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Environmental Management

Introducing information concerning environmental management activities

Organizational Structures for Promoting Environmental Management

The Yamaha Motor Group has established an Environment Committee, chaired by Director, as the central organization responsible for the Group’s environmental activities in Japan and overseas. The committee deliberates on policies and visions for the future concerning environmental initiatives, medium- and long-term environmental policies, strategic investment proposals relating to environmental preservation, environmental monitoring topics and responses to issues, and other key issues relating to environmental management. The policies and activities discussed are reported to the Board of Directors as necessary.

The Yamaha Motor Group Organizational Structure for
Environmental Planning and Promotion
fig. The Yamaha Motor Group Organizational Structure for Environmental Planning and Promotion

Strengthening Environmental Governance through Global Environmental ISO 14001 Unified Certification

“Eco management” is an action area in the Yamaha Motor Group Environmental Plan 2020 under the Basic Policies of CSR. Accordingly, the Group has pursued global environmental ISO 14001 unified certification mainly for manufacturing companies in Japan, Asia, Europe, the United States, and South America, and all 44 target companies joined the program in 2017. At the same time, certification was updated to the ISO 14001:2015 standard.

In addition, the Yamaha Motor Group is developing risk-based environmental management, including the introduction of an in-house certification system that makes use of third-party organizations, for companies with relatively low environmental risks.

Our aim is to link these activities, as well as the development of our proprietary information network system, called G-YECOS, to thorough compliance with environmental laws and regulations and improvement in environmental performance. At the same time, we will enhance the efficiency of our management system and further strengthen environmental governance through Group-wide sharing of the issues facing each company.

ISO 14001 certificate award ceremony for YMPH (the Philippines) and activity report session held at Yamaha Motor headquarters

Global Environmental Information Network System (G-YECOS)

The Yamaha Motor Group makes use of its proprietary global environmental information network system (G-YECOS) to promote sharing and visualizing of Group companies’ environmental information and to improve communication among Group companies including headquarters. G-YECOS also serves as a tool for appropriate and timely collection and analysis of various types of environmental data for the purpose of disclosure to stakeholders. As expansion of ISO 14001 unified certification has been completed in 2017, coordination of the content and timing of activities at each company will be promoted. Therefore, we will continue to enhance the effectiveness of system utilization.

Integrated Management System Operation

Yamaha Motor has introduced an integrated management system that integrates environmental and safety management, which has led to improvement and greater efficiency in on-site business processes. In 2017, we worked to make the management system more effective by improving the PDCA cycle including risk and opportunity evaluation processes.

Meanwhile, integrated management system audits use a proprietary system led by internally certified auditors to increase the skills of employees in a systematic manner, taking a process-orientated approach to improve on-site business processes. We have also reinforced governance by setting priority audit items each year and applying them Group-wide.

Environmental Management Costs

Yamaha Motor discloses quantitative information concerning its environmental preservation measures and calculates environmental costs and the effects of these costs, based on the Environmental Accounting Guidelines of Japan’s Ministry of the Environment (2005 edition) and by taking into account the concept of natural capital including the equivalent monetary amount for activities to preserve biodiversity, so that it can conduct more effective environmental management.

Total environmental costs, including capital investment and operating costs, were approximately 34.1 billion yen in 2017, an increase of approximately 4.7% from the previous year.

Broken down by category, the impact of an increase in R&D costs (5.0%) has been significant.

The Company did not incur any environment-related fines or penalties during the fiscal 2017 accounting period. Yamaha Motor continues to strive to comply with environmental laws and regulations.

2017 Environmental Costs and Economic Effects
(The scope of environmental accounting is the YMC integrated management system.)
Category Environmental Costs Economic Effects Details of activities
Capital Investment Operating Costs Total Within FY Full-Year Equivalent
Business area costs Pollution prevention costs 22 269 291 1 4 Activities of the working group on compliance with air, water, soil, noise, and other environmental regulations and the reduction of VOCs
Global environment preservation costs 262 152 414 39 83 Activities of the working group on the prevention of global warming, protection of the ozone layer, and energy conservation
Resource recycling costs 10 258 268 20 23 Activities of the working group on the appropriate processing of emissions and reduction of waste materials
Subtotal       294 679 973 60 110  
Upstream/Downstream costs 1 12 13 0 0 Promoting recycling and green procurement for motorcycles and FRP boats
Administration costs 3 385 388 1 1 Progress in global environmental ISO 14001 unified certification, promotion of level-specific environmental training, and disclosure of environmental information
R&D costs 1,704 30,993 32,697 0 0 Research and Development for enhancement of environmental performance including CO2 reductions and 3R planning for reduction of environmental burden
Social activity costs 3 17 20 0 0 Biodiversity initiatives and donations to environmental-related NPOs
Environmental remediation costs 0 9 9 0 0 Measures to counter environmental malfunctions and expenses for the restoration of nature
Total 2,005 32,095 34,100 61 111  

    Unit: Millions of yen. Figures may not add up due to rounding.

  • R&D costs: includes some estimates
  • Economic effects do not include deemed effects such as risk avoidance and enhancement of corporate image.
  • Calculations are on a cash-flow basis and do not include depreciation or reserves.
Environmental Preservation Effects
Category Within FY Full-Year Equivalent
Reduced energy (GJ) 161,757 175,659
Reduced CO2 (t-CO2) 6,926 9,234
Conserved water (t) 10,000 30,034
Reduced waste (t) 1,258 1,259
Reduced VOC (t) 8 8
  • All of the environmental preservation effects are estimated based on environmental conservation costs.
  • Reduced energy: effects of reducing electricity, oil, gas, etc., are corrected in the unit of energy
  • Effect of reduced CO2: effect of reducing energy origin CO2
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