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Environment – Reducing CO2 from Logistics

Basic Policies on Logistics (Distribution)

The Mitsubishi Electric Group carries out just-in-time improvement activities to improve logistics. These activities aim to visualize logistics work by quantification, and to eliminate irrational, irregular, and wasted efforts to improve transport efficiency and economy, and to reduce environmental impact through "Eco-Logistics" (Economy & Ecology Logistics).

Fiscal 2017 Achievements of the Mitsubishi Electric Group

Shipping volume unit: 0.0301 tons-CO2/million yen (a 3.5% reduction on the previous fiscal year)

CO2 emitted: 115,000 tons (a 1,000-ton reduction on the previous fiscal year)

The Mitsubishi Electric Group and its affiliates in Japan continued to implement the following measures in fiscal 2017.

  • Reviewing transportation routes
  • Switching from truck transportation to rail transportation (modal shift)
  • Reducing the number of trucks by improving load ratios (including Container Round Use)

Thanks to these measures during fiscal 2017, the amount of CO2 emitted by the Mitsubishi Electric Group fell to 97,000 tons (a decrease of 1,000 tons on the previous fiscal year). The amount emitted by affiliates in Japan totaled 18,000 tons (up 2,000 tons, an increase of 0.3% on the previous fiscal year).

Regarding overseas affiliates, as a result of the focus changes, the amount of CO2 emitted by a total of 21 companies was 329,000 tons (down 11,000 tons on the previous fiscal year), while shipping volume per unit was 0.336 tons-CO2/million yen (up 3% on the previous fiscal year).

Total CO<sub>2</sub> Emissions in Distribution
Fiscal 2017 Composition Ratio of Transport Volume by Transport Means
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At each of the Mitsubishi Electric Group's works, with the cooperation of other companies, we are introducing Container Round Use for the import and export of products and materials.

Usually, when freight is imported in containers, it is transported by sea from an overseas hub via a port, and is then transported over land to an import warehouse. After delivery at the warehouse, the empty containers are returned to the container-yard of the port and harbor department.

Then, with the cooperation of a company using the same warehouse or a nearby warehouse, once the importing company has unloaded the freight from the container, the exporter loads freight into the same container, achieving Container Round Use. This reduces the transportation of empty containers between the container-yard and the warehouse, and reduces CO2 emissions. The same approach is also used with exports.

Going forward, we plan to continue and expand these activities.

Image of Container Transport (with the Mitsubishi Electric Group Importing, and a Cooperating Company Exporting)

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