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Protection of the Global Environment

We rigorously comply with environment-related laws, regulations, and treaties. We strive to prevent environmental pollution and curb greenhouse gas emissions, to adapt to climate change, and to maintain biodiversity. We are alert to environmental impacts and work to mitigate those impacts. We use our integrated strengths and work in cooperation with our partners to achieve rational, long-term industrial solutions to environmental problems. We systematically provide grants, through the Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund, for university research and NPO/NGO activities that contribute to the solution of environmental problems, efficient resource utilization, protection of ecosystems, and harmonious coexistence between ecosystems and human beings.

Activities for FY 2017 to Contribute to SDGs

We explain the themes set out under Mitsui & Co.’s Materiality, and how we have linked these to the SDGs to focus our efforts on tackling the SDGs’ 17 goals and 169 targets. We also introduce some of the specific activities we implemented during the fiscal year ended March 2018.

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[Theme] Environmental Management

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

We promote sustainable procurement by actively obtaining certifications, including FSC® certification for forests and ASC certification for fisheries. In addition, we promote environmentally conscious business activities, and hold seminars on a regular basis for raising the environmental awareness of our officers and employees, as well as training relating to environmental laws and regulations.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns (12.2,12.8)
  • CLIMATE ACTION
    Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts (13.3)
  • LIFE BELOW WATER
    Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (14.7)
 
Lifestyle
  • Achievement of ASC certification for two salmon farming sites through investment and participation in Salmones Multiexport S.A. (Chile). (12.2, 14.7)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Maintenance of FSC® and SGEC certifications for 74 forests owned by Mitsui across Japan (approx. 44,000 ha) and continuation of responsible management and handling of forest resources. (12.2)
  • Achievement of “Good Point” assessment in independent ISO14001 inspection of environment management in the Head Office for the optimization of air conditioning operation in conjunction with the introduction of a staggered work hour system as part of Mitsui’s Work Style Innovation. (12.8)
  • Continuation of the efficient and effective integrated operation of business activities and environmental management in accordance with ISO 14001:2015. (13.3)
  • Implementation of climate change risk control methods, such as carbon pricing impact estimation, during deliberation on proposed projects. (13.3)
  • Implementation of environmental law seminars (2 seminars, approx. 130 attendees), environmental seminars relating to industrial waste (2 seminars, approx. 100 attendees), and a Mitsui Environment Month lecture (approx. 540 attendees) for officers and employees of Mitsui and its affiliated companies. (13.3)

[Theme] Initiatives toward Environmental Value Creation

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

We develop environment-related business, having incorporated our contribution to providing industrial solutions to environmental issues in the Environmental Policy Action Guidelines. In the renewable energy field, we promote and strengthen related business and aim at increasing the proportion of renewable energy (including hydroelectric power) in the equity portion of our total power generating capacity to 30% by 2030. We are also promoting a wide range of initiatives for increasing the popularity of smart cities, modal shift, EV and other new energy efficient vehicles.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (7.2, 7.3, 7.a)
  • SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES
    Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (11.6)
  • RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns (12.2, 12.4, 12.5)
 
Metals
  • Global supply of automotive parts with excellent environmental performance through investment and participation in Gestamp Automoción, S.A. (Spain) (7.3)
  • Making investments to explore new applications for copper and to improve the efficiency of mine operations through a venture fund which was jointly established among Corporacion Nacional del Cobre de Chile (CODELCO) and Corporacion de Fomento de la Produccion (CORFO), etc. We have made investments in technology for improving fish farming efficiency that features copper-made fish farming cage, as well as recycling technology for waste tire from mine sites. (12.2, 12.4, 12.5)
 
Machinery & Infrastructure
  • Operation of renewable energy IPP business (in 8 countries; Mitsui’s share: 1.5 GW) (7.2)
  • Expansion of distributed solar power generation capacity and promotion of next-generation energy management services featuring storage batteries (U.S. and other countries). (7.2)
  • Promotion of energy-efficient smart city project (Malaysia). (7.3, 11.6)
  • Sale/ownership and operation of eco-ships that are highly energy-efficient. (7.3)
  • Contribution to the reduction of CO2 emissions through investment and participation in EV battery pack manufacturing business (France) and EV bus manufacturing business (Portugal). (7.3, 12.4)
  • Assistance in the development of fuel cost-efficient aircraft and engines. (7.a)
  • Promotion of modal shift through rolling stock leasing. (11.6, 12.4)
  • Ordering of new ocean-going methanol carrier powered by clean-burning methanol fuel that can drastically reduce SOx and NOx emissions. (12.4)
  • Promotion of the reuse of used cars by improving transparency in the increasingly complex used car market through the introduction of a used car auction system that allows individuals to sell cars. (12.5)
 
Chemicals
  • Promotion of a green chemicals business in the field of oleochemicals that utilizes natural oils and fats. (12.4)
 
Energy
  • Investment and participation in a wood biomass power plant that utilizes an FIT (feed-in tariff) system for renewable energy and timber from forest thinning in Mitsui’s forests. (7.2)
  • Promotion of geological surveys, drilling and development for the launching of geothermal power business through Mitsui Oil Exploration Co. (Japan). (7.2, 7.a)
  • Investment and strategic engagement in new business that is developing next-generation fuel and chemicals from off gases that use microbial fermentation technologies, and development of new business for reducing greenhouse gases (U.S.). (7.a.)
  • Launched the world’s first hydrogen supply chain project which will produce hydrogen and establish a transportation value chain for the resource as a promising next–generation clean energy asset. (12.2, 12.4)
  • Commencement of repair work on production facilities with the aim of reducing flare gas during the production of LNG through investment and participation in Flare Reduction Project (Qatar). (12.4)
 
Lifestyle
  • Provision of operational maintenance services for solar and biomass power generation facilities by Mitsui & Co. Foresight. (7.2)
  • Development of, construction work relating to, and retail sales of renewable energy sources and other electric power sources by SymEnergy. In addition, provision of energy saving solutions. (7.2, 7.3)
 
Innovation & Corporate Development
  • Stable supply of energy through solar power generation monitoring services (196 sites), cloud–based energy-saving management services (564 sites), and other services (Japan). (7.2, 7.3)
  • Formation and sale of solar power infrastructure funds through Mitsui & Co. Alternative Investments. (7.2)
  • Investment in renewable energy projects through the Emerging Markets Infrastructure Fund. (7.2)
  • Formation of an investment limited partnership that invests in renewable energy power generation projects across Japan through JA Mitsui Leasing. (7.2)
  • Improvement of energy efficiency through visualization of data from office buildings, factories, and other facilities, (U.S.), and utilizing IoT solutions such as online remote management and preventive maintenance of air conditioning systems, resulting in a reduction of power consumption by over 20% comparing with conventional operation (Japan). (7.3)
  • Contribution to global warming prevention through the optimization of fertilizer amounts on farmlands, leading to the reduction of N2O emissions (Canada, U.S., Brazil, etc.). (12.4)
  • Promotion of a sharing economy through mobile marketplace app business intended for smartphones (Japan, U.S., and U.K.). (12.5)
  • Implementation of a trial operation with the aim of reducing food waste loss through the launch of digital transformation initiatives at retail stores (Japan). (12.5)
  • Implementation of a trial operation for increasing the popularity of meal kits with the aim of reducing food waste loss in households (Japan). (12.5)

[Theme] Initiatives to Reduce Environmental Load, Including Curbing Global Warming

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

With a target of reducing energy consumption at Mitsui and its domestic subsidiaries by an average of 1% or more per year, we are implementing measures to improve energy utilization efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In addition, we are also working to meet a target of achieving a recycling rate of 85% or more by 2020 and promoting the control, reuse, and recycling of waste materials.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • CLEAN WATER AND SANITATION
    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all (6.4)
  • AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGY
    Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all (7.2, 7.3)
  • RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
    Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns (12.4, 12.5)
 
Lifestyle
  • Installation of solar power generation by Prifood at its Hosoya plant, where the company commenced the utilization of the generated power for a portion of the electricity used by the plant. (7.2)
  • Reduction of environmental load by MicroBiopharm Japan led by its potential investment to integrate its manufacturing process for an active pharmaceutical ingredient for anti-cancer drug. (7.3)
  • Conversion to a new treatment method for the waste plastics produced by Mitsui Bussan I-Fashion to utilize such plastic waste for RPF (Refuse Paper & Plastic Fuel) processing as an alternative to fossil fuel, in a shift away from the previous residue processing method (which mixes waste plastics into cement) as a measure to reduce CO2 and to prevent global warming. (7.3, 12.4)
  • Commercialization of chicken manure by Prifoods as a fertilizer and snow-melting agent (in carbon form), and the effective utilization of tea leaf residues as a compost ingredient by Mitsui Norin. (12.5)
  • Sale of recycled feed made from food manufacturing by-products and other raw materials, resulting in the effective utilization of previously unused resources which can contribute to the improvement of the feed self-sufficiency ratio. (12.5)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Ongoing Implementation of surveys of water use by subsidiaries in key countries and other locations. (6.4)
  • With a target of reducing energy consumption rate by an average of 1% or more per year, we are implementing measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by improving energy utilization efficiency. Our new building project, including Mitsui’s new Head Office, which is under construction, is designed to achieve high energy-utilization efficiency by , for example, effectively utilizing waste heat from cogeneration systems to generate heat source water for the district’s heating and cooling facilities. (7.3)
  • Global-group promotion of GHG emission reducing measures by affiliated companies implemented in proper priorities based on output levels, with intensive management and monitoring of year–on–year changes for companies that have high GHG emissions (overseas affiliated companies). (7.3)
  • With a target of achieving a recycling rate of 85% or more by 2020 in our office activities, we are implementing activities that can contribute to the reduction of environmental load, such as rigorous efforts to control, reuse, and recycle waste materials. (12.5)

[Theme] Initiatives for Preserving Biodiversity

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

We have obtained FSC® and other certifications for all our company-owned forests, “Mitsui’s forests”, to drive our biodiversity-friendly papermaking resources business and food business using farming methods that encourage biodiversity. In addition, Mitsui has obtained FSC® and SGEC certifications for all of its 74 company-owned forestlands (approx. 44,000 hectares). We have designated our company-owned forests, “Mitsui’s forests”, into different management zones. Ten percent of all Mitsui’s forests are designated as “biodiversity conservation forests” and are maintained and managed accordingly.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • LIFE ON LAND
    Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss (15.2, 15.4)
 
Energy
  • Launched a project that aims to prevent forest degradation and deforestation, and promote forest conservation activities through utilization of the Joint Crediting Mechanism, a Japanese government program that contributes to emissions reduction and addresses climate change. (Cambodia). (15.2)
 
Lifestyle
  • Maintenance of FSC®/CoC certification (Mitsui’s Life Essentials Business Div., Forest Resources Marketing Dept.: FSC® C104107; Mitsui Bussan Woodchip Oceania Pty. Ltd.: FSC® C107463) and PEFC/CoC certification, to promote responsible management and handling of forest resources. (15.2)
  • Maintenance of FSC®/CoC certification (by Mitsui Bussan Packaging: FSC® C009939) to ensure that the supply chain of certified paper promotes responsible forest resources management. (15.2)
  • Support by Toho Bussan for the production and sales of rice grown using farming methods that encourage biodiversity (Japan). (15.4)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Mitsui has FSC® certification and SGEC for all Mitsui’s Forests based on proper management and maintenance. Mitsui's Forests’ carbon stocks and flows are approximately 560,000 tons per year (Mitsui’s estimate based on "IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories" Tier 1 method). (15.2)

[Theme] Addressing Environmental Issues through Contribution to Society

Initiatives by Mitsui & Co.

We operate the Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund to support and encourage donations, university research and NPO/NGO activities targeted toward solving environmental problems.

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Related SDGs (Target Numbers) Business Area Activities for FY 2017
  • PARTNERSHIPS FOR THE GOALS
    Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development (17.16, 17.17)
 
Metals
  • Donations by Mitsui Iron Ore Development to volunteer organizations which are engaged in environmental restoration relating to fauna and flora, and soil (Australia). (17.16)
 
Corporate & Others
  • Provision of grants through the Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund for university research and NPO/NGO activities that contribute to the solution of environmental issues (16 grants totaling ¥117 million), and employee participation in the activities of grant recipients (10 projects, approx. 180 participants). (17.16, 17.17)
  • Implementation of school–visits which utilize Mitsui’s forests (designed for elementary school students; 5 visits, approx. 330 participants) and forest experience programs (designed for elementary school children and their parents, and employees and their families); (7 programs, approx. 250 participants). (17.17)
  • Supply of a portion of the cedar wood (SGEC certified wood) used in the main roof and eaves of the New National Stadium in Tokyo from Mitsui’s forests. (17.17)

Environmental Policy

Guiding Principles

  1. Mitsui & Co. believes that one of its most important management themes involves providing a positive response to environmental issues on a global group basis, in order to contribute to the creation of a future where the dreams of the inhabitants of our irreplaceable Earth can be fulfilled.
  2. Mitsui & Co. will make every possible effort towards realizing a “sustainable development” which is aimed at creating a harmony between the economy and the environment on a global group basis.

In view of the above principles, and in accordance with the Action Guidelines shown below, Mitsui & Co. will design, periodically evaluate, and continually improve an adequate risk management system, including response to matters such as global warming, nature conservation with consideration given to biological diversity, and the prevention of pollution, which will cover the wide range of activities that it undertakes on a global scale. At the same time, we will strive to ensure the development and dissemination of earth–friendly technologies and further reinforce our responsibility with respect to the environment on a global group basis.

Action Guidelines

1. Compliance with relevant environmental laws and regulations

We will comply with various relevant environmental laws and regulations, as well as all agreements signed by the company for promoting business activities.

2. Efficient utilization of resources and energy

We will strive to reduce the burden on the environment within each of our workplaces and in our business activities through the efficient utilization of resources and energy, as well as the reduction, reuse, and recycling of waste and its proper disposal.

3. Environmental care for products and services offered, as well as existing and new businesses

We will give the utmost consideration to the environment to the extent technologically and economically feasible by exercising an appropriate degree of influence in enlisting the understanding and support of involved business partners, as well as evaluating the impact that we have on the environment, not only in the prevention of pollution, but on such issues as global warming and the conservation of biological diversity as well.

4. Contribution to providing industrial solutions to environmental issues

We will engage in business activities with the goal of providing rational and permanent industrial solutions, and contribute to the realization of “sustainable development” by exploiting our individual abilities and the collective strengths of our organization in cooperation with our global partners.


More detailed information can be found in our Sustainability Report.

Sustainability Report 2018

P.20–38 "Protection of the Global Environment" (PDF 1.22MB)

  • Activities for FY 2017 to Contribute to SDGs
  • Environmental Management
  • Initiatives toward Environmental Value Creation
  • Initiatives to Reduce Environmental Load, Including Curbing Global Warming (with Environmental Data)
  • Initiatives for Preserving Biodiversity
  • Addressing Environmental Issues through Contribution to Society