Environment – Living Environment & Digital Media Equipment Group
Business Overview and Environmental Issues for Which Risks and Opportunities Have Been Recognized and Evaluated
Providing a Broad Range of Environmentally Friendly Products and Services
The Living Environment & Digital Media Equipment Group manufactures air conditioners, ventilating units, water heaters, photovoltaic systems, lighting solutions, kitchen appliances, home electronics, and digital media equipment, and supplies environmentally friendly products and services for an extensive market that includes homes, offices, and factories. With production bases located in Japan, Europe, Americas, Asia, and China, our operations are worldwide. At these production bases, we are promoting energy savings by introducing the Company's energy-efficient products and improving productivity at the above-mentioned factories. At the same time, we are striving to intensify control of chemical substances throughout the supply chain and properly manage waste, exhaust, and wastewater.
Environmental Issues for Which Risks and Opportunities Have Been Recognized and Evaluated
- Climate change
- Depletion of mineral resources
- Proper management of chemical substances in design and manufacturing
- Air, water and soil pollution during operations and procurement
Message from Living Environment & Digital Media Equipment Group
Developing Environmentally Friendly Products and Reducing Our Own Environmental Impact
The Living Environment & Digital Media Equipment Group focuses on the air conditioning and refrigeration systems business, one of Mitsubishi Electric's growth drivers. In addition to expanding operations in various segments such as room and package air conditioners, we are pressing forward with the creation of new businesses and strengthening present ones. From fiscal 2018 onwards, we plan to increase our development and manufacturing activities in existing businesses, with a production framework spreading over five major locations: Japan, Europe, USA, Asia, and China. At the same time, we are building the foundation of a cyclical business, including synergies with Mitsubishi Electric Hydronics & IT Cooling Systems S.p.A. (MEHITS, formerly DeLclima), acquired in 2015, and expanding our business scope through the creation of new businesses.
As we expand our businesses, it is important for us to contribute to reducing our environmental impact through energy-saving initiatives for our customers and recycling. As part of this, we are supplying a broad range of environmentally friendly products and services for the home, office, and industry. These include energy-saving products that reduce CO2 from power generation as well as photovoltaic systems that generate renewable energy and do not produce CO2 during power generation.
Meanwhile, as activities to reduce CO2 from production, the Living Environment & Digital Media Equipment Group is proactively introducing its core energy-saving products—namely, high-efficiency air conditioners, heat-pump hot-water supply systems, LED lighting fixtures, and photovoltaic systems—at production sites. We are also promoting energy-saving activities by improving productivity linked to just-in-time improvement activities based on e-F@ctory concepts.
Initiatives Contributing to the Environment and Society
Kirigamine ADVANCE FZ Series Room Air Conditioners Won the METI Minister's Award, the Top Prize of the Fiscal 2016 Energy Conservation Grand Prize
The Kirigamine ADVANCE FZ Series is equipped with the world's first*1 twin-propeller fan system in which the left and right fans operate independently, delivering substantial energy savings and unprecedented levels of comfort. In recognition of these achievements, the air conditioner model received the METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) Minister's Award, the top prize of the Fiscal 2016 Energy Conservation Grand Prize, in the Products and Business Models category.
- Launched on October 30, 2015, in house review
Awarded the Fiscal 2017 Energy Conservation Center Chairman's Award
Slim ZR Series Package Air Conditioners for Retail Stores and Offices Have Achieved the Industry's Top Annual Performance Factor (APF*2)
The Slim ZR Series is equipped with the world's first*3 "full-SiC DIPIPM*4", achieving the industry's top energy-saving performance*5 with the Slim ZR P280 (10hp). It was awarded the Fiscal 2017 Energy Conservation Center Chairman's Award
- Annual Performance Factor: An indicator introduced in 2007 that enables the evaluation of energy efficiency approximately equal to that under actual usage conditions.
- As of February 5, 2016. In-house review. For package air conditioners for retail stores and offices.
- SiC: Silicon Carbide, DIPIPM: Dual-In-line Package Intelligent Power Module (semiconductor power module with a built-in control element with protective functions)
- As of February 5, 2016. In-house review. P280-class package air conditioners for retail stores and offices. Based on the APF 2015 rating for PLZX-ZRP280EFK in the JIS B 8616:2015 package air conditioner category.
Grand Multi Series Building Air Conditioning System Achieves Industry's Top-Class APF
The Grand Multi Series is equipped with the world's first*6 flat-tube heat exchanger, optimized refrigerant distribution, and a high-efficiency compressor. As a result, it has achieved the industry's top-class APF*7.
- As of product release in October 2013, in-house review.
- As of February 2016, in-house review. For building multi-split air conditioners.
MILIE LED Lighting – Realizing Low Power Consumption and Comfort
The MILIE LED lighting brand name was coined from the words "Mitsubishi", "lighting", and "ecology". It expresses our desire to make positive contributions to the Earth and society through LED lighting. The lineup has been expanded with products for a wide variety of applications. These include My Series high-efficiency LED base lights for offices, GT Series high-ceiling LED base lights for factories, warehouses, and gymnasiums, AK Series high-luminosity LED downlights and spotlights for retail stores and MILCO.S lighting control systems that provide energy savings and comfort automatically.
DIAMONDSOLAR® Photovoltaic System That Makes Full Use of Natural Energy
The DIAMONDSOLAR® system has a remarkable power generation capacity that uses a combination of high-output modules and high-efficiency power conditioners. In addition, the Multi Roof Series comes in a wide variety of shapes and can be used in combinations that maximize the power generation area of a roof, thereby generating plentiful electricity for daily life.
EcoCute That Can Be Used in Conjunction with a Photovoltaic System
We have improved energy conservation by developing a high-efficiency heat exchanger for heat pump units, with all our models achieving the fiscal 2018 energy efficiency Top Runner standard*8. It can be installed to operate in conjunction with Mitsubishi photovoltaic systems*9 by connecting to Mitsubishi HEMS, enabling even greater energy savings.
- Energy efficiency performance standard targets for achievement in fiscal 2018 in line with the Act on Rationalizing Energy Use, which went into effect on March 1, 2013.
- Feature is available with Mitsubishi photovoltaic system models released in fiscal 2016 or later.
Initiatives for Reducing Environmental Impact
High-Efficiency Air Conditioners, LED Lighting, and PV Power Generation Systems Used at Manufacturing Sites and Affiliates
Our manufacturing sites and affiliates utilize the Company's core energy-saving products—namely, high-efficiency air conditioners, heat-pump hot-water supply systems, and LED lighting—and reduce CO2 emissions from production. We have also installed photovoltaic systems that contribute to the reduction of peak electricity demand during the summer.
Promoting Energy-Saving Activities Linked to Just-in-Time Improvement Activities Based on the e-F@Ctory Concept
We have introduced initiatives such as company-wide just-in-time improvement activities in the factory that reduce equipment operating loss, making improvements to logistics, and reviewing production methods, as well as other similar energy-saving activities that also result in higher productivity.
Intensifying Control of Chemical Substances That Affect the Environment and Human Health
In response to the EU RoHS directive that specifically calls for eliminating the use of hazardous substances and the REACH regulation requiring that information on chemical substance content be provided, we are intensifying the control of chemical substances throughout the supply chain in product procurement, design, production, sales, and services.