Visualization of Contributions to the Environment and Society

Environmental Contribution Value, Blue Value™

Including the Group’s materials and products, chemical products pass through a variety of life cycles, from manufacturing and processing to final disposal after actual use. At each life cycle stage, we consider if links can be made to the further environmental orientation of products, show in visual form what kinds of environmental load reductions can be made and share them with a wide array of stakeholders.
It was with these ideas in mind that we developed the environmental contribution value, Blue Value™, in 2015 and now certify products with high environmental contribution value as Blue Value™ products.

For Blue Value™ certifications, we conduct evaluations utilizing the mitsui Sustainability Index (m-SI) environmental impact assessment criteria, which are based on LCA.
Comprising environmental contribution categories that cover a range of the forms that environmental impact can take as well as special environmentally oriented categories for the Group’s products and services, the m-SI categories enable evaluations that target life cycles, from raw materials to production, processing, use and final disposal.
After having undertaken checks for the further transparency and objectivity of the evaluation process, we ultimately certify those products that fulfill three environmental contribution elements, in other words products that reduce CO2, protect resources, and harmonize with nature as exhibiting Blue Value™.

As examples of products that newly received Blue Value™ certification in fiscal 2016, there are Do Green™ MR-174 ultrahigh-refractive index ophthalmic lens materials, for which non-fossil (biomass)-derived material is utilized, and environmentally compatible 1.5-pentamethylene di-isocyanate (PDI™) poly-isocyanate STABiO™. By the use of non-fossil materials, both products contribute to the realization of a low carbon society by reducing the amount of GHG emissions throughout the life cycle compared with the use of fossil materials.

LCA(Life Cycle Assessment):
A method of quantitatively assessing the environmental impact of products at all stages, including development, manufacturing, transportation, use, and final disposal.

Environmental Contribution Value, Blue Value™

Related SDGs

Blue Value™ Environmental Contribution Elements

  Blue Value™
Environmental Contribution Elements
m-SI assessment criteria
Blue Value™ evaluation criteria  
1 Reduce CO2 Reduction of GHG emissions Weight-saving / Volume reduction
Extended service life
Natural energy sources
Non-petrochemical raw materials
Environmental cleanup
Saving of energy, electricity, fuel
2 Protect resources 3Rs, easy sorting, resources conservation
3 Harmonize with nature Ecosystem conservation (human health)
Ecosystem conservation (environmental organisms)
Prevention of environmental contamination

Examples of Blue Value™ Product Contributions across Product Life Cycle Stages

Business Domain Product Application(s) Product Life Cycle Stage Reasons for Blue Value™ Certification Relevant environmental contribution elements
CO2 Reso- urces Nat- ure
Mobility TAFMER™ Bumpers Manufa- cturing Reduces energy consumption during manufacturing stage through use of catalysts (promoting chemical reactions) that enhance productivity    
Mitsui EPT™ Weather-strip sponge Manufa- cturing Reduces energy consumption during manufacturing stage through use of catalysts (promoting of chemical reactions) that enhance productivity    
Polypropylene (PP) compounds Bumpers, instrument panels Processing Reduces GHGs by 13.3% by eliminating painting process  
ADMER™ Adhesive polyolefins for fuel tank use Use Enables 10-30% reduction in fuel tank weight through use of alternatives to metal tanks    
ARLEN™ ABS pistons Use Enables weight reduction of 60% by replacement of metal parts    
AURUM™ Turbo seals Use Enables weight reduction of 60–80% by replacement of metal parts    
Food & Packaging STABiO™ Hardener for coatings Materials, Processing Reduces fossil fuel resource consumption and the use of solvents during painting through the use of bio-based raw materials  
T.U.X™ Sealant films Processing Reduces energy consumption by lowering heat seal temperature and reduces resin usage by improving film strength  
ECONEIGE™ Food packaging materials Processing Reduces amount of resin used by 20-30% by facilitating shielding properties with a void, negates need for white printing  
BARIASTAR™ Coating agent for thermal paper labels Processing Reduces drying process by integral coating of three layers of thermal paper (undercoat, heat-sensitive and topcoat layers)  
HIPRENE™ Textile base materials Use Contributes to improved safety during construction and prevention of environmental pollution because does not contain solvents    
SOLAR ASCE™ Encapsulant sheets for solar cells Use Controls potential-induced degradation (PID) and reduces power generation loss by improving ability to withstand high humidity and insulation durability  
Health Care Do Green™ MR-174 Eyeglass lens materials Materials Reduces fossil fuel resource consumption through the use of bio-based raw materials  
Acrylamide High-polymer flocculants Manufa- cturing Reduces energy consumption during manufacturing stage by lowering of production temperature through use of biocatalyst (enzyme)    
Basic Materials ECONICOL™ Sheets Materials Reduces fossil fuel resource consumption through use of bio-based raw materials  
MOSTRONTM™
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Rear doors Processing High rigidity enables replacement of metal parts. Realizes 30% reduction in weight    
Evolue™ Extruded laminates Processing Saves energy by use of catalysts during manufacturing process and reduces amount of resin used during processing by enhanced sealing performance  
AdBlue™ Exhaust gas (NOx) reduction agent Use Reduces NOx emissions, leading to fuel conservation  
Next Generation Business iCAST™ Cultivation systems Use Ensures agricultural sustainability through significant savings on resources (water, fertilizer)
Various product life cycle stages