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October 30, 2017 YKK's Kurobe Manufacturing Center Receives the METI Minister's Award for Excellent Green Factories
- YKK AP's Kurobe Ogyu Plant Receives the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center's Chairman Award -
The YKK Corporation (Head office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; "YKK") Kurobe Manufacturing Center has received the FY2017 METI Minister's Award for Excellent Green Factories. It is the first such METI Minister's Award won by a factory in Toyama Prefecture. At the same time, YKK AP Inc.'s Kurobe Ogyu Plant received the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center's Chairman Award.
The METI Minister's Award for Excellent Green Factories was established in 1982 in light of increased awareness related to environmental issues, as seen in the introduction of regulations related to green spaces. Factories and business establishments that proactively promote the greening of factories and have marked an outstanding achievement within and outside the factory are screened and selected for commendation.
YKK's Kurobe Manufacturing Center has planted 20,000 trees, created the Furusato-no-Mori (Hometown Forest)--inhabited by 287 living organisms, including threatened and rare species--and opened YKK Center Park to the public as an industrial tourism facility. Additionally, it is involved in the Passive Town community development project* in Kurobe, Toyama Prefecture, where the manufacturing center is located. This initiative was recognized along with the aforementioned environmental efforts, and led to the receipt of the METI Minister's Award. Meanwhile, YKK AP Kurobe Ogyu Plant was recognized for its greening efforts to harmonize the plant with the surrounding environment and scenery. The YKK Group will continue to deepen its roots in the community and engage in various environmental efforts with society.
- * Passive Town: is a project that proposes a concept for building communities and homes that utilize natural sources of energy to reduce consumption of electrical power, fossil fuel and other nonrenewable energy sources.
- * Please see the attachment for details on the YKK Kurobe Manufacturing Center and the YKK AP Kurobe Ogyu Plant
[Attachment]：Outline of Awards Received by YKK Kurobe Manufacturing Center and YKK AP Kurobe Ogyu Plant (126KB)
YKK AP Kurobe Ogyu Plant (4,479KB)
The green area created around the plant (2,661KB)