In June 2019, we acquired Eco Action 21 certification.
We are working in accordance with the “Eco Action 21” environmental management system formulated by the Ministry of the Environment.
- Eco Action 21
- Certification No.0012812
- Date of certification
- registration June 21, 2019
About Eco Action 21
"Eco Action 21" is the Japanese environmental management system (EMS) formulated by the Ministry of the Environment. The Ministry of the Environment has formulated ways for organizations and business operators to voluntarily undertake environmental efforts. It is based on a method to continually improve the performance called "PDCA cycle". Based on this guideline, business operators will build, operate and maintain the construction of EMS. We will carry out our environmental efforts effectively, efficiently and continuously. For details on Eco Action 21, refer to the following website. (External link)
Environmental management policy of KGS
Aiming to become an environmentally friendly food manufacturing industry, we will promote environmental conservation based on the spirit of “Mottainai”(Yield, defective machining, process waste, and labor saving improvements), which is also one of our action guidelines. We will also strive to purchase products that comply with laws and regulations and consider the environment (green purchasing).
Action Guidelines of KGS Energy Saving Team
Items of environmental burden to be grasped always
- Energy consumption
- Carbon dioxide emissions
- Waste emissions
- Water usage and drainage volume
Be sure to act
- Energy saving
- Management of energy consumption
- Water quality management / Reuse
- Improvement of environmental performance in products produced, sold and provided by themselves
- Reduction of waste / Recycling
- Promotion of legal compliance and green purchasing
We constantly monitor power consumption and demand values with a demand monitoring device (device that can check the amount of electricity used). When the set demand value is exceeded, the management company will contact you. The electricity used at the Nara Factory is 100% green power (CO2 emission factor 0.000000kg-CO2 / kwh).
Improve production equipment efficiency / Conversion to high efficiency equipment
Our energy conservation team plays a central role in managing monitoring data and daily expenses for demand monitoring devices. We are trying to visualize the inadvertent use of energy such as electricity and gas by converting the basic unit of energy consumption such as electricity and gas and converting to crude oil. In addition, we grasp the operational status of each production line, identify bottlenecks, and propose improvements. Here are some examples of production facility improvements that were made to reduce production, energy, and human loss.
Introduction of vaporization type gas generator
At our company Nara factory, we use LPG (liquefied propane gas) a lot. And we used a lot of electricity to vaporize LPG. By introducing a gas generator that utilizes the temperature of the atmosphere, we reduced electricity consumption by 92%.
Installation of motor control device
We switched the motor for production equipment in each production line to inverter control and reduced power consumption by 24%.
Improvement of work environment and operation efficiency
We grasp the operation status of each production line, identify bottlenecks and submit improvement proposals.
- Reduce food loss by improving production line equipment.
- Shorten production time by increasing capacity with replacing machines.
- Reduction of cleaning time by improving working environment.
- Demand value is reduced by reducing the simultaneous operation timing of each production line. Etc.
We are working every day to reduce and recycle waste generated at our factory.
Reuse of product residue
Most of product residue such as crop waste generated at our factory is reused as livestock feed.And sludge generated during wastewater treatment is reused as soil and fertilizer in the zoo.
At our factory, we record record all the processes the processes of receiving, manufacturing, shipping, and we are managing records so that internal tracing can be taken. These recording methods are mainly paper based. To reduce paper and simplify internal sharing, some departments are using electronic tablets by using tablet terminals.
Installation of wastewater treatment facility
Water used at the factory is returned to the river by controlling the water quality standards based on the ordinance at the wastewater treatment facility. We used some of the treated water for washing water and reusing sludge generated during processing to pasture fertilizer, contributing to reducing environmental burden.
In operating various types of machinery and managing utilities related to it, compliance with laws and regulations is essential, and our energy conservation team is working positively in relation to compliance.In addition, with the acquisition of EcoAction 21, we confirm whether there is a revision of relevant laws and regulations once a year.