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ECO-Friendly Car Lifecycle Management

We always ensure that all the phases of car production, from design and assembly to distribution and disposal, can contribute to making humanity happier and, at the same time, protecting the Earth.

01. Design

Design for environment

Kia eagers to advance the recyclability of countless components consisting our eco-friendly vehicles. We are using the Green Design System and the Chemical Management System to reduce hazardous substance discharge.

Green car production system

Design for Environment (DfE)

(DfE: Design for Environment)

Design for Recycling Optimizing System

(DORISY: Design for Recycling Optimizing System)

Toxic chemical Management System

  1. Partner Chemicals
  2. Date entry
  3. IMDS* Materials data collection
    Heavy metals screening
  4. Download
  5. e-CMS* Materials data
    Chemical substance search,
    statistics Filtering by
    individual regulation
    • Responding to
      environmental regulations
    • Monitoring
    • Green product

* IMDS: International Material Data System
** e-CMS: e-Chemical Management System

02. Production

Clean Production Flow

To build an efficient production system and increase production volume, Kia seeks to reduce the input of energy and natural resources during the manufacturing process, as well as the output of waste materials, greenhouse gases, and environmental pollutants.


Water resources


Raw materials

195,447 t

Hazardous Chemical Substances

0 t


13,600 TJ

TRI chemicals

48,954.5 t






Car production
1,142,939 units



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


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


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

Heat recovery Recycling of Waste: 184,189.5 t

* TRI: Toxics Release Inventory

03. Distribution

Smart Logistics System

Kia has a dedicated system for improving the logistics system in our supply chain, including components procurement, production, and sales regularly. As a result, we are saving social costs and energy while reducing CO2 emissions.

Logistics Collabotation System

  • Logistics Collabotation System - info on status of production lines and parts used
  • Integrated Distributed Center for Parts Suppliers - Real-time management of parts delivery and delivery vehicles
  • Parts warehouse - Maintain optimal inventory level
    (less warehouse space needed)
  • Kia Production Line
  • Production Management Department - Automated transmission of data on parts used In each production process
04. Disposal

Resource Regeneration

The vehicle recycling center, which opened in 2005, follows a seven-step process to develop climate-friendly reuse strategies. The steps include registration, preprocessing tires and batteries, liquid removal, exterior material removal (e.g. bumpers), interior material removal (e.g. seats), engine and transmission removal, and body compression. Through this process, we investigate dissecting and recycling efficiency and apply the developed technology to future mass-production.

  1. Identify vehicle model
  2. Remove parts with explosion risk (airbags, seats, pretensioners) - Explosives processing chamber
  3. Remove hood, battery, tire
  4. Retrieve liquids - Retrieve over 90% of liquids to prevent environmental pollution
    - Liquid collection devices
  5. Dismantle exterior components
  6. Dismantle interior components
  7. Dismantle engine, transmission - Vehicle rotation device
  8. Compress

Over 85% of dimantled parts recycled upon being sorted by material type

* The car disposal system consists of 8 process segments that constitute a single work flow that enables large volume processing.