Mitsui & Co. Reaches Agreement with SuMPO on the Development of Platform to Contribute to Social Decarbonization

May 26, 2021

Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ("Mitsui", Head Office: Tokyo, President and CEO: Kenichi Hori) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Sustainable Management Promotion Organization ("SuMPO", Office; Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Chairperson: Hideki Ishida) for the purpose of developing and commercializing a platform whose key functions include the visualization of life cycle assessments (LCAs) for assessing the environmental impacts of products and services, and the provision of environmental certification.

The reduction of emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) has become an important global priority in recent years. Japan has set a target of achieving zero GHG emissions by 2050, and various initiatives have been launched with the aim of creating a sustainable society. Because there is a limit to the ability of individual companies to reduce GHG emissions, it is extremely important to focus on GHG emissions across product life cycles.

From this standpoint, Mitsui and SuMPO decided to collaborate on the development of a platform that will realize visualization of product LCAs across entire supply chains, in order to contribute to the decarbonization of the industrial arena. Mitsui has accumulated extensive knowledge of products and services from upstream to downstream areas and is working to find solutions to issues affecting stakeholders in its supply chains. SuMPO has specialized LCA knowledge and is Japan's only ISO-based carbon footprint certification body. Mitsui and SuMPO will promote changes in business and consumer behavior and the creation of new business toward realization of social decarbonization, while also helping all companies that are facing challenges in their decarbonization processes to visualize their emission reduction efforts, through the provision of a simple way to visualize GHG emissions for individual products with a certain level of reliability.

In its Medium-term Management Plan, Mitsui has designated energy solution as one of its strategic focus areas and has identified, as new growth opportunities, business, products, and services that contribute to social decarbonization through the reduction of energy consumption and GHG emissions. This platform business will constitute the infrastructure for such activities. Through the provision of various solutions, including those found through this business, Mitsui will contribute to the enhancement of people's lives and the creation of a sustainable society by developing essential social infrastructure to support sustainable growth and development.

Conceptual scheme of the platformConceptual scheme of the platform

Mitsui’s Materiality

“Build brighter futures, everywhere” as our corporate mission, and to gain the trust and expectations of our stakeholders to realize a better tomorrow for earth and for people around the world, we have identified five material issues (“Materiality”) for Mitsui’s sustainable growth. We anticipate this particular project/ business to contribute especially to the realization of “Enhance quality of life” and “Create an eco-friendly society”

  • Secure sustainable supply of essential products

    Secure sustainable supply of essential products

  • Enhance quality of life

    Enhance quality of life

  • Create an eco-friendly society

    Create an eco-friendly society

  • Develop talent leading to value creation

    Develop talent leading to value creation

  • Build an organization with integrity

    Build an organization with integrity