Environmentally Friendly Products and Services

  1. Environmentally Friendly Design and Green Procurement
  2. Yamaha Eco-Products Program
  3. Products Supporting the Reduction of Environmental Load

The Yamaha Group has positioned efforts to develop technologies and provide products that are friendlier to the environment under its Yamaha Group Environmental Policy.
With respect to the various product groups, steps are taken to conduct product life cycle assessments (LCA) that cover all product life cycle stages, including material procurement to production, transport, use, and disposal to identify what aspect of a product group life cycle has the largest environmental impact and to tackle environmentally friendly design from multiple angles.
For chemical substances contained in our products, we have created containment standards and a management system, and perform green procurement.

Primary Product Characteristics According to Life Cycle Assessments, and Initiatives

[ image ] Acoustic Instruments
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  • (Note: The size of each circle indicates the relative environmental load associated with that stage in the product life cycle.)

Management of Chemical Substances Contained in Products

Some chemical substances contained in products have an environmental impact and therefore require proper treatment on disposal. Other substances may have potential health impacts to their users depending on application. For that reason, countries around the world have been strengthening restrictions for chemical substances contained in products and requiring data disclosure.
In February 2003, Yamaha established its own Standards for Chemical Content in Products. These standards are used to manage chemical substances in products during design and development to help ensure legal compliance and reduce environmental load. The standards are revised when necessary in response to legislative changes, the accession of voluntary standards, and other factors.

Creation of the Management System for Chemical Substances Contained in Products

In order to manage chemical substances contained in products, it is imperative to identify and control the chemical substances contained in the parts and materials making up finished products.
In fiscal 2009, the Yamaha Group established a management system and the Yamaha Group conducts a survey of its chemical-containing parts and materials with the cooperation of its suppliers, thereby contributing to improved management of these substances.
In fiscal 2011, Yamaha renewed its chemical substance management system, and adopted the AIS,*2 a standard industry format for the identification of chemical substances in products. The new system was likewise designed to comply flexibly with the European Union’s ever-growing chemical substance regulations, such as SVHC*3 under REACH. Yamaha also holds briefing sessions in Japan and internationally to explain to and gain the cooperation of suppliers in implementing its new chemical management system.

  • *2 AIS: An abbreviation for Article Information Sheet. A basic communication sheet standardized by JAMP (Joint Article Management Promotion Consortium) for providing information on chemical substances contained in products. Parts makers can use the chemical information they receive from material makers to pass on to those they supply, ensuring the fluid transmission of information downstream.
  • *3 SVHC: An abbreviation for Substance of Very High Concern such as carcinogens. Under the REACH regulations, if a product contains more than a certain amount of an SVHC-designated substance, there is an obligation to disclose information and manage the product.

Promotion of Green Procurement

The Yamaha Group formulated and published the Green Procurement Standards in 2002. Data on the substances contained in materials and the status of initiatives for managing chemical substances provided by suppliers plays a role in confirming the status of restricted substances contained in products and assessing the influence of environmental regulations. For this activity, we set the core issue connected to human health and environment. We strive to procure materials and parts that have minimal load on the environment, and review Green Procurement Standards as required in line with changes in global environmental regulations.

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Yamaha Eco-Label

The Yamaha Eco-Products Program was launched in 2015 to promote the creation of environment-friendly products. A Yamaha Eco-Label is affixed to those products meeting our environmental standards, thus certifying them as Yamaha Eco-Products. Our objective is to provide straightforward information on our environmental efforts and support our customers in the decision-making process when selecting a product.

The Yamaha Group products are not only for general consumers, but also for businesses. Some of the products help to reduce the environmental load of our customers’ business activities or can be used to reduce environmental load when using products manufactured by the customer. The Yamaha Group works to reduce environmental load throughout society through the development and promotion of such products.