Initiatives at Offices
Alongside efforts to preserve the environment in production processes at factories, the Yamaha Group also engages in activities to conserve energy and resource and reduce waste at administrative offices, sales offices and other non-production business sites.
Acquiring ISO 14001 Certification at Sales Offices
Yamaha Corporation's main Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya sales offices, had each earned ISO 14001 certification by fiscal 2006, and continue to pursue eco-friendly initiatives. These offices follow the PDCA cycle which forms a part of the environmental management system, promoting efforts to reduce the use of electricity, gas, and paper, while minimizing waste.
The Yamaha Group has taken steps to shift to an integrated management system from fiscal 2011 and is continuing to engage in environmental activities at its offices.
Activities to Reduce CO2 Emissions from Offices
The Yamaha Group takes measures to reduce CO2 emissions at offices as part of measures against global warming.
Initiatives to Conserve Electricity
The Yamaha Group worked to conserve electricity at sales and business offices throughout Japan in light of a power supply shortage due to the impact of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
[Key Measures to Conserve Electricity and Results]
Efforts included reducing the amount of lighting (after examination of luminance), introducing LED lighting, turning off advertising lights, suspending elevators and notifying employees of power consumption to raise awareness. As a result, power consumption was reduced by 18% compared with fiscal 2010 (total of 10 sites).
Implemented “Cool Biz” and “Warm Biz” initiatives (since 2005)
Summer (June to September) (Fiscal 2011: May to October): Encourage light attire such as no necktie and set air conditioning temperature to over 28℃
Winter (November to March): Wear warmer clothes so as not to rely too heavily on heating equipment and set temperature of heaters to under 20℃
In-house educational posters promoting the Cool Biz and Warm Biz programs
Participated in the Ministry of the Environment’s Lightdown Campaign (since 2006)
The Yamaha Group’s offices and facilities have participated on an individual basis in the Lightdown Campaign, where businesses turn off illuminated outdoor advertising. The campaign raises awareness of saving electricity and realizing use of daily lighting.
Performance of fiscal 2011: 15 facilities conducted and cutting back electric power consumption by 9,700kwh while reducing CO2 emissions by 3,600kg.
Green Eco Curtain Activities (since 2009)
These activities aim to conserve energy and boost awareness by planting “curtains” of morning glories and other vine-type plants along the windows and walls of office and factory buildings.
Green Eco Curtain at Yamaha Corporation’s headquarters
Green Eco Curtain at the Saitama Factory
In fiscal 2011, 15 business locations took part in the “Green Eco Curtain” initiative. Electricity conservation measures were strongly urged in the summer of 2011 due to a power supply shortage resulting from the Great East Japan Earthquake. The Group-wide effort to introduce Green Eco Curtains was highly evaluated by society and featured in the newspaper. In addition, members of the general public were given the opportunity to observe the Green Eco Curtain at Yamaha Corporation’s headquarters as part of National Green Curtain Forum held in Hamamatsu City on August 5th and 6th.
Observing the Green Eco Curtain at Yamaha Corporation’s headquarters during National Green Curtain Forum
Yamaha Resort Corporation’s Tsumagoi resort and Yamaha Music Chushikoku Co., Ltd.’s Kurashiki store installed Green Eco Curtains on the outside of windows in the lobby and the store, respectively. Customers enjoyed the cooling effects of the curtains.
Green Eco Curtains in front of the lobby at Yamaha Resort Corporation’s Tsumagoi
Yamaha Music Chushikoku Co., Ltd.’s Kurashiki store