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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)

Hazardous Substance Management System

  1. Partner Chemical substance analysis
  2. Date entry
  3. IMDS* Substance data collection, heavy metal content check
  4. Download
  5. MAMS** Substance data accumulation Chemical substance search Filtering by statistical law
    • Response to environmental regulations
    • Environmental assessment
    • Eco-friendly product development

* IMDS: International Material Data System
** MAMS: Material Analysis & 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

214,902 t

Harzardous chemicals

0 t


14,900 TJ

Substances subject to investigation of chemical emissions

49,102 t






Number of vehicles produced
1,223,108 vehicles



Total Soil Waste discharge (210,523 t)
Landfill (1,332 t)


Air GHG Emissions (731,000 tCO2eq)
Air Pollutant Emissions (215.4 t)
VOCs (6,628.2 t)
TRI (49,102 t)


Total discharge of water bodies (4,894,039㎥)
Discharge of water pollutants (120 t)


Amount of recycled waste: 197,547 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

After signing the ‘Voluntary Agreement for Resource Circulation System Advancement of Waste Vehicles’ with the Korean Ministry of Environment in 2021, Kia has established and is operating a recycling system for resource circulation that recycles waste resources for new vehicle manufacturing. We are continuously improving the recycling rate in the process of scrapping vehicles by providing vehicle dismantling manuals to scrap vehicle companies and supporting recycling treatment costs, and we plant to achieve the legal recycling rate of 95% by 2024.

Major models* Average recyclability rate: 90.4% (recoverable rate 96.8%)

* Pride, Stonic, Bongo 3