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In November 2011, the Kashima Plant was certified as a Green Heart Factory. This was the result of all employees making that all important extra effort and working together to systematically reduce environmental impact while strengthening relations with society.
Green Heart Factory:
The system was introduced in fiscal 2006 to certify factories with outstanding environmental performance as Green Heart Factories. Plants that score at least 85 points out of 100 on seven criteria including reduction of environmental impact and relations with the local community are designated as Green Heart Factories.
|Address||21, Sunayama, Kamisu, Ibaraki 314-0255, Japan|
|Site area||Approx. 247,000m2|
|Employees||157 (As of March, 2018)|
|Main products||Fluororesin, chemical products, functional materials|
|ISO 14001 certified||January 1997|
|Latest ISO 14001 update||March 24, 2016|
|Bird's-eye view of Kashima Plant|
The Kashima Plant makes Neoflon FEP, which has superb insulating properties and is widely used as a molding material, and Polyflon PTFE, which has the lowest friction coefficient among plastic raw materials and superior lubricity.
For their unique properties, fluororesin products are processed and used in a diverse range of applications.
In 1998, the Kashima Plant installed equipment for the destruction of recovered fluorocarbons so that it could carry out this activity on site.
Besides conducting thorough recovery and destruction of fluorocarbons generated during Daikin manufacturing, the Kashima Plant properly destroys the fluorocarbons that the Service Department recovers from customers and other outside entities.
Destruction facilities for recovered fluorocarbon
After the recovered fluorocarbons have been completely broken down at high temperatures, they are rendered harmless.
In February 2011, the Kashima Plant was given the highest rating, AAA, under the Ibaraki Eco Business Registration System.
This rating is in recognition of widespread eco efforts, including energy-saving settings for air conditioning, the turning off of lights during lunch break, separation of garbage, reduction in copier paper use, periodic cleanups of local neighborhoods, waste reduction through in-house processing, and eco-driving. June of each year is Environmental Month, when employees strive to raise personal environmental awareness by placing slogans on their lockers. The Kashima Plant will continue to improve its environmental activities.
* Ibaraki Eco Business Registration System: The Ibaraki prefectural government is aiming to create a society with maximum recycling and minimal environmental impact by registering companies with outstanding environmental performance as Ibaraki Eco Businesses.
Under a Daikin initiative, a cogeneration system was installed in the Hasaki Industrial Park for shared use by the companies there. The steam given off during power generation is harnessed in order to save energy.
A Daikin energy-efficient chiller was incorporated into equipment in the plant.
To reduce energy consumption, two water-cooling pumps were replaced with eco-pumps that use high-efficiency motors.
After surveying the load changes during equipment use, the plant converted two rotary machines with high capacity and large load changes to inverter type.
The over 500 steam traps in the plant undergo regular inspections and upgrading so as to save energy.
Lighting around the factory and offices is gradually being upgraded to highly energy-efficient LED lighting.
The Kashima Plant replaced previous vending machines with fluorocarbon-free, heat-pump models.
In August 2004, the Kashima Plant achieved zero emissions (recycling ratio of at least 99.5%).
Unnecessary items from production processes are separated for recycling.
To reduce the energy needed to transport sludge to the recycling plant, the sludge is sun-dried to reduce the water content and thus make it lighter.
The VOC solvents used in the fluoropolymer manufacturing process are collected using activated charcoal to prevent them from being released into the atmosphere.
All wastewater in the plant is channeled to a single location for purification. Daikin has stipulated an in-house standard value for plant wastewater that is stricter than legal limits. The plant works daily to ensure measurements for items such as COD and pH do not exceed in-house standard values.
An emergency convening system brings together the people needed to carry out mass phoning of employees to confirm they are safe in case of accident or earthquake.
To be ready for a wide range of emergencies such as earthquakes, fires, or chemical spills, the Kashima Plant has emergency materials and equipment stored.
With the cooperation of the Hasaki Fire Department, once a year drills are held in emergency rescue and use of equipment such as AEDs.
The Hasaki Fire Department is invited for emergency situation drills at the Kashima Plant. Fire hydrants are used to make the drills more like an actual emergency.
Twice a year, large-scale disaster prevention drills are held to practice measures to take in case of a disaster.
Daikin employees visit nearby elementary schools to lead science lessons. Through experiments on surface tension, the children learn the joys of science and how scientific advances have helped our daily lives.
Members of the administrative board of Kamisu City take a tour of the Kashima Plant and present their opinions on the facilities, an event that strengthens bonds between the plant and the local community.
One of the ways the Kashima Plant promotes local exchange is by inviting residents and members of the administrative board of Kamisu City to a Noryosai Bon dance festival.
The Kashima Plant opens its playing field to the public on weekends and holidays.
On the 25th of each month, all plant employees pick up litter on the streets around the Kashima Plant. All employees also take part in the semi-annual cleanup of Hasaka Industrial Park sponsored by the local federation of companies.
Members of the Kashima Plant's traffic safety board take turns standing on the street in front of the plant to raise awareness of traffic safety.
|Substance name||Amount emitted||Amount transported|
|Chlorodifluoromethane (also called HCFC-22)||23,348.4||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0|
|2-Chloro-1,1,1,2-tetrafluoroethane (also called HCFC-124)||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0|
|Dichloromethane (also called methylene chloride)||6,608.8||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0|
|Hydrogen fluoride and its water-soluble salts||242.1||0.0||0.0||0.0||0.0|
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