Waste Reduction

Waste Management Initiatives

The JVCKENWOOD Group is actively engaged in waste reduction, diligently disassembling and sorting waste generated in the production processes and reusing it within the company or turning it into valuables. As a result, the Group’s business in Japan has achieved a recycling rate of 99.7%, and the waste generation inside and outside Japan also declined. Our goal had been to reduce waste generation by 1% from the FY2012 level annually through FY2020. We have already achieved this goal and established the following targets in order to move forward with zero emissions globally and proceed further with reduction of total waste and recycling.

 

■Improvement of the waste recycling rate

  • ・Target1: Achieve a recycling rate of at least 90% by FY2025 (Global)

 

■Reduction of the use of plastics

  • ・ Target2: Monitor and reduce plastic consumption

Total waste and recycling rates (FY2012-2020)

Note: refer to “Total waste by business location”


Total waste and recycling rates (FY2012-2020)

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

2020

Total waste (Thousand tons)

Japan

2.1

1.9

1.6

1.4

1.3

1.5

1.3

1.4

1.1

Overseas

0.5

1.2

0.9

0.8

0.7

0.6

0.6

0.6

0.3

Global

2.6

3.1

2.5

2.2

2.0

2.1

1.9

2.0

1.4

Recycling rates (%)

Japan

99.1

99.8

99.9

99.9

99.9

99.9

99.9

99.7

99.8

Overseas

64.6

64.6

63.4

72.3

53.8

54.8

48.0

55.8

57.0

Global

92.5

85.9

86.6

89.6

84.7

87.4

82.6

85.9

89.3

Note: refer to “Total waste by business location”


Emissions per unit of sales (FY2012-2020) 

(1,000 tons/100 million yen)

  2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020

Global

0.85

0.97

0.85

0.76

0.68

0.71

0.62

0.70

0.51

Note1: refer to “Total waste by business location”

Note2: The data of four former Kenwood overseas business locations are not included in the figures for FY2012, which are instead based on the performances of the first full fiscal year (FY2012) after the company name change to JVCKENWOOD.


Total waste by business location (FY2016-2020)

 Unit: t

Japan/

overseas

Company name and location 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Fiscal year target 2,495 2,469 2,443

2,417

2,391
Japan Head Office & Yokohama Business Center 316 413 340

327

265
Hachioji Business Center 161 196 214

124

63
Hakusan Business Center 71 65 55

55

38
Kurihama Business Center 72 123 43

61

38
Yokosuka Business Center 56 26 25

7

31
JVCKENWOOD Yamagata 20 18 23

25

23
JVCKENWOOD Nagano 122 160 155

145

84
JVCKENWOOD Nagaoka 93 104 86

92

96
JVCKENWOOD Creative Media 326 305 283

342

390
JVCKENWOOD Victor Entertainment 45 52 53

53

31
JVCKENWOOD Video Tech 2 3 3

2

1
JVCKENWOOD Design 5 8 0

0

0
Other affiliate companies 59 62 -

161

-
Malaysia JVCKENWOOD Electronics Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.  87 87 86

101

48
Thailand JVCKENWOOD Electronics (Thailand) Co., Ltd.  43 10 9

15

40
JVCKENWOOD Optical Electronics (Thailand) Co., Ltd.  58 36 65

79

62
Indonesia PT. JVC Electronics Indonesia  190 178 176

173

123
People’s Republic of China Shanghai Kenwood Electronics Co., Ltd.  235 181 205

180

74
Singapore JVCKENWOOD Technologies Singapore Pte. Ltd.  50 95 100

86

0
Overall total 2,011 2,122 1,920

2,028

1,406

Waste recycling (Hakusan Business Center)

The Hakusan Business Center works to reduce and recycle waste in accordance with instructions from the local government. All recyclable waste is recycled by an outsourced waste management provider. Solid waste generated from the business center is collected in recycling bins which are separated into 16 categories and then further sorted into 35 sub-categories in accordance with the waste sorting rules of the business center before it is delivered to the outsourced waste management provider. In FY2020, approximately 90% of the waste collected from the business center was recycled. 


Waste recycling bins (on each floor)

Waste recycling containers (for valuables, etc.)


Waste plastic compressor used to reduce the frequency of waste collection (JVCKENWOOD Creative Media Corporation)

JVCKENWOOD Creative Media Corporation uses a waste plastic compressor to reduce the volume of waste and the frequency of waste collection.

This has reduced not only exhaust gas emissions and fuel consumption of waste collection trucks but also waste management costs. 


Plastic compressor


Recognized as one of the great business facilities focusing on 3Rs* by the City of Yokohama for 10 consecutive years

Our Head Office, Yokohama Business Center, and Hakusan Business Center have recognized as one of the great business facilities focusing on 3Rs by the City of Yokohama for 10 consecutive years. Our Head Office and Yokohama Business Center work to turn waste generated in the production processes into valuables by disassembling and sorting it and reduce the frequency of waste collection by compressing and packing soft plastic. Hakusan Business Center, on the other hand, ensures collection of solid waste in recycling bins which are separated into 16 categories and then further sorted out before it is delivered to the outsourced waste management provider.

*This is an award that the City of Yokohama recognizes business facilities or a group of business facilities that have made notable achievements in sorting out   business-related waste materials, as well as in 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) activities, as leading business facilities in 3Rs in order to acknowledge their day-to-day efforts and have them serve as a model for other business facilities. 



Efforts to reduce office paper consumption

As part of the efforts to promote environmentally friendly corporate management, the JVCKENWOOD Group has installed large monitors and projectors in meeting rooms to improve the quality of meetings and reduce paper usage for meetings to protect resources and reduce waste.

Moreover, our management teams take the initiative to promote paperless meetings by introducing tablets and IT devices at Board of Directors meetings, thereby reducing paper-based meeting materials. Going forward, we will continue working to reform the meeting process to enhance productivity and reduce environmental loads.


At the paperless Board of Directors meeting

Meeting room at Hakusan Business Center


Waste reduction initiatives outside Japan

JVCKENWOOD Gulf Fze (U.A.E.) worked with the Emirates Environmental Group (EEG) on the One Root, One Communi-Tree (OROC) project to promote recycling. Designed to raise awareness about the value of recyclables, the project provides participants with an opportunity to plant trees under their name when they have collected a preset target amount of recyclable materials. The project enabled JVCKENWOOD Gulf Fze to collect 4,035 kg of paper and 12 kg of plastics, which would have normally been thrown away as waste. As a token of appreciation from the EEG, trees were planted at the annual tree planting event held on December 20, 2020.



Participating in external initiatives