Environmental Approach

The Tsubaki Group is aiming to reduce environmental impacts (“Ecology”) and increase value for its customers (“Economy”) by developing eco-friendly products.

Eco Product Designation Procedures

Basic elements required to make a product into an eco-product

  1. The Tsubaki Group classifies environmental considerations into seven categories and reflects these in product development and design.
  2. The seven environmental objectives are each classified into eco standards items.
Typical Examples of Eco Standards Items
Environmental Objective Selected Eco Standards Items
1. Resource conservation and waste reduction 1-1 Compact and lightweight design
1-2 Extended service life
1-3 Use of recycled materials
1-4 Reduced number of parts
2. Increased energy efficiency and reduced CO2 emissions 2-1 High efficiency
2-2 Low power consumption and CO2 emissions
2-3 Change of materials
2-4 Use of alternative energy

Establishment of eco standards for products and product assessment procedures

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When designing/developing products, we must first decide what kind of environmental considerations need to be made to meet product specifications based on information such as market needs, industry trends, and customer requests.
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We must establish numerical targets for eco standard items that each product (or product line) must clear.
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During design/development, the Eco & Eco approach is applied to products to ensure that numerical targets for eco standards items are met, and an eco assessment is carried out upon completion of design/development.
Sub-process: Eco assessment procedure overview and measures
  1. A comparison product is first decided on before conducting the eco assessment.
    —If an LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) has been conducted, the results are also used as a reference—
  2. Environmental considerations are subjected to an eco assessment according to the prescribed procedures.
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If the product clears the numerical targets, the ease with which it met the targets is classified into three categories from A to C, which are each assigned environmental concern points.
  • A: A high level of environmental considerations were made
  • B: Environmental considerations were made with the aim of differentiating the product from others
  • C: General environmental considerations were made
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When the product's environmental consideration points comprehensively exceed a certain level, the product is deemed to have fulfilled the conditions for classification as an "eco-product".
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Whether or not the product is released as an eco-product is determined with reference to the points earned in light of product sales strategy and other factors.
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Products certified as eco-products are labeled with the Tsubaki Eco Link logo and introduced as eco-products in leaflets, catalogs, websites, and other materials.

Application of the Eco & Eco approach in new product development

Development Process Environmental Considerations Implemented
1. Decision and planning regarding new product development
2. Confirmation of environmental considerations Identification of environmental objectives
3. Basic design
4. Design Review/eco check Establishment and assessment of eco standards items and eco standards
5. Detailed design
6. Commercialization
7. Eco assessment of product Assessment conducted based on product's eco assessment manual
8. Development complete/Sales