Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impact
Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impact in Product Development
Development of Low Fuel Consumption Products
Our Ultra Thin Flywheel
Damper for Hybrid Vehicles
We at EXEDY have our sights set on eco-friendly product development, and are working to make products that contribute to smaller, lightweight, and fuel-efficient vehicles. In addition, we are contributing to the creation of societies that use vehicles in an environmentally friendly manner, with many of our products equipped within hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and other eco-friendly vehicles.
Our Efforts to Reduce Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions Resulting from Tests Run During Product Development (Development Headquarters)
In order to contribute to our society and make products that please our customers, we, in 2015, introduced our transient dynamometer, a testing machine that simulates the conditions of an actual vehicle, and we have actively been developing products that can handle reduced CO2 emissions and improvements in fuel efficiency.
Transient Dynamometer Testing Equipment
We also have been moving forward with energy conservation at our currently existing facilities, carrying out energy-saving design that includes a switch from hydraulic power sources to electric ones and the establishment of regenerative power mechanisms. While maintaining required functionality, we have been able to make improvements to power consumption and keep it below 10%. In addition to this, we have been able to reduce power consumption by 20% by moving forward with switching each of our testing facilities over to LED lighting, all the while making sure that the rooms remain appropriately lit for the work being done.
Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impact in Our Business Operations
Renewal of waste water treatment facility at the Headquarters
In September 2017, we renewed the waste water treatment equipment at the EXEDY HQ Plant to process the waste water generated in the plant and discharge it to the sewage system. (total construction cost approx. 40 million yen)
Processing the waste water inside the plant ourselves not only enables us to reduce the amount of industrial waste generated, but also allows us to discharge water with a higher quality than the established sewage water quality standard.
Before discharging the water, through activated carbon filtration and coagulating sedimentation processes in our waste water treatment facility, the water is clean enough for fish to live in. Next to our waste water treatment facility, we actually keep fish in an aquarium filled with processed waste water.
Chemical Substance Regulations
In order to comply with environmental laws and regulations, prevent environmental pollution and reduce risks, we have introduced an evaluation system before adopting chemical substances and work to reduce environmental impact.
Chemical Substance Management
EXEDY Lectures at the Osaka Prefectural Seminar for Countermeasures against Chemical Substances
EXEDY received a request from Osaka Prefecture to deliver a lecture at the Seminar for Countermeasures against Chemical Substances for 500 Osaka businesspersons in February 2018.
At the seminar, as an example of our management of incoming chemical substances, we introduced our initiatives when introducing new chemical substances and a case in which we replaced anti-rust oil with a product that has a low impact on the environment, health and safety.
Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impact in Our Purchasing and Transportation
Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impact in Our Purchasing
At the EXEDY Group, in order to implement production with consideration for the environmental impact, we established the "Green Procurement Guidelines” and with the support of our cooperating companies, we keep working to reduce the environmental impact of the entire supply chain.Green Procurement Guidelines (Outline)
Our Request to Cooperating Companies
- Compliance with Ordinance and Regulations etc.
- Establishment and Maintenance of Our Environmental Management System
- Management of Chemical Substances
- Environmental Efforts in Our Business Operations
- A. Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- B. VOC Reduction
- C. Reduction of PRTR Substance
- D. Promotion of Waste Reduction and Recycling
- E. Reducing Impact on Water Resources and Water Quality
- Management of the Supply Chain
Green Procurement Briefing
In January 2017, we held the Green Procurement Briefing. Here we requested the 98 participating companies for their cooperation in strengthening our product chemical substance management system.
Efforts to Reduce Environmental Impact in Our Transportation (Streamlining Transportation Efficiency)
In order to reduce CO2 generated in the transportation process of products, we work together with our affiliate EXEDY Logistics Co., Ltd. to improve packaging and packaging materials to improve loading efficiency, and we are continually looking to implement improvements such as shorter transportation routes, etc.
Activities Aimed at Contributing to Society and Preserving Biodiversity
Visiting Lecture ISO14001 for Kids
We support the activities of ISO14001 for Kids, an initiative of Mie Prefecture and every year we visit elementary schools in Mie to give lectures. The children who participate in the program, work on conservation of energy and resource in their homes with cooperation from their families.
In an effort to create the ‘Ultimate Eco Vegetable Factory’, EXEDY Electric Facilities Co., Ltd.established EXEDY Eco in June 2016. At EXEDY Eco, we use solar powered LEDs etc. to create the optimal environment for photosynthesis, and cultivate frill lettuce, tomato and other kinds of vegetables and fruits. Based on our theme of “safe vegetable cultivation”, EXEDY Eco aims to utilize solar power generation while manifesting our goal of social participation of handicapped people. We also hope to provide a spark so similar facilities will spread across the country.
Clean-up and Tree Planting Activities
Together with the EXEDY Workers' Community (workers’ union), employees and management united their efforts to carry out environmental activities. Every year, we carry out the Clean Campaign (clean-up and tree planting in the areas surrounding the company) and participate in the Clean River Neyagawa (cleaning activities of the Neyagawa River).
Wall Surface Greening Activities - Kawagoe Plant
As a part of the greening activities at the Kawagoe Plant, the plant’s wall surface is being used to cultivate fruits. In FY 2017, employees cultivated grapes, kiwis, etc., and harvested the fruits that grew on the walls. Through these activities we raise our employees’ environmental awareness and contribute to CO2 reduction, while enjoying the fruit that we grow ourselves.
EXEDY DYNAX Shanghai Volunteer Team Initiatives
The volunteer team established in December 2008 at EXEDY DYNAX Shanghai (EDS) carries out activities contributing to the local community.
The volunteer team initially consisting of only two members at its foundation, currently exceeds 100 members. Activities include cleaning of the company premises and neighboring residential areas, cleaning and supporting the childrens’ study at the welfare institution for children, and organizing the books at the library.
Through these activities, the Volunteer Team received various awards; in 2010 they were recognized with the ‘Study Group Award’ by the Fengcheng District, and in 2016, they received the ‘Leading Organization’ prize from the development district where the company is located and from the Fengcheng District Library they received the ‘Excellent Volunteer Team Award’.
The activities that the EDS Volunteer Team engage in are diverse, and it is rare for a company in Shanghai to have a volunteer team, especially for a Japanese affiliated company such as EDS.