Water is an indispensable component of the Mitsui Chemicals Group’s various chemical product manufacturing processes. For example, water is used in manufacturing processes that include heating, cooling, and washing as well as for equipment that removes harmful chemical substances produced during these processes and discharges effluent. Formulating its basic philosophy on water resources, the Mitsui Chemicals Group works to manage efficient water usage and water preservation. In addition, we ask suppliers to carry out activities that include waste water management and efficient utilization of water as described in the Sustainable Procurement Guidelines.
Basic Philosophy on Water Resources
- We recognize that water is a finite and precious resource, and regard water conservation as a key priority on a global scale.
- We make every effort to use water efficiently as we recognize quality water resources are crucial to our operations.
- We appropriately manage water on a case-by-case basis for each country and region in which we operate, in recognition of the fact that water resources distribution varies both geographically and temporally.
Reducing Emissions of Water Pollutants
We monitor the emission volumes for water pollutants such as chemical oxygen demand (COD), nitrogen and phosphorus, to conserve water quality. The emission volumes for each of these items are kept significantly lower than levels required by law or other legislation.
In domestic production sites with high water usage, the wastewater from different plants is collected together before it is treated by neutralization, oil separation, and removal of solids. We also pass the wastewater though an activated sludge process to remove organic substances using microorganisms. However, some of the water cannot be treated by the activated sludge process as it contains substances that inhibit microorganisms from organic decomposition or the organic substances contained in the water are persistent. Such wastewater is treated in a normal manner after treated with ozone, combustion, or anammox.*
*Anammox: Anaerobic ammonium oxidation. A process to remove nitrites from ammonium-rich wastewater using ammonia-oxidizing bacteria.
Total Nitrogen Emissions (Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.)
Total Phosphorous Emissions (Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.)
COD, BOD Emissions
Efficient Use of Water
The Mitsui Chemicals Group monitors the volumes of water withdrawal, discharge, consumption, and recycling in an effort to use water efficiently. The Group proactively engages in water recycling particularly at production facilities that use large amounts of water.
Volume of Water Withdrawal
(tap water, groundwater, industrial water, and seawater)
Breakdown of Volume of Water Withdrawal (FY2018)
Discharge Water Volume
*Water consumption = water withdrawal – discharge water volume
Water Recycling Volume and Ratio*
*Water recycling ratio = water recycling volume / (volume of water withdrawal + water recycling volume)
*Scope of Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.: Parent company production sites and the Sodegaura Center.
*Scope of domestic and overseas affiliates: Production sites operated by consolidated subsidiaries and affiliated companies eligible for Responsible Care support.
Water Risk Assessment
The Group conducts water risk assessments for its production facilities from the present up to the year 2040. To do this, we use the Global Water Tools of the World Business Council For Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the AQUEDUCT Water Risk Atlas of World Resources International (WRI). The Water Risk Filter of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has also been added as an evaluation tool from FY2018. For production facilities deemed to be high risk based on these tools, detailed assessments are conducted involving local data, production facility unit water levels/usage volumes in order to verify low-risk areas. In addition, similar surveys are conducted at new plants when operations are commenced.
Including biodiversity risk as a part of water risks, we use IBAT* to gather data and investigate biodiversity risk based on the following evaluation items: Protected areas, priority protected areas, endangered species and endangered freshwater species surrounding our production facilities.
In support of the TCFD recommendations, we are conducting assessments on the physical risks to our production facilities (floods, drought & temperature changes), based on IPCC RCP 2.6 and RCP 8.5. In the future, we will conduct environmental impact assessments to include items with high materiality in the scenario analysis.
Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool. Developed jointly by BirdLife International, Conservation International, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, IBAT facilitates access to basic data and the latest information on natural preservation.