Environmental Management

We are promoting environmental management in order to pass on the bounty of the earth’s blessings to the next generation.

Yaskawa Group’s Vision and Medium- to Long-term Plans for the Environment

Together with its stakeholders, the Yaskawa Group aims to create a society that is sustainable.
 It plans to make contributions for the environment by reducing the burdens that result from its manufacturing activities (its green process) at a greater rate than it has to date, and by reducing the burden on the ecosystem with its products (green products) leveraging its technology to enhance the environmental performance.

Voluntary Action Plan Targets and Achievements

  Midterm Targets FY2016 Targets Results Self Evaluation
Green process 10% reduction (versus FY2012) in energy use per unit of production volume at domestic production plants) 5.4% reduction

7.2% reduction, target achieved.

Energy use was reduced by way of an upgrade to high-efficiency facilities, introduction of LED lighting, and efforts to improve operations, etc.

3% reduction (versus FY2015) in GHG emissions by the Group 1% reduction

4.2% increase, target not achieved.

Energy use increased as a result of new factory construction, extreme summer heat, etc.

3% reduction (versus FY2015) in waste discharge by the Group per unit of sales 1% reduction

5.2% reduction, target achieved.

Waste discharge amounts were reduced by thorough sorting and introduction of new operators in extracting marketable resources.

Coverage of appropriate water management: 100%

One company was newly added to the water management range.

Green products Reduction of 6,000,000 cumulative tons of CO2 emissions through products (cumulative from FY2016 and onward).

CO2 emissions reduced through products were 1,230,000 tons

100% compliance with RoHS Directive II (excluding excluded categories) 100% compliance with RoHS Directive II

Evidence of compliance with RoHS Directive II was obtained, and readiness for RoHS Directive II was made complete.

Expansion of the functional range of the Group’s EMS control.
Environmental impact load ratio: 80%

Expansion to 89%

Nine companies were added to the control range (6 domestic companies and 3 overseas companies)


Self-evaluated achievement ratios to targets: SA – 130% or more, A – 100% or more, B – 50% or more, C – under 50%

Yaskawa Group Environmental Policies

Environmental Philosophy

Based on the Management Principles of the Yaskawa Group, we recognize that the conservation of the global environment is one of the most important issues for all humankind. In every stage of our business operation, we contribute to the realization of a sustainable society through our proactive environmentally conscious actions.

Environmental Action Guidelines

  1. Participation by everyone
    We strongly believe that we all should participate and take responsibility in order to achieve realization of biodiversity conservation, and a low-carbon and recycle-based society.
  2. Environmental contribution by innovative technologies
    For the future prosperity of society, we will contribute to the improvement of the global environment through our products and services developed by technological innovation that will be useful in a wide range of applications in communities worldwide.
  3. Environmental consideration of products and services
    We strive to reduce the environmental impacts of our products and services, for their entire life-cycle, from research and development, product design, procurement, manufacturing, distribution and usage through to end-of-life handling.
  4. Aiming for future-oriented goals and objectives
    We aim to heighten social and environmental excellence not only by complying with applicable environmental laws and regulations but also by establishing our own future oriented goals and objectives. We will continue to improve our environmental management and to endeavor to minimize environmental risks.
  5. Improvement of environmental awareness
    We strive to improve environmental awareness among all of us by education and enlightenment about our relationship with the environment from a broad perspective so that each of us can independently implement the environmental activities.
  6. Information disclosure and communication
    We are committed to disclosing information about our environmental activities and communicate proactively and openly with stakeholders for deep mutual understanding.

Organization for Environmental Promotion

Yaskawa and afliated companies have continued to promote the environmental programs in accordance with group-wide policies and implementation plans that have been deliberated and decided by the Company-Wide Environmental Promotion Committee.

The Group’s Environmental Management

In order to accelerate environmental commitments globally, including overseas affiliates, we established the Group’s environmental policies in FY2015. With the Group’s environmental policies incorporated into each affiliate’s environmental objectives, environmental activities are conducted in line with business content. We will continue to promote these activities, and expand the range of environmental management globally.

Integrated Environmental Management System

Outline of the Integrated Environmental Management System (EMS)photo


Since 1998, we began acquiring the International Standard ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) certification at each production plant, and in August 2014, we acquired integrated certification covering all of our domestic production plants (five). Since that time, we have conducted integrated environmental activities at all our plants. We passed migration review to ISO 14001: 2015 in June 2017. Accordingly, we will promote environmental activities to realize a sustainable society and achieve our planned environmental objectives by firmly grasping the requirements of the new standards including internal and external issues, needs and expectations and risks as well as opportunities.

The scope of environmental management system has been applicable to all stages of production process, products, and services in Iruma, Yahata-nishi, Yukuhashi, Kokura, and Yahata-higashi plant, including group companies within Yaskawa Electric business sites.

Compliance with Environmental Regulations

For comprehensive adherence to laws and regulations pertaining to the environment, Yaskawa has stipulations in place based on its internal regulations for checking legislation that is applicable to each of its business sites, the details which should be seen to, and the methods for such initiatives, and each location of operation, as well as its integrated ISO administration office, engage in checking compliance. No violations or penalties occurred with regard to laws and regulations during FY2016.

On-Site Check of Waste Disposal Companies

With the focus set on the responsibility of the waste generator, we perform, by use of our common audit check sheets, on-site checks of waste collection/transport companies and disposal companies under contract with our production plants. Until FY2016, none of our contractors have violated laws and regulations. We will continue to perform these checks in the future.

Introduction of Environmental Technologies at Robot Village® *

Yaskawa has positioned and revamped its headquarter in Kitakyushu as “Robot Village”.
 Robot Village offers five perspectives on energy: “reduce,” “create,” “smart use,” “store,” and “recover”. By leveraging its technology, the Yaskawa Group has succeeded in cutting CO2 emissions at all of its head offices by half and also reducing the amount of energy that is used by 42% when converted to crude oil and 35% in peak power.
 The environmental technologies employed at Robot Village are explained at YASKAWA Innovation Center, clearly for anyone to understand.

In-house technology in the Robot Village


Received the Energy Conservation Grand Prize

Robot Village was awarded the Energy Conservation Center Japan chairman’s prize in the 2015 Energy Conservation Grand Prize. In the products and business model category, it also received the minister’s prize, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, for Yaskawa Matrix Converter U1000.

Received the Carbon Neutral Grand Prize

The head office building of Yaskawa Electric received the FY2017 Carbon Neutral Grand Prize*.
Even after completion of the project, energy conservation operations have been thoroughly carried out and a 76% energy cut was implemented in comparison to standard buildings.

*An award system has been implemented annually by the Japanese Association of Building Mechanical and Electrical Engineers. It aims to contribute to building a “carbon-neutral” society in which CO2 emissions by buildings are reduced to nearly zero.