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Initiatives for "Resource Recycling"

Yamaha Motor works on solution to issue of resource recycling through its business activities.

The 3R concept (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) is becoming ever more important in all phases of product life cycles, from development and production to use and final disposal, in order to create a recycling-oriented society. The Yamaha Motor Group set “promoting recycling and the effective use of limited resources” as a goal and has undertaken various initiatives to create a circular economy.

Going forward, we will continue to adopt various approaches to conserve natural resources and enhance recycling efficiency. In addition to actively utilizing recyclable materials, we are reducing the number of parts and making them smaller by pursuing optimal size. We also use LED technologies to lengthen product life while adopting designs that facilitate dismantling and improving the recyclability of parts. Our aim is to improve the applicability of the 3R concept to our products.

Reduction of New Resource Use through the Use of Renewable Resources

3R Designs and Product Recycling

The Yamaha Motor Group is proactively incorporating the "3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) design" in its various products. In Japan, we continue to work with other companies in our industry in the "motorcycle recycling system" for appropriate disposal by stores handling motorcycle scrapping. We also participate in a similar "recycling system for small FRP boats" in the marine segment, and are also implementing "renewal, reduce, reuse, recycle" initiatives for FRP pools.

With the use of this eco-friendly recycled PP material in motorcycles

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. has succeeded in developing a high-quality and environmentally friendly recycled polypropylene (PP) material which can be used for the main exterior bodywork for motorcycles. The Company will begin using the new raw material with the main 2023 commuter models for ASEAN markets.
With the use of this eco-friendly recycled PP going forward, the Company plans to raise the usage ratio of such recycled materials in motorcycles and gradually adopting the material in other product categories as well.

With the use of this eco-friendly recycled PP material in motorcycles
Yamaha Motor First to Use Green Aluminum in Japanese Motorcycles

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced today that it has reached an agreement with an aluminum ingot supplier for the procurement of green aluminum, and began using it as a raw material for parts in Yamaha motorcycles in February 2023. This is the first time*1 for green aluminum to be used in Japanese motorcycles and the Company plans to gradually expand its usage in models going forward.

"Green aluminum" is aluminum that is refined using renewable energy sources to emit less CO2 in its manufacture. Aluminum parts account for 12% to 31%*2 of the total vehicle weight of a motorcycle, so adopting green aluminum is one effective approach for reducing CO2 emissions from the raw material manufacturing part of a product's life cycle (falls under Scope 3 Category 1 emissions for supply chains).

Through the development of its engineering and production technologies and expertise, Yamaha Motor has actively pushed the use of recycled aluminum, which now comprises some 80%*3 of the Company's aluminum usage. This introduction of green aluminum is meant to complement this and will be employed for parts that still cannot be manufactured with recycled materials. As a first step, Yamaha Motor will utilize green aluminum for certain parts in its large-displacement and off-road competition motorcycles, and the Company plans to expand the number of models using the material in the future as available supply volumes allow.

※1 According to Yamaha Motor research
※2 According to Yamaha Motor research in 2022
※3 Calculated based on the amount of raw material used in 2022 at principal Yamaha Motor factories in Japan and overseas

Models and parts to employ green aluminum in the future
Models and parts to employ green aluminum in the future
Yamaha Motor to Adopt Plant-Derived Next-Generation Materials for Personal Watercraft Parts- World's first practical use for vehicle parts -

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announced today that it will adopt plant-derived cellulose nanofiber (CNF) reinforced resin for marine products as an initiative toward reducing CO2 emissions and the Company's environmental footprint. In developing the material, Yamaha Motor has reached a collaborative agreement with Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo). This is the world's first* practical use for vehicle parts.

The parts developed using this material will be used in engines for personal watercraft and sport boats, and are planned to be installed in certain 2024 models. Yamaha Motor is examining the utilization of this material not only in marine products but also in motorcycles and a wide range of other products in the future.

*Based on Yamaha Motor research and Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.

Wood chips used as raw materials (sample)
Cellulose nanofiber reinforced resin
Cellenpia Plas®
Project for producing apparel using sustainable materials

We have received the blessings of the earth, live on this planet, and enjoy our lives. Preserving this environment for the next generation is our obligation as those enjoying the present age. What we can do now is to reduce the amount of waste that cannot be returned to nature to the barest minimum. We will tackle environmental issues by starting with whatever we can do, no matter how small.

1Recycled fiber made from PET bottles

We turn used PET bottles into polyester fibers, which are reused as new products.

Product with a lower environmental impact, made from recycled and reused material.

Mesh jacket

Mesh jacket

Polo shirt

Polo shirt

Racing t-shirt

Racing t-shirt

2Biomass-derived synthetic fiber

Since plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere through photosynthesis as they grow, the overall emission of CO2 can be reduced compared to using only regular chemical fibers made from petroleum.

Environmentally-conscious products that replace chemical fibers with biomass-derived fibers.

Street cap

Street cap*uses 18% biomass fiber

Racing pit shirt

Racing pit shirt*uses 18% biomass fiber

* Figure and photo taken from Y'SGEAR website. (Only Japanese virsion)

Motorcycle Recycling System

The motorcycle recycling system in Japan is a voluntary initiative to promote the appropriate disposal of scrapped motorcycles and the recycling and reuse of resources and to achieve a recycling-oriented society. In 2021, Our recycling rate was 97.9%. Along with promoting the use of the motorcycle recycling system, the Yamaha Motor Group takes responsibility for the appropriate disposal and recycling of Yamaha end-of-life motorcycles that customers wish to scrap.

Process of the Motorcycle Recycling System
Recycling System for Small FRP Boats

The recycling system for small boats (boats, yachts, personal watercraft, fishing boats, etc.) made from glass fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) is mainly carried out by the Japan Marine Industry Association's FRP Boat Recycling Center. After scrapped FRP boats are taken to subcontracted, designated collection centers and roughly disassembled, FRP materials are taken to an intermediate processing center where they are crushed and sorted, and finally calcined to cement for recycling (material thermal recycling).

Yamaha Motor participates in this recycling system, and takes responsibility for appropriately disposing of and recycling FRP boats that customers wish to scrap and have recycled.

Process of Recycling System for Small FRP Boats
FRP Pool—Renewal

Yamaha Motor contributes to the realization of a recycling-oriented society by developing technology for creating environmentally friendly pools that leverage the merits of FRP materials. Yamaha Motor's renewal construction method makes the most of the structures of existing concrete pools, and therefore it minimizes the crushing noise generated by vibration drills and operating noise of large heavy machinery during disassembly. Moreover, while disassembling concrete pools normally produces about 350 tons of waste materials, this method requires only partial removal of the existing structure, reducing the amount of waste materials by approximately 85%. Compared with typical reconstruction and renewal work, it significantly reduces environmental burden.

Full renewal construction method

Full renewal construction method

This is a basic construction method that makes the most of an existing concrete pool in renewing it as an FRP pool.
The original concrete pool is covered with an FRP renewal unit that is secured with special stays. A layer of sand filled underneath the FRP floor panel serves as a cushion to reduce impact.
Full renewal using this method is completed in approximately 45 days, much shorter than the average construction period required to build a new pool.

Pit renewal construction method

Pit renewal construction method

Old concrete pools often have buried pipes, which require a considerable amount of time and effort to deal with any pipe problems. With the pit renewal construction method, new piping pits are installed between the existing concrete pool and the FRP unit. This ensures the new pool can be maintained more easily with minimal costs.

FRP Pool—Reduce

In a recycling-oriented society, reducing waste is the top priority. FRP pools boast excellent corrosion and earthquake resistance and a long service life, enabling them to be used over an extended period of time by providing regular maintenance. The first school pool delivered more than 40 years ago in 1978 is still safely used today.

Installed in 1978 (Iwata City Tobu Elementary School, Shizuoka Prefecture)
Installed in 1988 (Tsumagoi Water Park)
FRP Pool—Reuse

Yamaha Motor's FRP reuse construction method employs a unique modular construction that enables the pools to be disassembled and relocated for reuse.

The temporary pool used at the FINA World Championships was disassembled and relocated to be reused as a permanent pool
The temporary pool used at the FINA World Championships was disassembled and relocated to be reused as a permanent pool
FRP Pool—Recycle

FRP materials can be recycled in various ways, such as melting them so that they can be reused as resources and heat recovery (power generation). Now, they can also be recycled to be used as materials and a thermal energy source for making Portland cement. With these methods, FRP can be recycled at a rate of almost 100%.


Measures to Reduce Waste and Conserve Resources at the Manufacturing Stage

Yamaha Motor separates metal, plastic, foundry sand, and other waste for recycling as raw materials. We also subject oil and some plastics to a thermal recycling process to create materials that can be used as combustion improvers. In addition, we use post-combustion residue as a raw material in cement and roadbeds. As a result, we have maintained our direct and indirect landfill record of “zero tons” (a 100% recycling rate). In 2023, Yamaha Motor generated 15,514 tons of waste. It also generated 1,316 tons of industrial waste from plastic-using products.

Yamaha Motor's Waste Generation(Unit: t)
  2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Waste Generated 14,926 11,319 13,516 14,173 15,514
Emissions※1 19,798 15,275 21,520 24,282 24,451
Specially controlled industrial waste※2 288 122 178 198 404

*1 Aggregate volume of materials discharged (including industrial waste, specially controlled industrial waste and materials with value)
*2 Industrial waste materials that are explosive, poisonous, infectious, or otherwise harmful or potentially harmful to human health or the environment

The Yamaha Motor Group has been working to reduce its volumes of waste by thoroughly separating waste, introducing returnable packing materials, and using longer-lasting cutting fluids and oils. The Yamaha Motor Group generated 63,620 tonsExternal Assurance of waste in 2023.

The Yamaha Motor Group's Waste Generation (Unit: t)
  2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
a) Recycled/reused waste 35,862 26,539 32,693 46,328 36,517
b) Waste disposed of (total of the following breakdown) 15,466 14,146 16,864 17,897 27,103
- Waste disposed of by landfill 6,919 6,827 8,666 10,496 15,233
- Waste disposed of through incineration with energy recovery 0 0 0 0 0
- Waste disposed of through incineration without energy recovery 0 0 0 0 0
- Waste disposed of by other methods 0 0 0 0 0
- Waste disposed of through unclear methods 8,547 7,319 8,199 7,401 11,870
Data coverage rate of environmental consolidation companies (%) 96 100 100
(134 companies)
(138 companies)
(149 companies)
Total waste generated (a+b) 51,328 40,685 49,557 64,224 63,620External Assurance

Scope: All 149 companies, including Yamaha Motor and its 130 consolidated subsidiaries
In principle, figures are rounded off to the nearest whole number. Therefore, the total does not necessarily match the sum of each item.

Measuring and Reducing Water Consumption

The Yamaha Motor Group is working to reduce consumption of water. In accordance with our 2050 goal of "reducing water usage in production activities," we continue to strive to measure our global use of water and reduce consumption Groupwide through programs including the reuse of coolant water and water collection (rainwater and other sources) at factories, the reuse of water using reverse osmosis (RO) membranes, posters to remind employees to conserve water, and the installation of water-saving packing in faucets.

In 2023 Yamaha Motor's water intake volume was 1,137 thousand m3 and wastewater volume was 1,179 thousand m3External Assurance.

Water Intake and Recovered Water Used at the Yamaha Motor Group
Breakdown of Water Intake at the Yamaha Motor Group (thousand m3)
  2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Underground water 1,723 1,472 1,615 1,576 1,536
Industrial water 934 731 859 946 583
Tap water 1,251 1,002 1,226 1,228 1,396
Other fresh water 375 380 328 300 115
Total water intake(fresh water) 4,283 3,585 4,028 4,049 3,630
External Assurance

Note: Breakdown includes estimated figures.

Scope: All 149 companies, including Yamaha Motor and its 130 consolidated subsidiaries
In principle, figures are rounded off to the nearest whole number. Therefore, the total does not necessarily match the sum of each item.

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