Mitsui Chemicals

Logistics

Initiatives to Reduce Environmental Impact in Logistics

Mitsui Chemicals is working to build a logistics structure that has a low impact on the environment. Promoting a model shift in moving away from the use of trucks and increasing the volume of marine and rail transportation, we are working to reduce CO2 emissions by making further improvements to our load efficiency by shared logistics*1.
In fiscal 2016, the Company’s per-unit energy consumption rate for the transportation of products*2 was 7.05 kiloliters per thousand tons. This was up 2.9% compared with fiscal 2015. While the increase in the Company’s per-unit energy consumption rate reflected the impact of extended product transportation distances owing mainly to changes in sales, the modal shift ratio is showing a steady improvement.
In addition, Mitsui Chemicals has been designated as an Eco Rail Mark company by the Administration and Screening Committee of Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

*1
Shared logistics: The building of a shared logistics system for small-lot products by chemical manufacturers in the Keiyo area.
*2
Per-unit energy consumption rate for the transportation of products: Amount of energy consumer (crude oil equivalent in kiloliters) / Volume of product shipments (thousands of tons)

Shared Logistics System for Small-lot Products by Keiyo Area Chemical Manufacturers

Against the backdrop of an increasingly serious shortage of drivers and burgeoning mail order demand, operators began to shun the transportation of chemicals. Securing stable transportation capacity for small-lot products over long distances thus became an urgent issue common among chemical shippers. In the Keiyo area to the east of Tokyo, we collect shipments from the production sites of other manufacturers in the vicinity and share the logistics of delivering those products to customers via common transportation routes.
Traditionally, transportation was carried out by delivery companies that took chemicals mixed with loads of general merchandise on set routes via multiple transshipment points. Since we reduce the number of transshipment points by using companies specializing in chemicals, we can expect to reduce the number of quality issues, such as damage caused in transit.
We can also expect that the improvement in load efficiency will have the effect of reducing our CO2 emissions.

Shared Logistics System