Long-Term Environmental Vision / Basic Environmental Policy

The company conducts its environmental activities guided by the Basic Environmental Policy established in 2004 and the ideal vision of the company stated in the Long-term Environmental Vision for 2050.

Long-Term Environmental Vision

The Mitsubishi Estate Group has established the Mitsubishi Estate Group Long-Term Environmental Vision, based on the Mitsubishi Estate Group's Basic Policy on the Environment, to constructively address environmental issues going forward. This vision clearly lays out the Group's stance on actively contributing to society by reducing environmental impact.

Mitsubishi Estate Group Long-Term Environmental Vision For the Environmental Sustainability 2050

The Mitsubishi Estate Group has set for itself a long-term strategy of cultivating sophisticated environmental technology and challenging itself to create new value. The Group will take active measures to help create a sustainable society through its business activities. This will involve accelerating the development, implementation and spread of innovative technology, transforming the work and lifestyles of its clients and, on the long-term time axis, aiming to raise environmental standards in an integrated and cumulative way.

Image: Mitsubishi Estate Group Long-Term Environmental Vision


Mitsubishi Estate Group Basic Environmental Policy

The Mitsubishi Estate Group has established the Mitsubishi Estate Group Basic Environmental Policy, which is based on its corporate mission. The entire Group works together to implement sound environmental management.

Mitsubishi Estate Group Basic Environmental Policy

The Mitsubishi Estate Group has developed an environmental management system and strives to protect the environment by promoting environmental initiatives and reducing environmental impact, as well as complying with all environmental laws and regulations. Mitsubishi Estate is determined to ensure that its business activities play a leading role in the development of sustainable communities.

1. Building a low-carbon society
We are proactive about the efficient use of resources and energy, and encourage the use of renewable energy to contribute to the creation of a low-carbon society.
2. Creating a sound material-cycle society
We strive to reduce, reuse, and recycle in every stage of our business, including planning, development, design, construction, management and dismantlement, in order to contribute to building a sound material-cycle society.
3. Fostering harmony between nature and human society
We endeavor to foster new cultural values and to practice environmental responsibility by demonstrating concern for biodiversity and developing attractive urban spaces that harmonize with the surrounding natural environment, thus helping to build a society that lives in harmony with nature.
4. Promoting environmental communication
We proactively provide information on the environment and communicate with society on a broad range of issues in our efforts to coordinate and cooperate with a wide range of stakeholders.
5. Increasing employees' ecological awareness
In our efforts to increase employees' awareness of environmental conservation issues and ensure highly effective environmental activities, we provide environmental education and awareness programs, aiming to develop an ecologically aware workforce.

Established on May 1, 2004
Revised on January 1, 2006 and April 1, 2010


Mitsubishi Estate Group's Corporate Vision for 2050

To clarify the Group's future vision for environmental management, the Group used four themes, namely “Building a low-carbon society,” “Creating a sound material-cycle society,” “Fostering harmony between nature and human society,” and “Emphasizing environmental communication and human resource development” to describe its ideal corporate vision for 2050.

Building a low-carbon society

The Mitsubishi Estate Group, in collaboration with other parties concerned, uses its accumulated wealth of knowledge and knowhow to utilize resources and energy as efficiently as possible. We also make proactive use of renewable energy and endeavor to keep the greenhouse gases generated from our business activities around the globe to the barest minimum.
We are also working to help convert whole cities to low-carbon structures and actively contributing to make society carbon-neutral. On a global scale, we aim to control the amount of CO2 emitted over life cycles while deploying businesses around the globe that balance a global environment friendliness with making improvements in comfort, convenience and productivity.

Creating a sound material-cycle society

The Mitsubishi Estate Group makes active efforts to thoroughly reduce (avoid generating waste), reuse and recycle the waste generated through its global business activities at all stages from planning to development, design, construction, management, sale and dismantlement. We also work with all parties concerned to circulate energy and resources to reduce the amount of waste disposed of by sanitary landfill at the site of final disposal to zero.
Additionally, we endeavor to construct new buildings with long service live and continuously strive to improve existing resources from a long-term perspective in order to help build a sustainable society.

Fostering harmony between nature and human society

In its global business activities, the Mitsubishi Estate Group endeavors to provide spaces where clients who visit, live and work in cities can coexist with plants and other living things and interact with nature on a daily basis. We do this by demonstrating concern for biodiversity and developing attractive urban spaces rich in water and greenery that harmonize with the surrounding natural environment.
Additionally, when it comes to the procurement of construction material and other raw materials, the Group considers using sustainable resources in order to preserve biodiversity and contributes to the conservation of ecosystems and biodiversity through the protection and cultivation of forest resources among other measures.

Emphasizing environmental communication and human resource development

To raise individual awareness of the global environment, reform work and life styles and create a society that considers the environment in all its activities, the Mitsubishi Estate Group raises the environmental awareness of those within and outside the Group by providing information and communicating with clients on environmental issues. Thus it contributes to the world by developing human resources who understand what it means to build a low-carbon society, create a sound material-cycle society and foster harmony between nature and human society.
Furthermore, Mitsubishi Estate Group employees actively and independently participate in environmentally-friendly business activities and lifestyles.


Mitsubishi Estate Group's Initiatives for 2020

As part of its initiatives for 2020 aimed at achieving its ideal corporate vision by 2050, the whole Group is working to determine its direction and also actively pursuing environmental management under four symbolic initiatives.

Building a low-carbon society

In addition to the business activities the Mitsubishi Estate Group carries out directly, the Group also proactively installs and encourages the research and development of energy-saving and alternative energy technology and equipment as part of the various initiatives it carries out to improve the environmental performance (insulation, equipment performance, and operating efficiency) of its buildings and condominiums. The company does all this with the goal of reducing the amount of energy used and greenhouse gases produced by clients (tenants, home buyers, facility users and others) during the use phase.
With the cooperation of clients, we are working hard to implement measures to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. These measures include making use of renewable energy and unutilized energy from cities, promoting the use of energy on a region-wide basis, improving usage sustainably and making the environmental impact more visible.

Creating a sound material-cycle society

In order to move beyond past lifestyles of mass production, mass consumption and mass disposal by using limited resources efficiently and creating a truly prosperous material-cycle society, we design both new and existing buildings to have a long service life so as to create excellent building stock. This is accompanied by a dedication to reduce, reuse, and recycle resources wherever possible.
We also work with clients to recycle as much waste (such as kitchen garbage) as possible.

Fostering harmony between nature and human society

At the planning stage during building construction and development work, the company considers harmony with the surrounding natural environment, biodiversity and the ecosystem as it endeavors to increase the proportion of greenery within its project areas through an abundance of roadside trees and the greening of rooftops, exteriors and wall surfaces. This aims to mitigate the heat island phenomenon while also creating a refreshing space where users can come in contact with the bounty of nature on a daily basis.
When procuring construction material and other raw materials for its business activities, the Group strives to conserve biodiversity and use resources sustainably. It also makes an effort to use Japan-grown timber.
The Group also participates actively in ecosystem and biodiversity conservation efforts through tie-ups and cooperation with NPOs and NGOs.

Emphasizing environmental communication and human resource development

Top management along with all Mitsubishi Estate Group employees actively strive to promote environmental education and awareness to increase their understanding of the global environment, remain conscious of the fact that coexistence with the environment is a key management issue and carry out highly effective environmental activities.
Moreover, in order to build a society with a lower carbon footprint, help society to recycle more, and foster harmony between nature and human society, the Group makes a serious effort to understand the needs of various stakeholders concerning the global environment and meet those needs in cooperation with its clients.

Four symbolic initiatives

1. Cutting-edge approaches in Tokyo's Otemachi, Marunouchi, and Yurakucho area
  • The Group improves the environmental performance of buildings through renewal. It also rebuilds existing buildings which have already been improved to their limit so they perform even better environmentally.
  • When it comes to district heating and cooling, the Group is improving its regional energy efficiency through the renovation of high-efficiency plants and the expansion of pipe networks.
  • The company is taking steps to ensure that each building has a Global Warming Prevention Council which works together with tenants to conserve energy and reduce global warming.
  • Ecozzeria, a hub for environmental strategies, made a fresh start with a new concept as 3x3 Lab Future in 2016. In new facilities, the three elements of sustainability—Economics, Environment and Society—mesh with each other like gears. They form highly creative communities that can be called "third places," places outside the workplace and home. These third places are hubs for interaction and activity across the boundaries of business sectors, leading to the emergence of businesses that point the way to the future.
2. Groundbreaking initiatives in the residential business of MEC eco LIFE and other companies
  • MEC eco LIFE was founded to perform a wide range of environmental design research and proposals for the plans of housing complexes developed by the Mitsubishi Estate Group.
  • It creates new value and quality to meet the changing needs of clients.
3. Promotion of renewable energy
  • We encourage the use of green energy, as characterized by the adoption of Aqua Premium hydro power in the Shin-Marunouchi Building.
  • We also support renewable energy operators.
  • We use the rooftops and walls of buildings to generate solar energy.
  • From October 2017, all the electric power used at the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum has been derived from green energy sources. From January 2018 all the power used by the Mitsubishi Estate headquarters in the Otemachi Park Building was also supplied by green energy.
4. Research and development of symbiotic technologies to reduce environmental impact
  • The company works with others to research and develop cutting-edge technology that promotes coexistence with the global environment in a more active way.
  • We are pursuing initiatives in tandem with industrial, governmental and academic institutions.
  • We are developing low CO2-certified offices, zero energy homes and performing smart grid experiments.

The Effects of Climate Change

The Mitsubishi Estate Group is working to cut CO2 emissions, thought to be one of the causes of global warming, as part of its effort to reduce the burden on the environment caused by its businesses. At the same time it is also considering the effects of climate change on its business and financial affairs and preparing integrated risk management strategies in response. In terms of both physical and social infrastructure, one of the main focuses of the Group is safe, secure and disaster-resistant urban development, which it is working on as part of its larger plan to create value.
There is concern about the effect of heavy rains and other phenomena brought about by climate change on urban functions in recent years. Thus the company's main business, the building business, is involved in various efforts such as the installation of storm surge barriers intended to protect basic facilities and BCP functions.

ANNUAL REPORT > Dealing with Major Risks (PDF 4,780KB)

Photo:The Effects of Climate Change

Environmental Slogan and Logo

Aiming to communicate the message of environmental coexistence and raise environmental awareness both internally and outside the company, the Mitsubishi Estate Group has established a logo and environmental slogan, “For Sustainable Cities, For a Sustainable Earth.” Along with the slogan, the Group is enthusiastically implementing environmentally-friendly measures and the whole Group is working as one to contribute to creating a truly meaningful society as stated in its Mission.
One of the environmental initiatives involves the sheets in the rooms at the Royal Park Hotel, which, with the cooperation and understanding of hotel guests, are not changed every day for guests who stay for more than 2 nights.

Logo:Environmental Slogan

Image:Initiatives at the Royal Park Hotel

The story behind the environmental slogan

Creating a Truly Meaningful Society
The Mitsubishi Estate Group follows its Group mission, which is to contribute to creating a truly meaningful society by building attractive, environmentally sound communities.
Creating New Value through Environmental Technology
The Mitsubishi Estate Group is determined to cultivate sophisticated environmental technology and challenge itself to create new value.
Environmental Friendliness Together with Our Clients
The slogan includes the Group's fervent desire to coexist with the environment with the cooperation of not only Group employees but also of clients such as people visiting and working in the city.

Green Procurement Guidelines

The Mitsubishi Estate Group established the Green Procurement Guidelines as an active effort to be environmentally friendly and help reduce the burden on the global environment. The Guidelines promote green procurement, which refers to procurement or construction methods that use materials and equipment with a low environmental impact.
These Guidelines apply to all products, services, designs and construction work procured by the Mitsubishi Estate Group. In April 2016, the Group also drew up the Paper and Printed Matter Procurement Guidelines to further those efforts.
The basic policies set out in the Green Procurement Guidelines are as follows.

  • Conservation of Energy and Resources
  • Reduction of Environmental Pollutants
  • Preservation of Biodiversity
  • Long-Term Usability
  • Recyclability
  • Use of Recycled Material
  • Ease of Treatment and Disposal
  • Curtailment of Total Volumes Procured

Green Procurement Guidelines (PDF 97KB)