Number of Recovered Products(Million)1.20.920.530.650.770.661. shoesBrake pads’07 ’08 ’09 ’10 ’110.600.900.530.780.590.86’12 (FY)Environmental ManagementInitiatives at the Consumption StageWorking with our customers and suppliers, we are working to expand the use of recycled products.Recycling of ProductsAkebono began marketing reconditioned products before theconcept of recycling entered general awareness. As early as1965, it established a nationwide network in Japan to recycleused drum brake shoes and launched “Eco Shoes” madeusing recycled products as a major aftermarket products business.Furthermore, Akebono started selling “Akebono EcoPads” made using recycled disc brake pads in 2005. Theproducts are being standardized so as to serve global markets.Akebono will continue working to develop and supplyeco-friendly products in order to meet the latest environmentalneeds.Recovery of Recyclable ProductsUsed drum shoes and brake pads are recovered from all overJapan with the cooperation of dealers and other businesspartners. In fiscal 2012, 530,000 used shoes and 920,000used pads were recovered.Safe and Environment-Conscious DistributionThe Akebono Group member Alocs Corporation (a freight company)revised the distribution route between Iwatsuki (Saitama)and Okayama from the one via the Chuo Expressway to theone via the Shin-Tomei and Tomei Expressways, as part of itsefforts to save energy (see page 40). In fiscal 2012 itachieved a 1.6% reduction in unit energy consumption forlogistics activities compared with fiscal 2011, compared withthe 1% year-on-year reduction target.■Ensuring Safe Driving Through Check Up of Drivers’ HealthTraffic accidents caused by drivers’ ill health, including sleepapnea syndrome (SAS), are becoming a social issue in Japan.Against this backdrop, Alocs Corporation conducts SASscreening for drivers, in addition to semiannual health checkups, to detect early signs of illness and ensure safe driving.The newly adopted route via the Shin-Tomei ExpresswaySAS diagnosis (measuring respiration rateand blood oxygen level under a fingernailduring sleep)Environmental ManagementInitiatives at the Logistics StageWith an eye to both environmental preservation and safety, we are continuallystriving to streamline our logistics activities and save more energy.FY09 FY10 FY11 FY12Total traffic volume (10,000 ton kilometer) 5,144 5,718 5,291 5,023Consumed energy (kl crude oil equivalent) 1,310 1,413 1,359 1,270CO2 emission volume (t-CO2) 3,393 3,434 3,494 3,268Unit energy consumption 0.255 0.247 0.257 0.253Energy Consumed and CO2 Emitted by Logistics ActivitiesUnit energy consumption: A value calculated by dividing the amount of energy consumedin transportation by traffic volume (ton-kilometer). A lower value represents ahigher transportation efficiency, which also means imposing less environmental load.Tomei ExpresswayChuo ExpresswayChuo ExpresswayShin-Tomei Expressway