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.
Energy-saving activities of non-manufacturing domestic subsidiaries of the Suzuki Group
Directly-managed domestic sales distributors*1 and non-manufacturing companies*2 of the Suzuki Group have a common energy-saving goal “Aggressively promote energy-saving activities toward suppressing global warming by introducing energy-saving facilities”, and are actively promotiong specific energy-saving activities and environment contribution activities in each region.
- Aggressively promote energy-saving activities toward suppressing global warming by introducing energy-saving facilities
- *1 55 companies including Suzuki Motor Sales Tokyo Inc., Suzuki Motorcycle Sales Inc., and Suzuki Marine Co., Ltd.
- *2 6 companies including Suzuki Transportation & Packing Co., Ltd., Suzuki Business Co., Ltd., 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 CFC of end-of-life vehicles.
Implementation in FY2017 (from April 2017 to March 2018) is as below.
Collection and recycle of ASR
Our ASR recycling rate was as high as 98.1% in FY2017, continuously achieving or surpassing the legal target for FY2015 or later (70% or higher) since as early as FY2008. Vehicle recycling rate reached 99.6%*3.
We are promoting collection and recycling of ASRs through ART*4 organised by 13 domestic automobile manufacturers (as of 31 March 2018), 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 Freon
In FY2017, our airbag recycling rate was 93.8%, continuously achieving or surpassing the legal target (85% or higher) since as early as FY2004. The amount of CFCs that we collected and disposed of was 90,562.1kg.
For collection and recycle of air bags and collection and disposal of Freon (HFC) materials, Suzuki and other auto makers organised 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 (only in Japanese language)
Efforts for recycling abroad
In the European Union, according to the End-of-life Vehicle Directive (ELV Directive: 2000/53/EC), we are promotiong 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 organised 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 reusable and/or recoverable to a minimum of 95% by weight as a condition for receiving the type approval of motor vehicles in the European Union. To satisfy that condition, we were audited by an authorised auditing agency on our systems for collecting material data and verifying environmental impact substances. As a result, we acquired the certificate of conformance (COCom) in August 2008 and the Whole Vehicle Type Approval based on 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 authorised organisation and obtained a new COCom in October 2013, which was updated in October 2013 and October 2015, 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 side deck insulator cover, fuel filler hose cover, battery holder, engine undercover, head rest, etc. Number of collected bumpers in FY2017 increased by 13% year-on-year to 68,240 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 which are introduced in WagonR, Spacia, Alto, Hustler, Solio, Swift, XBEE, etc. 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 FY2017, 1,610 units were collected.
For more details of collection and recycling of the used lithium-ion battery, access the following website.
(only in Japanese language)
●Collecting and recycling of used lithium-ion batteries in Europe
We launched the Baleno equipped with SHVS mild hybrid system installed with the lithium-ion battery in Europe 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.
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 FY2017 is 98.0% of the weight basis, achieving the recycling rate target of 95%.
For more details, access the following websites.
(In Japanese language only)
For more details on Voluntary Motorcycle Recycling Efforts by Suzuki, access the following website.
For the details of Japan Automobile Recycling Promotion Center, access the following website.
(for motorcycle recycle)
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 other six 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 realises 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)