All of Fuji Heavy Industries’ (FHI - the Japanese manufacturer of Subaru vehicles) factories have achieved zero landfill since 2004. In North America, FHI was the first automotive manufacturer to receive the stringent ISO 14001 environmental management standard. It’s also achieved the same accreditation across its entire Japanese business. FHI has also undertaken an environmental conservation program, which includes a broad range of initiatives that are all designed to ensure its business activities are friendly to the environment. This includes:
- Improving fuel economy - with every new generation model change FHI will move closer to achieving the FY2015 Fuel Economy Standard;
- Cleaner emissions - refined exhaust technology will further reduce exhaust emissions, which are already down 75 per cent since 2005;
- Recycling - future Subaru vehicle designs include strategies for recycling once they are at the end of their life. FHI believes a recycling rate of 95 per cent will be achieved by 2015;
- Safer substances - using lead-free adhesives and solder and mercury-free LCD panels reduces the impact of substances used in manufacturing; and
- Cleaner air - FHI uses a substitute fluorocarbon in air-conditioning units and, by installing an energy-saving device, less refrigerant is used. Work is also underway to find a long-term substitute for fluorocarbons – one that will not contribute to global warming.
From development, production, use, disposal and recycling of its vehicles, these are just a few of the ways that Subaru aims to reduce the environmental impact of its vehicles.