MMC launched the "Environment Initiative Program 2010" in FY2006, and it spearheaded the development and commercialization a number of environment-friendly vehicles and technologies. Among the highlights where the launch of a new-generation electric vehicle "i-MiEV", the launch of vehicles with clean diesel engines that meet the latest standards in Japan and Europe, as well as expanded usage of "Green Plastic", based on the company’s proprietary plant-based plastics technology. In production processes, the company has made great strides in preventing global warming and environmental pollution, including the introduction of new method of application to reduce drying energy in water-based painting lines.
In June 2009, the company formulated and published the "Mitsubishi Motors Group Environmental Vision 2020" as its overarching guidelines for environmental initiatives. Among the goals to be achieved by 2020 are electric-powered vehicles (EV and PHEV) accounting for 20% or more of total production volume, (new) models’ CO2 emissions to be reduced by 50% in comparison from FY2005 levels as a global average. The company also targets a reduction of at least 20% in CO2 emissions per vehicle in its production processes in comparison from FY2005.
"Environment Initiative Program 2015" sets interim targets for 2015 as a step along the way to achieving the 2020 targets. It calls for electric-powered vehicles to account for at least 5% of total production volume, thus helping the target of 25% reduction in CO2 emissions, and a reduction of 15% in CO2 emissions during production (all in comparison to FY2005 levels).
"Mitsubishi Motors Environment Initiative Program 2015" Highlights
Formulation of the "Mitsubishi Motors Environment Initiative Program 2015" provided an opportunity to re-examine the activities and targets of the "Environment Initiative Program 2010" from the four perspectives of "products and technology," "business activities," "collaboration with society" and "stronger basis of implementation." It also added new activities for the Mitsubishi Motors Group as a whole as it works towards the achievement of the "Mitsubishi Motors Group Environmental Vision 2020."
1. Products and Technology
In the area of "products and technology," the company will enhance its lineup and expand its sales territories for electric vehicles (EV and PHEV). It will also develop new technologies to improve performance of EV/PHEV and create systems and organizations for the recycling and reuse of spent lithium ion batteries. In addition, it will endeavor to reduce environmental load throughout the product lifecycle by proactively launching more "Green Technologies", including hybrid vehicle, next generation MIVEC* engine and idling stop mechanism, expanding application of "Green Plastic" and strengthening the management of hazardous substances contained in products and materials.
2. Business Activities
The company will promote environmental activities in all facets of its operations, including product planning, development, production and after-services. It will also set environmental standards for business activities in the individual areas of production, procurement, sales and after-services etc, and will endeavor to improve the levels of environmental initiatives throughout the Mitsubishi Motors Group.
3. Collaboration With Society and Stronger Base of Implementation
The company will play a proactive role in efforts to create infrastructure and perform field testing that will lead to the spread of electric-powered vehicles. It will also work together with customers and society at large to create new transportation system. In addition, the company will endeavor to further expand disclosure of environmental information and will deepen communication with stakeholders in both directions so as to better work with local communities and environmental NPOs/NGOs on effective conservation activities.