The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of international targets established by the 193 member countries of the United Nations that seek to address global issues relating to the environment, poverty, education, and human rights.
To do its part, Taiyo Cabletec Corporation is taking action using the experience, knowledge, and technology it has accumulated since its establishment in 1923. We intend to take one step at a time, starting with what we can do now. And then, as awareness transforms, we will drive efforts to benefit society in Japan, and then the world.
Energy is not infinite. Our lifestyles use fossil fuels—petroleum, coal and natural gas—which generate large quantities of CO2 as a byproduct when burned. What's more, it's been said that we could use up these resources within 100 years. Japan and many other countries around the world are working to introduce renewable energy sources like solar power, hydropower, wind power and biomass as the energies of the future.
As a manufacturer, we at Taiyo Cabletec want to effectively utilize energy without wasting precious resources. To this end, we strive to keep internal energy use in accordance with the Energy Conservation Act. We use renewable energy at our Toyooka Factory and Shimane Factory, where we have installed solar panels. At our Sanda Techno Center distribution facility, we are engaged in efforts to separate waste to promote recycling. In addition, the forklifts are fully electric, and we have replaced fluorescent lighting with energy-saving LED lighting to help reduce CO2 emissions. Through such efforts, we are actively working to combat global warming.
Affluent lifestyles are intimately related to industrial development. Moving forward, we must build a future-focused form for industry by creating a sustainable framework which differs from that of the era of mass production and mass consumption we have had thus far. Accordingly, innovation is vital for spawning new technologies.
Since it was founded in 1923, Taiyo Cabletec has always developed the latest technologies. Together with our partners in Japan and throughout Asia, we strive to develop robot cable technology in line with the growth of AI and IoT. At present, we are utilizing robot cable technology to automate factory operations and increase safety, and thereby streamline production systems. We aim to make full use of technology to develop sustainable industry and help to establish high-quality infrastructure.
Urban development is paramount to ensuring comfortable living conditions in cities where large numbers of people are concentrated. Cities must reconsider ways in which to tackle numerous challenges ranging from waste disposal to disaster management strategies. One such issue is air pollution from vehicle exhaust emissions. One target included in the SDGs is to “reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities.”
As a company that distributes products both domestically and internationally, we are carrying out initiatives to reduce our exhaust gas emissions. One way we do this is through a “container round use” system that employs the same containers for both importing and exporting freight, decreasing the number of trucks in operation. This not only leads to greater efficiency and improved productivity, but by curbing exhaust gas emissions from transport vehicles, we are contributing to the creation of a sustainable environment.
As lifestyles become increasingly convenient, we must not forget to give due consideration to nature. Environmental pollution from chemical substances and waste also leads to depletion of the ozone layer and global warming. Moreover, problems with pollution and environmental contamination are believed not only to impact our lifestyles, but to cause serious damage to human health.
At Taiyo Cabletec we keep environmental pollution to a minimum by endeavoring to release as few toxic substances as possible during production. We also limit our use of chemical substances in compliance with RoHS directives and REACH regulations. And because we want to avoid wasting limited resources during production and consumption, we make cables with a long lifespan to reduce the ratio that are scrapped. In order to reduce mass production and mass disposal, we provide products that can be used for a long period of time. We make it our ambition as a manufacturer to engage in sustainable production.
The ocean covers roughly 70% of our planet’s surface. This bountiful ocean is a precious source of life for all living creatures. However, it is almost impossible for us humans to live without generating trash and wastewater. Chemical substances like plastic waste are recognized as especially problematic for their role in polluting the ocean. Worsening marine pollution affects ocean creatures, and eventually it will become difficult for humans to secure the water resources we need to live.
Taiyo Cabletec is carrying out initiatives as a company to reduce pollution of the ocean. We recycle the water generated in our plant during production, and effectively utilize groundwater in order to protect the ocean and our water resources. We will continue working hard to protect the ocean and the creatures living in it by trying to ensure that wastewater containing chemical substances is not released into the ocean. We want to preserve the beautiful blue planet for future generations.