Environmental Labeling

All new azbil Group products undergo an environmental design assessment, however, with products that are difficult to assess, such as services and solutions, the lifecycle assessment (LCA) method is applied. When the assessment results meet the required level, the product is certified as an environmentally-conscious product, and receives a azbil Group environmental labeling (introduced in April, 2001), also known as a type II or self-declared environmental labeling.

In 1997 azbil Group drafted its environmental design guidelines for the development of environmentally-conscious products and services. We are actively promoting the development of products and services that are environmentally-conscious at every stage of the product’s lifecycle, from new product development or upgraded models of existing products through to design, production, application and disposal.

azbil Group Environmental Label

Environmental Label

All of our environmentally-conscious products bear azbil Group’s original environmental label, and the products’ environmental information is provided via the Internet.Criteria of environmental label assessment and the process of certification from the Special Committee on Environmental Design are described in the Environmental Label Certification Standards.

  • Energy conservation
  • Resource conservation
  • Environmental friendliness
  • Extended service life
  • Reusability / Recyclability
  • Ease of disposal
  • Packaging materials

Environmental Label Certification Standards

Based on the azbil Group's Environmental Design Guidelines, products are evaluated in 50 categories listed in the Environmental Design Checklist, including energy conservation, resource conservation, environmental friendliness, extended service life, and ease of disposal.
From these results, only the products that meet the criteria of environmental label assessment are certified.

Criteria for Earning the Environmental Label

According to the results of the environmental design assessment described in Environmental Design Guidelines, achieve at least a 30% improvement in one or more of the 7 categories listed below.

Or achieve at least a 10% improvement in its overall evaluation of the categories above plus the 8th category of “Information provision.”
Or, achieve at least a 30% reduction in CO2 emission, SOx emission, NOx emission, energy consumption and other related data over its lifecycle, according to the results of an LCA (Life Cycle Assessment).

Description of Environmental Design Assessment Categories

  Category Details
1 Resource conservation ·Compact, lightweight design
·Use of recycled materials
2 Energy conservation ·Designed for energy savings
3 Environmental friendliness ·Designed for safe disposal
4 Extended service life ·Extended operating life, equalized of parts operating life
5 Reusability / Recyclability ·Selecting of recyclable materials
·Designed for easy dismantling and separation
6 Ease of disposal ·Ease of recovery and transport
·Ease of breaking, crushing
7 Packaging materials ·Compact, lightweight packaging,
·Reusable, recyclable materials
8 Information provision ·Appropriate information provision

Reference:Classification of ISO Environmental Labels

Type Description Label ISO standard
Type I A third-party organization establishes the standards, and certifies its conformity By symbol mark ISO14024
Type II The company establishes its own standards for environmentally-conscious products, and discloses environmental performance and data of the products. Original self-declared label ISO14021
Type III LCA is utilized to display environmental impact data quantitatively. Interpretation of results is left up to customer ISO14025