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 through such measures as improving our load efficiency by building of a shared logistics system for small-lot products made up of chemical manufacturers in the Keiyo area.
In fiscal 2017, the Company’s per-unit energy consumption rate for the transportation of products*1 was 6.65 kiloliters per thousand tons. This was down 5.7% compared with fiscal 2016. This downturn in the Company’s per-unit energy consumption rate largely reflected such factors as the decrease in the average transportation distance of products attributable to changes in sales.
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.

In fiscal 2017, five companies including Mitsui Chemicals were collectively certified as a model shift promotion business by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. In this instance, certification recognized the model shift away from the use of trucks to rail when transporting products between the Company’s operations in the Ichihara area (Chiba Prefecture) to its affiliate Du Pont-Mitsui Polychemicals Co., Ltd. in the Ohtake area (Hiroshima Prefecture). Moreover, steps were taken to introduce large-scale containers in earnest from August 2017 and to realize container round use*2. In the future, plans are in place to reduce the amount of CO2 emissions by 70% and truck drivers’ hours by 86.8% compared with the levels recorded prior to the change in transportation route.

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Per-unit energy consumption rate for the transportation of products:
Amount of energy consumed (crude oil equivalent in kiloliters) / Volume of product shipments (thousands of tons).
*2
Container round use:
Container round use is a concept in which the devanned container is used without returning it to the shipping company. The container is diverted after securing a return load.

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