History of Environmental Initiatives

History of Environmental Initiatives

FY 1974 Environment Management Division established
FY 1975 Company-wide rationalization of energy consumption begins
Local clean-up activities start
FY 1981 Wood-waste fueled electric power generation at Tenryu Factory begins
FY 1983 Hamanako Lake Clean Brigade begins
FY 1990 Use of trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene eliminated
FY 1993 Use of specified CFCs and trichloroethane eliminated
The Silent PianoTM, an instrument designed specifically for the residential environment, released. This was the first of a series of SilentTM instruments to be developed and released
“Yamaha's Policy on the Environment” and “The Six Principles of Yamaha's Corporate Environmental Activity” enacted
Environmental Committee and five other related specialist groups established
FY 1995 Recycling and reuse of sand from casting waste starts
FY 1996 Intention to acquire ISO 14001 certification announced
FY 1997 Yamaha Kagoshima Semiconductor Inc. acquires ISO 14001 certification, the first organization in the Group to do so
FY 1998 Yamaha Corporation announces contamination of soil and groundwater by chlorinated organic solvents at the Headquarters factory, Toyooka Factory, and Yamaha Metanix Corporation, and begins cleanup operations
Kakegawa Factory acquires ISO 14001 certification
Yamaha Electronics Manufacturing Malaysia (YEM) becomes the first of the Group's manufacturing companies located overseas to receive ISO 14001 certification
FY 1999 New business supporting the acquisition of ISO 14001 certification begins
FY 2000 First Environmental Report published
Environmental accounting introduced
Purification of soil in the factory at Yamaha Headquarters, Yamaha Toyooka Factory, and Yamaha Metanix Corporation completed. Purification of groundwater continues
All factories of Yamaha Corporation achieve ISO 14001 certification
FY 2001 Wood-waste-fueled electric power generation at Tenryu Factory halted
FY 2002 Green Procurement Standards and Standards for Chemical Content in Products issued
VOC filtering equipment installed at Tenryu Factory
Group companies (manufacturing companies) in Japan and overseas acquire ISO 14001 certification
FY 2003 Yamaha Kagoshima Semiconductor Inc. achieves Yamaha's “Zero Emissions” standard with regard to waste output
The first annual “Smart Life Guide” home environmental ledger issued
Wastewater treatment system at Yamaha Kagoshima Semiconductor Inc. upgraded
Gas emissions treatment equipment installed at Yamaha Kagoshima Semiconductor Inc.
All Group resort facilities acquire ISO 14001 certification
Toyooka Factory is the first Yamaha Corporation factory to achieve Zero Emissions
FY 2004 Exhaust/effluent filtering devices at Yamaha Kagoshima Semiconductor Inc. upgraded
Second set of VOC filtering equipment installed at Tenryu Factory
Fuel for boiler at factory at Yamaha headquarters switched from heavy oil to natural gas
Photovoltaic power generating system installed in the factory at Yamaha Headquarters
Use of HCFC eliminated from all manufacturing processes in the Yamaha Group
FY 2005 All Yamaha Corporation factories achieve Zero Emissions
The Tokyo office becomes the first Yamaha Group sales office to acquire ISO 14001 certification
Yamaha Corporation and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. begin collaboration on the “Yamaha Forest” project in Indonesia
Exhaust/effluent filtering devices at Yamaha Kagoshima Semiconductor Inc. installed
Yamaha Livingtec Corporation installs a cogeneration system
FY 2006 Logistics Energy Conservation Working Group established
Wastewater treatment system at Saitama Factory upgraded
All major sales offices complete ISO 14001 certification
The entire Yamaha Group completes compliance with the RoHS directive
Transition to lead-free production of wind instruments completed
Cogeneration system installed at the Tenryu Factory
Gas emissions treatment equipment installed at Yamaha Kagoshima Semiconductor Inc.
VOC Emission Reduction Working Group established
Completion of ISO 14001 certification for support businesses
FY 2007 Yamaha Timber Procurement and Usage Guidelines enacted
Green Power Certification introduced at Yamaha Resort Tsumagoi
Yamaha joins the STOP Global Warming Campaign in Shizuoka
Provision of support for Enshunada's coastal forests began with the establishment of a support system for participating in a scheme run by Shizuoka Prefecture in aid of its forest
Yamaha joins Musicwood Campaign (Greenpeace)
All factories of the Yamaha Group in Japan achieve Zero Emissions of waste
Fuel for boiler at Toyooka Factory switched from heavy oil to natural gas
“Project Phone” teleconferencing system developed
On-site disposal system for used ElectoneTM keyboards begins operation
Acoustic guitar developed using the A.R.E. (Acoustic Resonance Enhancement) low-environmental impact wood reforming technology
FY 2008 Yamaha materials and components procurement policy enacted
Yamaha Livingtec Corporation begins developing and selling wood chips made from waste wood
The SN Business Division marks Yamaha Corporation's first exhibition at EcoProducts 2008
Yamaha exhibits at “Shizuoka Environment and Forests Fair” for the first time
Natural gas cogeneration system installed at the Kakegawa Factory
Gas emissions treatment equipment installed at Yamaha Kagoshima Semiconductor Inc.
Purification of groundwater contamination by chlorinated organic solvents at the Toyooka Factory completed
Kakegawa Factory receives an honorable mention in the fiscal 2008 PRTR Awards competition
FY 2009 The Yamaha Ladies Open Katsuragi golf tournament introduces Green Power certification
Yamaha concludes the fifth and final year of the “Yamaha Forest” project in Indonesia
Yamaha Group CSR Policy formulated
Yamaha Environmental Policy formulation (Yamaha's Policy on the Environment revised to make it suitable for ISO 14001 certification)
FY 2010 Introduction of a system to manage chemical substances in products (to comply with the E.U. REACH Directive and other regulations)
Certified green power supplied under the Project for Local Production and Local Consumption of Energy promoted by Kakegawa City used for the ap bank fes '10 event held at Yamaha Resort Tsumagoi
In line with the relocation and new establishment of the Factory, Xiaoshan Yamaha Musical Instrument Co., Ltd. installed state-of-the-art wastewater treatment facility
Yamaha Group companies in Japan acquire integrated (step 1) ISO 14001 certification
Stage 2 Yamaha Forest tree-planting activities commenced in Indonesia (five-year plan)
Kakegawa Factory receives letter of appreciation from the City of Kakegawa acknowledging the Factory's support for the Kakegawa City Environment Fund
FY 2011 Adopted returnable packing racks when transporting piano frames from Japan to Hangzhou Yamaha Musical Instruments Co., Ltd
Participated in the Global Compact
Our smart life pledge commenced (shift from the household accounting smart life guide)
Implemented saving electricity within the country, an issue that has been in the spotlight since the Great East Japan Earthquake
Certified green power supplied under the Project for Local Production and Local Consumption of Energy promoted by Kakegawa City used for the ap bank fes '11 event held at Yamaha Resort Tsumagoi
Disclosed soil contamination due to chlorine-based organic solvents and heavy metal at Shinzu Factory
Yamaha Group companies in Japan acquire integrated ISO 14001 certification (domestic integration completed)
Hangzhou Yamaha Musical Instruments Co., Ltd. passed a Cleaner Production Audit conducted by its host city of Hangzhou.
FY 2012 Hangzhou Yamaha Musical Instruments Co., Ltd. attained ISO 14001 certification
Completed cleanup activities such as replacement of confirmed soil contamination at Shinzu Factory
RSG Series piano silencer units acquired Eco Mark certification
Upgraded wastewater treatment facilities at Kakegawa Factory
Yamaha Electronics (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. (China) passed a Cleaner Production Audit conducted by Suzhou New District.
Held 6th regeneration activity in support of Enshunada's coastal forests participating in a scheme run by Shizuoka Prefecture in aid of its forest (commenced phase 2 activities)
Kakegawa Factory and Yamaha Resort Tsumagoi concluded Partnership for promoting forestation with Kakegawa City and commenced activities
Disclosed results of the soil survey at former Saitama Factory site
Upgraded waste water treatment facilities at Tianjin Yamaha Electronic Musical Instruments, Inc. (China)
Xaioshan Yamaha Musical Instrument Co., Ltd. (China) passed a Cleaner Production Audit conducted by Xiaoshan district, Hangzhou.
FY 2013 Commenced adoption of the Group’s Yamaha Environmental Management System (YEMS) at all sites

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