KIA EXPANDS GREEN SPACES AT ITS PRODUCTION FACILITIES
While manufacturing more than 3 million vehicles annually at its 11 production and assembly facilities based in five countries, KIA is both swiftly ascending in the automotive league and contributing for a sustainable environment. In 2015 KIA created an additional 136,289 m2 of green space across its manufacturing plants worldwide. According to the data published in KIA’s sustainability report, the total green spaces that the company has created at its facilities in Korea, Europe, USA and China are equivalent to 866 soccer pitches.
Almost 5 million trees planted
KIA Motors regard afforestation to be the foremost function of an eco-friendly production model, and by the end of 2015 KIA had planted a total of 4.94 million trees around its manufacturing facilities. The planting of trees at each production site helps absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. With a single tree absorbing about 22 kg of CO2 per year, around 107.5 million tons of CO2 are absorbed as a result of the afforestation performed by KIA. According to the data given in KIA’s sustainability report, no instances of soil contamination at any of its production sites were encountered since the year 2000.
Investing in green initiatives
In 2015 KIA increased its investments in green initiatives by 50 percent, up to a total of US$32.5 million, and plans to implement in the near future a number of new initiatives such as hazardous substance-free manufacturing and painting processes.
The brand’s efforts, such as the development of alternative powertrains and the use of recyclable, eco-friendly materials in manufacturing, KIA is implementing as part its projects aimed at reducing its impact on the environment are closely followed by Interbrand, the world's leading brand consultancy. Interbrand included KIA in 35th place in its most recent “Best Global Green Brands” report.