Environmental considerations for products

Product Development

Product Development Considering Overall Lifecycle

Reducing CO2 Emissions During Product Use and Improving Resource Efficiency in Line with Environmental Vision 2021

As the concept of Lifecycle Thinking grows increasingly more important globally, the Mitsubishi Electric Group aspires to reduce environmental load by closely overseeing the entire product lifecycle, from collecting resources to design, manufacture, and disposal after use. Since fiscal 2004, product assessments for all newly developed products were implemented from the perspective of MET.*1 Beginning in fiscal 2016, however, we operate based on Design for the Environment rules that conform to international standards focusing on Lifecycle Thinking. Furthermore, regarding the use of the product environmental efficiency improvement index (i.e., Factor X), products whose factor has improved compared to the base fiscal year are designated as "eco-products." Those products whose factor has improved based on in-house standard values are designated as "hyper eco-products."

  1. *1 MET stands for material (effective use of material resources), energy (efficient use of energy) and toxicity (avoiding emissions of toxic substances with potential environmental risk).
diagram: The Concept of Design for the Environment