Environmental Protection

Environmental Accounting

Mitsui Chemicals invests as much as is necessary in responsible care, including environmental initiatives and occupational health and safety. We also compile and publish our environmental accounts in accordance with the Environmental Accounting Guidelines set out by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment in 2005.

In fiscal 2016, we invested approximately ¥0.9 billion on protecting the environment.
In addition, expenses totaled around ¥22.0 billion on the back of higher research and development as well as other costs.
Including conserved resources and saved energy, the economic impact of our environmental activities this year was equivalent to approximately ¥1.4 billion. Moving forward, will continue to actively focus on environmental protection activities.

Trends in environmental accounts (Mitsui Chemicals non-consolidated*1)

Environmental preservation costs (Mitsui Chemicals non-consolidated*1)

Unit: Million yen

Category Main initiatives FY 2015 FY 2016
Investment Expenditure Investment Expenditure
1 Business area costs
(Cost of reducing the environmental impact of production and service activities within our business area)
1,348 14,740 875 14,148
1-1 Cost of preventing pollution Measures to prevent air pollution, water contamination, odors, etc. 399 11,683 529 11,138
1-2 Cost of protecting the global environment Energy saving measures 812 192 211 191
1-3 Cost of recycling resource Recycling industrial waste, etc. 137 2,865 135 2,819
2 Upstream / downstream costs
(Cost of reducing the environmental impact of production and service activities in upstream or downstream areas)
0 0 0 0
3 Management activity costs
(Cost of environmental management activities)
Maintaining environmental management systems, training employees, etc. 0 549 0 817
4 R&D costs
(Cost of environmental research and development activities)
Developing products and processes to protect the environment, reduce environmental impact, etc. 0 6,000 0 6,100
5 Social activity costs
(Cost of environmental social activities)
Increasing greenery, funding measures to combat pollution, etc. 0 229 0 203
6 Environmental damage costs
(Cost of remediating environmental damage)
Remediating pollution, etc. 22 712 0 720
Total 1,370 22,230 875 21,988

Impact of environmental activities (Mitsui Chemicals non-consolidated*1)

Category Details Item (unit) FY 2015 FY 2016
1 Preventing pollution Emissions of air pollutants and water contaminants PRTR substances (tons) 1,099 791
Harmful air pollutants (tons) 24 14
Volatile organic compounds (VOC) (tons) 2,018 1,676
Nitrogen oxides (NOx) (tons) 2,786 2,588
Sulfur oxides (SOx) (tons) 374 261
Dust (tons) 123 128
Chemical oxygen demand (COD) (tons) 1,032 849
Total nitrogen (tons) 867 866
Total phosphate (tons) 39 40
2 Preserving the environment   CO2 emissions (thousand tons) 4,120 4,010
Water usage (million m3) 473 474
Wastewater treatment (million m3) 61 55
Final effluent (million m3) 453 463
3 Recycling resources   Industrial waste sent offsite (tons) 86,113 82,311
Industrial waste sent to landfill (tons) 655 631
Recycling rate (%)
[ Waste recycled / Waste sent offsite ]
68.9 66.0
Total water used, including mains water, groundwater, industrial water and seawater

Economic impact of environmental initiatives (Mitsui Chemicals non-consolidated*1)

Unit: Million yen

Category Main benefits Monetary value
FY 2015 FY 2016
1 Income from recycling Recycling waste into resources 694 611
2 Income from saving energy Saving energy 900 400
3 Income from saving resources Improving our raw material intensity index 221 437
total 1,815 1,448
*1
Six parent production sites: Kashima, Ichihara (including Mobara Branch Factory), Nagoya, Osaka, Iwakuni-Ohtake and Omuta; and the Sodegaura Center
Operations were suspended at Kashima Works in fiscal 2016, while Tokuyama Branch Factory under Iwakuni-Ohtake Works was managed as an affiliated company.