The three years of the 9th Environmental Plan are regarded as the period for making the final touches for achieving Environmental Vision 2021. While adhering to the four pillars of the 8th Environmental Plan, we have also added two new focuses: "Using water effectively" and "Improving the level of environmental initiatives at overseas business sites." Through this plan, we will contribute to achieving five targets out of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations, including "7. Affordable and Clean Energy" and "13. Climate Action."

Initiatives toward Creating a Low-Carbon Society

Reducing CO2 from production

To comprehensively evaluate and manage the impacts on global warming, we will push forward activities that combine the initiatives of "reducing CO2 from production" and "reducing non-CO2 greenhouse gases (SF6, HFCs, and PFCs)" in continuation from the 8th Environmental Plan.

Target: Suppressing total emissions of greenhouse gases from production to a CO2 equivalent of 1.47 million tons or less in fiscal 2021.

Plan for Reducing CO2 from Production

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  1. *1 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.
  2. *2 Figure published by the Japan Electrical Manufacturers' Association (JEMA) in 1997.
  3. *3 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)
  4. *4 Figure published by JEMA in 2003 has been referred to for calculating the overseas emission coefficient.
  5. *5 Figure published in IPCC's Second Assessment Report was referred to for calculating the Global Warming Potential (GWP) for non-CO2 greenhouse gases.
  6. *6 Mitsubishi Electric Automotive (China) Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric GEM Power Device (Hefei) Co., Ltd. have been included in the scope of calculations starting from the 9th Environmental Plan.

Measures for Reducing Greenhouse Gases Excluding CO2

graph: Measures for Reducing Greenhouse Gases Excluding CO<sub>2</sub>

SBTs*1 will be formulated by fiscal 2020 to present a more specific roadmap for the creation of a low-carbon society. At the same time, we will aim to acquire certification from SBTi*2.

  1. *1 Science Based Targets: Targets for reducing CO2 emissions based on scientific grounds.
  2. *2 Science Based Target initiative: A non-profit organization that promotes SBTs and approves corporate initiatives for achieving them. Jointly established in 2015 by four organizations: CDP, United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Contribution to reducing CO2 from product usage

We will continue the initiatives of the 8th Environmental Plan focusing on "reducing CO2 emissions from product usage by improving the energy-saving performance of products" and "visualizing and expanding the contribution to reducing CO2 emissions during product usage."

Target: Reducing CO2 emissions from product usage by an average of 35% from fiscal 2001. Maintaining the 70 million ton level of contribution to reducing CO2 from product usage.

Plan for Reducing CO2 from Product Usage through Improved Energy Efficiency

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Contribution to Reducing CO2 from Product Usage

graph: Contribution to Reducing CO<sub>2</sub> from Product Usage

Initiatives toward Creating a Recycling-Based Society

Effective utilization of resources

The target final disposal rates of Mitsubishi Electric and its affiliates in Japan have been achieved also in the past, and those levels will continue to be maintained. Overseas affiliates will aim to improve their overall performance in continuation from the 8th Environmental Plan, by promoting thorough waste separation, recycling, and greater efficiency of waste collection and transport.

Target: Achieving final disposal rates of less than 0.1% in Japan and less than 0.5% overseas

Plan for Reducing Overseas Final Disposal Rate

graph: Plan for Reducing Overseas Final Disposal Rate

Reducing resource inputs

We will place greater emphasis on the creation of a recycling-based society as an important issue, and engage in "reducing resource inputs for products" and "expanding resource recycling businesses."

Target: Reducing resource inputs by an average 40% compared to fiscal 2001

Plan for Reducing Resource Inputs

graph: Plan for Reducing Resource Inputs

Expanding resource recycling businesses

The Mitsubishi Electric Group has a range of resource recycling businesses, including the recycling of plastics used in home appliances, elevator renewals, the rewinding of generator coils, and the replacement of multi-unit air-conditioning systems for buildings. We will expand these operations in continuation from the 8th Environmental Plan.

Using water effectively

Considering the increasing importance of water resources worldwide, we set new targets for water usage in the 9th Environmental Plan. Based on these targets, we will engage in thorough management of water usage/drainage volumes and reduce water usage by saving and reusing water in 80 business sites in Japan and overseas.

Target: Reducing water usage per unit of sales by 1% per annum compared to fiscal 2011

Plan for Reducing Water Usage and Basic Unit Per Sales

graph: Plan for Reducing Water Usage and Basic Unit Per Sales

Initiatives to Create a Society in Tune with Nature

Nature conservation activities

We will continue to hold Mitsubishi Electric Outdoor Classrooms and the Satoyama Woodland Preservation Project.

Target: Increasing the number of participants in Mitsubishi Electric Outdoor Classrooms and the Satoyama Woodland Preservation Project by 12,000 from March 2018 and bringing the cumulative total to more than 51,000

Plan for Increasing Number of Participants in Mitsubishi Electric Outdoor Classrooms and the Satoyama Woodland Preservation Project

graph: Plan for Increasing Number of Participants in Mitsubishi Electric Outdoor Classrooms and the Satoyama Woodland Preservation Project

Preserving biodiversity at business sites

We will launch full-scale biodiversity protection activities at all manufacturing bases in Japan based on our internal guideline set in line with the Aichi Targets* and the results of living creature studies that we have carried out up to fiscal 2018. Other initiatives will also be implemented at each business site, including the preservation of local species, control of non-native species, and maintenance of green spaces in consideration of the surrounding ecosystem.

  • * Aichi Targets: Global targets adopted at the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity (COP 10), which was held in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture in October 2010. They form the core of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

Strengthening Our Environmental Management Foundation

Compliance with environmental regulations

To ensure compliance with RoHS2 chemical substance regulations in Europe, we will work to establish alternative technologies.

Improving the level of environmental initiatives at manufacturing bases

At all overseas manufacturing bases, we will strengthen the monitoring of compliance and develop technologies in response to various laws and regulations. We will also reduce environmental risks at factories and improve the level of our environmental initiatives