Fundamental Environmental Policy and Environmental Mid-term Plans

We work for environmental conservation in order to reduce the impact of our business operations, products and service on environment, and make continuous improvements.

Fundamental Environmental Policy

In recent years, we understand that our stakeholders have become increasingly concern about our environmental issues, including climate-related issues. In such a situation, we believe that we are socially responsible for realizing a low-carbon society and contributing to a recycling-oriented society.

The GS Yuasa Group has established this Fundamental Environmental Policy to outline our basic Group-wide approach to environmental efforts. The policy aims to clarify our social responsibility toward the environment and guide our contributions to the emergence of a sustainable society. We are also developing and using environmental management systems that will help to reduce environmental impacts and prevent any accidents that could cause environmental pollution.

Fundamental Environmental Policy

  • Fundamental Philosophy

    We are committed to people, society and the global environment through innovation and growth of our employees and business entities. We will apply the advanced energy-related technologies we have built up through battery research and development work to help form a carbon-neutral circular economy and bring about a sustainable society.

  • Action Agenda

    1. Compliance with laws, regulations, and other requirements

      We will strive to prevent environmental incidents, comply with legal requirements, and reduce risks connected with the use of chemical substances, and continually improve our environmental management system with the aim of enhancing our environmental performance.

    2. Reducing environmental load

      To contribute to the prevention of global warming, we will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption levels across our entire supply chain.

    3. Efficient utilization of natural resources

      To contribute to the creation of a circular economy, we will minimize the amount of natural resources we use through a range of means, including reducing raw material usage, using recycled materials, and reducing wastage.

    4. Environment-friendly products

      To be able continue “creating the future of energy”, we will develop and manufacture products that can contribute to the formation of a carbon-neutral circular economy.

    5. Disclosure

      We will disclose environment-related information to stakeholders in an appropriate manner, and strive to coexist harmoniously with communities through engaging in proactive communication.

    6. Human resources development

      We will foster, across the entire GS Yuasa Group, personnel able to forge the future of our business with the aim of meeting our responsibilities in helping to create a carbon-neutral circular economy.

Environmental Mid-term Plans

We have developed mid-term plans for important issues related to our fundamental environmental policy in order to contribute to the emergence of a sustainable society.

Since fiscal 2019 we have been promoting this as one of our business strategies to address key management issues that concern the entire Group by incorporating environmental objectives into our Mid-term Management Plan. In addition, the scope of application of this plan has been expanded from four domestic sites in the past to 27 domestic and overseas sites.

Main Environmental Objectives of the Fifth Environmental Mid-Term Plan (FY 2019–2021)

Scope: 27 domestic and overseas offices (7 in Japan and 20 overseas)

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Items Objectives
(fiscal 2021)
Objectives
(fiscal 2019)
Results
(fiscal 2019)
Self-Assessment
/ Challenges
CO2 emissions 6% reduction
compared with
fiscal 2018
2% reduction
compared with
fiscal 2018
2%
reduction
The target was achieved as a result of
energy-saving measures in production processes
including storage battery charging processes
and parts manufacturing processes.
It is important to take measures to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions through activities
that improve operational efficiency
into the future.
Water consumption 8% reduction
compared with
fiscal 2018
3% reduction
compared with
fiscal 2018
2%
reduction
Overseas Group companies achieved water
use reduction targets, but domestic business sites
did not achieve the targets due to problems with
water circulation facilities and other factors.
In the future, we will continuously undertake
activities to promote the reuse of water.
Percentage of
environmentally
considered
products in total
sales of all products
35% or more31% or more 34% The target was achieved as a result of
higher sales of vehicles with start-stop systems,
which reduce fuel consumption, and products subject
to generating systems that use renewable energy.
Going forward, we will continue to provide products
that meet market needs in relation to global warming.
Ratio of
recycled lead used
as lead raw materials
in lead-acid batteries
35% or more28% or more 42% The rate of use of recycled lead
by overseas Group companies has increased rapidly
in recent years, resulting in the amount of recycled
lead used in lead-acid batteries greatly exceeding
initial expectations. Going forward,
we will continue efforts to maintain
and improve these levels.