Environmental Management

Yaskawa Group Environmental Policies

We established the Group Environmental Policy in fiscal 2015 in order to accelerate global environmental initiatives, including those of overseas affiliates.

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 affiliated 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

The Group Environmental Policy is incorporated into the environmental targets of each affiliated company, and environmental activities are carried out in accordance with the business contents.

Yaskawa began acquiring ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) certification for its manufacturing facilities in 1998, and we acquired integrated certification for our manufacturing facilities in Japan in 2014*1.

We are also expanding the scope of certification to include Group companies, and we will continue to promote environmental management globally based on ISO 14001.

*1 Scope of ISO 14001 at Yaskawa: All stages of manufacturing activities, products, and services in the departments of the Iruma Plant, Yahata-nishi Plant, Yukuhashi Plant, and Yahata-higashi Plant and in affiliated companies on the premises of those plants.

List of ISO 14001 Certification for Group Companies

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 FY2019.

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 FY2019, none of our contractors have violated laws and regulations. We will continue to perform these checks in the future.

Environmental Communication

The Yaskawa Group discloses information on its environmental activities and actively communicates with stakeholders to deepen mutual understanding. ​We are also disseminating information on our environmental initiatives and views widely through our integrated report and website, and will continue to strengthen our efforts.

​Disclosure of Information to Third Parties

We disclose information on the Yaskawa Group’s initiatives and environmental impact data to a variety of stakeholders, including government agencies and industry groups, as well as through CDP’s survey on climate change and water security and “SDGs management“ survey conducted by Nikkei Research.

​​Enhanced Disclosure of Information on Climate Change

Yaskawa endorsed the TCFD proposal in September 2019. ​In the future, we will strive to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society and increase corporate value by strengthening the disclosure of information related to climate change based on the recommendations and continuously promoting business activities that take the environment into consideration.

Introduction of Environmental Technologies at Robot Village*2

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.

Other awards and prizes

The head office building of Yaskawa Electric received the FY2017 Carbon Neutral Grand Prize*3.
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.
The head office also received the Kyushu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Director General Award at the 2019 Excellent Energy Conservation Factory & Building Awards competition for its everyday energy-saving activities.

*3 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.

  • Certificate and plaque for Excellent Energy Conservation in Factory & Building

Commitment to environmental protection (Germany)

YASKAWA EUROPE GmbH ROBOTICS DIVISION in Germany obtained ISO 50001 certification in December 2016. We have improved energy performance by implementing energy-saving measures.

YASKAWA EUROPE GmbH ROBOTICS DIVISION uses an energy management system that delivers data on energy use and efficiency in a visual format. We save energy by reviewing work procedures and eliminating redundant processes.
In FY2019, (YEU)R reduced energy consumption by 3.11% compared to FY2018. We are also undertaking “2019 -2021 Energy and Environment Campaign” to raise employees’ awareness on environmental conservation and energy savings. We created a sticker featuring the catchphrase “Green YASKAWA Footprint” for the campaign.

Our first target was to reduce the inflow of outdoor air into heated rooms. We attached stickers near thermostats for radiator heaters to raise awareness of temperature settings. The latest target we set was to reduce paper use in printing and energy use in lighting, attaching the stickers to printers and light switches.
These activities have been effective in raising employees’ awareness on energy conservation. We are planning to install a monitor that displays the status of energy consumption obtained by the energy management system with software measuring data in real time in more areas at (YEU)R. We are aiming to reduce our environmental load further by enhancing employees’ awareness on energy conservation.

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ISO50001 is the international standard for energy management and is designed to help organizations in all fields and sizes to manage energy use and improve energy performance continuously. 

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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