Reducing environmental impact of development, production and logistics to zero

We are working to reduce the AISIN Group’s environmental impact to zero, chiefly through the Environmental Conservation Study Group. This includes developing products that make effective use of resources and can be recycled; stepping up resource recycling at the production and logistics stages; and making effective use of water resources.

Waste emissions per sales
(Consolidated domestic companies)
Waste emissions per sales (Consolidated domestic companies)

The index used for emissions per amount of sales is calculated on the assumption that the base year for targets set out in the Sixth Environmental Action Plan is equal to 100.

Examining actual practices at bases worldwide

Water

In an effort to ascertain risks relating to water as one the key themes for priority measures, we have assessed water-related risks at 158 locations in Japan and other parts of the world using the water assessment tool “Aqueduct.” We have also carried out a survey that includes intake water, drainage and levels of recycling, as well as details of the local climate and terrain. We were then able to compare results from the assessment tool against our survey results.

In fiscal 2018, we intend to finalize targets and activities based on these results, so that we can move ahead with activities worldwide from fiscal 2019 onwards.

Waste

In order to finalize targets and set out a direction for the Group’s waste-related activities, we have conducted a survey of types and volumes of waste, emission processes and disposal methods at 106 AISIN Group companies (27 domestic, 79 overseas), mainly production companies. The survey produced useful information on items to reduce in order to achieve our overseas hazardous waste reduction targets.

Sample of waste survey
Sample of waste survey

Proper disposal of devices containing PCBs

It is required by Japanese law to dispose of any PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) by the end of March 2027.

The AISIN Group has started to outsource the disposal of PCBs in 2005 and has set out a group-wide disposal plan* to systematically dispose of PCBs in advance of the legal deadline. In order to carry out the plan as scheduled, we regularly share information four times a year while also outsourcing disposal on a joint group-wide basis in an effort to save costs.

※Disposal of high-concentration PCBs is expected to be completed by the end of fiscal 2021 and low-concentrations PCBs by the end of fiscal 2025.

Removal of devices containing PCBs
Removal of devices containing PCBs