Eco-Materials & Low Emissions
DENSO reduces environmentally hazardous substances included in products in light of regulatory trends in each country and region as part of the European Union ELV Directive,*1 based on a basic policy to reduce the use of chemical substances throughout a product’s life cycle to the greatest extent possible. Specifically, we pursue high resource efficiency using Factor Delta environmental factors for products especially during the design stage, the first phase of a product’s life cycle.
We also apply this approach to the supply chain by collaborating with suppliers to create a green procurement system.
*1 End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive: A series of regulations concerning used automobiles that entered into force in the European Union in October 2000. In principle, the regulations are being phased in to prohibit the use of chemical substances in vehicle materials and components put on the market after July 2003.
(1)Managing and Reducing Chemical Substances
Anticipating global trends in the regulation of environmentally hazardous substances in products, by minimizing environmental impact we promote activities aimed at ensuring peace of mind to all of our stakeholders.
Eliminating the Use of Lead
DENSO is assessing the appropriateness of lead alternatives in light of regulatory trends related to lead and other items in high-melting point solder, glass, ceramics and alloys (aluminum and copper), which are presently exempt from the application of lead regulations.
Responding to REACH Regulation*1
We are utilizing an internal system (MACAS*2) and making responses concerning the communication of information about SVHC*3 in products and components.
Furthermore, DENSO cooperates with related industries to analyze the impact of these substances on automobile parts from an early stage before they are designated “SVHC,” subject to REACH regulations to promote activities facilitating prompt responses.
*1 Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH)
*2 Material Chemical Assessment System (MACAS): DENSO’s internal system for monitoring data on materials and elements that makes up products and components
*3 Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC): A candidate list of around 1,500 substances such as endocrine disrupting agents
(2) Effective use of resources
Resource Recycling via Parts Rebuilding Business
In creating collection and recycling systems for used products, DENSO believes in the importance of ensuring effectiveness and efficiency. At the same time, we are working to expand our parts rebuilding business by practicing recycling with the following priorities in order to minimize environmental impact: product reconditioning (rebuilding) > parts reuse > material recycling.
Many alternators (electric generators) and starters taken from used automobiles can be restored to an adequate level of functionality if consumables such as brushes and bearings are replaced and serviced. DENSO REMANI CORPORATION (Anjo City, Aichi, Japan) recovers, reconditions and ships such parts, assuring their quality via rigorous performance inspections comparable to that used for new products.
Group companies are increasing the distribution of reconditioned products by setting up similar parts rebuilding businesses in Europe, the United States, and China.