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Initiatives for Climate Change

MGC considers risks associated with climate change to be an important business issue. It is moving forward with efforts to reduce emissions of greenhouse gas (GHG) and to reduce the negative impact of climate change on its business.
At the same time, new needs in society associated with climate change also represent a business opportunity. MGC recognizes that contributing to the achievement of a sustainable society through its products and technologies is an important issue.

Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets (non-consolidated)

The Plant Manufacturing Division accounts for 97% of MGC greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is engaged in initiatives to reduce these emissions. It has set the following targets.

  • Total energy intensity*1: Reduce to 89% or lower compared to fiscal 1990 levels by fiscal2020
  • GHG emissions intensity*2: Reduce to 66% or lower compared to fiscal 1990 levels by fiscal 2020 (90% or lower compared with fiscal 2016 levels)
  • GHG emissions volume: Reduce by 320,000 t-CO2 compared to fiscal 1990 by fiscal 2020 (reduce by 100,000 t-CO2 compared to fiscal 2016)
  • *1 Total energy intensity: The amount of energy consumption per unit of production volume
  • *2 Greenhouse gas emissions intensity: The amount of GHG emissions per unit of production volume

GHG Emissions

GHG Emissions in fiscal 2019 (Scope 1 + 2)

  Energy consumption (ML crude oil equivalent) GHG emissions (1,000 tons CO2 equivalent)
non-consolidated Manufacturing Sector 470 1,000
Office Sector 6 11
Consolidated subsidiaries 222 521
Non-consolidated subsidiaries 309 692
MGC Group 1,006 2,224

Scope 1 + 2 Emissions (MGC Group)

Scope 1 + 2 Emissions Volume (MGC Group)
  • Note: Domestic MGC Group GHG emissions noted only for fiscal 2015 and later.
  • Note: Overseas MGC Group GHG emissions noted only for 2017 and later.

Scope 3 Emissions (non-consolidated)

Category Emissions (1,000 tons CO2 equivalent)
Cat.1 Purchased goods and services 5,010
Cat.2 Capital goods 45
Cat.3 Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 101
Cat.4 Upstream transportation and distribution 625
Cat.5 Waste generated in operations 5
Cat.6 Business travel 4
Cat.7 Employee commuting 1
Cat.8 Upstream leased assets 8
Cat.9 Downstream transportation and distribution 158
Cat.10 Processing of sold products
Cat.11 Use of sold products
Cat.12 End-of-life treatment of sold products 2,026
Cat.13 Downstream leased assets 34
Cat.14 Franchises 0
Cat.15 Investments 586
Total 8,604

Emission Reduction Initiatives (non-consolidated)

MGC is taking measures to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions. In fiscal 2019, such measures included improving the reaction process, strengthening heat retention, changing operating control methods, and altering combustion conditions. These efforts helped conserve 3 ML of energy (crude oil equivalent) and reduced GHG emissions by 6,000 tons (CO2 equivalent). Future plans include additional installation of high-efficiency equipment, strengthening the recovery and use of by-products, reviewing heating conditions, and changing operating control methods.

MGC Production Division energy consumption and energy intensity index

MGC production division energy consumption and energy intensity index

MGC Production Division GHG emissions and GHG emissions intensity index

MGC Production Division GHG emissions and GHG emissions intensity index

Third-Party Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions (non-consolidated)

Beginning with the FY2016 report, a third-party organization has verified the GHG emission data reports disclosed by MGC to enhance reliability and transparency.

MGC GHG emissions (Scope 1+2) have undergone third-party verification and have obtained a verification statement in fiscal 2019.

[Scope of Accounting and Verification]

Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc., CO2 emissions, Scope 1 + 2

[Targeted Period]

April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019

[Accounting and Verification Standards]

ISO 14064: 2006

[Verification Statement]

Initiatives in the Transportation Sector (non-consolidated)

In the Transportation Sector, MGC is implementing measures with a focus on modal shifts to more environmentally-friendly transportation methods to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions.
Energy consumption in fiscal 2019 declined by 4% year-on-year.

MGC transportation sector CO2 emissions

MGC transportation sector CO<sub>2</sub> emissions

Wasabizawa Geothermal Power Plant Commences Operations

The Wasabizawa Geothermal Power Plant (Yuzawa City, Akita Prefecture), a joint venture of Electric Power Development Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, and MGC, began commercial operations in May 2019. It is the first large-scale geothermal power plant constructed in Japan in 23 years. Geothermal power plants generate electricity using subterranean steam, making geothermal power a renewable form of energy that produces virtually no CO2 during generation.
In September 2019, construction started on the Appi Geothermal Power Plant (Hachimantai City, Iwate Prefecture), also a joint venture with Electric Power Development and Mitsubishi Materials.
Through these geothermal power projects, MCG is contributing to the increased use of renewable energy.

Use of Solar Power Generation Facility

MGC Group products that contribute to reducing GHG emissions and that help lessen society’s impact on the environment are featured on the Spotlight on Eco-Friendly Products page, which can be found here: