Environmental Protection

As a chemical company, Mitsui Chemicals acts to protect the environment in two ways: by reducing the environmental impact of our business activities and by appropriately managing chemical substances.
Specific initiatives include preventing global warming, saving energy, promoting the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) in order to reduce the volume of industrial waste sent to final disposal (landfill), and reducing the environmental impact of substances subject to the PRTR Act and volatile organic compounds (VOC). We also publish environmental accounting figures and run eco-efficiency assessments in relation to our environmental impact and economic activities, in an effort to ascertain the impact of our activities and pave the way for sustainable development.

Management System

Policy

Our Responsible Care Policy states that we make efforts to assess the risks of our products throughout their lifecycles in order to ensure the health and safety of all persons and to protect the environment by reducing their environmental impact. We have also established a basic Environment Protection policy, and continue to promote environmental protection in line with internal regulations for the management of the environment and safety.

System and Responsible Officers

Assigning the president as the Chief and the director in charge of the Production & Technology Center as the person directly responsible, the Production & Technology Center Planning & Coordination Division and the Safety & Environment Technology Division formulates, disseminates and promotes the environmental protection strategy. In addition, they also collaborate with business sectors, production sites and affiliated companies to promote environmental protection.

Monitoring Methods

The Planning & Coordination Division in the Production & Technology Center and the Safety & Environmental Technology Division regularly check to confirm progress in meeting priority goals for environmental protection at domestic sites. Data related to the protection of the environment, including for GHG emissions, are collected once a year, with the results of analysis shared throughout the Group.

Achievements and Reviews

We have achieved steady progress in our annual GHG reduction targets.
Medium- to long-term targets include zero environment-related accidents while our 2025 Long-term Business Plan environmental and social targets focus on “maximizing products and services to achieve a low-carbon, recycling-oriented, and cohesive society in harmony with the environment”, with five-year average reduction targets for energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions as key performance indicators (KPI). Our goal for the group as a whole is to make more effective use of resources in order to reduce the emission of GHG and environmentally hazardous materials.

Goals and Results

Goals for Fiscal 2016

  • Reduce the per-unit energy consumption rate by an average of over 1% per year over five years (Mitsui Chemicals Non-consolidated)
  • Reduce the amount of GHG emissions by 20,000 tons or more compared to fiscal 2015 through energy conservation initiatives (Mitsui Chemicals Non-consolidated)
  • Achieve zero environment-related accidents at production sites
  • Promote voluntary activities including risk management of environmentally harmful substances

Fiscal 2016 Results and Assessments

Level achieved: A

  • Achieved a reduction in the per-unit energy consumption rate by an average of over 1% per year over five years (Mitsui Chemicals Non-consolidated)
  • Reduced the amount of GHG emissions by 25,000 tons compared to fiscal 2015 through energy conservation initiatives (Mitsui Chemicals Non-consolidated
  • Achieved zero environment-related accidents at production sites
  • Formulated plan for reducing environmentally harmful substances, and included these plans in fiscal 2017’s targets

Priorities for Fiscal 2017

  • Reduce the per-unit energy consumption rate by an average of over 1% per year over five years (Mitsui Chemicals Non-consolidated)
  • Reduce the amount of GHG emissions by 40,000 tons or more compared to fiscal 2016 through energy conservation initiatives (Mitsui Chemicals Non-consolidated)
  • Achieve zero environment-related accidents at production sites
  • Reduce emission volume of substances subject to the PRTR Act by 200 tons or more compared to fiscal 2015 (Mitsui Chemicals non-consolidated)

* Levels of achievement based on self-assessment: A: 95% or more, B: 70% or more and less than 95%, C: less than 70%