Initiatives toward creating a low-carbon society

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 2018 Achievements of the Mitsubishi Electric Group

(Mitsubishi Electric and affiliates in Japan)
Shipping volume unit: 0.0296 tons-CO2/million yen (4.6% reduction compared to previous fiscal year)
CO2 emitted: 115,000 tons (slight reduction compared to previous fiscal year)

The Mitsubishi Electric Group and its affiliates in Japan continued to implement the following measures in fiscal 2018.

  • 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 2018, the amount of CO2 emitted by the Mitsubishi Electric Group fell to 97,000 tons (a decrease of 400 tons compared to the previous fiscal year). The amount emitted by affiliates in Japan totaled 17,000 tons (down 4.0%, a reduction of 800 tons compared to the previous fiscal year).

Regarding overseas affiliates, the amount of CO2 emitted by a total of 20 companies was 312,000 tons (down 17,000 tons compared to the previous fiscal year), while shipping volume per unit was 0.323 tons-CO2/million yen (down 4.0% compared to the previous fiscal year).

  • graph: Total CO<sub>2</sub> Emissions in Distribution
  • graph: Fiscal 2018 Composition Ratio of Transport Volume by Transport Means


In fiscal 2018, affiliates in Japan and overseas reviewed the process of importing products manufactured by factories in China to Japan in order to reduce CO2 emissions.

Previously, after products had been imported from China, they underwent inspections at plants in Japan before they were delivered to customers. In the new approach, the inspection process is assigned to the Chinese factories with the aim of reducing product lead time. Moreover, our import base was moved from the Port of Yokohama to the Port of Fukuyama, nearer to customers.

These initiatives resulted in a shorter transportation time, from the previous 14 days to 9 days, and a 74.2% reduction in CO2 emissions.

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