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Air Quality

Hyundai Motor Company leads the worldwide efforts to make greenhouse gas emissions zero. Not only has the company developed and adopted numerous new eco-friendly techniques, such as the Clean Diesel Engine and the NOx-reducing technology, but the company also enforces a scheme of controlling air pollutants stricter than the government-imposed ones, seeking to ensure thorough control of gas emissions and reduce their generation in advance.

1. Automobile Emissions

Although the advancement in automobile technology has drastically reduced automobiles’ environmental impact, the general quality of air in city centers still has room for improvement, as the number of cars on roads and populations continue to increase. In response, the European Union, for instance, has adopted the Euro 5, which enforces a stricter control of particle materials (P(M)) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) beginning with new models launched in September 2009 (and applying to existing models as of January 2011). The region will introduce the Euro 6 in 2014, with the range of NOx subject to the regulation increased by 56%. The state of California is also continuously increasing the quota on the proportion of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) that must be sold by law each year. South Korea, for its part, also enforces strict NOx and PM emission regulations in and around Seoul.

  • Air Pollutants Generated [Domestic and foreign, Unit: ton]

    2009(599), 2010(608), 2011(528)
  • Organic Solvents Collected [Domestic and foreign, Unit: 1,000 tons]

    2009(2,276), 2010(2,506), 2011(2,987)

2. Reducing Carbon Footprints

Since 2009, Hyundai has been providing information on the carbon footprints of all its models, containing conversions of the greenhouse gases they generate throughout their lifecycles from production via usage to disposal into equivalents of carbon dioxides. The data calculated thus provide an important basis for the company’s continued efforts to reduce carbon footprints.

  • Carbon Footprints of Sonata Hybrid

    Raw materials(3.5t/20.1%Reduced)->Production(0.3t/1.7%Reduced)->Product usage(13.8t/78.1%Reduced)->Disposal(0.01t/0.01%Reduced)
  • Efforts for Reducing Carbon Emissions from Sonata Hybrid

    Sonata Gasoline Model(24.9t)->Sonata Hybrid(17.6t) : 7.3t Reduced(29%)| Sonata Hybrid now certified by the Korean government as a low-carbon product, 7.3t of carbon emissions reduced = the amount of carbon dioxides absorbed by 1,090 pine trees, each 30 years old, per year.

3. Council on the Global Environment

In order to coordinate its compliance with the increasing number of environmental regulations in Korea and abroad and to facilitate cooperation among its multiple offices and plants throughout the world, Hyundai launched the Council on the Global Environment in 2010 consisting of environmental managers of all its business sites worldwide. In 2011, the Council members discussed the environmental regulations in Europe and the United States, as well as the systems at their respective workplaces for environmental management. In 2012, the Council members will seek to prepare all the business locations of the company better for the new environmental regulations about to be implemented worldwide.