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Yamaha Motor Group Environmental Plan 2050

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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 (Specific measures aimed at 2025 milestone)
Action Themes 2050 Targets Priority Actions
Low Carbon Society (Products)
Providing environmentally friendly personal mobility
50% reduction of CO2 emissions from products by 2050 (on FY2010 levels)
1 Reduction of CO2 emissions from use of products by users(t-CO2/unit sales) Promotion of development to improve fuel efficiency
2 Development, promotion and spread of next-generation mobility Promotion of development and the spread of products that respond to energy diversification
(Business Activities)
50% reduction of CO2 emissions throughout life cycle (on FY2010 levels)
3 Reduction of CO2 emissions generated in operation of productions(t-CO2/net sales) Reduction of CO2 emissions per sales at factories globally
4 Reduction of CO2 emissions in logistics Reduction of CO2 emissions per transportation unit
Recycling Society (Resource)
50% reduction of “resource use” (on 2010 levels)
5 Reduction of new resources use by recyclable resources use Promotion of saving of limited resources by 3R development/manufacturing
6 Reduction of waste generated in operation of production Promotion of waste reduction
7 Reduction of water consumption in operation of production Promotion of water consumption reduction activities based on water stress scenarios
8 Reduction of packing materials in logistics Enhancing returnable packing materials
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) Promotion of activities to preserve nature globally
10 Activities to protect ecosystems of land/ocean Promotion of activities in line with our outline of biodiversity initiatives
11 Activities to contribute to solving environmental issues of each country and region Carrying out activities by all employees to contribute to a sustainable world
Management Management
12 Strengthening of compliance with environmental laws and regulations and management of chemical materials in products Thorough implementation of environmental compliance in business activities in each country and region
13 Contribution to alleviation of air pollution globally Introduction of mobility in conformity with regulations on exhaust emissions in each country and region
14 Reduction of VOC emissions in operation of production Promotion of VOC reduction per unit of painted area
15 Promotion of environmental activities in collaboration with suppliers Promotion of engagement with suppliers and reduction of burden through environmental surveys
16 Fostering awareness of environmental preservation through environmental education globally Carrying out environmental education according to environmental issues in each country and region

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.

Process of Identifying Materiality (Information disclosure based on TCFD guidance)

The Environment Committee discusses issues including basic environmental policies, medium- to long-term environmental plans, and environmental monitoring, and reports to the Board of Directors at least twice annually, where action is taken as necessary.


Risk Management
The Environment Committee designates materiality along the two parameters of importance to society and stakeholders and importance to corporate management, and these are decided by the Board of Directors. Each operating and functional division designates and carries out themes to be pursued based on materiality. The Environment Committee manages the progress of those activities.


Key Environmental Strategies
Strategies drawn up, taking into consideration short-term, medium-term and long-term risks and opportunities, the impact on businesses, prevailing strategies and financial status, and climate scenario described in the “2˚C scenario.”
*Scenario analysis is described in Target-Setting Concepts below.

Materiality Social Issues Related to the Environment Impact of Risks and Opportunities on Business Yamaha Motor Initiatives
Low Carbon Society
  • - Global warming, climate change
  • - Environmental pollution


  • - Increase in research and development costs due to tighter environmental laws and regulations
  • - Suspension of factory operations due to direct or indirect damage from extreme weather such as flooding


  • - Expanding needs for low carbon products
  • - Growing sales of renewable energy products
  • - Development of super-fuel-efficient engines
  • - Enhancement and expansion of electric models
  • - Adapted to diverse energy sources (fuel cells/bio fuel, etc.)
  • - Theoretical value energy activities
Recycling Society
  • - Shortage of resources such as energy, materials and water due to population increase
    - Efforts across the entire supply chain


  • - Soaring prices of energy and materials
  • - Depletion of natural resources such as rare metals


  • - Expanding needs for compact, lightweight models
    - Rental and sharing businesses
  • - Development of lightweight, compact, simple products
  • - Improvement of recycling technologies
  • - Rental and sharing businesses
  • - Offering products that keep social infrastructure resources and costs to a minimum
Society in Harmony with Nature
  • - Air pollution
  • - Water pollution
  • - Loss of biodiversity


  • - Destruction of natural environment


  • - Expansion of outdoor-related market for people who seek and value contact with nature amid rising awareness of protection of the natural environment
  • - Protection of the land, sea and air ecosystem, which are our product fields

Indicators and Targets

Action Themes Targets Specific Actions
2050 2025
Low Carbon SocietyLow Carbon Society Reduction of CO2 emissions from use of products by users 50% reduction (on 2010 levels) 19% reduction (on 2010 levels)

Details by product

Reduction of CO2 emissions generated in operation of production 50% reduction (on 2010 levels) 19% reduction (on 2010 levels)

■ Increase deployment rate of existing items

  • - Automated shutdown (motors, air)
  • - Shift to inverters
  • - Reduction of heat radiation

■ New energy conservation expertise

  • - Steamless
  • - Exhaust heat recovery (furnaces, compressors, etc.)
  • - Shift to servomotors

■ Theoretical value energy

  • - Visualization of valuable and non-valuable energy
  • - Thorough elimination of non-valuable energy

■ Expand introduction of low carbon energy

  • - Installation of solar power generation systems, etc.
Recycling SocietyRecycling Society Reduction of waste generated in operation of production 50% reduction (on 2010 levels) 14% reduction (on 2010 levels)

■ Make definition of waste known and understand current situation

  • - Establish and make known global common definition of waste, build aggregation system
  • - Understand waste volume using global aggregation system
  • - Conduct site investigation to find and understand issues

■ Deploy reduction package

  • - Summarize reduction measures that were effective in the past, and deploy these globally
    (Sludge dewatering, making coolant fluid last longer, etc.)

■ Develop waste reduction technologies and measures

  • - Develop new reduction technologies and measures through exchange and collaboration with other companies
    (Foundry sand, distribution waste, etc.)

■ Operate waste reduction organizations

  • - Make effective use of environmental governance organizations to promote reduction of waste globally
  • - Foster waste reduction promoters
Reduction of water consumption in operation of production Aiming to reduce water consumption through initiatives according to water risk* in each area
*Water risk is a water supply-and-demand indicator independently defined by Yamaha Motor, with reference to Aqueduct and other tools made available by the World Resources Institute.

■ Continue to measure amount of water consumption at Group companies

  • - Use global aggregation system to continue measuring amount of water consumption

■ Monitor sites with high water risk

  • - Monitor reduction of water consumption at individual sites where water risk becomes higher
Management Strengthening of compliance with environmental laws and regulations and management of chemical materials in products Zero harmful substances in products Strengthening of compliance with environmental laws and regulations and management of chemical materials in products

■ Reduce environmentally hazardous substances in products

■ Enhance system and mechanisms, activities for raising awareness

■ Risk management of environmentally hazardous substances control

■ Carry out thorough compliance

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 were 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.

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