Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions, Industrial - July 18, 2019
Mitsubishi beats emissions targets
Mitsubishi Electric announced total CO2 emissions from production (GHG other than CO2 converted into CO2 mass) were reduced to 1.3 million tons in fiscal 2019, beating the target of 1.43 million tons. The reduction was attributed to measures such as the introduction of high-efficiency equipment and revised operations.
The announcement, made upon the release of Mitsubishi’s Environmental Report 2019, also noted that energy-derived CO2 emissions, which had been forecasted to rise 60,000 tons due to increased production during the year, actually rose only 30,000 tons due to the introduction of high-efficiency, energy-saving equipment and new measures to eliminate waste at production facilities. Non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions were posted at 180,000 tons, improving on the 250,000-ton target. This metric was achieved by switching to refrigerants with low global-warming potential and enhancing operations.
The report confirmed that favorable progress was achieved in the reduction of CO2 from production operations and the reduction of resource inputs, helping to beat annual targets under Mitsubishi Electric's three-year ninth Environmental Plan to fiscal 2021, a blueprint for reduced carbon, increased recycling and greater harmony with nature.
CO2 emissions from products in use in the market were reduced by 36 percent compared to the 35 percent target. Contribution volume to reducing CO2 emissions from product use was 77 million tons, exceeding the 70 million-ton target. The strong reduction was accomplished by increasing energy savings achieved with power devices, air conditioners, water-heating systems, etc.
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