Environmentally Friendly Products
Global environmental preservation requires broad approaches not only by manufacturers, but also by the suppliers of parts and materials. Alpine asks all of our suppliers to conform to our Green Procurement Standards to promote environmentally-friendly material procurement.
In fiscal year 2017, we issued the Supply-Chain CSR Development Guidebook to expand our CSR activities among our suppliers, and conducted a fact-finding survey with regard to about 350 items, with the aim of promoting supply-chain-wide CSR efforts.
Design with Concern for the Environment
We developed the Layout-Free Speakers, which use features like low sound quality degradation even at wide angles and reductions in size and weight, to allow them to be installed anywhere inside a vehicle rather than in certain specific spots. These products retained their performance despite being made smaller and lighter, increasing vehicle interior layout flexibility and contributing to improved mileage. They have been adopted as an authorized dealer option for Honda's S660 convertible sports car.
The product installed in the headrests
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Alpine seeks product design that considers the environmental impact of the product through its entire life cycle. We established a dedicated environmental design team to work toward the reduction of environmental load in every step, from the production of materials and parts to the manufacture, transport, use and disposal of products we design and manufacture, products such as car navigation systems, displays, head units, and speakers.
Case study: Car Navigation System
We have learned that products' power consumption causes the bulk of CO2 emissions during use. As a result, based on data we calculated, we are working to reduce the energy consumption (through reduction of number of parts), size, and weight of our products.
CO2 emissions of EX11V-AL-B classifiedbylife stage (surveyed by Alpine)
Reduction of Hazardous Chemicals
While the use of chemicals is unavoidable in the production of items required to meet the needs of society, Alpine recognizes the potential for many chemicals to have a detrimental impact on the environment or human health if misused or mismanaged. For this reason, Alpine views the proper management of chemicals and avoiding the use of substances that have a significant environmental impact as important elements of business.
Alpine fulfills its corporate duty to reduce environmental impact through the creation of standards and proper management of the storage, use and release of chemical substances used in production in keeping with laws and regulations.
Use of Lead-Free Solder
Since the launch of Alpine's first lead-free solder product in 2003, we have used lead-free solder in nearly all of the products we developed.
Lead-free soldering process
Reduction of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Alpine is working to reduce the use of paint with a large VOC content. For some products, we have eliminated the operation panel painting process, in which paint is used, and, instead, apply a thin film on which letters and colors are printed, to finish the exterior.