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Climate Change Initiatives

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 (MGC Alone)

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 2018 (Scope 1 + 2)

  Energy consumption (ML crude oil equivalent) Greenhouse gas emissions (1,000 tons CO2 equivalent)
MGC Alone Plant Manufacturing Division 464.4 998.3
Office Area 5.8 10.8
Domestic MGC Group 89.2 199.2
Overseas MGC Group 484.1 999.9
MGC Group 1043.4 2208.1

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

Category Emissions (1,000 tons CO2 equivalent)
MGC Alone
(fiscal 2018)
MGC Group
(fiscal 2017)
Cat.1 Purchased goods and services 5,129 6,915
Cat.2 Capital goods 53 97
Cat.3 Fuel- and energy-related activities not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2 84 180
Cat.4 Upstream transportation and distribution 715 938
Cat.5 Waste generated in operations 4 9
Cat.6 Business travel 4 9
Cat.7 Employee commuting 1 2
Cat.8 Upstream leased assets 8 16
Cat.9 Downstream transportation and distribution 109 238
Cat.10 Processing of sold products
Cat.11 Use of sold products
Cat.12 End-of-life treatment of sold products 1,312 1,965
Cat.13 Downstream leased assets 14 13
Cat.14 Franchises 0 0
Cat.15 Investments 513 205
Total 8,940 10,587

Emission Reduction Initiatives (MGC Alone)

MGC is taking measures to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions. In fiscal 2018, such measures included reinforcing thermal recovery, reviewing reactor and co-generation system operating methods, and installing high-efficiency equipment. These efforts helped conserve 3ML of energy (crude oil equivalent) and reduced GHG emissions by 6,000 tons (CO2 equivalent). Future plans call for additional installation of high-efficiency equipment, review of refining and reaction conditions, and other measures.

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 (MGC Alone)

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 2018.

[Scope of Accounting and Verification]

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

[Targeted Period]

April 1, 2017 – March 31, 2018

[Accounting and Verification Standards]

ISO 14064: 2006

[Verification Statement]

Initiatives in the Transportation Sector (MGC Alone)

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.
As a result of measures undertaken in fiscal 2018, energy consumption was reduced by 2%.

MGC transportation sector CO2 emissions

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

Disclosure Through CDP

Through CDP, an international NGO engaged in disclosing information on climate change, water security and other issues, MGC discloses its activities regarding climate change. Under the CDP 2019 Climate Change Survey, MGC received a B-rating.

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: