In May of 2019, MGC declared its support for the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (the “TCFD”).
Tackling climate change is a major challenge that calls for initiatives on a global scale if we are to achieve a sustainable society. MGC recognizes that solving energy and climate change problems is an important issue, and is working to solve these issues in terms of both mitigating and adapting to climate change.
Specifically, MGC has formulated targets for reducing Scope 1 and 2*1 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is working toward their steady reduction. At the same time, MGC is proactively disclosing information on Scope 3*2 GHG emissions and is taking action to reduce them in collaboration with its suppliers. MGC is working to improve energy efficiency and the carbon cycle of raw materials, and to promote energy transition toward the goal of achieving a zero-carbon society by 2050. MGC will also contribute to solving energy and climate change problems through business operations by deploying innovative process technologies and factoring whole-lifecycle GHG emissions into its design and development processes.
In March 2021, MGC announced a new objective for achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 with the goal of limiting the increase in average temperature to below two degrees Celsius. MGC encourages the building of energy systems to achieve carbon neutrality, and aims to expand the range of products conducive to carbon neutrality.
- *1 Scope 1 emissions are GHG emissions directly generated by MGC. Scope 2 emissions are indirect GHG emissions associated with the use of energy (mainly electric power) purchased from external suppliers.
- *2 Scope 3 emissions are indirect GHG emissions generated in supply chains through organizational activities such as raw material sourcing, manufacturing, distribution, sales and waste disposal.
The CSR Council, composed of directors and chaired by the President, deliberates and makes decisions on addressing climate change risk and other key CSR issues (materiality). The participation of corporate sector heads on the CSR Committee, an advisory body to the CSR Council, ensures key CSR issues are adequately deliberated.
To develop a response to climate change, MGC has established the Climate change Action Technical committee, a CSR Expert Committee that advises the CSR Committee. As the administrative office for dealing with TCFD and CDP requirements, the Climate change Action Technical committee promotes cross-business initiatives.
Long-term objectives for reducing GHG emissions have been incorporated in the Medium-Term Management Plan, with management taking a leading role in their implementation.
Climate Change Governance Structure
2. Strategy: Responding to Climate Change Risks and Opportunities
Assumptions behind scenario analysis for fiscal 2020
- Target: 2030
- Scenario: Temperature rise
(4C°: Continue current oil and coal-dependent economic activity; 2C°: Advance climate change countermeasures)
- Analysis subjects: Hydrogen peroxide (Kashima Plant, Yokkaichi Plant*, Yamakita Plant) and MX-Nylon (Niigata Plant) businesses
- Conduct a quantitative assessment of the financial impact of risks and opportunities in the existing business portfolio and draft a response strategy
*Including the Saga Plant.
Climate Change Risks and Opportunities
3. Risk Management
MGC has identified key issues (materiality) related to the environment, society and governance, and manages risk through cross-company materiality management. One material issue that has been identified as extremely important from the perspective of stakeholders and MGC itself is a proactive response to environmental problems. MGC intends to take the initiative on this issue, a requirement for continuing our business operations and activities.
To gain a quantitative understanding of climate change risks, in April 2021 MGC introduced an internal carbon pricing system. In capital investment plans involving an increase or decrease in CO2 emissions, the cost or effect of applying and converting the internal carbon price (10,000 yen/Mt-CO2 equivalent) will be used to help make investment decisions, promote CO2 emissions reductions, and encourage the creation of technologies and products that contribute to building a low-carbon society.
4. Indicators and Objectives
MGC has established long-term objectives for reducing GHG emissions as it works toward achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. To achieve these objectives, MGC has established key performance indicators (KPIs) for GHG emissions and GHG emissions intensity. We are moving forward with short, medium and long-term emissions reduction strategies that include promoting energy savings activities, deployment of renewable energy, and Circular Carbon Methanol production.
Long-term GHG Emissions Reduction Targets
28% reduction from FY13 baseline
36% reduction from FY13 baseline