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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 the Executive Vice President, 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 one of the action areas in Yamaha Motor Group Environmental Plan 2020, and based on this the Group has pursued global environmental ISO 14001 unified certification, which strengthens the Group’s environmental governance framework and achieves efficient environmental management operations, at locations in Japan and overseas since 2012.

This program has been adapted by 44 companies, mainly manufacturing companies in Japan, Asia, Europe, the United States, and South America, and as of the end of 2016, unified certification had been obtained by 41 companies (93%). All target companies plan to join the program in 2017, which will complete the global unified certification framework.

In addition, the Yamaha Motor Group has introduced an in-house environmental management certification system for companies that have a relatively small impact on the environment. For overseas Group companies in particular, we have introduced customized third-party audits, and are seeing the results of these activities in terms of effectiveness and efficiency.

Through these activities, environmental risks and environmental management system issues at individual Group companies are being shared across the Group, leading to stronger environmental governance. In terms of efficiency, we have achieved significant cost reductions through the promotion of global unified certification.

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ISO 14001 certificate award ceremony for YPMV (Vietnam) held at Yamaha Motor headquarters

Global Environmental Information Network System (G-YECOS)

The Yamaha Motor Group uses its proprietary global environmental information network system, called G–YECOS, to promote two-way communication about environmental management system (EMS) activities within the Group. With the increase in the number of companies participating in unified certification, progress is being made with visualizing and sharing of Group companies’ EMS information, and this is helping to increase cross-Group communication.

Integrated Management System Operation

Yamaha Motor introduced an integrated management system in 2011 that integrates environmental and safety management, and has been using this system to improve and increase the efficiency of on-site business processes. Management systems have also been made more effective through initiatives to improve risk and opportunity evaluation processes and processes for corrective measures. In addition, these successes are being rolled out Groupwide so that they can be used to raise the level of operations across the entire Group. 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 increase the effectiveness of on-site improvements.

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 32.6 billion yen in 2016, an increase of approximately 1.3% from the previous year.

Broken down by category, the impact of increases in global environment preservation costs (64%) and R&D costs (4.2%) has been significant.

The Company did not incur any environment-related fines or penalties during the fiscal 2016 accounting period. Yamaha Motor continues to strive to comply with environmental laws and regulations.

2016 Environmental Costs and Economic Effects
(The scope of environmental accounting is the YMC integrated management system.)
Category Environmental Costs Economic Effects
Capital Investment Operating Costs Total Within FY Full-Year Equivalent
Business area costs Pollution prevention costs 50 220 270 0 0
Global environment preservation costs 428 101 529 25 74
Resource recycling costs 1 210 211 1 1
Subtotal 479 531 1,010 26 75
Upstream/Downstream costs 0 3 3 0 0
Administration costs 11 405 416 1 2
R&D costs 1,425 29,705 31,130 0 0
Social activity costs 1 8 9 0 0
Environmental remediation costs 0 7 7 0 0
Total 1,916 30,659 32,575 27 77

    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) 9,780 30,395
Reduced CO2 (t-CO2) 1,151 2,310
Conserved water (t) 100 100
Reduced waste (t) 70 70
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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