KYOTO, Japan -- As part of its long-standing environmental protection activities, the Kyocera Group is planting “Green Curtains” across Japan to help meet regional energy reduction targets following the shutdown of all nuclear reactors after the March 2011 earthquake. The curtains of foliage are grown on trellises over windows and outer walls of manufacturing and office buildings to provide shade from direct sunlight and heat radiation. The Green Curtains reduce the temperature inside buildings and decrease the need to run energy-intensive air-conditioning systems during the hot summer months.
This year Green Curtains are being planted at 28 Kyocera Group company locations throughout Japan, more than a 30 percent increase over the previous year, which is helping the country meet its regional energy reduction goals ranging from 5-15 percent.
By mitigating temperature increases in workplaces, Green Curtains are helping companies reduce the energy load required by air conditioning systems as well as decreasing utility bills.
In addition to greening up with Green Curtains, the Kyocera Group has a total of approximately 2 MW of solar power generating systems installed at 18 company facilities in Japan, generating the equivalent power used by roughly 480 average households.
SOURCE: Kyocera Corporation