Yenra : Manufacturing : Zero Emissions Manufacturing Facility : Zero emissions defined as a recycling rate of more than 99% for general and industrial waste

Oki Electric Industry Company today announced its facility in Numazu for development and manufacturing of transportation systems and acoustic positioning systems achieved zero emissions in the second half of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2003. The Oki group defines zero emissions as a recycling rate of more than 99% for general and industrial waste. The Numazu plant is the ninth and final major manufacturing facility to achieve zero emissions.

As part of the "Oki Eco Plan21" established in 2001, the company set the goal of zero emissions at its major manufacturing plants, including development facilities of the Oki group companies, by the end of the fiscal year ending March 2005.

"With the achievement at Numazu, Oki has achieved zero emissions in all its major manufacturing facilities in Japan two years ahead of schedule. This proves our commitment, as a leading electronics company, to activities for environmental protection," said Masayoshi Ino, Executive Vice President at Oki Electric, responsible for the Oki group's environmental protection strategies.

The Numazu facility is in charge of system development and manufacturing of bases for an advanced information telecommunication society including transportation information systems. The Numazu facility examined its waste and conducted research on recycling methods for various paper, plastic and metal output by offices and plant exhausts.

The main challenge of zero emissions for the Numazu plant was "accurate sorting of waste" when employees disposed of garbage. By designating aims such as "99.5% overall waste sorting accuracy" by imposing regulations on employees for waste sorting, and conducting regular checks on the manger of sorting wastes, the Numazu plant was able to achieve its goal of zero emissions for the fiscal year ending March 2003. Since Oki set the goal in 1993, the Oki group has promoted waste reduction. In the second waste reduction plan issued in 1996, the recycle rate was 31% (average of all plants and facilities). This improved to 90% in 1999, which enabled Oki to work on achieving zero emissions from 2000. In addition to reduction of waste over the years, Oki has achieved a 45% reduction in its waste disposal fee for the fiscal year ending March 2003, a 170 million yen reduction compared with the fiscal year ending March 1996.

In addition to the existing environmental policies such as "nonuse of toxic substance" and "reduction of CO2 emission," Oki aims to generate environmental technologies from a manufacturing standpoint by adding an active action policy to "create products and manufacturing processes that solve environmental issues."