Activities at Respective Companies
In addition to collaborative activities within the AISIN Group, respective companies are also engaging in various environmental activities.
Establishment of a low-carbon society
Received two awards in the 2016 Energy Conservation Grand Prize in recognition of products’ energy-saving performance and plant activities [Aisin Seiki]
Aisin Seiki was presented with the Chairman Prize in the excellent examples of energy efficiency category in recognition of efforts to save energy by recycling emissions in the coating process at its Kinuura Plant. This involves installing an emission recycling system that simultaneously saves energy and reduces VOC*1 in the coating line, which accounts for 40% of energy consumption at the Kinuura Plant. Aisin Seiki also received the Director General Prize of Agency for Natural Resources and Energy for its ENE-FARM TYPE S fuel cell cogeneration system for residential use*2, which achieves a world-leading 52% generating efficiency*3 to further improve energy-saving performance. Also, by integrating the hot water tank and generation unit, it achieves a more compact size and space-saving that enables installation in housing complexes as well as connectivity with existing gas water heaters to facilitate adoption.
- Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC): Chiefly refers to manmade synthetic substances that can easily be released into the atmosphere at room temperature and under normal pressure
- Commercialized based on technology developed by Osaka Gas, Kyocera, NORITZ and Aisin Seiki and released in April 2016
- Internal research
Extending the lifespan of rechargeable batteries for AGVs and reducing power consumption by preventing overcharging [Aisin Chemical]
Aisin Chemical successfully reduced battery charging time for automated guided vehicles (AGVs) operating in its plants by equipping them with active pulsers. At the same time, chargers with a function to prevent overcharging have been installed to avoid battery degradation. These measures contributed to reducing the frequency of battery replacement as well as an overall reduction in energy consumption annually.
Establishment of a recycling-oriented society
Reusing work uniforms [Hekinan Unso]
At Hekinan Unso, when the uniforms worn by truck drivers and workers at distribution centers are no longer used because of wear or stains, they are collected and reused as waste cloths at the company’s vehicle servicing facilities.
Establishment of a society in which people coexist with nature
AISIN Ecotopia wins Biotope Award [Aisin Seiki]
AISIN Ecotopia, located in Aisin Seiki’s Handa Plant (Aichi Prefecture), was presented with the Biotope Award at the 9th Biotope Commendation hosted by the NPO Japan Biotope Association. Opened in 2007, AISIN Ecotopia is a comprehensive facility that includes a recycling facility, a biotope, an experimental farm and a forest populated with native tree species. The initiative was recognized for creating an extensive biotope on the premises of a plant and for contributing to the establishment of a local ecosystem network.
Activities to prevent environmental accidents in Thailand [Aisin AI (Thailand)]
Aisin AI (Thailand) made improvements to prevent environmental accidents at its high-risk facilities. These included adding a fail-safe function to prevent overflowing in its wastewater treatment facilities and sewage relay pits and measures to prevent leaked oil from flowing into rain gutters at waste disposal sites. Additionally, local staff members proactively planned emergency response drills and implemented these drills with the participation of all members, working to raise awareness of environmental accidents and to improve response capabilities in times of emergencies.
Establishing a statutory notification system for domestic affiliates [Aisin Seiki]
Aisin Seiki promotes legal compliance activities not only within the company but at affiliates as well. In fiscal 2017, the company focused on prevention of failure of statutory notifications related to the environment. Visiting affiliates around Japan, Aisin Seiki provided training in how to submit notifications based on legislation while also taking into account differing local ordinances. The company also established a system to ensure that notifications are submitted in accordance with the law and shared expertise with individual companies. Going forward, Aisin Seiki will carry out regular checks on operations at respective companies to ensure legal compliance.
Activities in conjunction with consolidated subsidiaries and affiliates
All AISIN Group companies extend activities to include their respective subsidiaries and affiliates.
Organized seminars on waste materials for environmental management staff at consolidated subsidiaries.
Aisin Development is contributing to the local community by organizing cleanup activities in the vicinity of the head office and sales bases in conjunction with five domestic Group companies*.
Monthly consolidated environmental committee meetings are being held with domestic affiliates, and environmental information and details of effective environmental improvement initiatives are shared.
Company-wide environmental committee meetings are being held with subsidiaries and information such as progress on environmental activities and targets is shared.
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