Environmental Education

Environmental Education/Education Program Structure

Mazda conducts environmental education twice a year as part of its EMS and encourages employees to obtain environment-related public qualifications such as those listed.
In addition, Mazda offers support for employees working toward these qualifications, including financial support through the Mazda Flex Benefit program.

Qualifications that Employees Are Encouraged to Obtain:

  • ■ Energy attorney
  • ■ Head supervisor of pollution control
  • ■ Supervisor of air pollution control
  • ■ Supervisor of dust and particulate pollution control
  • ■ Supervisor of water pollution control
  • ■ Supervisor of noise- and vibration-related pollution control
  • ■ Special managing supervisor in charge of industrial waste disposal
  • ■ Eco Test
  • ■ 3Rs & Low-Carbon Society Test
  • ■ Environmental Planner
  • ■ Eco leader

Environmental Education Structure

Environmental Education Structure

Number of Employees Receiving Environmental Education

(Non-consolidated Unit: person(s))

  FY March 2011 FY March 2012 FY March 2013 FY March 2014 FY March 2015
Managers 90 68 52 70 75
Section managers 130 163 137 163 161
Foremen 44 54 87 86 86
New employees 360 499 701 386 282

* In addition to the above, environmental education is provided to general employees in each department.

Routine Environmental Activities

Reducing Paper Use

Mazda continually makes bold efforts to considerably reduce the amount of paper used for office work through the digitization of documents, ledger sheets, and other forms, as well as through the use of projectors and monitors at meetings, etc. As part of its recycling efforts, the Company also reuses waste paper (shredder dust) as packaging material for shipping parts, and is increasing efforts to separate the collection of waste paper by type during disposal.

Reducing Energy Use

Through regular initiatives, including purchasing of low power-consumption office equipment and furniture, and turning off lights and computers when they are not in use, Mazda makes continual efforts to reduce energy use.
Furthermore, Mazda implements a “Cool Biz” program during the summer season every year, setting internal room temperatures at 28°C (82.4°F) on a standard basis.
During the winter season when electricity consumption is particularly high, energy-saving measures are implemented through adjustment of air conditioning systems (heating set at 20°C, or 68°F), lighting, office automation equipment, etc.

Use of Renewable Energy

Mazda uses renewable energy sources*1 as follows.

  • ■ At the Hofu Plant, solar-powered units have been introduced in some corridor lighting.
  • ■ A solar power system is installed on the roof of the radio wave experiment building of the Miyoshi Office. The amount of electricity generated by the system in FY March 2015 was 13.6 MWh. Electricity generated by this system is used to provide power and lighting for the building, thereby continuously contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions.
  • ■ Mazda supplied green electricity to illuminate the night games of the Mazda All-Star Games 2014 (presented by Japan’s 12 professional baseball teams), of which Mazda was the main sponsor. The green electricity was provided using the Tradable Green Certificates System.
  • ■ Following last fiscal year, Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation (MMVO) in Mexico installed outdoor solar lighting, thereby promoting an effective use of renewable energy*1 that uses solar power and LEDs.
    In FY March 2015, MMVO installed 80 units. Combined with the number of units installed last fiscal year, the total reached 326, generating power of 57.1 MWh for lighting.

*1 Refers to natural energy sources that can be used continuously without being depleted, such as electricity generation using solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric or biomass power, or direct solar heating. These types of energy generate zero or negligible CO2 emissions.

Environment-Related Accident Emergency Drill and Prevention Campaign

Emergency Drill to Prevent Marine Pollution

An emergency drill was carried out based on assumption simulation that hydraulic oil had spilled from a vessel in the harbor. In the drill, with the participation of about 60 employees from Mazda Motor Corporation, Mazda Ace, and Mazda Logistics, the effectiveness of operations for removing an oil spillage, as well as the emergency contact system were checked and confirmed (in July 2015). This drill was launched in FY March 2015. This year, officers of Hiroshima Coast Guard Office observed and gave feed backs about the drill. They also demonstrated water discharge of oil diffusion using patrol boat Mazda will conduct drills on a regular basis to improve its emergency response capabilities.

Emergency Drill to Prevent Marine Pollution

Campaign for Oil Spill Prevention and Traffic Safety

Around 50 employees from Mazda Motor Corporation, Mazda Logistics, and several truckload transportation companies helped promoting environmental protection and improving traffic safety, distributing leaflets to raise the awareness of delivery truck drivers and others about the importance of preventing oil spills on the roads and traffic safety in general (in June 2015). The campaign has been conducted every year since FY March 2011.

Campaign for Oil Spill Prevention and Traffic Safety