Environmentally Friendly Products
Global environmental preservation requires broad approaches not only by manufacturers, but also by the suppliers of parts and materials. Alpine asks all of our suppliers to conform to our Green Procurement Standards to promote environmentally-friendly material procurement.
In 2015, we issued the 12th edition of the Alpine Green Procurement Standards to enhance conformity to laws and regulations.
Reducing Weight and Size while Increasing Power
The weight of onboard equipment has no small affect on vehicle fuel consumption. By reducing products’ size and weight, Alpine contributes to the conservation of the Earth’s limited resources and helps improve fuel consumption.
Our new subwoofer for car makers, the Fresh Air Subwoofer, achieved an 86% reduction in size and an 80% reduction in weight compared to the previous model, all while achieving a 10dB increase in power with a continued focus on outstanding audio fidelity. Additionally, our thin DDLinear speaker series balances mountability with audio fidelity, and has been well received by customers.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Alpine seeks product design that considers the environmental impact of the product through its entire life cycle. We established a dedicated environmental design team to work toward the reduction of environmental load in every step, from the production of materials and parts to the manufacture, transport, use and disposal of products we design and manufacture, products such as car navigation systems, displays, head units, and speakers.
Case study: Car Navigation System
We have learned that products' power consumption causes the bulk of CO2 emissions during use. As a result, based on data we calculated, we are working to reduce the energy consumption (through reduction of number of parts), size, and weight of our products.
CO2 emissions of EX11V-AL-B classifiedbylife stage (surveyed by Alpine)
Reduction of Hazardous Chemicals
While the use of chemicals is unavoidable in the production of items required to meet the needs of society, Alpine recognizes the potential for many chemicals to have a detrimental impact on the environment or human health if misused or mismanaged. For this reason, Alpine views the proper management of chemicals and avoiding the use of substances that have a significant environmental impact as important elements of business.
Alpine fulfills its corporate duty to reduce environmental impact through the creation of standards and proper management of the storage, use and release of chemical substances used in production in keeping with laws and regulations.
Use of Lead-Free Solder
Since the launch of Alpine's first lead-free solder product in 2003, we have used lead-free solder in nearly all of the products we developed.
Lead-free soldering process
Alpine uses paints containing low volatile organic compounds (VOC) and works to improve production processes to reduce the VOC remaining in products.
Coating equipment for water-based paint