Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that it has fulfilled the major targets of its just-completed Environmental Vision 2021 that the company introduced in 2007. By achieving the targets of this vision, Mitsubishi Electric has contributed to the realization of a more sustainable, low-carbon world that emphasizes recycling and harmony with nature. The vision’s guiding principles were to contribute to people and the earth through technological and other initiatives through 2021, Mitsubishi Electric’s 100th anniversary.
Mitsubishi Electric is now striving to achieve the targets of its current long-term environmental vision, Environmental Sustainability Vision 2050, under which the company aims to create new value and contribute to an increasingly sustainable world through diverse environmental initiatives, including decarbonization.
- 1)Low-carbon Society: Reduced greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions from product use and productionMitsubishi Electric achieved a 36% reduction from the FY2001 level in greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions generated during use of the company’s products, thereby exceeding the original 30% reduction target. This was accomplished through technological innovations and the development of highly energy-efficient products. As for CO2 emissions from manufacturing operations, Mitsubishi Electric’s investments in energy conservation at each manufacturing site led to a 56% reduction from the FY1991 level, significantly better than the original 30% target.
- 2)Recycling society: Reduced plastic and metal inputs, water consumption and waste emissionsRegarding the final waste disposal rate, the company and domestic affiliates lowered their rate to 0.02% (target: less than 0.1%) and overseas affiliates achieved a rate of 0.15% (target: less than 0.5%). By reducing the sizes and weights of its products, Mitsubishi Electric reduced its resource inputs by an average of 43% across in 64 product groups compared to the FY2001 level, which significantly surpassed the original 30% target. In addition, water consumption per unit of sales was reduced by 20% from the FY2011 level, double the initial target of 10% (1% annually). This was achieved by continuously measuring the amount of water used and reused at domestic and overseas bases and horizontally adopting best practices to reduce consumption. Furthermore, Mitsubishi Electric upgraded its plastic recycling technology for expanded closed-loop recycling in which plastic collected from home appliances is reused in the company’s own manufactured home appliances. As a result, the company sucessfully raised its ratio of recycled mixed plastic to high-purity plastic in home appliance recycling from 6% in FY2011 to 80% at present.
- 3)Society in harmony with nature: Robust biodiversity initiatives at business sitesThe company also strove to continue conducting its “Mitsubishi Electric Outdoor Classrooms” and “Satoyama Woodland Preservation Project” with the goal of surpassing 51,000 total participants by the end of FY2021. Due to COVID-19, however, some locations were obliged to suspend such activities, so the final participants total came to 48,872. Biodiversity preservation measures at business sites were carried out in 24 locations in Japan, as targeted.
Targets and Results of Environmental Vision 2021
|Sector||Main Activities||Evaluation Index||Target||Actual||Target Fulfilled|
|Low-carbon Society||Reduce CO2 emissions during production||CO2 emissions||30% less|
(1.16 million tons)
|Reduce CO2 emissions during product use||Reduce CO2 emissions during product use via energy-saving performance||Average reduction rate|
|Recycling-oriented Society||Use resources more effectively||Final disposal rate||Domestic operations||0.1%>||0.02%||Yes|
|Reduce resource inputs||Average reduction rate|
|Use water more effectively||Water use per unit of sales reduced 1 percentage point per year (vs. FY2011)||10% or more||20%||Yes|
|Society in Harmony with Nature||Continue to conduct “Mitsubishi Electric Outdoor Classrooms” and “Satoyama Woodland Preservation Project”||Total participants since FY2008||51,000 people||48,872 people||No2|
|Protect biodiversity at business sites||Number of locations||All 24 districts||All 24 districts||Yes|