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Eco-friendly Management Framework

Kia announced four safety and environmental management policies as part of its mission to embed a "culture that prioritizes people and the environment."

  1. Compliance with laws and regulations related to the safe working environment
  2. Safe working environment risk minimization
  3. Minimization of environmental pollutant emission
  4. Organizational culture with built-in safety

By 2025, we aim to become a global leader in safety environment corporate culture by constructing eco-friendly business sites.

  1. Values and Vision
    • Enactment of mission, Vision and policy
  2. Strategic organizations
    • Strategies for environmental management
    • ESG council
  3. Management Systems
    • Environment KPI
    • Environmental management
    • Health and safety
    • Shared growth
    • Stakeholder collaborations
    • Sustainability reports
  4. Research &
    Development
    • Development and dissemination of eco-friendly vehicles
    • Improvements in fuel efficiency and emissions reduction
    • Recycling Technology Advancement
    • Clean Production Technology Development
    • Purchasing &
      Logistics
      • Green partnerships
      • Green purchasing
    • Production
      • Environmental friendly workplaces
      • ISO 14001, 50001 certification
      • Clean production system
      • Disclosure of environmental impact
    • Sales &
      Marketing
      • Green marketing
      • Transparent product-environmental relationship
    • Customer service
      • Green customer service

Material Balance in the Auto Manufacturing Process

Kia strives to build an eco-friendly production process. Through manufacturing process innovation, system updates, and recycling, we aim to reduce total input while also reducing waste, greenhouse gas emissions, and environmental pollutants. We track the amounts of resource input, waste output, and valued outcomes annually to determine the performance level and devise additional improvement plans.

Input

Water resources

6,168,016㎥

Raw materials

195,447 t

Hazardous Chemical Substances

0 t

Energy

13,600 TJ

TRI chemicals

48,954.5 t

Outcome

Press

Body

Painting

Assembly

Car production
1,142,939 units

Output

Soil

Total waste (192,247.1 t)
Landfill (10.6 t)

Air

GHG emissions (674,000 tCO2-eq)
Air pollutants (246.07 t)
VOCs (5,967.1 t)
TRI chemicals (2,388 t)

Water

Total Discharge (4,535,347㎥)
Water Pollutants (137 t)

Recycle
Heat recovery Recycling of Waste: 184,189.5 t

* TRI: Toxics Release Inventory

Assessment of Carbon Emissions

Kia assesses carbon emissions across all value chains.store operations).
- Due to the nature of the automobile industry, carbon emissions are the highest at more than 80% in the use stage (vehicle emission), followed by supply chain (including raw material production) and production process (including distribution,

Carbon Emissions
100
96
2019 2020
Supply
Assessment of carbon emissions by material (including raw material from suppliers) used in vehicle manufacturing.
100
100
2019 2020
Production
Assessment of carbon emissions based on energy consumption at domestic and foreign plants, workplaces and store operations.
100
94
2019 2020
Use
Assessment of carbon emissions according to sales vehicle emissions.
100
96
2019 2020
Logistics
Assessment of carbon emissions according to domestic and foreign vehicle transportation (ship/truck).
100
100
2019 2020
Disposal
Assessment of carbon emissions from vehicle disposal.

* Calculated based on 2019 emissions as the base value(=100)

Eco-friendly activities

From design to disposal, we endeavor to minimize the environmental impact as much as possible. Our methodology has been continuously verified and updated to perform effective environmental management in greenhouse gases, energy, water resources, waste, and air pollutants.

Environmental Certifications

  • Kia became the first South Korean automobile company to acquire ISO 45001 (safety and health) and ISO 14001 (environment) Global Integrated Certification from DNV-GL. *

Eco-friendly Car Lifecycle

DISCOVER

* Pre-establishment for domestic business sites, to be applied to all global business sites by 2022