Throughout the whole manufacturing process, Kia Motors Slovakia takes environment into consideration. Evidence of such behavior is shown in the implementation of the Environmental Management System, which was certified according to the international standard ISO 14001. This system commits the company to comply not only with the required legislation, but also to the constant improvement of environmental protection, regular evaluation of environmental performance, and raise environmental awareness of all employees. An important part of the system is regular monitoring and evaluation of the consumption of water, energy, materials as well as the amount of waste, waste waters and emissions over the period of one car production, and acceptance of environmental goals for their reduction.
Kia Motors Slovakia has set the following long-term environmental goals:
- reduce emissions and lower risks of damaging the environment,
- reduce the amount of produced waste and increase the rate of recycling and recovery,
- reduce the amount of input raw material, energies, and chemicals per produced vehicle and per produced engine,
- increase the level of emergency response,
- chemical management development (REACH) and raise the employee awareness.
Kia Motors uses state-of-the-art technologies and the most modern processes in production. All production shops have implemented the system of waste management and ensured proper separation and disposal of waste. Mostly water-based paints with low content of volatile organic compounds (VOC) are used in the paint shop. All industrial waste water from the production plant is treated in the waste water treatment plant (WWTP) at physical and chemical levels (WWTP I and WWTP II). The biological purification is further performed at the city WWTP Hricov.
The company focuses on the development and production of vehicles that are environmentally friendly, which is demonstrated with certification of models produced at the plant with the following: LCA - Life Cycle Assessment based on ISO 14040 and Integrating environmental aspects into product design and development based on ISO 14062.
Kia Motors Slovakia is aware of the fact that environmental protection is a key to a long-term business success.