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Environmental Management Data

Kia’s entire operating system is undergoing an evolution in order for our vehicles to contribute as "Clean Mobility" on global environmental protection.
Furthermore, by 2025, we will have reduced direct (Scope 1) and indirect (Scope 2) greenhouse gas emissions by 17.4 percent compared to 2016.

Goals and Performance by Indicator*

Goals and Performance by Indicator table
Category Description 2018 2019 2020 2021 Target
Green Growth Emissions
(tCO2-eq/vehicle**)
584.2 585.1 589.6 580.4
Energy Usage
(kg/vehicle)
277.2 278.4 280.1 275.8
Eco-friendly production Water use
(t/vehicle)
5.4 5.4 5.4 5.2
Water COD (㎎/ℓ) 16.1 14.3 18.0 27.0
Hazardous chemical substances
(kg/vehicle)
0.4 0.1 0 0
Resource circulation Waste amount
(kg/vehicle)
160.1 149.0 170.0 154.7
Waste Recycling rate (%) 91.6 93.6 94.8 85.0

* Scope: Autoland Gwangmyeong, Hwasung, Gwangju
** Amount/unit: amount of emissions or waste to the number of units of produced cars

Greenhouse Gas and Energy Use

GHG emissions

(1000 tCO2-eq)

GHG emissions table
2018 2019 2020
Scope 1 265 258 256
Scope 2 466 484 452
Total 731 742 708

* Greenhouse gas emissions including all AutoLand and others in Korea (number can be slightly modified after to government assessment)

Scope 3 emission amount

(tCO2-eq)

Scope 3 emission amount table
2018 2019 2020
Scope 3 4,497,213 3,750,651 To be updated in July, 2021

Total domestic energy use amount

(1,000 TJ)

Total domestic energy use amount table
2018 2019 2020
Plant 14.2 14.5 13.6
Others 0.4 0.4 0.7
Total 14.6 14.9 14.3

* Total Energy consumption of all domestic and overseas AutoLands and others including headquarters (subject to slight fluctuations due to government assessment)
* AutoLand: AutoLand Gwangmyeong, Hwaseong, Gwangju
Others : Headquarters, Service Centers, Sales Branches, Shipping Offices, Osan Training Center, Pyeongtaek Port, Vision Square

Air Pollutants

Air Pollutants

Air Pollutants table
2018 2019 2020
Total emissions (t) 269.7 230.8 246.1
Per-unit emissions (g/vehicle) 222.6 187.9 215.3

* VOC Emissions are not included in the total emissions.

Dust Particles

Dust Particles table
2018 2019 2020
Total emissions (t) 176.6 135.0 101.6
Per-unit emissions (g/vehicle) 145.7 110.0 88.9

SOx

(1,000 TJ)

SOx tlble
2018 2019 2020
Total emissions (t) 0.7 2.6 3.0
Per-unit emissions (g/vehicle) 0.6 2.1 2.7

NOx

NOx table
2018 2019 2020
Total emissions (t) 92.5 93.1 141.4
Per-unit emissions (g/vehicle) 76.3 75.8 123.7

* NOx: Nitrogen Oxide
* Slight changes in 2018 and 2019 performance due to the change in regulation on the total amount of nitrogen oxides in AutoLand Gwangju

VOCs

VOCs table
2018 2019 2020
Total emissions (t) 7,089.7 6,939.2 5,967
Per-unit emissions (kg/vehicle) 5.9 5.7 5.2

Discharge of Water Pollutants

Discharge of Water Pollutants table
2018 2019 2020
Total emissions (t) 123.8 112.4 137.1
Per-unit emissions (g/vehicle) 102.2 91.6 120

* Total amount of discharged COD, SS, and other water pollutants

Water Resource Usage

Water Resource Usage table
2018 2019 2020
Groundwater supply (㎥) 1,315,287 1,319,336 1,286,041
Water supply (㎥) 5,183,557 5,255,043 4,881,975
Total use (㎥) 6,498,844 6,574,379 6,168,016
Per-unit use (㎥/vehicle) 5.4 5.4 5.4

Water Resource Reusage

Water Resource Reusage table
2018 2019 2020
Reused Water Resources Being aggregated Being aggregated Being aggregated

* Kia recognizes the importance of water resources and the seriousness of the global water shortage problem, and implements various measures such as investment in process wastewater recycling facilities and replacement of auxiliary facilities.
In particular, we introduced a zero liquid discharge system from the design phase of our plant in India in 2019, and from 2020 we are striving to reduce the use of water resources by reusing all of the factory wastewater.

COD

COD tabel
2018 2019 2020
Total emissions (t) 69.3 62.1 80.8
Per-unit emissions (g/vehicle) 57.2 50.6 70.7

* COD(Chemical Oxygen Demand): The amount of oxygen required when microorganisms and oxidizers decompose organic matter in water. The number indicates the degree of contamination of water. The smaller the number, the lower the level of contamination.

SS

SS tabel
2018 2019 2020
Total emissions (t) 5.8 6.4 8.9
Per-unit emissions (g/vehicle) 4.8 5.2 7.8

* SS(Suspended Solids): floating materials in water

Others

Others table
2018 2019 2020
Total emissions (t) 48.7 44.0 47.4
Per-unit emissions (g/vehicle) 40.2 35.8 41.5

* Other : n-H, T-P T-N

Raw Materials Input and Waste

Raw Materials Input and Waste table
2018 2019 2020
Total use (t) 235,767.5 226,352.4 195,477
Per-unit use (kg/vehicle) 194.5 184.3 171

Steel

Steel table
2018 2019 2020
Total use (t) 215,485.0 206,076.5 175,981.7
Per-unit use (kg/vehicle) 177.8 167.8 154

Paint

Paint table
2018 2019 2020
Total use (t) 15,283.4 15,594.7 14,751.5
Per-unit use (kg/vehicle) 12.6 12.7 12.9

Thinners

Thinners table
2018 2019 2020
Total use (t) 4,999.1 4,681.2 4,743.9
Per-unit use (kg/vehicle) 4.1 3.8 4.2

Reused Steel

Reused Steel table
2018 2019 2020
Steel (Steel sheets) (t) 6,828.6 4,439.3 -
Steel (Steel sheets) (kg/vehicle) 5.6 3.6 -

* No steel recycling was conducted in 2020 due to suspension of operations in AutoLand Gwangju

Waste Disposal by Methods

Waste Disposal by Methods table
2018 2019 2020
Recycling Total (t) 177,725 171,220 184,189
Recycling Per-unit (kg/vehicle) 146.6 139.4 161.2
Landfill disposal Total (t) 1,493 829 10
Landfill disposal Per-unit (kg/vehicle) 1.2 0.7 0.01
Incineration Total (t) 14,860 10,865 10,047
Incineration Per-unit (kg/vehicle 12.3 8.8 8.8
Total (t) 194,079 182,914 194,247
Total Per-unit (kg/vehicle) 160.1 149.0 170

Hazardous chemical substances

Hazardous chemical substances table
2018 2019 2020
Hazardous chemical substances (t) 444.3 104.8 0
Hazardous chemical substances (kg/vehicle) 0.4 0.09 0

TRI Chemicals

TRI Chemicals table
2018 2019 2020
TRI chemicals (t) 53,367.7 48,954.5 Being aggregated
TRI chemicals (kg/vehicle) 44 39.9 Being aggregated

* TRI(Toxic Release Inventory)

Environmental Investments

Environmental Investments Costs

(KRW 1,000)

Environmental Investments Costs table
2018 2019 2020 2021
Plan 4,028,900 4,205,000 4,002,900 12,135,500
Actual investment 6,245,000 6,257,187 4,109,156 14,478,400
Investment rate (%) 155.0 148.8 102.7 119.3

Purchase of eco-friendly goods and services

(Million KRW)

Purchase of eco-friendly goods and services table
2018 2019 2020
Government certified green products 2,735 2,801 1,273

* Green Purchase Policy (To be provided)

Environmental management costs

(KRW 1,000)

Environmental management costs table
Item Description 2018 2019 2020
Direct reduction on environmental loads Working condition improvement and maintenance 12,279,150 14,916,020 11,780,841
Indirection reduction on environmental loads Employee training and environmental assessments 1,017,243 1,070,925 2,044,529
Waste disposal & recycling Waste treatment/disposal expenses 5,581,355 5,327,644 5,521,720
Environmental risk management costs Environmental regulatory compliance & accident prevention 0 7,280 1,787
Total 18,877,748 21,321,869 19,348,877

Biodiversity

During ‘the Kia Green Light Volunteer Week,’ Kia carries out a series of CSR activities around our global locations. Trees were planted to create a healthier environment for local communities. Overseas subsidiaries also took part in the biodiversity programs aligned with key business areas. Also, through Happy Move, one of our signature CSR campaigns, global youth volunteers helped restore marine ecosystems on Hainan Island, China, and engaged in community services to reinforce the local educational standards. For biodiversity conservations, we expand green spaces in proportion to the building area of worksites, creating eco-friendly and relaxing working conditions. Since 2000, Kia has conducted a thorough review of potential soil polluting facilities, shutting them down without a single case of pollution leakage.

Green Areas

(㎡)

Green Areas table
Site area Building area Green space Green space rate
AutoLand Gwangmyeong 498,908 226,539 74,850 27.5%
AutoLand Hwaseong 3,199,636 1,162,072 663,848 32.6%
AutoLand Gwangju 1,014,941 597,446 80,007 19.2%
Slovakia Plant 1,898,288 288,281 1,218,314 75.7%
DYK Plant 1 405,258 90,415 36,752 11.7%
DYK Plant 2 1,449,172 275,536 310,437 25.9%
DYK Plant 3 1,470,000 223,602 337,581 27.1%
Georgia Plant 2,611,380 225,048 785,487 32.9%
Mexico Plant 3,338,843 203,583 1,219,021 38.9%

* Green area ratio = green area/(site area-building area)

Overseas Worksites Environmental Performance

Slovakia Plant CO2 (Energy)

Slovakia Plant CO2 (Energy) table
2018 2019 2020
Total emissions (1,000 t) 33 34 30
Per-unit emissions (kgCO2-eq/vehicle) 0.1 0.1 0.1

* Slovakia Plant’s all consumed electricity is produced via renewable energy sources

China’s Yancheng Plants(DYK) CO2 (Energy)

China’s Yancheng Plants(DYK) CO2 (Energy)
2018 2019 2020
Total emissions (1,000 t) 215 197 161
Per-unit emissions (kgCO2-eq/vehicle) 0.6 0.7 0.7

U.S. Georgia Plant CO2 (Energy)

U.S. Georgia Plant CO2 (Energy)
2018 2019 2020
Total emissions (1,000 t) 76 81 82
Per-unit emissions (kgCO2-eq/vehicle) 0.3 0.3 0.4

Mexico Plant CO2 (Energy)

Mexico Plant CO2 (Energy)
2018 2019 2020
Total emissions (1,000 t) 82 85 76
Per-unit emissions (kgCO2-eq/vehicle) 0.3 0.3 0.3

India Plant CO2 (Energy)

India Plant CO2 (Energy)
2018 2019 2020
Total emissions (1,000 t) - - 96
Per-unit emissions (kgCO2-eq/vehicle) - - 0.6

* India Plant was newly constructed in December 2019 and its emission amount was aggregated from 2020.