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In November 2011, the Sakai Plant was certified as a Super 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.
Super 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 95 points out of 100 on seven criteria including reduction of environmental impact and relations with the local community are designated as Super Green Heart Factories.
|Kanaoka Factory||Rinkai Factory|
|Address||1304 Kanaoka-cho, Kita-ku, Sakai, Osaka 591-8511, Japan||12 Chikko Shin-machi 3-chome, Nishi-ku, Sakai, Osaka 592-8331, Japan|
|Site area||Approx. 117,000 m2||Approx. 90,500 m2|
|Completed||February 1963||October 1978|
|Employees||1,957 (As of March, 2018)|
|Main products||Air conditioning/refrigeration equipment|
|ISO 14001 certified||December 1992|
|Latest ISO 14001 update||March 24, 2016|
|Bird's-eye view of Sakai Plant|
The factory manufactures mainly air conditioning-related products for commercial use.
SEe Management Panel, a sign with the manager's name on, is put up at the facilities during operation. This panel gives a visual representation of the facilities' operation, allowing excess energy to be cut and manufacturing to be carried out using only the amount of energy that is needed.
This room is rigged so that by placing parts in their set location, they are sent with the proper part trollies without the need to use any electricity.
Solar power panels that have been installed on the factory roof generate approximately 20,000 kWh a year. This electricity is used to run the lights in the canteen and to power development of a water heating system in the plant's R&D building.
Employees made wind and water power systems that use the airflow from plant ventilation fans and water level differences. The power generated is used for the parts transport trollies.
The outdoor lighting that guides customers arriving at the factory entrance was converted to LED.
In August 2001, the Sakai Plant achieved zero emissions
(recycling ratio of at least 99.5%).
Unnecessary items are divided into 20 categories for recycling. Each workplace weighs the items and thinks of ways to prevent these waste items from being generated in the first place.
The plant has introduced low NOx boilers that emit fewer pollution-causing nitrogen compounds than conventional boilers.
Plant wastewater is concentrated into one location where it is purified. Based on in-house standards stricter than government regulations, the wastewater is monitored 24- a day, every day of the year to ensure that measurement figures for criteria like COD and pH do not exceed standard values.
Emergency materials are stored inside a special shed in case of disasters such as earthquakes, fires and chemical substances leaks.
Drills are held twice a year to prevent chemicals and other substances from flowing into storm drains during natural disasters.
The plant constructs soundproof walls around its perimeter or at high locations, and has voluntary noise standards stricter than noise laws. Windows have been placed in the walls to avoid creating a feeling of being closed in, and trees have been planted for aesthetic purposes.
The Sakai Plant has made a biotope so that the premises can provide an environment suitable to life forms native to Sakai City. At the site's sports day, employees and their families planted seedlings as part of grassroots employee efforts to protect and enhance the environment.
The tennis courts at the Kanaoka Factory have a 'green wall' of vegetation.
This wall uses hedera helix, a type of ivy ideal for such green walls.
Numerous forms of life can be seen on the premises of the Sakai Plant. Here are photographs of some of them.
Little ringed plover
Every August, a Noryosai Bon dance festival is held to allow plant employees to interact and enjoy with local residents.
Young employees and local elementary school students take the stage to excite the crowd with 'yosakoi soran', a type of modern festival dance.
Every July, an exchange is held with the neighborhood association. By listening to opinions that the association has about the plant, Daikin strengthens bonds with the local community.
The plant field is open for use by the Sakai Rugby Club three times a month. This contributes to the growth and development of about 130 students in elementary and junior high school.
For more than 20 years, the plant has been helping elementary schools with their open learning classes by inviting grade 5 students from local elementary schools to tour the factory.
A special truck with an interior that can simulate an earthquake was at the annual summer Bon Dance to let people experience what an actual earthquake is like. This is one way Daikin contributes to disaster preparation.
Once a month, all employees take turns picking up litter on streets around the plant. In addition, starting with Daikin's June Environment Month in 2010, we have been holding cleanup activities in nearby children's parks.
The Sakai Plant took part in tree-planting in the Forest of Coexistence, a project to create green space in the Rinkai area of Sakai City. It also played an active role in a purse-snatching prevention campaign sponsored by the local crime prevention association by providing bicycle carriage covers and promoting awareness of purse-snatching. (The Sakai Plant received letters of appreciation for both of these efforts.)
The Forest of Coexistence in Sakai
A purse-snatching prevention campaign
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