Recognition of Issues and Basic Approach
The preservation of biodiversity (the interconnectedness of diverse forms of life) is the foundation of life and is essential to realizing prosperous, comfortable human societies. Preserving biodiversity brings a host of benefits, including preserving sources of food and water, fertile soil and fuel, and genetic and pharmacological resources, purifying the water and air, mitigating climate change and alleviating natural disasters, providing habitats for living organisms to grow and thrive, and inspiring unique cultures and scientific discoveries rooted in nature. In order to preserve biodiversity, the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group is pushing ahead with activities based on guidelines issued by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment.
Reducing the Impact on Ecosystems
The Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group endorsed the Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren* in 2010 and has been focusing on how to reduce its business activities' effect on biodiversity.
* Declaration of Biodiversity by Keidanren: Issued in March 2009 by Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), this declaration comprises seven main goals, including calls to aim for corporate activities in harmony with the natural environment and to promote corporate management for sustainable resource use.
Promoting the Preservation of Biodiversity
Referring to the Japanese Ministry of the Environment's Guidelines for Private Sector Engagement in Biodiversity, the Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group is promoting the preservation of biodiversity by reflecting the Group's impact on biodiversity in environmental preservation activities.
Examples of Activities
■ Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Products’Evaluation of Contribution Towards Biodiversity
Nine products considered to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity were chosen among our Performance Products domain, Health Care domain and Industrial Materials domain in Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Products. Since an evaluation of the degree to which they contribute towards biodiversity conservation is not yet established, we have obtained cooperation from Prof. Naoki Kachi, Tokyo Metropolitan University who is the chairman of the Committee on Guidelines for Private Sector Engagement in Biodiversity in MOE. Nine products out of tens of thousands of products were chosen. These were evaluated and chosen based on comprehensive viewpoints including direct contribution towards biodiversity, environmental impact from whole product life cycle, economic impact to mention but a few.
|1||Decentralized water treatment & supply system||Development of business model for rural community by integrating provision of clean water from slow sand filtration system, agricultural promotion with drip irrigation and traditional vegetables (cash crops)||WELLTHY CORPORATION|
|2||XSHEET（GMT）||Resin formwork panel for concrete||Quadrant Plastic Composites Japan Ltd.|
|3||GOBIMAT®||Erosion control blockmat||Mitsubishi Plastics Infratec Co.,Ltd．|
|4||Tensar®||Tensar geogrids are mainly used as reinforcing elements in reinforced fill structures and slopes.
※Tensar is a registered trademark of Tensar Technologies Ltd.
|Mitsubishi Plastics Infratec Co.,Ltd．|
|5||DiaFellow™CT||Catalist having ability for degrading hardly degradable chemical material||Mitsubishi Rayon Aqua Solutions Co., Ltd.|
|6||Artificial cultivation technology for Chinese licorice||Artificial cultivation technology for Chinese licorice, a medical herb used in about 70% in Kampo medicines.||Mitsubishi Plastics, Inc.|
|7||Membrane bioreactor||Packaged membrane bioreactor filtration system for wastewater treatment||Mitsubishi Rayon Aqua Solutions Co., Ltd.|
|8||BioPBS™||Biodegradable plastics||Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation|
|9||Organic photovoltaics||Organic photovoltaic (OPV) modules||Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation|
Prof.Naoki Kachi (the person on the right)
■ Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd.: Conducting biodiversity preservation activities at production centers
Mitsubishi Rayon Co., Ltd. is conducting activities that will lead to the preservation of biodiversity at its production centers. For example, the Toyohashi Production Center in Toyohashi City, Aichi Prefecture is conducting clean-up activities, along with tree planting and maintenance activities, near the Asakura River, where wastewater is released from the production center. Employee volunteers participate in these activities every year. Furthermore, the Otake Production Center in Otake City, Hiroshima Prefecture has displayed posters describing the features of redback spiders following the discovery of this invasive alien species—a spider that could potentially cause harm to people—at Otake Port and other nearby locations. Through this poster, the company is making employees aware of the importance of stopping the redback spider from breeding in the area.