Doosan Corporation Mottrol minimizes the environmental impact and improves the operating efficiency through the green management.
Materials for Lightweight Vehicles
The electrical harness installed in a car generally weighs anywhere from 40 to 70 kilograms. As fuel may be saved by reducing a car’s weight, the development lightweight materials is an important element of efforts to reduce energy consumption while improving fuel efficiency. To meet such requirements, Doosan Corporation Electro-Materials developed the high reliable FFC “Flexible Flat Cable” in 2016.
Development of Green Products
We are striving to develop green products based on its R&D and environmental management policies. In 2016, we adopted key indicators after defining the green products of all business groups with the aim of approaching them more strategically. Doosan Corporation Electro-Materials has selected a number of key eco-friendly areas, including the exclusion of lead and halogen, and the development of lightweight materials, highly reliable materials that can endure high voltage, ensuring safety of electric vehicles under low driving voltage, materials for fuel cell parts so called renewable energy. The definitions, indicators and targets of each business group with regard to green products are reflected in the mid- and long-term PRM/TRM1), and will be linked not only to R&D but also to the exploration of new business lines considering its environmental aspect.
1) PRM/TRM: Product Road Map/Technology Road Map
Provision of Safety and Environmental Information
We at Doosan Corp. preemptively prevent damages caused by safety defects in its products by including safety-related information in the product manuals that are distributed to its customers. Doosan Corporation Electro-Materials uploads and periodically updates information related to MSDS2), RoHS, and halogen of all its products on its website, thereby allowing customers to easily access information about product safety and hazardous materials. Regarding OLED materials in powder form, it enables customers and other related personnel to recognize hazardous materials during the transportation and operation processes of the customers by affixing a hazard marking on the product packages or boxes.
2) MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet): A document that provides information related to the safe use and stewardship of chemical materials.
Response to and Monitoring of New Environmental Regulations
As environmental issues have become increasingly significant, including worldwide environmental pollution, water shortages, natural disasters, and climate change, ever greater emphasis is being placed on the urgent need to address them. Furthermore, diverse stakeholders are demanding closer communication concerning the company’s green (environmental) activities. In this regard, we have deployed a green management system aimed at minimizing its impact on the environment. It proactively responds to government regulations and tendencies by steadily monitoring their trends and surveying their impact on local communities. Furthermore, it has conducted in-depth expert education to secure essential EHS capabilities and has internally reinforced EHS participatory activities
Air Pollutant Management
We control the emission of air pollutants generated at our business sites to below 50% of the standards allowed under the current statutes, thereby reflecting our determination to reduce their impact on the environment by establishing standards that are actually stronger than those required under the statutes.
Water Usage and Effluents Management
We constantly check and improve our processes as part of our concerted effort to reduce water consumption.. We limit the density of water pollutants in final effluents to below 50% of the standards allowed under the statutes.
Hazardous Chemical Management
We update our regulations and countermeasures by inventory each quarter by deploying an enterprise-wide inventory of chemical substances. We manage chemical substances by promoting organic cooperation among the Production, Purchase and Research Departments. Prior to the purchase of any new chemical substance, the relevant Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), certificate of chemical substances, and Letter of Confirmation (LOC) must be reviewed. In addition, we run periodic training courses on the safe handling of chemical substances, emergency actions to be taken in the event of exposure to chemical substances, and the wearing personal protective gear for all employees who are responsible for handling chemical substances at its business sites.
To reduce the volume of discharged waste, we distinguish our waste by nature and state, and legitimately treat all waste through our ‘Allbaro System.’3) To legitimately treat waste products generated by diverse industrial processes, we periodically educate and evaluate the vendors responsible for treating wastes. Also, we are continuously making efforts to reduce the volume of waste discharged from our processes. In 2016, Doosan Corporation Electro-Materials’ Kimcheon factory improved its B-grade MEK recycling process, and is expected to reduce the volume of its discharged waste by approximately 640 kilograms per month.
3) Allbaro System: An IT-based waste management system of the Korean government that controls the entire processes of waste management from discharge to transportation to final treatment.
Environmental Impact Assessment System
To reduce environmental impacts and risk-related costs, Doosan Corporation Electro-Materials conducts a preliminary EHS impact assessment before commencing an investment or construction works from which environmental risks may arise, thereby creating a safe work environment. Doosan Corporation Electro-Materials sets development objectives that take into consideration target quality, target cost, and environmental impacts at the stage of developmental project planning. At the stage of basic design, we examine whether the design reflects considerations about environmental impacts to enhance reliability in the basic design. At the stage of development completion, Doosan Corporation Electro-Materials conducts an objective review and evaluation to determine whether the design takes environmental impacts into consideration and receives feedback on the progress of the development project. Doosan Corporation Electro-Materials will work harder to minimize the environmental impact of its businesses by increasing environmental spending.