The influence of climate change, such as extreme weather events, has been gradually worsening, and the world's movement toward the reduction of greenhouse gas has been increasingly activated. Global environmental issues are posing a significant threat to "ensuring food security", as well as "ensuring a safe and secure water supply."
In order to contribute to building a sustainable society as a sustainable company, the Kubota Group has been promoting environmental activities by formulating its medium and long-term targets for environmental conservation. The Kubota Group has formulated Long-Term Environmental Conservation Targets for 2030 and Medium-Term Environmental Targets for 2020. Toward achieving these targets, the Group is advancing systematic initiatives in both the production and product development stages.
Reduce CO2 emissions from the Kubota Group in Japan*1 by 30% compared to the base year 2014
Increase the sales ratio of Eco-Products*2 certified products to 80%
Aim to put all new products which are certified as Eco-Products on the market in 2030 and later
In RY2016, the Kubota Group started the initiatives toward achieving its new medium-term targets, Medium-term Environmental Conservation Targets 2020. Each business site and division determined measures to take and formulated an implementation plan up to RY2020, taking into consideration the fluctuations in the volume and contents of business. From now on, we will work to ensure the implementation of the plans and examine advanced measures.
|Global production sites||Stopping
|Reduce CO2*1||CO2 emissions
per unit of
|2014||▲14%||▲9.6%||We are promoting the energy-saving initiatives for production equipment, lighting, etc., fuel conversion, and the measures for heat insulation of buildings.|
per unit of production
|Reduce waste||Waste discharge
per unit of
|2014||▲10%||▲8.8%||We are promoting thorough sorting of wastes and separating valuable resources out of wastes.|
|Recycling ratio (Japan)*5||-||More than 99.5%||99.8%||We are maintaining the existing level through continuous efforts.|
|Recycling ratio (Overseas)*5||-||More than 90.0%||89.0%||We are promoting the reduction of the amount of waste sent to landfills by changing contractors.|
|Conserve water resources||Water
per unit of production
|2014||▲10%||▲2.7%||We are promoting recycling of waste water and saving of water use.|
|Reduce VOCs*3||VOC emissions
per unit of
|2014||▲10%||▲7.1%||We are promoting the substitution or reduced use of VOC-contained paint, thinner, etc.|
|Sales ratio of Eco-Products*2||－||More than 60%||44.2%||In RY2016, 22 products were newly certified as Eco-Products.|
|Promote recycling||Usage ratio of recycled materials*7||－||More than 70%||More than 70%||We are maintaining the usage ratio of recycled materials higher than the target.|
|Develop vehicles compliant with exhaust gas regulations||Development of industrial diesel engines that comply with the latest emission regulations of Japan, the US and Europe and putting on the market of the engine-based products*8||The following products*10 were put on the market.
*1 CO2 emissions include greenhouse gases from non-energy sources. In Medium-Term Environmental Conservation Targets 2020, we use the emissions coefficient for electricity of the base year in our calculation of CO2 emissions from energy sources.
*2 The sales ratio of the products which have fulfilled the internal requirements in our own Eco-Products Certification System
Sales ratio of Eco-Products (%) = Sales of Eco-Products / Sales of products (excluding construction work, services, software, parts and accessories) × 100
*3 VOCs (volatile organic compounds) comprise the six substances that are most prevalent in emissions from the Kubota Group: xylene, toluene, ethylbenzene, styrene, 1, 2, 4-trimethylbenzene, and 1, 3, 5-trimethylbenzene.
*4 The figures per unit of production represent the intensity of the environmental load per unit of production money amount. The exchange rate of the base year is used when translating the production money amount of overseas sites into Japanese yen.
*5 Recycling ratio (%) = (Sales amount of valuable resources + External recycling amount) / (Sales amount of valuable resources + External recycling amount + Landfill disposal) × 100.
Heat recovery is included in external recycling amount.
*6 VOC emissions and the production money amount of Great Plains Manufacturing, Inc. (GP), which became Kubota's consolidated subsidiary in July 2016, are excluded from the calculation of the VOC emissions per unit of production for the result of RY2016.
*7 Usage ratio of recycled materials (%):materials used in the cast metal products and parts (ductile iron pipes, fittings, machine cast products (engine crankcase, etc.))
*8 Targeting the tractors and combine harvesters (output range: 56 kW≤P<560 kW) equipped with engines compliant with the European emissions regulations (Europe Stage IV) level, shipped to Europe, North America, Japan, and Korea.
*9 ▲ means "minus".
*10 Major products of launched products into markets in 2016
In May 2010, the Kubota Group was certified by the Japan's Ministry for Environment as an "Eco-First Company" due to its commitments to environmental conservation. In 2016, the Group submitted an application to renew its Eco-Fast commitments based on the new medium and long-term targets.