Doosan Corporation Electro-Materials minimizes the environmental impact and improves the operating efficiency through the green management.
Eco-friendly product development initiatives
The Industrial Vehicle BG defines environment-friendly products as Eco-products and Premium Eco-products based on its assessment of environment-friendly product indicators. In addition, it conducts R&D aimed at increasing the proportion of environment-friendly products among all the BG’s products. In 2017, it formed a committee to respond to REACH3) and REACH Registration4) in collaboration with the relevant departments and suppliers. It will continue activities to enhance the environmental performance of products.
3) Registration, Evaluation, Authorization & Restriction of Chemicals
4) REACH registration is performed in three stages depending on the amount of substances. The 3rd registration is scheduled for completion by 31 May 2018.
Launch of Environmental-friendly Electric Forklifts Equipped with a Lithium-ion Battery
The Industrial Vehicle BG is set to enter advanced foreign markets while leading paradigm changes in the local market for electric forklifts with a range of lithium-ion battery-powered forklifts that have gained a reputation for outstanding economic and environmental performance. The lithium ion battery mounted on the B25S and the BR18S, the two main models in the domestic market, realized a relatively lower Total Cost of Ownership. It has a lifespan three times longer than that of the lead battery, and up to 95% of its rated capacity can be used thanks to its excellent charging/discharging efficiency. In terms of environmental performance, it does not discharge any harmful gases during charging and use because it does not contain any harmful substances. Furthermore, it has acquired the relevant certification as it complies with the EMC Directive 2014/30/EU. In addition, it has secured safety as it is equipped with the functions of continual monitoring and diagnosis of battery state in order to prevent overheating, overcharging, and excessive discharge. Doosan will achieve steady business growth while leading changes in the market with its lithium-ion battery-powered forklifts.
Response to climate change
Doosan discloses information related to the greenhouse gas emissions of its facilities in its business report, and controls them according to the IPCC Guidelines and the government’s own guidelines. Doosan’s statements of its greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption and its plans for monitoring them are verified by a third party each year. Throughout 2018, Doosan Corporation will steadily strengthen its activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by setting a reduction target and introducing a system for managing the basic energy unit in order to participate actively in the government’s efforts to respond to climate change.
Response to and monitoring of new environmental regulations
As global public awareness of and interest in environmental issues such as environmental pollution, water shortage, natural disasters and climate change has increased significantly over the years, the importance of addressing them is also being increasingly emphasized. In this regard, Doosan has deployed an environmental management system designed to minimize the impact of company business on the environment. It preemptively responds to government regulations and trends by steadily monitoring business activities and surveying their impact on local communities. Furthermore, it has conducted in-depth expert education to secure essential EHS capabilities and enhanced its execution ability through participation in EHS participatory activities.
Stewardship of hazardous chemical substances
Doosan updates the regulations and countermeasures each quarter by keeping an enterprise-wide inventory of chemical substances. In particular, the Industrial Vehicle BG has fundamentally blocked the inflow of harmful chemicals by replacing those specified in the Chemicals Control Act or restricting purchases thereof. Doosan manages chemical substances by promoting organic cooperation among the production, purchase, and research departments. For the purchase of any new chemical substances, specific data including the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), certification of verification of chemicals, and Letter of Confirmation (LOC) must be reviewed in advance. In addition, employees responsible for handling chemical substances at worksites periodically attend education courses on the safe handling of chemical substances, emergency actions to be taken in the event of exposure to chemical substances, and the importance of systematically wearing personal protective gear. All worksites also inspect the chemical handling facilities, including those intended for the storage, custody, and use of chemical substances. The company also devised and supplements items for improvement based on expert diagnosis.
Control of air pollutants
Doosan keeps the atmospheric pollutant emissions generated at its worksites below 50% of the standard allowed under the relevant statutes. In addition, it has reduced their environmental impact by developing more stringent standards than those stipulated in the statutes.
Management of water use and effluents
Doosan Corporation manages water resource risks to reduce the risks related to the depletion of water resources and the maintenance of a stable water supply. It also maintains the density of water pollutants in final effluents below 50% of the current standard.
To reduce the volume of discharged waste, Doosan separates its wastes according to its nature and state, and then legally treats them under its “Allbaro System1).” For the legal treatment of wastes generated by various processes, Doosan periodically educates and evaluates the vendors responsible for treating wastes. It also maintains consistent efforts to reduce the volume of wastes discharged by its processes. The Industrial Vehicle BG reduced the cost of disposing of waste plastic resin scraps by KRW 24.67 million per year by collecting them separately.
1) Allbaro System: As the IT-based waste management system of the Korean government, it controls the entire processes of waste management from discharge to transportation and final treatment.