implement effective environmental protection programs and continuously improve these programs. Specifically, we will:
(1) Develop and operate environmental management systems necessary to make continuous improvements in such environmental fields as energy conservation, resource conservation and waste reduction.
(2) Comply with environmental laws, ordinances and other regulations and requirements. In particular, we will promote measures to reduce our electricity consumption from the perspective of preventing global warming.
(3) Promote communication through the appropriate disclosure of information.
- We will strive to develop and offer services that reduce environmental impact through the use of next-generation information technologies.
- We will contribute to the development of a recycling-oriented society by promoting measures to mitigate and reduce the environmental impact of activities that necessarily entail mass consumption, such as the supply of mobile handsets.
- We will promote corporate purchasing policies that favor eco-friendly products and equipment.
- As a responsible corporate citizen, we will contribute to society and local communities through activities that promote an affluent society that is in harmony with the environment.
Environmental Management Regime
KDDI Group's Environmental Management Rejime
The KDDI Group has formed the KDDI CSR & Environment Committee, comprising members from each division, branch, Group company, and related organization. This committee serves as the center for formulating KDDI's environmental management system and promoting efficient environmental preservation activities throughout the Group. KDDI has acquired international ISO 14001 certification for this management system, which covered KDDI and 21 Group companies as the end of FY2011 (targeting 193 sites and approximately 46,200 people).
KDDI Group ISO14001 Certification Acquisition
As of end of March 2012: KDDI CORPORATION, OKINAWA CELLULAR TELEPHONE COMPANY, KMN Corporation, KDDI Evolva Inc., KDDI Evolva Okinawa Corporation, KDDI Okinawa Co., Ltd., KDDI R&D Laboratories Inc., KDDI RESEARCH INSTITUTE INC., KDDI Technology Corporation, KDDI Engineering Corporation, Kokusai Cable Ship Co., Ltd., mediba. inc., Japan Telecommunication Engineering Service Co., Ltd., KDDI Welfare Association, KDDI Health Insurance Union, KDDI Pension Fund, KDDI Web Communications Inc., KDDI Challenged Corporation, Japan Cablenet Limited, KDDI Foundation, TELEHOUSE International Corporation of Europe Ltd, CHUBU TELECOMMUNICATIONS Co.INC
Internal Environmental Audits
KDDI conducts internal environmental audits once each year. In these audits, each department is provided with a checklist and asked to evaluate itself, and internal environmental auditors perform a second check on the state of conformity with environmental legislation. In addition, these audits confirm the results of environmental activities and verify the functioning of the system for ongoing improvements.
Appropriate Processing of PCBs
KDDI ensures that transistors, capacitors, and other components that previously included high-concentration polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are disposed of properly in accordance with legislation and the Company's internal processing regulations. This processing is slated for completion in FY2011 through FY2013.
We strive to improve employee consciousness about the environment for more active environmental conservation. We offer e-learning programs that deepen understanding of KDDI's environmental conservation initiatives. Other ways we seek to improve environmental consciousness among our employees include the development of a mobile phone application program for energy conservation, to make employees constantly aware of energy conservation.
KDDI's Medium-term Environmental Conservation Plan
Overview of the Second Medium-term Environmental Conservation Plan
In 2007, KDDI formulated its second Medium-term Environmental Conservation Plan (FY2007 through FY2011), and has achieved all the plan's objectives. With regard to global warming countermeasures,in the category of telecommunication facilities-which accounts for around 98% of the Company's electric power consumption-we developed electricity-saving base stations and introduced slimmer networks to reduce electricity use. As we augment equipment in response to customers' needs, reducing our total consumption of electricity remains problematic. However, energy conservation is an important priority, and we are moving forward with a number of initiatives to reach this goal. Concerning waste reduction and promotion of recycling, we collaborated with an outsourcing company to promote material recycling and worked to reduce final processing waste. To improve our quality of environmental management, we strove to raise employee awareness through education and by conducting internal environmental audits.
We also have formulated the Third Medium-term Environmental Conservation Plan, which goes into FY2012. In accordance with this plan, we will work proactively on sustained initiatives to conserve the global environment.
Third Medium-term Environmental Conservation Plan Formulation of the "KDDI GREEN PLAN 2012–2016"
Launched in the year ending March 31, 2012 as a five-year environmental preservation plan, the "KDDI GREEN PLAN 2012–2016" is our Third Medium-term Environmental Conservation Plan for our active and ongoing global environmental conservation efforts.
Environmental Impact of Business Activities
Of KDDI's business activities, environmental impact is the highest in terms of the CO2 emitted through the use of electricity in electrical telecommunication facilities and in the industrial waste generated
during equipment upgrades. We are working to quantify and reduce these environmental impacts. From the standpoint of using resources effectively, the recycling of used mobile phone handsets is also seen as a priority.
In FY2011, we surveyed KDDI-owned buildings for the use of blown asbestos and confirmed its use in one base station. We plan complete removal of this asbestos by September 30, 2012. Figures for "effect of environmental conservation (materials)" and "emissions of global warming gas (t-CO2)" have been retroactively updated dating back to FY2012, to reflect changes in calculation methods.
Our environmental investments during FY2011, totaled approximately 24.8 billion. This expenditure was related to the installation of wireless equipment, which requires less energy than previous equipment, at 6,492 mobile phone base stations. Having revised the way we calculate greenhouse gas emissions (t-CO2) related to the effects (volume) on the environmental, we have revised fiscal 2010 figures retroactively.
-  Regarding calculation of CO2 emissions quantity, a conversion factor of 0.555kg ‐ CO2/kWh is userd for power consumption quantity and an emissions factor applicable in the calculation/reporting/announcing system for greenhouse gas based on the "Act on Promotion of Gloval Warming Countermeasures" (Global Warming Act) is used for fuel consumption quantity.
-  From this fiscal year, the recycling rate is a material recycling rate that does not include thermal recycling.