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Local Environmental Conservation Efforts 2009

Nitto Denko (HK) Participating in Earth Hour 2010

Nitto Denko (HK) Co. Ltd. participated in "Earth Hour 2010", an international event promoting the prevention of global warming. The event was initiated by the World Wildlife Fund in 2007. The participants demonstrated their intent towards countering the problem of global warming through the complete turning off of lights throughout the event.

Throughout Hong Kong participation in the event has been encouraged. Nitto Denko (HK) responded to the call and encouraged all employees to join in turning off their lights and electrical appliances as well as to start adopting a low carbon lifestyle. On 27 March 2010, 'lights-out' for an hour was implemented across 4,000 towns in 125 countries throughout the world and involved many buildings of worldwide fame as an initiative in support of the prevention of global warming.

Participating in "Mangrove Planting" Sponsored by Thai Government

On 22 October 2009 Nitto Matex (Thailand) Co. Ltd., employees and their families participated in "Planting Mangrove", an initiative which was sponsored by the Thai government. Mangroves are said to purify seawater. Participants in the program enjoyed planting seedlings whilst getting quite muddy.

Employees and their families planting mangrove

Shenzhen City Tree Planting Becomes an Annual Event

On 27 March 2010 Nitto Denko Fine Circuit Technology (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd. participated for the third time in planting trees. As was the case in the previous year, this event was held in response to a call from the city where many companies participated. We will continue to implement and participate in activities related to environmental conservation in the future.

Tohoku Plant Receives Award for Outstanding Green Space Environment

On 1 October 2009 Nitto Tohoku plant received "The President's Award" from the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center at the 28th National Assembly for Encouraging Factories to Establish Outstanding Green Space Environments. The award is given to production plants which have promoted planting and which have received credit for environmental enhancement both within the plant and surrounding environment. The Tohoku Plant was chosen for the award out of 14 prize winners.

The front of a main building of Tohoku Plant

Onomichi Plant Receives an "Eco Commutation" Award

The Nitto Onomichi Plant has promoted "Eco Commutation" by running eco friendly buses regularly since 2007. With our efforts recognized, we became certified and registered as the first "Excellent Eco-Commuting Workplace" from The Foundation for Promoting Personal Mobility and Ecological Transportation ("Eco-Mo Foundation") in July 2009.

Furthermore, for CO2 reduction, the easing of traffic congestion in the region and a reduction of risks of traffic accidents, we also received the highly recognized Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Award. This award is given in recognition of environmental protection excellence in the area of public transport by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism in 2009.

Second left: Yukio Nagira (President) Third left: Mikazuki (Parliamentary Secretary for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism)

Holding of UNEP World Environment Photographic Exhibition at Some Group Companies

In fiscal 2009 the Nitto Group implemented an employee environmental awareness campaign called "Green Design Action". Further to this, on the heels of "the light dimming campaign", we held an UNEP (United Nations Environmental Programme) World Environment Photographic Exhibition: Focus on Your World at bases and group companies both domestically and overseas. This exhibition served to raise environmental awareness amongst all Nitto Group employees globally. In order to further boost awareness of environmental problems, we will continue to promote this campaign in all our workplaces.

Hydranautics is the First Membrane Manufacturer to Join The Climate Registry

Hydranautics has become the first US-based membrane manufacturer to join The Climate Registry. The Climate Registry is a nonprofit organization that sets consistent and transparent standards by which to calculate, verify and report greenhouse gas emissions. It is composed of more than 331 major companies, cities and government and non-governmental agencies that have committed to tracking and publicly sharing their greenhouse gas emissions through the registry.

By joining The Climate Registry, Hydranautics has set a baseline goal for further reducing their greenhouse gas emissions as part of their continued commitment to responsible environmental stewardship.

Our report is available from The Climate Registry website.


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