Mitsui Chemicals

Environmental Protection

As an entity that develops, manufactures and markets chemicals, the Mitsui Chemicals Group 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 climate change, reducing the volume of industrial waste sent to final disposal (landfill) by the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), and reducing the environmental impact of substances subject to the PRTR Act and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). 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 divisions , 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.
We also conduct environmental impact audits on an annual basis at the manufacturing facilities of companies eligible for Responsible Care support and the parent company itself.

Goals and Results

Climate Change

KPI Scope of Compilation FY2017 FY2018 Medium to Long-term
Goals Results Level
Achieved
Goals Goals
GHG emissions*1 reduction rate
(Compared with FY2005)
Japan 24.5% 25.4% or more
(FY2030)
Reduction of GHG emissions*1
(Compared with the previous fiscal year)
Japan 57,000t or more 78,000t 150,000t or more
Per-unit energy consumption average reduction rate over five years Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. 1% or more 0.9% × 1% or more*2 1% or more
(FY2025)
Per-unit energy consumption average reduction rate, using FY2009 as a base Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. 92.3% Annual average of 1%*2 or more
*1
Emission and reduction volume at full capacity, which is different than what is shown in the graph on the “Climate Change” page.
*2
Goal is to achieve either target

Substances Subject to the PRTR Act

KPI Scope of Compilation FY2017 FY2018 Medium to Long-term
Goals Results Level
Achieved
Goals Goals
Volume of reduction in Substances Subject to the PRTR Act (Compared with FY2015) Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. 200t or more 328t
Emission of substances subject to the PRTR Act Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. 766t 700t or less Measures aimed at achieving 450t or less in FY2020

Industrial Waste

KPI Scope of Compilation FY2017 FY2018 Medium to Long-term
Goals Results Level
Achieved
Goals Goals
Landfill disposal rate for industrial waste Japan 1% or less 0.3% 1% or less 1% or less
Landfill disposal rate for industrial waste Overseas 1% or less 0.3% 1% or less 1% or less

Air

KPI Scope of Compilation FY2017 FY2018 Medium to Long-term
Goals Results Level
Achieved
Goals Goals
Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. 3,000t or less 1,574t 3,000t or less Consider plans for further reductions

General measures to preserve the environment notwithstanding the above

KPI Scope of Compilation FY2017 FY2018 Medium to Long-term
Goals Results Level
Achieved
Goals Goals
Number of environment-related accidents Mitsui Chemicals Group 0 0 0 0
Number of violations to environmental laws and regulations Mitsui Chemicals Group 0 0 0 0

Review and Challenges

We are showing steady progress in the achievement of our annual targets, including for environment-related accidents and violations to environmental laws and regulations. We will continue to promote voluntary measures aimed at reducing the use environmentally hazardous materials, including substances subject to the PRTR Act, and will continue to act in accordance with revisions to environmental laws and regulations moving forward.
Our 2025 Long-term Business Plan environmental and social targets focus on “maximize products and services to achieve a low carbon, recycling-oriented, and cohesive society in harmony with the environment” with the GHG emissions reduction rate and five-year average energy consumption reduction rate as key performance indicators (KPIs). 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.