Environment – 8th Environmental Plan (Fiscal 2016–2018)
The 8th Environmental Plan focuses on "reducing all greenhouse gases" and "improving global-level environmental response" with the objective of realizing Environmental Vision 2021. The major initiatives being promoted are explained below.
Initiatives toward Creating a Low-Carbon Society
Reducing CO2 from production
In order to comprehensively evaluate and manage the impact on global warming, objectives targeted individually in the 7th Environmental Plan—, "reducing CO2 from production" and "reducing non-CO2 greenhouse gases (SF6, HFCs, and PFCs)" —have been combined.
Plan for Reducing CO2 from Production
- Base year for CO2: Mitsubishi Electric parent company, fiscal 1991; affiliates in Japan, fiscal 2001; and overseas affiliates, fiscal 2006.
Base year for non-CO2 greenhouse gasses: Mitsubishi Electric parent company and affiliates in Japan, fiscal 2001; overseas affiliates, fiscal 2006.
- Figure published by the Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association (JEMA) in 1997.
- Figure published by the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan at the time of drawing up the 8th Environmental Plan (in 2013, when two nuclear power stations were operational)
- Figure published by JEMA in 2006 has been referred to for calculating the overseas emission coefficient.
- Figure published in IPCC’s Second Assessment Report was referred to for calculating the Global Warming Potential (GWP) for non-CO2 greenhouse gases.
Measures for Reducing Greenhouse Gases Excluding CO2
Contribution to reducing CO2 from product usage
Continue the initiatives of the 7th Environmental Plan focusing on "reducing CO2 emissions from product usage by improving product performance" and "visualizing and expanding the contribution to reducing CO2 emissions during product usage."
Plan for Reducing CO2 from Product Usage through Improved Energy Efficiency
Amount of Contribution to Reducing CO2 Emissions During Product Usage
Initiatives toward Creating a Recycling-Based Society
Promoting effective resource utilization at business sites
The values targeted for the final disposal rates of Mitsubishi Electric and its affiliates in Japan have been achieved to date, and those levels will be maintained. Overseas affiliates aim to improve performance in this area in all regions by strengthening the activities at each site, and also by selecting sites where important reinforcement measures will be introduced on the basis of priority.
Plan for Reducing Overseas Final Disposal Rate
Reducing resource inputs
Promotion includes the goal of reducing resource inputs during product development planning.
Plan for Reducing Use of Resources
Visualization of resource recycling business
A business scale that leads to improving resource efficiency, including product recycling and the renovation/maintenance of facilities, is being visualized. Cooperation will be enhanced by sharing case examples and technological information cross-sector throughout the Group, and environment-related business will be expanded.
Initiatives to Create a Society in Tune with Nature
Fostering environmental awareness
Mitsubishi Electric Outdoor Classrooms and the Satoyama Woodland Preservation Project will continue to be held, with the aim of increasing the total number of participants to 10,000 in the three-year period; thereby bringing the cumulative total to more than 30,000. Additionally, the "Mitsubishi Electric Group’s Environmental Management" e-learning program that started in fiscal 2015 will be expanded to enable use by affiliate companies in Japan and overseas affiliates.
Preserving biodiversity at business sites
At all of our business sites in Japan, we promote preserving endemic species unique to the region. We also foster a better understanding between employees and local communities.
Strengthening Our Environmental Management Foundation
Compliance with environmental regulations
To ensure compliance with RoHS chemical substance regulations in Europe, we are stepping up efforts to develop alternative technologies via special interest groups and our website.
Improving the level of environmental initiatives at manufacturing bases
Regarding environmental load and level of environmental initiatives at manufacturing bases in Japan and overseas, an original index was formulated for the five fields of air pollution control, water and soil pollution control, chemical substance management, greenhouse gas reduction, and waste management in order to evaluate them. Additionally, looking to the overseas manufacturing bases that are prioritized to receive reinforcement measures first, plans are to reduce environmental load and improve the level of environmental initiatives.
Example of evaluation criteria for initiatives in five fields
Image of visualization