Environmental Education

Environmental Education/Education Program Structure

As part of its EMS, Mazda conducts regular environmental education for all employees twice a year, as well as education for EMS leaders twice a year, 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 and water pollution control (Class 1 to 4)
  • ■ Supervisor of noise- and vibration-related pollution control
  • ■ Supervisor of dust and particulate pollution control (Specified, General)
  • ■ Supervisor of dioxide pollution control
  • ■ Special managing supervisor in charge of industrial waste disposal
  • ■ Environmental Society Test (=Eco Test)
  • ■ CEAR approved EMS inspector
  • ■ Internal environment auditor
  • ■ Environment measurer
  • ■ Construction environment hygiene control engineer

Environmental Education Structure

Environmental Education Structure

Number of Employees Receiving Environmental Education

(Non-consolidated Unit: person(s))

  FY March 2012 FY March 2013 FY March 2014 FY March 2015 FY March 2016
Managers 68 52 70 75 81
Section managers 163 137 163 161 174
Foremen 54 87 86 86 76
New employees 499 701 386 282 755

* 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 2016 was 13.0 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 2015 (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 2016, MMVO installed 19 units. The total number of units reached 335, generating 58.9 MWh of power 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.
In FY March 2016, officers of the Hiroshima Coast Guard Office observed and gave feedback on the drill. They also demonstrated the water discharge of oil diffusion using a patrol boat. In FY March 2017, Mazda plans to check the reporting system, assuming that oil has leaked from a container truck into the sea via the quay. The Company also plans to carry out oil boom extension drills at the same time.

Emergency Drill to Prevent Marine Pollution

Campaign for Oil Spill Prevention and Traffic Safety

Mazda Motor Corporation, Mazda Logistics, and several truckload transportation companies are 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 roads and traffic safety in general. The campaign has been conducted every year since FY March 2011, and twice a year since FY March 2014, in spring and fall.

Campaign for Oil Spill Prevention and Traffic Safety