Based on the Mazda Green Plan 2020 Mid-Term Environmental Plan, Mazda is pressing forward with environmental initiatives, with its sights set on 2020.
Approach on the Mazda Green Plan 2020
Based on the “Philosophy and Policies” for environmental initiatives, being premised on “Mazda’s Vision of a Future Society and its Relationship with Vehicles,” the plan, centered around the following three main perspectives, is developed.
Approach on the Mazda Green Plan 2020 Philosophy and Policies for Environmental
I. Themes to Be Resolved in the Future
Mazda considers the following as issues that both customers and society expect automakers to make positive contributions toward:
- 1. Energy- and Global-Warming-Related Issues
Undertaking measures to reduce CO2 emissions over the entire life cycle of a vehicle.
- 2. Promoting Resource Recycling
Reducing waste from vehicles, the vehicle manufacturing and shipping processes, and disposal of end-of-life vehicles, as well as actively promoting the comprehensive recycling of resources.
- 3. Cleaner Emissions
Reducing various emissions/waste (aside from CO2) from vehicles and manufacturing processes, especially emissions with highly adverse environmental impacts.
- 4. Environmental Management
Develop environmental management throughout the entire Group and supply chain.
II. Mazda’s Initiatives (two areas)
- a. Vehicles and Vehicle Technology
Contributing to a reduced environmental impact through products and technology
- b. Manufacturing, Logistics, Office Operations, Social Contributions, etc.
Contributing to a reduced environmental impact through all activities (excluding those related to products and technology)
III. Consideration of the Entire Vehicle Life Cycle
Mazda is making efforts to reduce environmental impact throughout the entire product life cycle. Approximately 80% of CO2 emissions occur over the period from customer use to disposal – an overwhelming percentage of overall emissions.
- ■ Manufacturing and logistics (materials manufacturing, and vehicle manufacturing): accounts for approximately 20%
- ■ Product use and disposal (use by customer, maintenance, disposal and recycling): accounts for approximately 80%
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Mazda adopts LCA, a method for calculating and evaluating the environmental influence of products across its entire life cycle of vehicles through the purchasing of materials, manufacturing, use of products, recycling and final disposal, in order to actively reduce environmental impacts. Mazda has confirmed the benefits of its clean-energy vehicles and newly introduced vehicles with current model internal combustion engines.
In the LCA of the CX-5 conducted in FY March 2012, the CX-5 underwent a review by a thirdparty organization (Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry) and its conformity with the international standards (ISO 14040, ISO 14044) was certified.
The LCA is conducted in the same way for newly introduced vehicles, serving as objective and highly reliable proof that those new models are environmentally conscious throughout their entire lifecycles.
Mazda intends to steadily expand the implementation of LCA to new vehicles and confirm their environmental benefits.
Certificate by Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry
Vehicles that Underwent LCA
|FY March 2010||Premacy (Mazda5 overseas)
RX-8 Hydrogen RE
|FY March 2011||Demio (Mazda2 overseas)
Axela (Mazda3 overseas)
|FY March 2012||CX-5*1|
|FY March 2013||Atenza (Mazda6 overseas)
|FY March 2014||Axela (Mazda3 overseas)|
|FY March 2015||Demio (Mazda2 overseas)
|FY March 2016||Roadster (MX-5 overseas)|
*1 A model that underwent a review by a third-party organization and whose conformity with international standards (ISO 14040, ISO 14044) has been certified
LCA for the new Roadster (MX-5 overseas)
* Calculated assuming a vehicle lifetime running distance of 110,000 km (13 years) and running under certain conditions
* Results of evaluations are shown as an index. Figures for CO2 refer to metric tons; all other figures refer to amounts in kilograms. Indices are shown separately.
* In the graph, all indices are based on an index of 1 for the SOx emission volume of the previous model.
NOx: Nitrogen Oxides
NMHC: Non Methane Hydrocarbon
PM: Particulate Matter
SOx: Sulfur Oxides
Approaches and Targets in Each Area for 2020
To execute the Mazda Green Plan 2020, three committees set the following approaches and targets to promote each effort.
Products and technologies: Product Environment Committee
Mazda provides all customers who purchase Mazda vehicles with driving pleasure as well as outstanding environmental and safety performance.
Manufacturing, logistics, and office operations: Business Site Environment Committee
Mazda contributes toward realizing a low-carbon society through achieving even greater gains in operating efficiency by introducing low-CO2-emission production technologies and unwavering actions for constant improvement in the entire Mazda Group in Japan.
Social contributions (environmental area): Social Contribution Committee
Based on the three pillars of Mazda’s social contribution activities regarding the environment and safety performance, human resources development and community contributions, and a group-wide, global perspective, Mazda commits to disclosure and raising public awareness of environmental issues through its main business as an automobile maker. The Company also focuses on collaboration with regional communities, including volunteer activities.