Suzuki Group including the consolidated subsidiaries conducts environment management. Efforts made by sales distributors include: reducing CO₂ emissions through energy-saving in offices and promoting eco-driving; efficiently using resources of end-of-life vehicles as a contact for various recycling systems; and conserving environment by cooperating in local clean-up activities and environment events.
Reduction in CO₂ emission
Energy-saving activities of non-manufacturing domestic subsidiaries of the Suzuki Group
56 domestic sales companies and 6 non-manufacturing companies* have a common energy-saving goal “Aggressively promote energy-saving activities toward suppressing global warming by introducing energy-saving facilities”, and are actively promoting energy-saving activities.
Also, each 54 domestic automobile sales companies have introduced the Environmental Management System. They are making improvements in energy-saving, water-saving, reduction of environmental load such as wastes, and compliance to environmental laws and restrictions.
- Aggressively promote energy-saving activities toward suppressing global warming by introducing energy-saving facilities
- *56 domestic sales companies: Suzuki Motor Sales Tokyo Inc., Suzuki Motor Sales Kinki Inc., Suzuki Motorcycle Sales Inc., Suzuki Marine Co., Ltd., etc.
6 non-manufacturing companies: Suzuki Business Co., Ltd., Suzuki Transportation & Packing Co., Ltd., Suzuki PDC East Japan, Suzuki PDC Central Japan, Suzuki PDC West Japan, and Suzuki Engineering Co., Ltd.
Effective use of resources
Efforts for recycling law in Japan
●Efforts for Automobile Recycling Law
In accordance with Automobile Recycling Law*1 enforced in January 2005, Suzuki has exercised its duty to collect and/or recycle shredder scraps (ASR*2), airbags, and Freons of end-of-life vehicles.
Implementation in FY2019 (from April 2019 to March 2020) is as below.
Collection and recycle of ASR
Our ASR recycling rate was as high as 96.7% in FY2019, continuously achieving or surpassing the legal target for FY2015 or later (70% or higher) since as early as FY2008. Vehicle recycling rate reached 99.4%*3.
We are promoting collection and recycling of ASRs through ART*4 organized by 13 automobile manufacturers, etc. (as of 31 March 2020), including Nissan Motor Co., Mazda Motor Corporation, and Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, for working together with nation-wide recycling companies for the purposes of conforming to the relevant regulations, properly disposing of waste, increasing the recycling rate, and reducing the disposal cost.
Collection and Recycle of Air Bags and Freons
In FY2019, our airbag recycling rate was 94.5%, continuously achieving or surpassing the legal target (85% or higher) since as early as FY2004. The amount of Freons that we collected and disposed of was 89.5t.
For collection and recycle of air bags and collection and disposal of Freons, Suzuki and other auto makers organized the Japan Auto Recycling Partnership for working together with recycling companies throughout the nation.
We will make continuous efforts to promote the recycling activities, while designing easy-to-recycle products, saving and effectively using resources, reducing the amount of wastes, reducing the cost of recycling, and establishing a stable recycling system.
- *1 Automobile Recycling Law: Formal name "Act on Recycling, etc. of End-of-Life Vehicles"
- *2 Automobile Shredder Residue
- *3 Calculated by adding to the percentage recycled and recovered up to the dismantling and shredding processes (approximately 83%, quoted from the May 2003 joint council report) the remaining ASR rate of 17% × ASR recovery rate of 97%
- *4 Abbreviation for Automobile shredder residue Recycling promotion Team
Please refer to the following website concerning our automobile recycling initiative and recycling results (in Japanese language only).
Efforts for recycling in overseas
In India, Maruti Suzuki established a joint venture MSTI with Toyota Tsusho in October 2019 for proper dismantling and recycling of ELVs, ahead of its law enforcement in India. It aims to reduce littering of vehicles and parts, and also to tackle environmental issues including global warming and soil/water contamination.
Collection and recycling of used lithium-ion batteries is currently being promoted.
In the European Union, according to the End-of-life Vehicle Directive (ELV Directive: 2000/53/EC), we are promoting collection and recycling of ELVs and batteries, etc. in accordance to laws, regulations, and conditions of each country.
In addition, we are obliged to provide disposal companies with the timely dismantling information on new model automobiles, and we give such information through the international information system IDIS (International Dismantling Information System) jointly organized with other automobile manufacturers.
Moreover, in accordance with the RRR (Reusability, Recyclability, and Recoverability) Directive 2005/64/EC, it is required that new vehicles shall be recyclable to a minimum of 95% as a condition for receiving the type approval of motor vehicles in the European Union. To satisfy that condition, we were audited by an authorized auditing agency on our systems for collecting material data and verifying substances of concern. As a result, we acquired the certificate of conformance (COCom) in August 2008 and the RRR Directive for all of our vehicles sold in Europe. Then, due to the revision of European RRR Directive (2009/1/EC), we were audited again by another authorized organization and obtained a new COCom in October 2011, and since has been updating every other year, and our new models have received the type approval based on the revised Directive.
Promotion of voluntary recycling efforts
●Efforts for recycling of bumpers
In an effort to use resources more effectively, we have been collecting and recycling used bumpers that have been removed from automobiles by distributors at the time of repair or replacement.
Initially, used bumpers were collected from distributors in the original form. Since 2000, however, they have been collected after being shredded by a shredding machine, which has been installed in almost all of our distributors (with some exception). Additional bumper shredding machine were introduced or added in FY2012. As a result, the cubic volume of the (shredded) bumpers for transportation was reduced to 1/6 of the previous volume, allowing for reduction of CO₂ emission during transportation due to efficient transfer and handling of the downsized materials.
The collected bumpers are recycled and reused to produce such automotive parts as fuel filler hose cover, side deck insulator cover, battery holder, engine undercover, head rest, etc.
Number of collected bumpers in FY2019 increased by 9.5% year-on-year to approximately 80,000 units.
Recycling of batteries
●Collection and recycling of used lithium-ion batteries in Japan
Lithium-ion batteries are employed by the low fuel consumption technologies of Ene-Charge, S-Ene Charge, Mild Hybrid, and Hybrid.
Since launching the WagonR equipped with Ene-Charge in 2012, Suzuki has established and is operating a system to collect and properly dispose of the used lithium-ion batteries when disposing of those vehicles at the end of their lives. In October 2018, in line with the start of free collection system of lithium-ion batteries with Japan Auto Recycling Partnership as the window, Suzuki took part in this system. By FY2019, total of 6,147 batteries were collected. For more details of collection and recycling of the used lithium-ion battery, access the following website. (In Japanese language only)
●Collecting and recycling of used lithium-ion batteries in overseas
We launched the Baleno equipped with SHVS mild hybrid system installed with the lithium-ion battery in Europe (EU+EFTA) in April 2016, and subsequently launched the Ignis and the Swift. We are promoting to build the network for collecting used lithium-ion batteries according to the EU “Directives for used batteries (2006/66/EC)”, laws/regulations and conditions of each country.
In India, Maruti Suzuki has established a system to collect and recycle used lithium-ion batteries from when the company launched the Ciaz equipped with lithium-ion batteries for its Mild Hybrid system in 2018.
Rebuilt parts (reused parts) for repair*
For effective use of natural resources and reduction of customers’ economic burden, Suzuki deals in rebuilt parts for automatic transmission (including CVT).
- *Rebuilt parts are the aftermarket parts that are removed and collected at the time of repair, reproduced with the damaged or worn portions replaced, and finally inspected.
Regarding voluntary recycling of motorcycles
We have voluntarily operated the “Motorcycle Recycling System” together with four domestic motorcycle manufacturing companies and 12 import business operators since October 2004 in order to ensure proper disposition and recycling of discarded motorcycles. We started the free-of-charge service to taken back end-of-life motorcycles in October 2011.
End-of-life motorcycles are taken back at “EL Motorcycle Dealers” and “Designated Collection Centers” throughout the nation for convenience of our customers. These discarded motorcycles are then collected at 14 “Scrapping/Recycling Facilities”, and disassembled, shredded, and sorted. Those that can be used as recycled materials are reused, while other waste materials are properly disposed of.
The recycling rate in FY2019 is 97.8% of the weight basis, achieving the recycling rate target of 95%.
For more details, access the following websites.
For more details on Voluntary Motorcycle Recycling Efforts by Suzuki, access the following website. (In Japanese language only)
For the details of Japan Automobile Recycling Promotion Center, access the following website.
(For motorcycle recycling)
Voluntary efforts for recycling FRP* boats
Suzuki aggressively participates in a program called the “FRP Boat Recycling System” voluntarily promoted by the Japan Marine Industry Association together with six other major manufacturing companies.
The “FRP Boat Recycling System” was developed to the whole country in 2007 in order to prevent inappropriate scrapping of boats due to product characteristics (such as high strength, long durability, and widely and shallowly used) and to facilitate such scrapping for users. In the “FRP Boat Recycling System”, scrapping FRP boats collected at the specified location are roughly disassembled. Then, FRP scraps are transported to an intermediate processing plant, further crushed, sorted, and finally baked to make cement (material thermal recycling).
This system is certified by verification tests of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and realizes the recycling system at low cost by collecting, disassembling, and crushing FRP boats in wide area.
*FRP (fiber-reinforced plastic)
For more details, access the following websites.
(In Japanese language only)
Suzuki Voluntary Actions for FRP Boat Recycling System
Japan Marine Industry Association
(Guide for FRP Boat Recycling System)
Topics Gas station of Suzuki Business installed fueling machine that collects fuel evaporative emission generated during fueling
The R-1 Hamamatsu Self SS, a gas station of Suzuki’s non-manufacturing subsidiary Suzuki Business Co., Ltd., is installed with fueling machine that collects fuel evaporative emission generated during fueling.
Fuel evaporative emission is one of the substances of cause for air-polluting substances such as photochemical oxidant and PM2.5. It is a substance that has negative impact on atmospheric environment such as cause for odor unique to gasoline.
The R-1 Hamamatsu Self SS of Suzuki Business will contribute to conservation of atmospheric environment by suppressing fuel evaporative emission, while aiming for human- and earth-friendly gas station which the fuelers themselves can fuel their cars at ease.
Genuine car navigation system for the new Hustler launched in January 2020 has a new function which displays gas stations installed with fueling machine that collects fuel evaporative emission, and it is updated in a timely manner. Suzuki will cooperate in popularization of gas stations that consider atmospheric environment.