With environmental problems gaining recognition on a global scale, MHI Group established the Environment Committee in 1996 in order to clarify its attitude toward the environment, to express its stance to people both inside and outside the Company, and to direct and promote its environmental activities. At its first meeting, the Environment Committee formulated the 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 difference to customers and communities worldwide." Since that time, the entire Group has worked to promote environmental initiatives through maintaining a dialogue with suppliers and other stakeholders in accordance with this Basic Policy and these guidelines. MHI Group made partial revisions to its Basic Policy on Environmental Matters and Action Guidelines in January 2018 with the approval of the Executive Committee, chaired by the President and CEO.
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. By 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 MHI Group transitioned toward the establishment of Domain Environment Committees—in principle for each domain, segment, and corporate unit. These committees formulate measures to address environmental issues and promote their implementation to each of the regional works (plants) and Group companies they oversee.
On the other hand, the MHI Group Environment Committee, chaired by the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) who takes charge of environmental management, is the committee that 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 all Group companies via the domains, segments, and corporate units. MHI Group's organizational chart for environmental management is shown below.
The MHI Group Long-Term Environmental Target and the Fourth MHI Group Environmental Targets were established at a meeting of the Environment Committee held in December 2017. The Long-Term Environmental Target is focused on reducing CO2 by fiscal 2030, the same target year as the Paris Agreement. The Fourth MHI Group Environmental Targets aim for reduction in CO2 emissions, more efficient water usage, and reduction in waste generation by fiscal 2020. MHI Group will work together to achieve these goals in order to address the problem of climate change.
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)