Mitsubishi electric launches seventh environmental plan

April 20, 2012

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation has introduced a three-year action plan aimed at making further reductions in carbon dioxide emissions on both the production and end-use sides, and to put greater focus on the three Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle) within its operations.

The company’s plan is to reduce CO2 emissions by an average of 27 percent in the use of 84 products compared to levels in fiscal 2001. Emissions per unit of product net sales will be reduced to 83 percent of the fiscal 2011 level, or by 121,000 tonnes, in the three-year period. Other greenhouse gas emissions – such as sulfur hexafluoride, perfluorocarbon and hydrofluorocarbon – are to be reduced by 70 percent compared to the fiscal 2006 level on a CO2-equivalent basis.

To help make this happen the company will add 6.4-MW to it existing in-house solar photovoltaic power-generation capacity, bringing the total to 14.1-MW. Management systems will be implemented to control peak electricity demand at 68 major locations in Japan. CO2 emissions also will be reduced through a program of replacing electrically-power equipment such as air conditioners with more energy-efficient products.

More thorough sorting and evaluation of waste is being implemented to increase recycling. The target is to maintain a disposal ratio below 0.1 percent at Mitsubishi Electric's own sites and those of its Japanese affiliates, and to achieve a one percent ratio at overseas affiliates' sites.

The aim is also to reduce resource inputs by 39 percent below fiscal 2001 levels through the development of lighter and more compact products, collection and reuse of components like rare-earth magnets, and make more use of recycled material.

To pursue conservation activities in co-operation with local communities worldwide the company said it will nurture environmental specialists with the skills to mentor others in areas such as energy efficiency, waste management and pollution prevention.

The company also restated its intention expand its environmental businesses related to materials recycling, energy efficiency and innovative products for fields such as smart grids and smart communities.