Partnership Agreement with Kyoto City for Building a Decarbonized Society
ROHM and the City of Kyoto have signed a collaboration agreement to build a decarbonized society.
The agreement stipulates that both parties will cooperate more in the areas of decarbonization, biodiversity, and improving local resilience. On June 30, Mayor Daisaku Kadokawa and ROHM President Isao Matsumoto signed the agreement at a ceremony held at Kyoto City Hall.
ROHM will continue to promote sustainability management based on its corporate objectives and management vision, and will work to preserve the environment and biodiversity in order to realize a sustainable society, while maintaining a healthy partnership with local communities.
1. Background of the Collaboration Agreement
ROHM recognizes that "climate change" is one of the most important issues affecting its business activities, and has set the goal of "carbon zero (virtually zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050)" in its "Environmental Vision 2050". In addition to our major domestic business sites (Kyoto Station Building and Shin-Yokohama Station Building) and major production processes for SiC wafer manufacturing (German Plant and new SiC building at Chikugo Plant in Fukuoka), we are actively introducing 100% renewable energy at our Thai Plant starting this fiscal year. In addition, as a corporate citizen, we value activities that deepen interaction with local communities in order to contribute to the development and health of society, which led us to conclude a partnership agreement with Kyoto City, where our head office is located.
2. Purpose of the Cooperation Agreement
The purpose of the collaboration agreement is to further develop the cooperative relationship between ROHM and Kyoto City, as well as to contribute to solving the climate change problem, which is a global challenge set forth in the SDGs targets, through continuous collaboration on the construction of a decarbonized society with virtually zero CO2 emissions by 2050.
3. Contents of the Collaboration Agreement
(1) Matters related to decarbonization
(2) Matters related to biodiversity
(3) Matters related to improving regional resilience
(4) Other matters that are deemed to contribute to the achievement of the objectives of this agreement
4. Specific initiatives and future development
ROHM plans to donate solar panels to elementary schools in Kyoto City as part of its efforts to build a decarbonized society and improve the resilience of the region.
We will also consider using the biotope that ROHM is developing as a place for environmental learning
<ROHM's Greening Activities and Background＞
ROHM has had its headquarters in the same location since 1961. As the scale of ROHM's business expanded, the site and plant gradually grew larger, but with the desire to "always value the relationship of trust with the local community," ROHM began greening the area around its headquarters in the 1980s under the concept of "a plant in the forest" out of concern that the townscape would be spoiled by an increase in inorganic plants. The company also began to develop a number of sites facing the road. Furthermore, several meters of the site facing the road were made part of the sidewalk, and metasequoia, zelkova, and mountain peach trees were planted as roadside trees. The plant is now surrounded by trees, and the surrounding public streets are now tree-lined for the enjoyment of the local community.
＜External evaluation of greening activities around the head office＞
The greening activities around the head office have been highly evaluated in various fields, and in 2021, the plant received the "Ikimono Kyosei Business Establishment Certification" from the Association for the Promotion of Business in Harmony with Nature (ABINC) and the "Green Certification SEGES" from the Urban Greenery Authority of Japan. In addition, the company received the "Japan Greenery Center Chairman's Award" from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's "Award System for Excellent Green Factories" (commonly known as the "National Green Factory Award") in 2021.
＜Future initiatives aimed at coexistence with nature＞
The "Factory in the Forest" initiative aims to harmonize with natural cycles, and the surrounding green space is also a wooded area within the city that can be inhabited by plants and animals. The collaboration agreement and biotope development will accelerate these "nature symbiosis" efforts.
The ROHM Group recognizes that it receives various benefits from the bounty of nature created by the earth's biodiversity, not to mention the resources and energy necessary for its business activities, and will continue to actively engage in activities aimed at harmony with natural cycles in order to pass on the global environment in a better state to future generations.
＜Overview of the biotope at the head office site＞
In March 2022, we established an 8,400 m2 biotope area on the grounds of our headquarters based on the concept of "a place where ROHM, local communities, and living creatures are connected. Yamamomo (Prunus mume) has been planted as a symbolic tree, and a waterfront and fields have been created to play an essential role in creating a place where a variety of living creatures can come and go. The biotope is already home to a variety of insects and birds, and is becoming a habitat for living creatures. We would like to use the fields as a place for environmental education to convey the importance of coexistence with nature. 71 employees and their family members experienced rice planting in June of this year.
In the future, we plan to use this area to strengthen communication with the local community and promote measures to preserve the ecosystem.