Mazda is engaged in a range of initiatives to eliminate or reduce chemical substances that damage the environment.
Mazda publishes Management Standards for Environmentally Hazardous Materials, specifying substances whose use in parts and materials it purchases is subject to restrictions (prohibited substances and substances for which reporting is required).
The Company is actively working to reduce the use of lead, mercury, hexavalent chromium and cadmium, and met all of the voluntary targets of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JAMA) (reduction of the use of lead and mercury, and prohibition of the use of hexavalent chromium and cadmium) by February 2007, earlier than the scheduled deadlines.
In June 2008, REACH*1 chemical regulations came into effect in the European Union. Automakers in Europe, the United States, South Korea and Japan are collaborating in cooperative actions across the entire automobile supply chain to comply with these regulations. Mazda completed pre-registration by November 30, 2008 and formal registration by November 30, 2010.In March 2012, Mazda asked suppliers for their cooperation in switching from substances of very high concern (SVHC*2), which are progressively being specified as such, to alternative substances.
- *1Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals
- *2Substance of Very High Concern