Reducing PRTR* Substances
In accordance with various countries' regulations, the Yamaha Motor group tracks and reports the content of chemical substances in the waste materials it generates or discharges that may be harmful to human health or the environment. More than 99% of the PRTR substances released by Yamaha Motor are VOCs**, most of which are generated in painting processes.
The Fukuroi South Factory began operating a regenerative thermal oxidizer system in 2009, and as a result of this and other measures, VOC emissions per unit of production were 107 g/m2 (group average) in 2011, a reduction of 62.2% compared to 2000. We plan to continue reducing VOC volumes by promoting expanded use of low-VOC paints, improving coating efficiency and reducing paint volumes.
*PRTR: Pollutant Release and Transfer Register
**VOC: Volatile Organic Compounds
Note1: Released volumes represent the sum of reported volumes from each business unit
Note2: The data collection period is the same April to March period as used for our reports to local governments
Note3: Since 2010, the number of substances reported on has increased from 354 to 462
Complying with the REACH Regulation
In response to the enactment of Europe's Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation in June 2007, the Yamaha Motor group is strengthening its chemical substance management. We will continue to share pertinent information throughout our entire supply chain, and strive to further enhance the management of chemical substance information.