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In November 2011, the Shiga 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.
|Address||1000-2, Okamoto-cho, Kusatsu-shi, Shiga 525-8526, Japan|
|Site area||Approx. 255,838m2|
|Employees||1,239 (As of March, 2018)|
|Main products||Residential air conditioners (room air conditioners, other)|
|ISO 14001 certified||December 1992|
|Latest ISO 14001 update||March 24, 2016|
|Bird's-eye view of Shiga Plant|
The factory develops and manufactures mainly air conditioning-related products for residential use.
In March 2014 the Shiga Plant obtained certification for the ISO 50001 international standard for energy management systems.
ISO 50001 confirms that a company is carrying out the PDCA cycle towards continuous improvement of energy management. In fiscal 2013, the Shiga Plant launched its energy management system (EnMS) project in order to take part in the model project for strengthening business competitiveness*, an initiative of Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Besides aiming for ISO 50001 certification, through the EnMS project the Shiga Plant ensures that matters such as energy savings and compliance with the Law Concerning the Rational Use of Energy are built into the site's systems so that its EnMS satisfies the specific needs of the site.
The Shiga Plant will make maximum use of this EnMS so that it can become a model plant for affiliates in Japan and other countries and thus contribute to the acceleration of energy-efficiency activities.
* Model project for strengthening business competitiveness (Full name: Model project for strengthening business competitiveness through the planning and implementation of new management systems for business continuity, etc.): METI provides subsidies to companies that are striving to achieve certification for new ISO standards (related to, for example, energy and BCP) so that they can boost their business. There are 28 groups across Japan that have been adopted into this project, and Daikin has been chosen for one of these.
With a goal of reducing CO2 emissions per sales by 30% over fiscal 2000, we are striving to raise productivity and reduce energy consumption during room air conditioner production.
On the production lines, employees built a transport and separation device for parts that uses the force of gravity and thus requires no electricity.
The Shiga Plant put Daikin's ZEFFLE infrared reflective coating on the roof, resulting in lower temperatures inside the building and less of an air conditioning burden.
Conventional lighting in the offices and the plant is being replaced with highly energy efficient LED lighting in order to reduce electricity consumption.
The factory workers take turns doing regular patrols of their work place in order to find even the slightest waste of energy.
We constantly monitor energy usage and control electricity consumption in efforts to save energy in all company divisions.
In August 2001, the Shiga Plant achieved zero emissions (recycling ratio of at least 99.5%).
All unnecessary items are separated for recycling. And each workplace weighs the items and thinks of ways to prevent these waste items from being generated in the first place.
Instead of discarding items used by line workers, such as wiping cloths and protective gloves, when possible the Shiga Plant cleans these to be used again.
Items such as cushioning material for packaging and plastic bags are placed in a press to remove the air and compact them so that they can be shipped more efficiently to the recycling plant. This also contributes to the stable recycling of materials.
Logistics companies help us in reusing the wooden palettes used during international procurement. Palettes that cannot be reused are carbonized into charcoal that is used to deodorize the inside of the factory buildings.
Treatment equipment was installed to purify the exhaust gas from the coating drying furnace. Its filter, which absorbs harmful substances, is activated charcoal made by carbonizing the wood from palettes remaining from logistics.
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.
A pond that provides a relaxing place for employees to take breaks also acts as a reservoir for all rainwater flowing from the Shiga Plant. If there is an oil spill in the plant, a measuring device at the pond gate sounds an alarm to warn employees in charge. To keep polluted water from flowing into public waterways, there is an emergency gate that can be closed at the pond's outlet. The plant thus has secondary and tertiary prevention measures.
In case of emergencies such as earthquakes, fires, or oil spills, the Shiga Plant has emergency materials and equipment stored and ready for use.
The quality of water in wastewater drains is constantly monitored using special equipment. Any irregularity detected sets off an alarm, and the staff in charge will rush to the scene to fix the problem.
An emergency gate at the pond's outlet is closed in case of a problem with plant wastewater. This prevents the wastewater from flowing into public waterways and thus keeps damage to a minimum.
To be prepared in case oil gets into the plant's wastewater drains, drills are held in setting up an oil absorption mat in the pond.
Once a year, the Shiga Plant and the kitchen outsource staff hold drills to be ready for any emergency that occurs during meal preparation.
Once a year, the plant prepares for leaks of oil or other substances on the road with drills in which soil and oil absorption mats are used to prevent these substances from getting into the street gutters.
Once a year, the Shiga Plant joins regional environmental protection associations and government organs in drills that prepare for possible environmental emergencies.
The plant joins in annual fire drills held by the Shiga Prefectural government in which participants practice measures to take in unison with neighboring companies and government organs in case of disasters such as earthquake or fire.
Once a year, drills are held with local government organs to prepare to deal with runoff of oil and other substances into rivers.
In May 2010, the Shiga Plant signed an agreement with Kusatsu City in which the parties pledge to curb global warming.
Under the agreement, the two sides are cooperating on Kusatsu City's environmental protection activities and on the Shiga Plant's Sakura Eco Project, under which a range of efforts in environmental contribution and local ecosystem protection are being conducted.
In March 2011, the Shiga Plant was recognized for its efforts under the Sakura Eco Project with an award from Kusatsu City for global warming prevention activities.
Every year, employees' family members are invited to tour the Shiga Plant.
Every August, the Shiga Plant joins with the community as about 8,000 local residents and members of local government and other organizations come to a Noryosai Bon dance festival organized and run by employees.
The Shiga Plant has created the Daikin Shiga Forest on its premises and is striving to strengthen ties with the surrounding communities in creating better ecosystems for wildlife.
The Shiga Plant helps raise environmental awareness among the local community by introducing its environmental protection efforts at a range of events.
(Photo) Shiga Plant employees teach children at a Kusatsu City global warming awareness event.
Since 1993, employees have taken turns conducting cleanups of local streets three times a year. The Shiga Plant also takes part in a cleanup around Lake Biwa every July 1 sponsored by the prefectural government.
Along with the environmental association of the cities of Konan and Koga, the Shiga Plant holds environmental seminars on its premises. Participants share successful case studies on dealing with environmental problems, recent developments in government laws and regulations, and environmental protection efforts.
In May 2017, Daikin Industries, Ltd.'s Shiga Plant was recognized as a company that excels in fostering environmentally aware employees as it received an Award of Excellence in the Ministry of the Environment's 2016 Environmental Employee Awareness Award.
In June 2016, the Daikin Shiga Forest inside the Shiga Plant received the Special CSR Award (Protection of Local Wildlife) In the 8th Biotope Awards sponsored by the Japan Biotope Association.
The Japan Biotope Association lauded Daikin for the project's clear concept, protection of fireflies on company premises, implementation of a strategy to protect wildlife and promote biodiversity, improved employee awareness, and a contribution to building a connection with local residents.
In February 2015, the Urusara 7 won the Award of Excellence in the 1st Kaueco Grand Prix, sponsored by the Shiga Green Purchasing Network. These awards are aimed at disseminating environmentally friendly products and services in Shiga Prefecture.
In March 2013, the Daikin Shiga Plant was honored in the 2013 Shiga Prefecture Low-Carbon Society Creation Awards as a company contributing to the realization of a low-carbon society in Shiga Prefecture.
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