The world is pressed with the urgent task of moving toward more sustainable production and consumption to escape from the cycle of massive production and waste that is destroying our environment and depleting our resources. In response to this expectation, the Yamaha Group strives to use less resources in its products from a variety of standpoints, such as lowering product size and weight, integrating several products into one, and reducing the amount of and, when possible, completely eliminating, product packaging and cushioning. Moreover, we are working to reduce resource use by extending product lifespans, developing instrument maintenance and repair service systems, and collecting and reusing products through services such as those offered in our piano renewal business. Other measures for making the best use of finite resources include reassessing our use of plastic, which contributes to global warming and pollution; switching to paper and other renewable materials; and lowering waste emissions and recycling in manufacturing processes.
Sustainable Resource Use
Resource Conservation and Waste Reduction
Unit Approach for Conserving Resources and Extending Product Lifespans
Based on the desire for our customers to be able to continue using their beloved instrument for a long time, Yamaha has adopted an approach of using replaceable units to conserve resources while extending product lifespans. For ElectoneTM units, for example, we offer services to upgrade products to a higher grade or newer model purely through unit exchanges. These services include the installation of grade-up units that can transform ElectoneTM units into higher grades as required based on the skill of the user and their intended application as well as vitalize units for raising the performance of older ElectoneTM models to the level of the latest models. We thereby help customers to continue using their beloved ElectoneTM even longer. The Group is also selling add-on units so that customers can enjoy their pianos for a longer time in a range of situations. Such units include the Piano Silent Unit, which adds a silent function, and the Disklavier Control Unit, which adds a wealth of content and colorful functions to pianos incorporating an automatic performance function.
Instrument Maintenance and Repair Service Systems
It is possible to use high-quality instruments for many years with proper maintenance and repairs and replacements of parts. Accordingly, the Yamaha Group is developing maintenance and repair service systems for acoustic instruments such as pianos and wind instruments.
Repair Technician Training
The Piano Technical Academy for training piano tuners and the Wind Instrument Technical Academy for fostering technicians specializing in wind instruments have been set up at factories producing the respective instruments. At these facilities, Yamaha Group instructors with exceptional insight pertaining to instruments support those aspiring to become specialist technicians with finely tuned curricula grounded in their expertise. After completing these programs, the newly trained repair technicians provide after-sales services at Yamaha Group sales agents across Japan.
Maintenance Support for Musical Instrument Users
We are providing knowledge and skills regarding musical instruments by offering maintenance guidebooks and holding maintenance workshops to ensure that musical instruments are consistently maintained in the best condition.
Effective Resource Use through Product Collection and Restoration
Yamaha collects and restores instruments that are no longer played at homes or other locations to make effective use of these secondhand products. For example, Yamaha Piano Service Co., Ltd., repairs, repaints, tunes, and adds additional muffling materials before returning instruments to market as refurbished pianos. Meanwhile, Yamaha Music Japan Co., Ltd., is conducting the Future for Instruments Project in which it offers appraisal and buyback services for instruments that are no longer used to encourage users to return their instruments to Yamaha. The purchased instruments are restored for reuse through maintenance by Yamaha technicians to promote the effective use of finite resources.
Utilization of Sustainable and Recyclable Materials
The Yamaha Group is developing alternative materials that can be substituted for scarce timber and adopting sustainable materials, such as biomass-derived resins, for use in its products. In addition, we use recycled polystyrene in portions of speaker boxes while incorporating recycled plastics into other products.
Reduction of Plastic Packaging Use
Yamaha is endeavoring to reduce its usage of plastic packaging as society reassesses the use of disposable plastic items from the perspective of preventing global warming and pollution. As part of these efforts, we plan to stop using plastic packaging for newly launching small products in fiscal 2025.
Effective Use of Timber Resources
The Yamaha Group is working to reduce losses by improving the yield ratio in timber processing while also reusing and recycling wood chips from production processes. The Company is using offcuts in other components and either using, selling, or disposing such offcuts as raw materials, fertilizer, or fuel. In recent years, the Company has also been conducting unique initiatives, such as using sawdust produced in the wood manufacturing process at Japanese factories that manufacture pianos as bedding for cows.
Exhibition of Upcycling Guitar at "Musical Instrument Wood" Exhibition
Since December 2022, the Yamaha Ginza Shop has been holding the "Musical Instrument Wood" Exhibition, which provides information on the wood used in musical instruments and on Yamaha’s wood and forest preservation efforts. One prototype product displayed at this exhibition is the Upcycling Guitar, an instrument made by upcycling*1 the unused materials*2 produced during the manufacture of various musical instruments. This concept guitar is a product of our research on raising the value of instruments themselves in a manner that does not depend on the rarity of the materials from which they are made. This new undertaking, which is aimed at ensuring Yamaha is always able to supply quality instruments, is displayed at the "Musical Instrument Wood" Exhibition along with exhibits on wood and columns describing the relationship between wood characteristics and sound and other not commonly known aspects of musical instrument production.
- *1 The act of recycling something that would have otherwise been disposed of in such a way that grants the resulting product a new and higher value than the original item
- *2 Wood materials and offcuts not used as a result of the rigorous screening process that is part of musical instrument production
Waste Reduction and Resource Recycling
The Yamaha Group has established systems for recovering and separating waste in order to reduce waste produced at factories and offices and promote recycling. Targets have been established with this regard as part of the Group’s environmental management system.
In Japan, the Yamaha Group had a recycling rate of approximately 99% as of March 31, 2023.
Furthermore, regular on-site inspections of waste processing subcontractors are carried out to verify that waste is being processed appropriately as part of our efforts to fulfill our waste processing responsibilities.
|Toyooka Factory||We process waste containing rare metals from the R&D Department as a valuable resource and make effective use of this resource.|
|Kakegawa Factory||In 2021, the Company began using sawdust created through timber processing to produce cat litter and other items.|
|Xiaoshan Yamaha Musical Instruments Co., Ltd.||The company has reduced paint process-related waste by keeping the circulating water used in the musical instrument painting booths clean to enable longer usage, which resulted in annual waste reductions of approximately 120 tons.|
|Yamaha Fine Technologies Co., Ltd.||The company takes steps to cut down on car part rejects by reducing equipment defects and quality defects. The result was a 16% reduction in overall factory waste production coupled with energy and resource savings achieved through improved productivity.|
Product and Packaging Recycling
The Yamaha Group complies with laws and ordinances related to recycling products and packaging in relevant countries and regions, including the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive of the European Union. In addition, we are promoting efficient use of resources in Japan by establishing locations for collecting used ElectoneTM products across the country to recover and recycle.
Preservation of Water Resources
The Yamaha Group uses water to wash products and cool facilities. The Group evaluates water resource-related risks through comprehensive risk assessments conducted on a Groupwide basis as well as through surveys and water-related risk evaluation tools at all business sites. These measures are used to evaluate physical water stress, water quality, regulatory risks related to water resources, and reputational risks. In fiscal 2020, we began acquiring third-party verification for Groupwide water intake volumes to further improve management practices. The Group does not have large-scale production activities in areas where water resources are lacking, and we have therefore judged that our operations do not have a large impact on the environment through water intake. Furthermore, the Group requires high-transaction-value suppliers that use large amounts of water to provide reports describing water intake volume, the water-related risks they recognize, examples of damage, and other matters to maintain an understanding of water-related risks across the value chain. We have also been receiving third-party verification for Groupwide water usage data from as early as fiscal 2020 in order to improve management and facilitate the sustainable use of water resources. Currently, the Group is working to reduce water use in the plating and washing processes involved in wind instrument manufacturing by reusing cooling water, recycling wastewater from production processes using reverse osmosis membrane equipment, and implementing measures to prevent leakage in water-using facilities. For these efforts, we have set the target of reducing water use by 15% or more by fiscal 2031 in comparison with the fiscal 2015 level in order to facilitate greater efficiency in water use.
- * Water usage represents the total amount of groundwater intake and tap and industrial water purchases.
- * Note: The scope of calculation for greenhouse gas emission and water usage volumes encompasses the Yamaha Corporation headquarters and major production sites and resort facilities worldwide and accounts for more than 95% of all Yamaha Group sites.
Resource Conservation and Recycling Initiatives
Xiaoshan Yamaha Musical Instruments
Xiaoshan Yamaha Musical Instruments Co., Ltd., which manufactures wind instruments and percussion instruments in China, has been reusing approximately 80% of wastewater for manufacturing processes since it installed a wastewater treatment facility that purifies wastewater to the level of pure water. (This facility has brought this company in compliance with legal provisions for the inspection and improvement of corporate pollution resulting from electroplating of Zhejiang Province.*)
In addition, Xiaoshan Yamaha Musical Instruments has adopted a cooling method that uses a circulating water supply to cool the annealing furnaces used for heat treating the copper tube components of wind instruments, resulting in annual reductions in water use of approximately 5,700 tons.
- * Legislation passed in Zhejiang Province promotes environmental preservation in electroplating factories by requiring companies engaged in electroplating processes to conform to 56 items related to environmental preservation systems and equipment. Standards for metals such as copper and nickel are stricter than those for general factory wastewater.
Yamaha Musical Products Indonesia
Wind instrument manufacturer PT. Yamaha Musical Products Indonesia has introduced a wastewater treatment facility that enables the reuse of more than 60% of wastewater. Furthermore, wastewater treatment processes have been rationalized to reduce the use of chemicals.
In addition, Yamaha Musical Products Indonesia has installed equipment to allow cyclical reuse of the wash water used in recorder production processes. This equipment has reduced water use by approximately 12,000 tons per year. In 2019, such equipment was deployed for other processes, cutting water use by about an additional 1,300 tons.
Hangzhou Yamaha Musical Instruments
In response to increasingly strict wastewater standards, piano and guitar manufacturer Hangzhou Yamaha Musical Instruments Co., Ltd., has installed a wastewater treatment facility capable of purifying wastewater to the point that it can be reused. The wastewater treated in this facility is used for cooling water and other applications, resulting in annual reductions in water use of roughly 10,000 tons.
Yamaha Music India
Yamaha Music India Pvt. Ltd., which completed construction in 2019, has introduced a completely closed wastewater treatment facility. Wastewater generated from the manufacturing process is 100% reused and is not emitted outside the factory.
Yamaha Music Manufacturing Asia
PT. Yamaha Music Manufacturing Asia, a manufacturer of electronic instruments, installed reverse osmosis membrane equipment in 2019 to treat wastewater for reuse in the manufacturing process. In addition, it is conserving approximately 120,000 kWh of power a year by spraying mist on chillers to augment their cooling capabilities.
Yamaha Musical Products Asia
At PT. Yamaha Musical Products Asia, which commenced production in fiscal 2021, we have introduced a state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility designed for the purpose of reusing wastewater in manufacturing processes.