Kyocera Corporation this year will begin the full-scale adoption of hybrid vehicles for use as company cars. The policy will cover company cars used for general sales activities and movement between plants.
Kyocera Corporation currently has 194 such vehicles, 179 of which it is planning gradually to replace with hybrids starting in 2008 (15 existing hybrid cars will remain in place).
The completion of the replacements will achieve a 48% reduction in vehicle fuel consumption and in CO2 emissions: 88 kiloliters/year in vehicle fuel and 204t-CO2/year in emissions.
Kyocera has been instituting other measures to combat global warming. To date, the company has installed solar power generating systems at its headquarters, offices, and plants, introduced high-efficiency turbo chillers, and shifted product shipping from trucks to railway (modal shift). As a result, CO2 emissions declined significantly in FY2007 (April 2006 to March 2007), down 34.1% per net sales, compared with the 1990 level.