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Corporate Message on Environmental Activities

Toward the realization of a sustainable society

In the 60 years since its founding, Keihin has been creating a multitude of environmentally conscious products for the “driving” of automobiles and motorcycles. These earth friendly products contribute to a society that is on the move, reduce the impact to the global environment, and offer enriched and more convenient living to people around the world. The automotive industry underwent a major revolution in 2017, and environmental conservation measures are tighter than ever before. In response, we’ve accelerated our own environmental work by setting forth a new 2030 vision to become a global brand providing eco-friendly mobility solutions for the next generation.

We are also working to meet the environmental expectations of our stakeholders and the world at large in the wake of global initiatives—most notably the COP21 Paris Agreement, which was signed in 2015 and establishes a global framework for combatting climate change, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations that same year. Specifically, we are ramping up our efforts to preserve the natural environment with the goal of reducing our basic-unit CO2 emissions by 1% against FY2013 levels every year.

In terms of business development, we’ve responded to increased environmental awareness in the world of motorcycles and general-purpose products by going global with our electronic fuel injection systems (FI systems) for small motorcycles—systems that boost fuel efficiency and help keep emissions to a minimum. In China, our FI systems are being installed on the Haojue UH110 released by Dachangjiang Group Co., Ltd. in order to comply with the country’s new environmental regulations (the China IV non-road standards), which has helped clean up emissions as well. In Thailand, our FI systems (particularly our newly developed electronic control units, some of the smallest and lightest in the world) are being installed on the Honda Super Cub; our systems are also on the Koyo Racing 150 released in Taiwan. All of these contribute to reducing our global environmental footprint.

When it comes to automotive parts, Keihin power control units, which operate at the heart of the hybrid vehicles that deliver such high environmental performance in terms of contributing to better fuel efficiency and cleaner emissions, have been installed on the Honda Step WGN sold in Japan and the Honda CR-V released in China. We’ve also developed power control units for zero-emission, eco-friendly electric vehicles, and these have been installed on the Honda Clarity Electric released in North America. In short, we are continuing our efforts to conserve and protect the natural environment in the process of expanding our business operations.

Looking at our business activities in general, we have been taking steps to become more energy efficient on a global scale. In Japan, we’ve reduced energy consumption at our testing facilities, which in turn has resulted in less LPG usage and lower CO2 emissions. Overseas, we’ve also been ramping up our efforts to reduce the environmental impact of our business activities by expanding our use of renewable energy sources in China, switching our factory lighting to LEDs in Indonesia, and improving the way we control our plant air conditioning systems in the US, to name a few. As a result of these initiatives, we’ve been able to keep our CO2 emissions around FY2016 levels, despite the fact that our production volume in both motorcycle/general-purpose products and automotive products increased between FY2016 and FY2017. At the same time, we’ve managed to cut CO2 by 4.7% as we work towards our 1% annual basic unit reduction target.

As a manufacturer of control systems for next-generation hybrid and electric vehicles, Keihin is committed to producing environmentally friendly products. Our 22,000 global members are united in their passion for making our future world greener and more sustainable for generations to come.

Chitoshi Yokota, President & CEO