TDK has established the TDK Environmental Charter, consisting of the Basic Principle on the Environment and the Basic Policy on the Environment, as our entire group's environment policy, aimed at contributing to the sustainable development of society. In line with the Charter, TDK formulated the TDK Environmental Action 2020 plan as a fundamental framework for implementing specific environmental activities.
Established March 1, 1993 / Revised September 1, 2006 (version 4)
The TDK Environmental Action 2020 plan, under which activities began in April 2011, sets a goal for achieving carbon neutrality through environmental activities centered on environmental contributions through products, a first in the electronic components industry. The TDK Group aims to reduce CO2 emissions resulting from manufacturing site operations as much as possible. At the same time, TDK actively contributes to the reduction of CO2 emissions in society at large through the group's products and know-how. The goal for these activities is to balance the scales?for emission reduction contributions to outweigh actual emissions by the end of FY 2021.
CO2 emissions (environmental load) due to manufacturer operations － (minus) reduction of CO2
emissions through products (environmental contributions) ≦ zero
There are many different aspects both to environmental load and environmental contributions, but the "TDK Environmental Action 2020" identifies energy source CO2 reduction as the major element and defines carbon neutrality as a state of balance in this regard.
To achieve the stated goal, intensive efforts are needed to reduce environmental load and at the same time increase environmental contributions. TDK has therefore defined specific action items in both areas. To reduce environmental load, efforts are being made to use highly efficient equipment at manufacturing sites in strictly managed and controlled environments. We are also pursuing the development of new materials and new processes to raise production efficiency.
To increase environmental contributions, we are developing components that ensure minimal energy loss during use and that provide expanded functionality through unit integration and modular construction. Reducing environmental impact by creating such innovative products is a high priority. TDK is in the process of establishing assessment methods to quantify the beneficial environmental effects of electronic components and to make the calculation criteria more transparent. We are also promoting the standardization and adoption of such assessment methods in consultation with industry associations.
The TDK Environmental Action 2020 plan defines the above-mentioned carbon neutrality goal and specifies action items for important aspects such as conserving limited resources, the efficient use of water and other resources, and reducing environmental impact through social contributions. We are working to reach specific targets as a unified corporate group. Each fiscal year, we always assess the results achieved in various areas and review our targets for the future to take environmental action to the next level.
New Environmental Vision “TDK Environmental Action 2020” (Video version)
In order to make its products, TDK uses various metals and oxides. These raw materials come from mineral ore and other sources mined all over the world. As is well known, mining for ore involves the risk of damage to the environment, including landscape damage, clearing of forests, changes in water sources, and possible effects on the ecosystems. Once damage has been done to an ecosystem, it usually cannot be reversed. As a manufacturer of components, we cannot simply stop using raw materials, but we can try to mitigate adverse effects. In achieving this, we actively promote resource savings by improving production efficiency and engage in activities such as tree planting, reforestation, water source protection, and more.
Our components are also used extensively in sophisticated video and recording equipment as well as in products for office use. We believe that one of the basic human aspirations is to record the beauty and mysteries of nature, and the life of the plant and animal kingdom around us. TDK therefore is engaged in various drives to protect nature for future generations.
All staff members of our organization are aware of the impact that industrial production inescapably has on the environment. We think about the complex interrelationship between business operations and the environment, and are keen to do our part in protecting the global beauty of nature. To translate this into concrete action, the "Biodiversity Action Agenda" was formulated in September 2009 based on the Basic Principle on the Environment and Basic Policy on the Environment.
The action agenda defines the principles for concrete action to protect biodiversity on a global level, in accordance with the environmental charter and environmental policy of the TDK Group.
Established September 1, 2009