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 Long-term Plans for the Environment

Yaskawa makes contributions to the environment by reducing the burdens that result from its manufacturing activities (green process) at a greater rate, and by reducing the burden on the ecosystem with its products (green products) leveraging its technology to enhance the environmental performance.
As climate change poses a number of problems on a global scale, we are striving to enhance corporate value by pursuing sustainability through multifaceted environmental activities, with a focus on reducing CO2 emissions through products that utilize one of our company’s core competences of power conversion.

Previous Midterm Environmental Plan Targets and Achievements

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

17% improvement
Promotion of energy-saving and energy creation in the new building, and an upgrade to high-efficiency facilities.

SA

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

5% increase
Energy consumption increased as four companies were added to the aggregation target (versus FY2015) and the increase in production volume.

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

15% increase
Increased due to increase in waste data acquisition companies.

C
Coverage of appropriate water management: 100%

100% achieved

A
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 11,710,000 tons

SA
100% compliance with RoHS II Directive (excluding excluded products)

100% target products compliance with RoHS Directive, and four additional substances are now being addressed.

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

Expansion to 90%
Group companies were given guidance on understanding their own burdens and utilization of the system.

A

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

New Midterm Environmental Plan Targets

  New Midterm Environmental Plan(2019-2021) Targets for FY2021
Green process Group’s CO2 emissions
6% improvement per unit of sales
(versus FY2015)

Renewable energy rate 5%
(Yaskawa Electric alone)

Waste discharge by the Group
FY2018 or less
Coverage of appropriate water management: 100%
Green products Reduction of 4,000,000 cumulative tons of CO2 emissions through products (cumulative from FY2016 and onward).
100% compliance with RoHS Directive
(exclusion of 10 substances including four additional substances)
Environmental
management
Expansion of the functional range of the Group’s EMS control
Environmental impact burden ratio: 90% or more

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)

 

Since 1998, we began acquiring ISO14001 (Environmental Management System) certification at each production plant, and in August 2014, we acquired integrated certification covering all of our domestic production plants (five), and in June 2017, we completed transition to ISO14001:2015.

In order to promote our environmental activities and achieve the planned environmental objectives and realize a sustainable society, we must firmly grasp the requirements of the new standards including internal and external issues, needs and expectations, and risks and 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 stipulated internal regulations for confirmation of legislation that are applicable to each of its business sites, the content to be addressed, and the methods of implementation for such initiatives. In addition, each place of business, as well as its integrated ISO administrative office is engaged in compliance verification.
No violations or penalties occurred with regard to laws and regulations during FY2017.

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 FY2017, none of our contractors have violated laws and regulations. We will continue to perform these checks in the future.

Yaskawa Group’s environmental contributions

The Yaskawa Group aims to contribute to the preservation of the environment through both environment burden reductions (green process) associated with production activities and energy consumption improvements through the proliferation of products (green products). Setting CCE100: Contribution to Cool Earth 100 (to reduce CO2 emissions by the Group and reduce emissions by more than 100 times in 2025 through our products) as one of the objectives of these commitments, the Group will promote environmental contribution activities toward realizing the above.

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: “create,” “store,” “recover,” “reduce” and “smart use.” 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.

 

Commitment to environmental protection (India)

On March 22, 2019, the Global Safety Summit was held in Delhi, India and YASKAWA INDIA was awarded the “Best Environmental Practice Award.” This Summit is an annual conference focused on the themes of environmental preservation and global sustainability, and is steered by the World Safety Forum, BCTOAD Hyperlink Ltd, and unions in 193 countries around the world. YASKAWA INDIA focuses on the safety of employees and preservation of the environment in the course of operations, and recognizes that environmental and climate change impacts as well as health and safety of employees and local communities are of utmost importance. For environmental protection in particular, the following initiatives are taken.
– Organic waste, solid waste, and e-waste are disposed of by operators who have appropriate qualifications in accordance with the regulations of the “Central Pollution Control Board.”
– For an operation permit by the water and air pollution control acts, noise level is tested once a year.
– Inspection results of air, water quality, and waste disposal are reported to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board once every six months.

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