Kawasaki Establishes Global Environmental Vision 2050 Pursuing Three "Frees": CO2 FREE, Waste FREE and Harm FREE
Aug. 09, 2017
Tokyo, August 9, 2017 — Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. announced today the establishment of Kawasaki Global Environmental Vision 2050, a comprehensive vision centering on the three key concepts of "CO2 FREE," "Waste FREE" and "Harm FREE" and aimed at realizing a sustainable society. Based on this new long-term vision for the Group, Kawasaki is stepping up environmental management efforts with an eye toward 2050.
Currently, the Kawasaki Group is making steady progress on environmental activities based on the policies established in its Environmental Vision 2020. However, the need to develop countermeasures to restrict global warming is growing, and in response the Group has established Kawasaki Global Environmental Vision 2050. Remaining focused on the policies of the 2020 vision, Kawasaki is setting the bar higher in the 2050 vision such as complete elimination of CO2 emissions and waste. Specific details are as follows.
- Aim for zero CO2 emissions in business activities
- Provide products and services that greatly curb CO2 emissions
- Aim for zero waste emissions in business activities
- Thoroughly enforce conservation and recycling of water resources
- Aim for zero harmful chemical substances emissions in business activities
- Develop business with respect for biodiversity
In pursuit of the Group mission, "Kawasaki, working as one for the good of the planet," Kawasaki will ramp up environmental management efforts by formulating a concrete implementation road map and creating and implementing Environmental Management Activities Plans, aimed at realizing the 2050 vision.
Kawasaki Green Product Promotion Activity
In order to realize the Group mission, Kawasaki is accelerating efforts toward boosting the environmental performance of its products while reducing the environmental load of production processes. Products that meet Kawasaki's proprietary, self-imposed criteria are registered as Kawasaki Green Products or Kawasaki Super Green Products and labeled as ISO 14021-compliant. Kawasaki then announces newly registered, compliant products to the public. These initiatives were initiated in 2014, and as of 2017 a total of 41 products have been registered .
Kawasaki Group Environmental Management Measures
In the field of environmental management, the Group established its First Environment Management Activities Plan in 1994, followed by its Environmental Charter in 1999, which defines the basic philosophy and conductguidelines. Subsequently, the Group published its Environmental Report, which was the first such report in the heavy manufacturing industry. In more specific terms, Kawasaki is pursuing CO2 reduction, continuation of zero-emission operations, promotion of the three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), reduction of chemical substances, environmental preservation, promotion of Kawasaki Green Products and other such activities based on the Environment Management Activities Plan established in order to realize the Group's long-term Environmental Vision .