Environmentally Friendly Products and Services

The Yamaha Group has positioned efforts to develop technologies and offer products and services that minimize any burdens on the environment under its Yamaha Group Environmental Policy.
With respect to the various product groups, we perform 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

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

Acoustic Instruments

Characteristics:
  • There is no energy consumption during use, and products have a long life and may be used for decades.
  • The environmental load at the materials production stage is low in terms of CO2 emission if lumber is the primary material. However, there is a need to consider deforestation and to protect scarce natural materials to prevent resource depletion, which means the environmental load of producing raw materials is higher than other stages.
  • During product use, VOCs emitted from wood materials may have an environmental impact.
  • While products are characterized by their long life, products may be left idle depending on the circumstances of customers and later disposed of.
Measures:
  • In order to ensure appropriate lumber procurement, “Yamaha Timber Procurement Policy” are to be established and efforts strengthened.
  • Reduce VOC emissions from wood materials (during product use) and take steps to establish a mechanism for product reuse.
  • Add functions and continue use.
[ image ] Lifecycle of acoustic instruments
Lifecycle of acoustic instruments

Electronic Musical Instruments

Characteristics:
  • Many do not consume electricity when not in use, and there is a growing demand for efforts to be devoted to products with a comparatively small environmental burden when used.
  • Large products require a lot of materials in the material production phase, creating a comparatively large environmental load. Difficulties may also occur at local bodies and elsewhere at the time of disposal, necessitating consideration of how better to promote recycling.
  • The many different materials used in these products necessitate management of chemicals contained in materials used in material production and efforts to promote recycling at the time of disposal.
  • Need to take measures for environmental pollution due to substances that exert environmental load in waste materials.
Measures:
  • Resource-saving design that allows longer use of electronic instruments through upgrade kits, and energy-saving design using new technologies such as digital amplifiers and switching power supplies.
  • Stricter efforts to control substances with an environmental impact in products via green procurement, etc.
  • Reduce the amount of substances that exert environmental load when products become waste.
[ image ] Lifecycle of electronic musical instruments
Lifecycle of electronic musical instruments

AV Equipment, IT Equipment

Characteristics:
  • Some IT devices operate constantly, while AV devices also consume electricity during standby, thus making the environmental load of the use phase comparatively large.
  • The many materials contained in these products make necessary management of the chemicals contained in materials during material production and efforts to promote recycling at time of disposal.
  • The environmental load is comparatively small during material production because there are not many large products.
Measures:
  • Stricter efforts to control substances with an environmental impact in products via green procurement.
  • Miniaturization, integration and other resource-saving designs, new technologies such as digital amplifiers and switching power supplies; the use of energy-saving designs to reduce standby power consumption.
[ image ] Lifecycle of AV and IT equipment
Lifecycle of AV and IT equipment

Management of Chemical Substances Contained in Products

Some chemical substances contained in products have an environmental impact and therefore required proper treatment on disposal. Such 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,*1 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*2 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.

  • *1 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 information on chemical contained that they receive from material makers to pass on to those they supply, ensuring the fluid transmission of information downstream.
  • *2 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.

[ image ] Yamaha Eco-Label
Yamaha Eco-Label

The Yamaha Group launched the Yamaha Eco-Products Program in 2015 to promote the creation of environment-friendly products. This program aimed to clarify environmental standards and promote environmentally 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. As of March 31st 2018, the number of certified products, including older products, has surpassed 320, 30 of which are newly developed products bearing the Eco-Label.

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.