Environmental Initiatives （E）
Recognizing environmental protection activities as a high-priority management challenge, Makita established an Environmental Policy in 1998.
Based on the principles and aims stated in the Environmental Policy, we have built an environmental management promotion framework and are pursuing corporate activities that take the environment into consideration. In recent years, our environmental protection activities are striving to address climate change and the reduction of single-use plastics as priority concerns among environmental problems.
See our Environmental Report here.
|The “Go Green” slogan symbolizes Makita’s commitment to continually providing new value as a comprehensive international supplier of tools.
We hope to always remain as a company that maintains a steady eye on society, challenging ourselves to create a “sustainable recycling-oriented society” that harmonizes the environment with the economy.
See here for more information.
Makita has established and run its own environmental management system since 1998.
For the purpose of leveraging that system as a tool for mitigating environmental burdens, our Head Office and Okazaki Plant first received ISO 14001 certification in 2007. In later years, our Nisshin Office and all of our overseas production bases received the certification and are now operating environmental management systems. We promote the protection of the environment at all of our business bases mentioned above and carry out activities, such as Internal Environmental Audits and environmental education, based on the requirements of the certification.
Acquisition of ISO 14001 certification
We have obtained ISO 14001 certification at all production bases (9 of 9). Outside of production bases, we have also obtained it at our Head Office and Nisshin Office.
|Bases with ISO 14001 certification: 11 bases
Internal Environmental Audits
Each year, we conduct Internal Environmental Audits at all of the above bases with ISO 14001 certification (11 bases). We perform audits of compliance with legal requirements, the suitability of environmental management systems, and the effectiveness of environmental risk and impact reduction. In addition to objective audits of departments’ activities, these audits are also useful for sharing knowledge between departments. The results of audits are also reported to the President and others.
Initiatives in our Business Activities
Our efforts toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions include pursuing efficiency gains for energy-consuming equipment in our facilities by, for example, installing LED lighting and high-efficiency equipment (AC units, compressors, manufacturing machinery, etc.). In FYE 2021, our Head Office and Okazaki Plant collectively saved 47,719 kwh of electricity per year by switching to LED tubes. In addition to utilizing renewable energy, we are also working to raise employees’ awareness of the environment by carrying out awareness activities. These include distributing energy-saving promotional material to employees and making regular inspections checking energy-saving responses in offices and plants.
Although greenhouse gas emissions rose in FYE 2021 given our strong sales, intensity per unit of net sales for Makita Corporation fell 16.2% year on year to 3.1 tons/100 million yen, and for overseas production subsidiaries fell 14.4% to 16.1 tons/100 million yen.
Going forward, Makita will continue to focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions by cutting energy usage, utilizing renewable energy, and other methods.
Utilization of Renewable Energy
|Makita plans to gradually install photovoltaic panels at sales bases in Japan. We are also promoting the use of renewable energy overseas, where some subsidiaries have installed photovoltaic panels and adopted heating and cooling systems using geothermal heat. Going forward, we will continue to actively utilize renewable energy, including installing photovoltaic panels, as we target the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.||
The solar panels installed on the roof of the Makita S.p.A. (in Italy) office building.
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Initiatives With our Products
Outdoor power equipment (OPE) has conventionally been engine powered, which had a major impact in environmental terms due to exhaust gas.
|In October 2020, the Japanese government made a proclamation to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, which is basically a commitment to achieve a decarbonized society. This, coupled with the U.S.’ decision to rejoin the Paris Agreement and other developments, comes amidst growing awareness of environmental issues. Within this context, Makita is contributing to achieving a decarbonized society by putting effort into our cordless OPE, which have zero exhaust gas emissions during use. Also, in light of these circumstances, Makita has decided to stop manufacturing engine-powered products on March 31, 2022.
Going forward, Makita will further focus operating resources on developing, manufacturing, and selling cordless products that effectively feel as if they are engine-powered. In this way, we will accelerate the shift from exhaust-emitting engines to clean-running cordless electric motors and will contribute to achieving a zero-emission society in the future.
Targets related to GHG Emissions
The impact of climate change on society, such as frequent wind and flood disasters, is becoming more serious, and companies are playing an increasingly important role in realizing a decarbonized society. Our company views climate change as an important business issue.
For this reason, our company has prioritized contributing to the solution of climate change issues by, for example, focusing on cordless outdoor power equipment that does not emit exhaust gas when used. However, in order to further accelerate these efforts, we have newly set targets for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Our targets are to reduce GHG emissions from our business activities (Scope 1, 2) by 50% from fiscal 2020 (FYE2021) levels by fiscal 2030 (FYE 2031), to reach net zero emissions by fiscal 2040 (FYE 2041), and to achieve net zero GHG emissions throughout the supply chain (Scope 3) by fiscal 2050 (FYE2051).
Initiatives for the TCFD Recommendations
In addition, recognizing the importance of dialogue with stakeholders on climate-related risks and opportunities, we disclosed information for the first time based on the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). See here for more information.
Due to concern over global environmental pollution from plastic waste entering oceans, the EU passed a law in June 2019 prohibiting the use of certain single-use plastic products. In Japan as well, social initiatives are making progress to reduce single-use plastic, including the July 2020 regulation to charge for plastic shopping bags. In order to achieve a sustainable society and contribute to preserving biodiversity, Makita is also striving to reduce single-use plastic used in our product packaging.
In addition to efforts to simplify our standard packaging, we have, since FYE 2021, tried to reduce plastic bags and the like used in product packaging, and have been proceeding to replace them with paper and other environmentally friendly materials. In March, 2021 (the last month of the first fiscal year of this new initiative), we achieved the equivalent of a nearly 40-ton yearly reduction in plastic usage. Going forward, we will continue efforts to eliminate the use of plastic.
Example of avoiding plastics
plastic bag (polyethylene) packaging
packaging without plastic bags
As “a Supplier of a Comprehensive Range of Cordless Products”, and as a company that supplies a large volume of batteries, we believe that, for the sake of environmental protection and the effective utilization of resources, collecting used batteries is a crucial task. Inside Japan, we are a member of the Japan Portable Rechargeable Battery Recycling Center (JBRC). Based on the Act on the Promotion of Effective Utilization of Resources, we are striving to voluntarily collect used batteries and reuse them as resources.
In line with government laws and regulatory frameworks in countries outside Japan, Makita is cooperating with retail stores and dedicated organizations to collect used batteries. By building and implementing collection systems in a host of countries and regions, we are working to promote resource recycling.
In light of the pressing social issues of depleted energy resources and availability of final waste disposal sites in the future, Makita has been making progress in reducing our final disposal volume of waste products. Specifically, we are working to reduce final disposal volume by thoroughly sorting waste and promoting recycling. On a non-consolidated basis,* we have been able to hold our final disposal volume to 1% or lower of total waste products since FYE 2007.
From FYE 2015, we have continuously achieved our annual targets for what we define as “zero emission of waste products” (a final disposal rate of 0.5% or lower). In FYE 2021, we achieved a final disposal rate of 0.18%.
Although volume of waste products in FYE 2021 increased given our strong sales, intensity per unit of net sales for Makita Corporation* fell 18.8% year on year to 1.3 tons/100 million yen, and for overseas production subsidiaries fell 10.3% to 6.1 tons/100 million yen.
* Applicable only to the Head Office, Okazaki Plant, and Nisshin Office.
With regard to the EU’s REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemical Substances) regulations, since FYE 2010 we have promoted investigating, managing, and supplying information regarding carcinogenic and other substances of very high concern (SVHC) contained in our products. SVHC are added regularly, so Makita continuously surveys business partners about the content of their products.
As we pursue the reduction and control of chemical substances, we also continually engage in component procurement in compliance with the RoHS Directive (directive on the restriction of the use of certain hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment) adopted by EU member states.
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We carry out monthly monitoring of water usage and strive to reduce water usage.
Although water usage at overseas production subsidiaries in FYE 2021 increased given our strong sales, intensity per unit of net sales for Makita Corporation fell 23.6% year on year to 26.5㎥/100 million yen, and for overseas production subsidiaries fell 19.3% to 76.8㎥/100 million yen.
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REACH ("Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals") is a European Union chemical regulatory framework that entered into force on 1 June 2007.
According to Article 33 of the Regulation, companies distributing products that contain one or more so-called Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) in a concentration of more than 0.1 % by weight are subject to certain information requirements.
Makita investigates, manages and supplies information regarding SVHCs contained in our products. The number of SVHCs continues to grow and content information collection must be continually performed. We promote component procurement that ensures that none of this required information is missed.
Information on Article 33 of the REACH Regulation concerning Makita products
We provide the following information about SVHCs in a concentration above 0.1% weight by weight in articles:
Lead, CAS no. 7439-92-1.
Products affected - All
Example articles - Components made from machining steel, aluminum alloys,
COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 1194/2012
implementing Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for directional lamps, light emitting diode lamps and related equipment
COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) 2019/1782 of 1 October 2019
implementing Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for no-load condition electric power consumption and average active efficiency of external power supplies
ANNEX III Ecodesign requirements (excerpt)
3. PRODUCT INFORMATION REQUIREMENTS
3.1.2. Information to be visibly displayed to end-users, prior to their purchase, on the packaging and on free access websites
The information in paragraphs (a) to (o) below shall be displayed on free access websites and in any other form the manufacturer deems appropriate.EN 14.12.2012 Official Journal of the European Union L 342/13
(a) Nominal useful luminous flux displayed in a font at least twice as large as any display of the nominal lamp power;
(o) Indication of which website to consult in case of accidental lamp breakage to find instructions on how to clean up the lamp debris.
3.1.3. Information to be made publicly available on free-access websites and in any other form the manufacturer deems appropriate
As a minimum, the following information shall be expressed at least as values.
(a) The information specified in point 3.1.2;
(o) Recommendations on how to dispose of the lamp at the end of its life for recycling in line with Directive 2012/19/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council ( 1 ).
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