With environmental problems gaining recognition on a global scale, in 1996, the MHI Group established the "Environment Committee" in order to clarify its attitude toward the environment, to express it to people both inside and outside the company and to direct and promote its environmental activities.
At its first meeting, the Environment Committee formulated a Basic Policy on Environmental Matters and Action Guidelines (refer below), in line with the MHI Group's principles: "We deliver reliable and innovative solutions that make a lasting di¬fference to customers and communities worldwide." Since that time, the entire Group has worked to promote environmental initiatives in accordance with this basic policy and these guidelines.
The MHI Group updated its Basic Policy on Environmental Matters and Action Guidelines in January 2018.
On October 1, 2013, we restructured the Group's Business Headquarters Structure and transitioned to a Business Domain Structure.
The former structure was managed according to product groupings and manufacturing locations, whereas the new structure seeks to manifest our total capabilities in the market through the sharing of customers, core technologies, and business strategies, thereby increasing management efficiency.
Making this shift in the area of environmental management as well, in January 2017 we transitioned to an environmental management system based on domains, segments, and corporate units in order to invest management resources in a timely manner and boost management efficiency.
As a result of this change, environmental management at the MHI Group transitioned toward the establishment of Domain Environment Committees—in principle for each domain, segment, and corporate unit. These committees formulate measures to environmental issues and promote their implementation to each the regional offices, plants, regions, and Group companies they oversee.
On the other hand, the MHI Group Environment Committee, chaired by a chief technology officer (CTO), who takes charge of environmental management, is the committee to promote policies and initiatives shared throughout the Group. The committee, whose members are selected from the domains, segments, and corporate units, drafts plans for deployment across the entire Company and its Group companies via the domains, segments, and corporate units. The MHI Group's organizational chart for environmental management is shown below.
At the Environment Committee meeting convened in December 2017, the "MHI Group Long-Term Environmental Targets" and "Fourth MHI Group Environmental Targets" were established. The "MHI Group Long-Term Environmental Targets" delineate CO2 emission reduction targets for 2030, the target year of the Paris Agreement. The "Fourth MHI Group Environmental Targets" are set at fiscal 2020 and call for reductions in CO2 emissions, water usage and waste. Every effort will be made Group-wide to achieve these targets as a way of further contributing to resolution of the problem of global warming.
Provision 1 of MHI Group's principles reads: "We deliver reliable and innovative solutions that make a lasting difference to customers and communities worldwide." This means that our primary purpose is to contribute to society through R&D, manufacturing and other business activities. The company shall undertake all aspects of its business activities with the understanding that it is an integral member of society and will strive to reduce its burden on the environment, contributing to the development of a sustainable society.
Formulated in 1996 (Revised in January 2018)