Green process

Environmental Impact Data Summary (FY2022)

“Green process” to reduce the burden on the environment in business activities


The Yaskawa Group emits CO2 and waste materials as a result of using energy, such as electricity, gas, etc., and resources, such as components/materials, water, etc., for manufacturing, sales, engineering, etc., of electrical products and systems, and other related businesses.
The above figure illustrates the status of environmental loads of our production and sales activities.
We also manage the amount of energy used, CO2 emissions, and amounts of waste materials and valuables generated from business activities of our domestic and international group companies.
The scope of management targets group companies of high energy usage amount (accounting for approximately 99% of the energy used by the entire group).
Going forward, we shall expand the scope of management to 100% and promote the reduction of environmental loads.
The graph at the right shows the energy-derived CO2 emissions of the Yaskawa Group in FY2022.

Measures against Climate Change

Initiatives to Save Energy

Yaskawa engaged in energy-conservation activities with the aim of reducing total Group CO2 emissions by 10% (compared to FY2018), as per the target in the 2022 Midterm Environmental Plan.
In FY2022, Yaskawa mainly advocated for improvements to investigate and prevent air leakages, as well as upgrade lighting, air-conditioners, and production equipment. Overseas group companies also implemented solar power and promoted energy saving.

  • Transition in CO2 emissions
  • Transition in CO2 emissions
  • *Actual emission factors released by electric power companies were used until FY2018 to calculate CO2 emissions from electric power in Japan. Adjusted emission factors are used from FY2019 onward.

    *For calculation of CO2 emissions from electric power overseas, the representative emissions factor of each country (see IEA data) is used.
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Initiatives to Decarbonize Electricity

Yaskawa reduced its total Group CO2 emissions by 20%, thus achieving the goal of 10% reduction that was set in the 2022 Midterm Environmental Plan.
Under its 2025 Midterm Environmental Plan, the Group aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 30% (compared to FY2018) and reach a CO2-free energy rate of 75% or more in electricity usage. We completed the adoption of CO2-free energy at Iruma Plant, in addition to Yahata-nishi Plant, Nakama Plant, and Kokura Plant. As a result, CO2-free energy makes up approximately 58% of our energy consumption.
Next, we plan to adopt CO2-free energy at Yukuhashi Plant.

Resource Recycling and Resource Saving

Recycling Activities

As a result of China’s plastic waste import restrictions, waste plastics, which were conventionally sold as valuable materials, are now classified as waste.
However, by selecting a recyclable waste disposal operator, we were able to maintain zero waste emissions.

Packing Materials Information

The Yaskawa Group provides packing material information for their products.

The information is provided in accordance with EU Commission Decision: 97/129/EC.
Since fiscal 2022, we have started displaying a URL on the exterior of some products using a QR code for information reference.

Policy on Water Usage

The Yaskawa Group recognizes that water is a limited resource and strives to protect water resources.

Water Usage Management

Water usage is monitored monthly to make sure that water leakage and other problems are detected early.
We promote the installation of real-time remote monitoring equipment when constructing new buildings.
Additionally, at our headquarters rainwater accounts for 97% of the total water amount used.
No violations or penalties occurred with regard to laws and regulations concerning water usage during FY2022.

Initiatives to Reduce Water Withdrawal

Our production processes do not rely heavily on water, and most of our water withdrawal is for human consumption and sanitary purposes.
We are working to reduce water withdrawal by taking measures against water leakage and switching to water-saving equipment.
In particular, we are actively promoting the use of water-saving toilets and other measures to reduce water consumption when constructing new buildings.

Evaluation of Water Risks

We evaluate water risks at the Yaskawa Group’s production plants in Japan and overseas using “Aqueduct”*1.
Evaluations indicated that four plants in China and one plant in India are located in high water risk areas. Water risks include risk of drought and risk of flooding.
In fiscal 2022, 33,800 m3 of water was withdrawn at sites with risk of drought, accounting for 13% of the entire Yaskawa Group.
Water storage tanks are installed at sites with risk of drought, and sandbags are placed at sites with risk of flooding.

*1: Water risks refer to the dangers and threats to corporate activities that may result from water pollution and water stress due to water shortages.

Initiatives of 3R(Reduce・Reuse・Recycle)

・Reuse of isopropyl alcohol (IPA)


High-purity IPA had been discarded from the Bestact Solutions’ Bestact manufacturing line in the Yukuhashi plant.
As a result of a review conducted by the group companies within Yukuhashi Plant, mainly centering on Yaskawa Electric, reuse of IPA was started because the quality of IPA used in Yaskawa Controls’s repair process could be ensured.
Consequently, the activities resulted in significant improvement in the amount of IPA discarded from 3,500 liters per year to 500 liters per year.


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