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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

Environmental Consolidated Scope

The scope includes consolidated subsidiaries under financial accounting and affiliated companies determined to be important for environmental management. As of March 31, 2019, 113 companies are within the scope of global environmental consolidation. (As of December 31, 2018, 115 companies are within the scope of global environmental consolidation.)

環境連結対象範囲

Strengthening Environmental Governance through Global Environmental ISO 14001 Unified Certification

In accordance with our Basic Policies of CSR, the Group has pursued global environmental ISO 14001 unified certification mainly for manufacturing companies in Japan, Asia, Europe, the United States, and South America, as an environmental management initiative. In 2018, two more participating companies were added, and the 46 target companies received unified certification.

Meanwhile, we are carrying out risk-based environmental management for companies with relatively low environmental risk, including the introduction of in-house certification systems.

We will also enhance the features of G-YECOS*, which was created as a proprietary information network system, making environmental information more comprehensive, ensuring thorough legal and regulatory compliance, achieving Group environmental targets and improving environmental performance, as well as making our management systems more efficient and further strengthening environmental governance by sharing issues at each company with the entire Group.

Third-party audits of legal compliance regarding the environment and safety have been carried out at certain business offices in Japan and domestic Group companies since 2018.

G-YECOS: Global Yamaha Motor Environment & CSR Operation System

The Yamaha Motor Group makes use of its proprietary global environmental & CSR operation system (G-YECOS) to promote sharing and visualizing of Group companies’ environmental information and CSR activities, 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. We will continue to enhance the utility of the system as a portal site of the Yamaha Motor Group for ESG information including environmental information.

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. We are working to improve the effectiveness of the management system through continual improvement using the PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, and Act) cycle.

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 35.8 billion yen in 2018, an increase of approximately 5.1% from the previous year.

Full-year equivalent economic effects amounted to 113 million yen.

The Company did not incur any environment-related fines or penalties during the fiscal 2018 accounting period. Yamaha Motor continues to strive to comply with environmental laws and regulations.

2018 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 64 172 236 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 319 63 382 37 82 Activities of the working group on the prevention of global warming, protection of the ozone layer, and energy conservation
Resource recycling costs 59 245 304 20 23 Activities of the working group on the appropriate processing of emissions and reduction of waste materials
Subtotal       442 480 922 58 109  
Upstream/Downstream costs 0 4 4 0 4 Promoting recycling and green procurement for motorcycles and FRP boats
Administration costs 4 1,039 1,043 0 0 Progress in global environmental ISO 14001 unified certification, promotion of level-specific environmental training, and disclosure of environmental information
R&D costs 1,896 31,971 33,867 0 0 Research and Development for enhancement of environmental performance including CO2 reductions and 3R planning for reduction of environmental burden
Social activity costs 0 8 8 0 0 Biodiversity initiatives and donations to environmental-related NPOs
Environmental remediation costs 0 1 1 0 0 Measures to counter environmental malfunctions and expenses for the restoration of nature
Total 2,342 33,503 35,845 58 113  

    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) 15,255 34,384
Reduced CO2 (t-CO2) 1,028 2,218
Conserved water (t) 10,000 30,000
Reduced waste (t) 623 716
Reduced VOC (t) 1 1
  • 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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