Of all the water resources on Earth, the available amount of fresh water is only about 0.01%. The water crisis is becoming increasingly serious because of the increase in water consumption due to population growth and economic development and the expansion of areas suffering from water shortages caused by climate change, etc. In response, global companies must play a greater role in the effective use of water and improvement of water quality in their business activities.
Approach on Sustainability of Water
The Mitsubishi Chemical Group views preserving water resources as an important part of environmental preservation and advances initiatives accordingly. The Group makes efforts to reduce its business activities' impact on water resources and to contribute to resolving water supply-and-demand issues through its products that help preserve water resources.
The Group will continue to promote initiatives to efficiently use water and improve the quality of water in its business activities in order to conserve water resources.
Water Management Plan
The MCG Group is conducting risk assessments through on-site interview surveys and other means to the sites deemed to have high water risks. We identified the plants with potential high water risks by using the Aqueduct Water Risk Atlas of World Resources International (WRI) and assessing more than100 sites. Through surveys, we evaluate the level of water management and water use reduction measures implemented by the plants considering social needs, such as contribution to local communities and prevention of water pollution. Today, as a result of taking appropriate risk control measures, none of our plants have water risks that could adversely affect our activities, even those where drought and other water issues used to pose a risk. We will continue to conduct on-site surveys to reduce water risks and conserve water resources.
Efforts to Reduce the Group's Impact on Water Resources
Efforts to reduce the Group's impact on water resources include lowering water intake by reusing cooling water rigorously, which results in preserving water sources. For example, since chemical manufacturing process uses large amounts of cooling water, in order to reduce the amount of freshwater withdrawn from local water resources, the plant reuses the cooling water several dozen times. Also by managing discharged water quality appropriately results in maintaining the water quality of seas and rivers.
Efforts to Contribute to Resolving Water Supply-and-Demand Issues through the Group's Products that Help Preserve Water Resources
Furthermore, to contribute to solving water supply-and-demand issues through our products, the Group develops and markets products with water purification capabilities. The Group's products enable water resources that were unusable previously to be usable industrially and water that used to be discharged as wastewater to be reusable within operating sites; as a result, the Group helps to preserve water resources.