In accordance with the reduction targets of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. and EU end-of-life vehicles directive, Mitsubishi Motors is working to reduce the use of four substances (lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium). We are also taking measures to comply with regulations on the use of hazardous substances in each country in compliance with the REACH regulation*1 concerning substances. At present, in addition to lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium and other heavy metals, the use of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), bromine-based flame retardants and various other substances is regulated. Regulations similar to European ones are being enforced in developing countries in Asia as well.
We have established internal technical standards to voluntarily reduce hazardous substances.
*1 REACH stands for "Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals". Enacted on June 1, 2007, the REACH regulation is a general system to register, evaluate, authorise and restrict the use of substances.
Material Data Control by the International Material Data System (IMDS)
Data on the hazardous substances contained in vehicle parts delivered by suppliers are collected by the International Material Data System (IMDS), an international system for collecting such data. Together with overseas plants such as MMTh (Thailand), we utilize the collected data under a globally centralized internal system for reducing hazardous substances.
In cooperation with suppliers, we are complying with the REACH regulation, a general system for the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of substances used in the EU.
Initiatives for Reduction of Environmentally Hazardous Substances on Our Products
We are confirming the conformity with regulations for environmentally hazardous substances and the reduction of use of environmentally hazardous substances used for our new model and continuously produced vehicles.
We will continue to reduce the use of environmentally hazardous substances and comply with regulations.