By designating environmental issues as major management priorities, DENSO is able to help meet the growing demand for cars that make minimal environmental impact. As part of this long-term vision DENSO Corporation established an Environment Committee in December 1992 to decide on DENSO’s overall policies, goals and measures related to the environment.
In 2005 DENSO Corporation announced DENSO Eco Vision 2015 as a roadmap towards the realisation of a “sustainable automotive society”. The objectives of Eco Vision 2015 are based on reduction targets laid out by the Kyoto Protocal and associate groups. They also conform to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s goal of beginning to reduce greenhouse gases by 2015 and halving them by 2050 compared to 2000 levels.
DENSO has established goals of promoting the prevention of global warming, resources recycling (reducing the use of resources) and control and reduction of environmentally hazardous substances (pollution prevention) in a targeted and ongoing manner throughout all of the group’s business activities.
Our Environmental management agenda encompasses five key areas:
Product development – innovations that maintain a balance between enhancing a vehicle’s functions and reducing its environmental footprint. DENSO seeks to enhance functionality for safety, comfort and driver fulfilment, whilst reducing the environmental impact across the vehicle’s life.
Production– establishing measures to reduce our environmental impact across our global operations. Our core goal of reducing CO2 emissions has broadened into a comprehensive Eco Factory programme including zero waste to landfill, resource efficiency, reduced consumption of water and other utilities, freight and logistics optimisation and elimination of target chemicals from our processes.
Risk management – policies exist to help eliminate environmental accidents, pollution and violations of applicable laws at each of our plants. Many of our European plants have maintained accreditations to ISO 14001 (environmental management system) for more than ten years, with others also holding EMAS certifications.
Education – increasing every employee’s awareness of global citizenship is an essential element of our education programmes at DENSO.
Accounting – conducting quantitative assessments of environmental conservation costs and benefits, and the appropriate distribution of management resources.
In addition to environmental management we are focused on environmental preservation – aiming towards a society that exists in harmony with the environment. This is achieved through various ‘green’ initiatives that are encouraged through our pursuit of our long-term environmental policy ‘DENSO EcoVision 2015’.
DENSO’s Eco Vision can be summarised as follows:
We will strive to strengthen environmental management through DENSO Group collaboration from a global perspective
Eco Products and Eco Factory
We will pursue the development, design and production activities that emphasise the environment from a holistic perspective at every stage of the product lifecycle, from manufacture to market use and disposal
We will actively disseminate information and coordinate with outside entities in a way that transcends industry borders, while working to communicate with all stakeholders.
The following points formed the core agenda of our Environmental Action Plan 2010: to strengthen the development of products that contribute to the environment, to ascertain and reduce CO2 emissions in all corporate behaviour, to steadily reduce the Group’s consolidated environmental impact and to strengthen our consolidated environmental management
DENSO Corporation publishes an annual CSR Report which is available from the corporate website at www.globaldenso.com. This report can provide readers with more information about the progress towards our goals as defined in the Corporate EcoVision.