Blue Value™ / Rose Value™
Environmental Contribution Value, Blue Value™
Numerous chemical products pass through a variety of life cycles, from manufacturing and processing to final disposal after use. At each life cycle stage, we visualize from the perspective of product stewardship how much we can reduce environmental impact and share this with a wide array of stakeholders, a practice that often leads to further environmental contributions. It was with these ideas in mind that we developed the environmental contribution value, Blue Value™, in 2015 in order to achieve our goal of realizing a “cohesive society in harmony with the environment”. Under the unique environmental impact assessment criteria Blue Value™ Index, the Mitsui Chemicals Group certifies products and services as having Blue Value™ that are deemed to reduce CO2, protect resources, and harmonize with nature, thereby contributing to the environment in three elements.
Conducting comparative assessments targeting market-standard products and existing in-house products, Blue Value™ comprises certification requirements that not only involve passing evaluation standards but also not falling below these at each life stage. In addition, Blue Value™ incorporates qualitative and semi-quantitative assessments while becoming a system that enables simplified evaluations. On an as needed basis, Blue Value™ has become a framework to assess the superiority of specialized and quantitative environmental contributions by departments responsible for LCA*.
*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.
|Contribution Elements||Environmental impact assessment criteria Blue Value™ Index|
|Evaluation criteria||Related assessment criteria|
|Saving of energy,
||3Rs, easy sorting,
|Harmonize with nature
*GHG emission-related global warming substances, chemical substances harmful to ecosystems, and environmental pollutants are targeted for substances whose characterization factors have been calculated in LIME2.
Examples of Blue Value™ Product Contributions across Product Life Cycle Stages
|Reduces energy consumption during manufacturing stage through use of catalysts (promoting chemical reactions) that enhance productivity||◯|
|Mitsui EPT™||Weather-strip sponge||Manufacturing||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,
|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||Manufacturing||Reduces energy consumption during manufacturing stage by lowering of production temperature through use of biocatalyst (enzyme)||◯|
|AIRYFA™*||Disposable diapers||Use||Reduces fossil materials and waste materials, including incineration||◯||◯|
|Basic Materials||ECONYKOL™||Sheets||Materials||Reduces fossil fuel resource consumption through use of bio-based raw materials||◯||◯|
|MOSTRONTM™-L||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)||◯||◯||◯|
|Photovoltaic Power Generation Diagnostics Services*||Diagnostics services||Use||Prevents deterioration of photovoltaic panel power generation and contributes to greenhouse gas reduction||◯|
*Fiscal 2017 new certified products and services.