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.
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.
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."
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.
Promotion includes the goal of reducing resource inputs during product development planning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.