Environment – Environmental Vision 2021

Environmental Vision 2021 is the long-term environmental management vision of the Mitsubishi Electric Group. With the guideline of making positive contributions to the earth and its people through technology and action, the Company is working toward the realization of a sustainable society utilizing wide-ranging and sophisticated technologies as well as the promotion of proactive and ongoing actions by our employees. The Vision sets 2021 as its target year, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of Mitsubishi Electric's founding.

Making Positive Contributions to the Earth and its People through Technology and Action

Creating a Low-Carbon Society

To help create a low-carbon society, we will:

  • Work to create and popularize innovative energy-saving products to achieve the goal of reducing CO2 emissions from product usage by 30% compared to fiscal 2001
  • Strive to reduce CO2 emissions from product production by 30% (520,000 tons) across the entire Mitsubishi Electric Group as a prerequisite for sustainable growth
  • Reduce CO2 emissions from power generation and contribute to the creation of a low-carbon society by supplying the power industry with products and systems that do not emit CO2, including solar power and nuclear power systems

Creating a Recycling-Based Society

To help create a recycling-based society, we will:

  • Develop sustainable resource cycles by reducing waste output, reusing resources and recycling resources to give them new life
  • Strive for zero waste output from production processes

Respecting Biodiversity: Ensuring Harmony with Nature and Fostering Environmental Awareness

To help ensure harmony with nature and cultivate greater environmental awareness, we will:

  • Strive to respect biodiversity in our business activities
  • Teach employees the importance of maintaining harmony with nature by providing opportunities for nature observation and direct participation in conservation activities to inculcate autonomous actions for the sake of the environment
  • Engage in nature conservation activities to restore damaged woodland environments
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Efforts Focused on the creation of a Low-Carbon Society

Aiming to Reduce CO2 Emissions from Product Usage by 30%

Contributing to the creation of a low-carbon society through the provision of a wide variety of energy-saving products.

*Further evolution of our distinctive technologies cultivated over many years - *Innovation in our inverter/power semiconductor technologies shared across all businesses - *Development of system solutions - CO2 emissions from product usage - A factor of 50 - CO2 emissions from production - At the office - At home - At transit - At public facilities - At the plant - Heavy electric machinery system - Industrial mechatronics - Data communications systems - Electronic devices - Household appliances

Aiming to Reduce Total CO2 Emissions from Production by 30%

Raising the efficiency and performance of air conditioning, lighting and other utility equipment, as well as improving production lines to reduce the amount of CO2 emitted during production and contributing to the creation of a low-carbon society.

Mitsubishi Electric envisaged a fiscal 2021 total CO2 emissions target of 830,000 tons based on a CO2 emissions intensity of 0.33kg-CO2/kWh at the time its Environmental Vision 2021 was formulated. Taking into consideration changing electric power circumstances in Japan, total emissions were converted using an intensity of 0.42 at the time the 7th Environmental Plan was put in place. Under the framework of the 7th Environmental Plan, this also brings the target to 980,000 tons in the final fiscal year (2020).

Helping to Reduce CO2 Emissions from Power Generation

We will help reduce CO2 emissions from power generation and contribute to the creation of a low-carbon society by supplying the power industry with products and systems that do not emit CO2, including photovoltaic power and nuclear power systems.

CO2 emissions reduced to zero with use of photovoltaics - Promote installations and increase module efficiency
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Initiatives to Help Create a Recycling-Based Society

Making Use of DfE and LCA Technologies to Promote the 3Rs

Creating products that contribute to the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) throughout the product lifecycle.

Resource Cycle - Maintenance of Eco-System - Prosperous Society - Resources - Reduce - Product - End-of-Life Products - Reuse - Recycle - Purification/Regeneration

Zero Emissions (Eliminating Waste that Heads Directly to Landfill)

Restricting the generation of waste and promoting the efficient reuse and resource reconversion of waste.

Reduce - Set size and weight for each product Efficient use of raw materials Reduce resources used by 30% - Reuse - Introduce product lease/rental program and expand maintenance services - Recycle - Expand closed-loop recycling program for plastics and work toward the recycling 100% of waste plastic from appliances - Conventional Method - Disposal - Downgraded Use - General Plastic Goods/Fuel - Manual Dismantling - Only possible to reuse plastic parts that are easy to manually dismantle and soft - Air Conditioners - Televisions - Washing Machines - Refrigerators - Hyper Cycle Technology - All plastics are pulverized together - Closed-loop Recycling Different types of plastics are pulverized and automatically sorted - Cleaning and sorting - Reuse - Plastics recovered from home appliances are reused in home appliances
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Respecting Biodiversity:
Ensuring Harmony with Nature and Fostering Environmental Awareness

Mitsubishi Electric Outdoor Classroom and Leadership Training

We provide education for children and leadership training for 1,000 people in the promotion of nature observation and conservation.

Forest Cultivation Activities and "Satoyama" Woodland Preservation Project

Forest cultivation activities aid in the creation of a low-carbon society, protects against natural disasters, and contributes to the preservation of biodiversity.

"Satoyama" Woodland Preservation Project involves local residents, employees, families, and nearly one million people from all over the world join forces to engage in this nature conservation activity.

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