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Environmental Management

Promotion of Environment Conservation Efforts Together with the Global Environmental Committee

Environmental Targets and Results

Each department establishes targets for each fiscal year based on medium-term environmental targets, then carries out environmental preservation initiatives aiming to meet the targets. To connect these with volunteer actions of individual associates, the Akebono conducts ongoing education to promote awareness of individual roles in environmental preservation activities. The achievement of these measures is evaluated each fiscal year and incorporated in improvements for the following fiscal year and beyond.

Targets for Fiscal 2016 and Results Achieved

Initiatives Medium- and long-term Targets Targets for Fiscal 2016 Results Achieved in Fiscal 2016 Plans for Fiscal 2017 and After
R&D
Promotion of products containing no substances of concern (SOCs)*1 Complete the conversion to lead-free sintered material by 2020 (for local and bullet trains)
  • Further promote a changeover to the lead-free sintered material for applicable categories of rolling stock
  • Develop lead-free sintered materials that suit for other categories of rolling stock
  • Lead-free rate is 61% as of fiscal 2016 (55% the previous fiscal year)
  • Completed the development of a lead-free sintered material (not applicable to certain categories of rolling stock)
  • Promoted a changeover from conventional sintered materials to the lead-free sintered material for applicable categories of rolling stock
  • Further promote a changeover to the lead-free sintered material for applicable categories of rolling stock
  • Develop lead-free sintered materials that suit for other categories of rolling stock
Production
Reduction of total CO2 emissions at production plants in Japan Reduction of CO2 emissions intensity more than 1% on an annual average by 2020 Reduction of CO2 emissions intensity more than 1% 20% reduction in CO2 emissions intensity in Japan by operating income in fiscal 2016 on a year on year achieved by introduction of next-generation friction materials manufacturing equipment and application of thermal barrier coatings to factory roofs Collect information globally on CO2 reducing measures and energy-saving technologies
Continue and improve ISO14001-related activities Continue to enhance environmental activities Firmly root ISO14001 in operations and steadily renew certifications Renewed the ISO14001 certifications at seven sites, including Sanyo Manufacturing Continue to firmly root ISO14001 in operations and steadily renew certifications
Promotion of zero-emission*2 activities at production sites: eliminate direct landfill disposal Maintain zero emissions Maintain zero emissions; generate no direct landfill disposal Maintained zero emissions; generate no direct landfill disposal Continue to maintain zero emissions; generate no direct landfill disposal
Environmental Education
Environmental training center Nurture human resources to disseminate environmental preservation methods to locations nationwide through training programs implemented at Environmental training center Get feedback from the trainees and reflect it in the program
  • Held lectures on chemical substance management by external instructors
  • Started introducing the online education program implemented at ABCT (United States) to Japan
Get feedback from the trainees and reflect it in the program
Logistics
Response to revised Energy Conservation Law
(energy saving obligation of cargo owners)
Reduce unit energy consumption by 1% (five-year average) Improve transport efficiency and increase energy usage efficiency
  • Reduced CO2 emissions per transport weight and distance from logistics by 0.6% on a year-on-year basis
  • Implemented eco-friendly driving activities and seminars
  • Introduced the real-time management system of truck operations
Continue efforts to reduce unit energy consumption by 1% or more in five-year average
Purchasing
Promotion of green purchasing*3 Establish structure that ensures purchasing activities in line with the Green Purchasing Guidelines Revise supplier quality management (SQM) standard manuals
  • Conducted research in tandem with suppliers into the alternate materials that use fewer environmental impact substances and require lower energy input with the aim of making concrete proposals for new material development
  • Carried out the following revisions to SQM standard manuals to ensure the greater understanding of suppliers with regard to the Company’s approach to environmental impact substance reduction (Enhanced GADSL*4 explanations and provided clearer descriptions of procedures for the handling of environmental impact substances)
  • Encourage suppliers to upgrade their environmental management systems
  • Continue supply chain survey using IMDS*5
Production Engineering
Promotion of resource-saving design Develop manufacturing facilities that are reusable, achieving a greater yield ratio, energy saving, and eco-friendly operations with the aim of realizing environmentally friendly manufacturing Further enhance energy-saving and resource-saving technologies Changed factory dust collection method from large-scale centralized collector to small, individual collectors that can operate in to match the operational status of each factory line Further enhance energy-saving and resource-saving technologies
  • *1 Substance of Concern: substances that have an environmental impact such as hexavalent chromium, lead, mercury, and cadmium.
  • *2 Zero emission: A resource recycling society systems that emits no waste products by effectively using waste products, proposed by the United Nations University in 1994.
  • *3 Green purchasing: Activities aimed at prioritizing products with lower environmental impact among materials and secondary materials required for manufacturing green purchasing products.
  • *4 GADSL (Global Automotive Declarable Substance List)
    A list of chemical substances requiring proper management formulated by automobile manufacturers, their parts suppliers and material suppliers in Japan, the United States and Europe. It is an industrywide standard targeting the following substances, which are possibly contained in parts and materials supplied to automotive manufacturers:
    1. Substances that are subject to regulation under the laws of each country
    2. Substances that are expected to come under legal regulation
    3. Substances with a proven negative impact on health and/or the environment
    The list contains substances classified into such categories as “Substances prohibited from use in all applications,” “Substances prohibited from use in certain applications or that must be declared if used” and “Substances that must be declared if usage exceeds defined threshold limits.”
  • *5 IMDS (International Material Data System): An international material data reporting system.

Refer to the following for performance data for each principal company.
Akebono Environmental Data by Principal Company in Japan (PDF download 554 KB, 5 pages)