KIA CONTINUES GROWTH WITH ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTION
The innovative brand of the global automotive industry, KIA employs an eco-friendly manufacturing process with the aim of contributing for a sustainable life. In its latest sustainability report KIA reveals its significant progress in reducing the environmental impact of its production facilities.
KIA's ongoing efforts to introduce more environmentally sustainable production methods have, over the past 12 months, brought lower greenhouse gas emissions levels, less waste and reduced water use across its production facilities. KIA’s achievements towards recycling and sustainability largely owe to the efforts of its employees. With new investments in technologies and modernized production methods, KIA has reached exemplary levels in the industry.
Less raw material consumption, less waste, more recycling
KIA’s ongoing efforts to improve its production methods have resulted in a decrease of 12.4% per unit in the required raw material volume in 2014, totaling to a decrease of 21.5% since 2003. Since 2003, the amount of steel required in the manufacture of each vehicle is reduced by 22.1% and paint consumption is reduced by 11.7%.
Owing to these measures taken to achieve higher levels of efficiency, KIA has reduced its per unit waste material by 1.2% since 2014, totaling to 30% since 2003. KIA has massively increased its recycled material amount by developing alternative uses for 219 tons, which account for 93.7% of all waste materials. As part of its recycling efforts, any unused galvanized steel material is returned to steel producers. Ungalvanized steel is sent to KIA’s foundries to be processed for recycling. While initiating new programs for reusing paint and thinners, KIA makes use of other waste materials to produce construction materials such as cement.
Reduced water consumption
As a result of a range of measures, KIA has successfully minimized its water consumption in 2015. In addition to preserving the coolant water condensed from vapor produced during the manufacturing process to increase water recycling levels, KIA further organized awareness campaigns on the globally diminishing water supply for its employees. Notwithstanding the growth at its three production facilities based in Korea, KIA successfully reduced its water consumption in 2015. Water consumption is reduced by 6.5% per unit in manufacturing, from 6.3 million m3 to 5.957 million m3, accounting for a 5.5% reduction in total. The per unit water consumption is reduced by 38.5% since 2003.
CO2 output reduction equivalent to the annual absorption of 48 million trees
KIA’s sustainability report states this reduction in the CO2 output generated during the production process. KIA further stands out as the first Korean manufacturer that acknowledges the evaluation of a third-party institution. In 2015 the brand’s per unit CO2 output level in production decreased by 2.8% from the previous year. This value has decreased by 29.6% in total since 2008. The total reduction KIA has achieved in its CO2 output during manufacture corresponds to the yearly carbon intake of 48 million pine trees.
Further, per unit levels of harmful air pollutants generated during manufacture, such as paint particles, volatile organic compounds, dust particles and flammable gases, are reduced. While volatile organic compound levels are reduced by 54.2% from 2005, air pollutant outputs are reduced by 5% from 2014 to 2015, reaching a high 53% reduction since 2003.
KIA is committed to achieving innovations and advancements that will help reduce the impact of its production facilities on the environment. The world's leading brand consultancy firm, Interbrand, has recognized KIA’s ongoing efforts in this respect, as well as the advancements in its powertrains and use of recycled, eco-friendly materials, and ranked KIA in 35th place in its most recent “Best Global Green Brands” report.