AISIN Group has established the Seventh Aisin Consolidated Environmental Action Plan for fiscal years 2022 to 2026, which will provide indexes and a plan for environmental initiatives as we work to build an environmentally sustainable future and a society where everyone can live with peace of mind in harmony with nature. Our first environmental action plan was started as an internal plan for Aisin Seiki in 1993. These plans, and the activities in them, were expanded to the whole of AISIN Group in 2016.

The Seventh Aisin Consolidated Environmental Action Plan sets out concrete numerical targets and activities to be accomplished by 2025. There are four core themes. Two new items—reduction of life cycle CO2 emissions and introduction of renewable energy—have been added, as it has become apparent recently that these are points that need to be focused on. We have significantly increased our targets for items such as improvement of efficiency of water resources in the process of production and reduction of waste, including quantifying targets that were previously qualitative and adding overseas targets, and have redefined our scenarios to strengthen our activities.

We are conscious of our responsibility to carry out the initiatives in the plan we have created, and will work steadily to achieve our targets and play our part in building an environmentally sustainable future.

Our future-looking Seventh Environmental Action Plan

Principle that has spread worldwide

Circular economy
A system in which the value of resources is maintained for as long as possible to minimize resource usage and waste

Principle that has spread worldwide

Main initiatives

  • Reduction of usage of new materials; active use of recycled materials
  • Material selection and product design that makes it easy to reuse resources
  • Lengthening of life through repairs, part replacement, etc.

Principle for water conservation

Minimization of water use by pursuing recycling and efficiency

Principle for water conservation

Main initiatives

  • Water saving activities
  • Reuse of wastewater
  • Introduction of recycling facilities
  • Use of rainwater

The Seventh Aisin Consolidated Environmental Action Plan

Establishment of a zero carbon society

2050 vision
Aim to realize Carbon Neutrality
Action area Implementation items and targets

①Reduction of life cycle CO2 emissions

  • Building of the foundation to reduce life cycle CO2 emissions from purchasing materials to disposal
    • Setting of concrete measures for reduction of CO2 emissions throughout the entire supply chains

②Reduction of CO2 emissions in the process of product design

  • Reduction of CO2 emissions with life cycle assessment through products
    • Development of auto parts for clean energy vehicles (PHEV, BEV, FCEV)
    • Development of higher performance powertrains and technologies to increase fuel efficiency by making car bodies lighter, etc.
    • Development of next generation energy system products (use of fuel cells and biofuels)
Subject area Scope of business operations involved Item Base year Target
Product Global operation Total amount FY2013 18% reduction

③Reduction of CO2 emissions in the process of production

  • Further promotion of daily kaizen activities
  • Active introduction of the latest energy saving technologies when a plant is newly built and equipment is updated
  • Establishment of mechanism to share information of energy saving know-how globally
Subject area Scope of business operations involved Item Base year Target
CO2 emissions from production Global operation Total amount FY2013 25% reduction*

*We will actively reconsider in the future

④Introduction of renewable energy in the process of production

  • Active use of renewable energy in response to regional characteristics
  • Development of a roadmap for applying the use of renewable energy to overseas plants
  • Use of renewable energy at model plants
Subject area Scope of business operations involved Item Target
Renewable energy Global operation Introduction rate
(power ratio)
FY2025 15% or more

⑤Reduction of CO2 emissions from distribution

  • Transportation efficiency by further expanding joint transportation among Group companies
Subject area Scope of business operations involved Item Base year Target
CO2 emissions from distribution Consolidated subsidiaries in Japan Total amount FY2018 7% reduction

Establishment of a recycling-oriented society

2050 vision
Aim to minimize environment impact by maximizing resource efficiency
Action area Implementation items and targets

⑥Product design and development of products and technologies that contribute to improvement of resource efficiency

  • Promotion of eco-friendly design aimed at reuse and recycling
  • Promotion of product and technology development that contribute to natural resource input and reduction of waste

⑦Reduction of resource input and waste emissions in the process of production

  • Reduction of waste in all Group companies
    (Effective use of waste plastic, introduction of new technologies, global sharing of domestic practices, etc.)
Subject area Scope of business operations involved Item Base year Target
Waste Consolidated subsidiaries in Japan Emissions per sales FY2013 9% reduction
Overseas companies FY2019 Actual result and under

⑧Contribution to establishment of a resource recycling system for the entire society

  • Collaboration with external partners regarding natural resource input and reduction of waste
  • Reduction of use of packaging materials
    • Weight reduction and simplification with material and specification change
    • Reuse of returnable containers and pallets

⑨Improvement of efficiency of water resources in the process of production

  • Promotion of reduction of water resource input
Subject area Scope of business operations involved Item Base year Target
Water volume Global operation Water volume per sales FY2018 2.1% reduction
High risk business bases Water volume per production volume 12.5% reduction

⑩Contribution to maintenance of water resources in regions, etc.

  • Continuation and expansion of biological research regarding water around plants and cleanup activities
  • Continuation of observance of the self standard for drainage (to a higher level than the legal standards or water quality required by a region)

⑪Improvement of the water resource environment by collaborating with suppliers

  • Reinforcement of collaboration with suppliers in the field of water

Establishment of a society in which people coexist with nature

2050 vision
Aim to realize harmony with nature and the regional ecosystem globally
Action area Implementation items and targets

⑫Reduction of load on biodiversity

  • Revision of the “AISIN Group Biodiversity Guideline” in accordance with the post Aichi Biodiversity Targets

⑬Preservation of biodiversity at Aisin business bases

  • Implementation of activities for biodiversity by business base based on biodiversity research
  • Maintenance of model plants based on the definition of a “Plant where people coexist with nature”
Subject area Scope of business operations involved Item Base year Target
Plan in which people coexist with nature Global operation Number realized - 3 plants

⑭Contribution to the maintenance and improvement of regional biodiversity

  • Enhancement of environmental communication through a “Plant where people coexist with nature”

Fundamental activities that cover all themes

2050 vision
Aim to create a more advanced environmental management system
Action area Implementation items and targets

⑮Reduction of SOC in production activity

  • Reduction of chemical substances ahead of laws and regulations and environmental impact, and reinforcement of management of chemical substances

⑯Operation of Global Consolidated Environmental Management and reinforcement of the foundation for environmental action

  • Thorough observance of environmental compliance
  • Advancement of environmental activities with information communication technology
  • Continuation of training assuming the risk of environmental accidents
  • Creation of the foundation for integrating consolidated environmental management globally
  • Reinforcement of environmental education to develop globally competitive human resources

⑰Supply chain management

  • Share of the group environment vision and targets with suppliers, and support for the promotion of environmental actions
  • Establishment of an information gathering system of the environmental actions of suppliers
  • Evaluation of the environmental risks of candidates for new suppliers and audits of existing suppliers

⑱Environmental communication and stakeholder engagement

  • Maintainance and expansion of environmental communication in response to various stakeholders
  • Management of environmental activities in cooperation with local communities