Kyocera Corporation (NYSE:KYO)(TOKYO:6971) announced that the company's Fukushima Tanagura Plant (Fukushima Pref.) has received Japan's 2012 Minister of the Environment Award for the Promotion of Measures to Cope with Global Warming (countermeasures category) in recognition of its comprehensive environmental protection activities. This is the third consecutive year that Kyocera has been a recipient, following the 2011 award for the company's central Japan manufacturing plants in the countermeasures category, and the 2010 award for Kyocera's high-output solar module in the technology development / product category.
230kW solar power generating system on Kyocera's Fukushima plant (Photo: Business Wire)This latest award adds to the many others Kyocera has received worldwide. Most recently, Kyocera Mexicana S.A. de C.V., a manufacturing plant in Tijuana, Mexico was awarded its third consecutive Industria Limpia (Clean Industry) Certification from the Mexican government. Kyocera Communications Inc., a San Diego-based provider of wireless phones, earned a " 2012 Environmental Excellence Award" from the Industrial Environmental Association (IEA) in the category of Climate Change for reducing its environmental impact by fundamentally altering its freight-shipping practices. Kyocera also boasts the distinction of San Diego's " most awarded" company for its various environmental programs, earning 19 awards from the city for recycling and other business practices. For this year's Minister award, Kyocera's Fukushima Tanagura manufacturing plant was nominated by the local township and was recognized for its comprehensive and community-based efforts. Kyocera has continually carried out environmental efforts over the years, but in response to an increased need for energy conservation following the disasters of March 2011, Kyocera further enhanced its activities at the plant, including the expansion of solar energy, implementation of demand control ventilations, and adoption of hybrid cars.