Introducing measures for recycling and limiting the use of natural resources
Reducing, Reusing, and Recycling
The 3R concept (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) is becoming ever more important in all phases of product life cycles, from development and production to use and final disposal, in order to create a recycling-oriented society. The Yamaha Motor Group set “promoting recycling and the effective use of limited resources” as a goal and has undertaken various initiatives to meet it.
We are adopting various approaches to conserve natural resources and enhance recycling efficiency. In addition to actively utilizing recyclable materials, we are reducing the number of parts and making them smaller by pursuing optimal size. We also use LED technologies to lengthen product life while adopting designs that facilitate dismantling and improving the recyclability of parts. Our aim is to improve the applicability of the 3R concept to our products.
Measures to Reduce Waste and Conserve Resources at the Manufacturing Stage
In FY2018, Yamaha Motor generated a total of 22.6 thousand tons of waste*1. We separate metal, plastic, foundry sand, and other waste for reuse and recycling as raw materials. We also subject oil and some plastics to a thermal recycling process to create materials that can be used as combustion improvers. In addition, we use post-combustion residue as a raw material in cement and roadbeds. As a result, we have maintained our direct and indirect landfill record of “zero tons” (a 100% recycling rate).
The Yamaha Motor Group began tracking its volume of waste from FY2016. Group companies in Japan and overseas have been working to reduce their volumes of waste by thoroughly separating waste, introducing returnable packaging materials, and using longer-lasting cutting fluids and oils. The Yamaha Motor Group’s waste material volume (aggregate for 70 out of 115 companies which are included in the scope of environmental disclosure) in FY2018 was 38 thousand tons.External Assurance
Aggregate volume of materials discharged (including industrial waste, specially controlled industrial waste and materials with value).
Yamaha Motor’s Spare Parts Section is working to save energy and resources through various 3R initiatives. These include “reducing” by improving the filling rate with respect to packaging for spare parts sent overseas, “recycling” through the introduction of dedicated returnable packaging, such as plastic pallets and buckets, for spare parts sent overseas, and “reusing” by increasing the number of overseas shipping destinations that use returnable materials.
Thanks to these initiatives, in 2018 we achieved a 73.4% returnable rate (percentage of total shipping cases sent overseas that use returnable materials), compared with our target of 70% or higher.
Returnable Pallets/Buckets Used in 2018
Number of Returnable Pallets
Number of Returnable Buckets
Measuring and Reducing Water Consumption
The Yamaha Motor Group is working to reduce consumption of water.
In accordance with our 2020 goal of “promoting recycling and the effective use of limited resources,” we continue to strive to measure our global use of water and reduce consumption Groupwide through programs including the reuse of coolant water and water collection (rainwater and other sources) at factories, the reuse of water using reverse osmosis (RO) membranes, posters to remind employees to conserve water, and the installation of water-saving packing in faucets.
In 2018, Yamaha Motor’s water intake volume was 1,030 thousand m3 and wastewater volume was 1,290 thousand m3External Assurance.
Note: The increase in the volume of recovered water used in 2017 includes the effect of new sites able to measure recovered water.
Boundary: Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and its manufacturing and non-manufacturing consolidated subsidiaries and affiliated companies. (99 out of 115 companies which are included in the scope of environmental disclosure) (The boundary for affiliated companies changed from 2017.)
Breakdown of Water Intake at the Yamaha Motor Group (thousand m3)