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Kia continues green initiatives through 2013

Kia is planning a number of green initiatives in 2013 as part of its commitment to put the environment at the forefront of its business operations.
The focus will not just be on lowering fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions of cars. There will be measures to reduce consumption and waste across the entire life cycle of Kia vehicles. Last year Kia's total CO2 output fell by the equivalent of the intake 28 million mature pine trees, and there has been a 123kg reduction in the company's CO2 output per car since 2008.
Suppliers are being encouraged to adopt greener production methods and Kia will implement further measures to clean up its own factories. In 2012 Kia set up a green network of 68 environmental experts to seek ways to make its factories cleaner. Their findings will be implemented this year, starting at the three domestic plants - Gwangju, Sohari and Hwaseong.
In 2004 the company started comparing resource consumption against sales revenue, and has achieved a 49.1 per cent improvement in nine years. Kia also tabulates the resources its uses against emissions and waste and the value generated during the manufacturing process. It has achieved a 23% reduction in waste in 10 years. Less than 1% of waste is taken to landfill, and Kia plans to reduce the amount of incinerated waste from 8.4% to 3% by 2016. More than 90% of waste from the three Korean plants is recycled. Water consumption at Kia's domestic factories has also fallen by 25.8% since 2003.
There will be more efficient transport methods across the supply, manufacturing and distribution chains, and greater recycling when vehicles reach the end of their useful life. Kia aims to make 95% of its vehicles recyclable by 2015.
Last year the company developed its own airbag removal device and a manual on the safe disposal of lithium-ion batteries from hybrid vehicles. This manual has been distributed throughout the Korean recycling and dismantling industry
Parts manufacturing is the second-greatest contributor to a car's CO2 after usage - typically 10 to 15% of the total of a medium-sized sedan. Since 2003 Kia has been helping its main suppliers set up environmental management systems, and this was extended to tier two and three suppliers in 2006.
This year Kia will sign an agreement with the Korean government to establish a pilot scheme for an integrated energy management system across the whole supply chain. Kia's Gwangju plant has already been granted ISO 50001 certification in recognition of its energy management efforts. The Sohari and Hwaseong factories will reach the same standard this year.
The Namyang Research and Development Center in Korea established a pilot Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) plant in 2012, and Kia is planning to commercialize CCS in 2015.

18 July 2013


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