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Yamaha Motor Group Environmental Plan 2050

Introducing information concerning Yamaha Motor Group Environmental Plan 2050

Environmental Plan 2050


Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced the “Yamaha Motor Group Environmental Plan 2050” in December, 2018. This Plan aims to reduce “CO2 emissions during product use,” “CO2 emissions during manufacturing and transport” and “the volume of resources usage” by 50% from the base year 2010 by the target year 2050. At the same time, the Plan also involves taking initiatives regarding environmental preservation and biodiversity from a global perspective.

Overview of this Plan

Yamaha Motor Group Environmental Plan 2050

Action Themes

2050 Targets

Priority Actions

Low Carbon Society

50% reduction of “CO2 emissions from products”

1. Reduction of CO2 emissions from use of products by users(t-CO2/unit sales)

2. Development, promotion and spread of next-generation mobility

50% reduction of “CO2 emissions throughout life-cycle”

3. Reduction of CO2 emissions generated in operation of productions(t-CO2/net sales)

4. Reduction of CO2 emissions in logistics

Recycling Society

50% reduction of “resource use”

5. Reduction of new resources use by recyclable resources use

6. Reduction of waste generated in operation of production

7. Reduction* of water consumption in operation of production

8. Reduction of packing materials in logistics

Society in harmony with nature

Addressing environmental preservation and biodiversity globally

9. Activities to protect fields of product use by users (land, sea and air)

10. Activities to protect ecosystems of land/ocean

11. Activities to contribute to solving environmental issues of each country and region

* The reduction target of water consumption is set according to water risk in each area.

2050 Society

As the population increases due to the economic growth in mainly African and Asian countries, the world population is predicted to exceed 9 billion people by 2050. This will be accompanied by an increase in the consumption of primary energy and the demand for mineral resources will expand. Therefore, the studies say that all underground mineral resources will be mined by the time 2050 comes around. In addition to this, as the issue of global warming will steadily become more serious, CO2 reduction targets such as “Reductions by 50-80% by 2050 (on 2010 levels)” and the “Zero or minus by 2100,” in accordance with the “2°C scenario” that suppresses the temperature rise from before the industrial revolution to less than 2°C, is now commonly recognized in the international community as part of this movement as well.

Mobility with Extremely Low CO2 Emissions

The world CO2 emissions in 2016 were 32.3 billion tons. Of this amount, motorcycles accounted for 0.3% of the total as a source of emissions and are therefore considered vehicles with an extremely low environmental impact.

In addition, motorcycles are seen as the fastest and most fuel-efficient option as a means of mobility for urban transportation, and the impact of CO2 emissions on a 1km movement per passenger is about 1/3 compared to that of automobiles.

Product Life-Cycles—Minimizing environmental loads

Motorcycles are an environmentally-friendly and sustainable mobility option with product life-cycle CO2 emissions from resource mining to disposal at 1/26th of passenger cars, and 1/40th in resource usage.

Yamaha Motor Products—Contributing to the realization of a sustainable society

The product group based on motorcycles provided by the Company is characterized as “lightweight & compact,” this class not only has a small environmental impact in resource use in the manufacturing stage, but also in mobility at the usage stage with motorcycles providing easy and smooth transportation for most small distance travel.

Especially in emerging countries, compact and inexpensive motorcycles for mobility will help satisfy the transport demands of goods and services, help people’s living areas expand, and increase the choices of occupation and educational opportunities available. Moreover, motorcycles do not need large-scale infrastructure maintenance, and do not cause serious damage to the environment.

Also, since launching the world’s first electrically-powered assisted bicycle—the PAS—in 1993, we have promoted and taken measures for electrification in a diversified range of products such as scooters, golf cars, wheelchairs, and industrial unmanned helicopters, etc.

Going forward, we will continue to contribute to the realization of more sustainable societies by providing richer life opportunities to people through our products.

Target Setting Concepts

The Yamaha Motor Group’s actual product life-cycle CO2 emissions for all businesses in fiscal 2017 was 30.39 million tons. By category, “Use-Phase” was the largest at 84.8%—motorcycles account for 90% of this by product.

The “Yamaha Motor Group Environmental Plan 2050” established targets based on the concept of the SBTi (Science Based Targets initiative) as a company actively contributing to the CO2 reduction target in the “2°C scenario.” Utilizing the characteristics of personal mobility, the Company has set this as a reduction scenario that exceeds the goals that are required by the automobile sector.

In terms of target settings, Yamaha Motor will continue to work—not only to reduce CO2 emissions of products—but also throughout the entire product life-cycle including all production activities and in resource use.

Note: Our progress of “Environmental Plan 2020”

The “Yamaha Motor Group Environmental Plan 2020” established in 2009 has four categories of “Eco Products,” “Eco Operations,” “Eco Management” and “Eco Mindset.”
As of December 2017, our progress on the “Environmental Plan 2020” is as follows:
- We reduced CO2 emissions per net sales by 33%, against the set target of 11%, from the base year of 2009.
- We reduced total waste volume reduction by 25%, against the set target of 8%, from the base year of 2012 (YMC only).

Additionally, qualitative goals, such as “developing the system which collects environmental information from group companies” are almost achieved.

This plan ends in 2018, and starting in 2019, we will shift to the “Yamaha Motor Group Environmental Plan 2050.”

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