Mitsubishi Chemical HoldingsKAITEKI Value for Tomorrow


The MCHC Group positions the circular economy as a critical strategy for comprehensively resolving environmental issues such as climate change, resources and energy. In order to achieve the recycling-oriented society, we strive to efficiently use resources throughout the entire life cycle from manufacturing process to treatment after product use.

  • Example of Dehydration of Aqueous Ethanol Solution
  • Challenges to Achieving the Recycling-oriented Society

    The Circular Economy Promotion Committee was established in May 2019 as a crossover between social value and economic value, to promote our group-wide shift to a circular economy.

    The Group’s Policy on the Circular Economy In our vision to realize KAITEKI we will serve a recycling-oriented society through our innovation and business model transformation. We will create new value with innovative products and through an effi cient utilization of resources, materials and energy.
  • Circular Economy (CE) Promotion Committee Organization Structure

    Examples of themes

    1. Development of recyclable materials and recycle technologies
      Recycling of packaging and industrial materials
      Development of mechanical recycling and chemical recycling technologies
    2. Enhancement of biotechnology-related business
      Business expansion of biodegradable polymers and plant-derived polymers and development of biocatalysts, etc.
    3. Implementation of a c-LCA system and recommendations for reforming business portfolios
  • The growth potential, business model and innovation, in response to global agendas such as reducing GHG emissions and actions towards the circular economy are considered new factors in reforming the business portfolio, in addition to the conventional factors of profitability.

    Business portfolio reforms

    Reflecting the cross-over of social value and economic value in portfolio reform

Report in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD*)

Report in line with the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD*)In October 2018, MCHC announced its support for the final recommendations prepared by the Task Force on Climaterelated Financial Disclosures (TCFD), established by the Financial Stability Board.
The MCHC Group has worked to reduce environmental impact, promote energy-saving activities, increase the use of renewable energy, and expand product groups that contribute to the reduction of GHG emissions. Based on the TCFD’s final recommendations, the Group will enhance these initiatives, progressively expanding its disclosure of related information as it strives to increase corporate value.

※In June 2017, TCFD announced the final recommendations concerning disclosure of information to encourage companies to voluntarily disclose to investors the impacts of climate change-related risks and business opportunities on corporate finances.

  • Governance

Addressing the Plastic Waste Issues

Plastics are widely used and indispensable in daily life, reflecting their ease-of-use. Global production of plastics has risen 20-fold※1 over the past 50 years, and yet their recycling rate remains as low as around 10%,※2 resulting in serious marine plastic pollution cause by a lack of proper waste treatment. As countermeasures against the plastic waste are required on a global scale, the MCHC Group, as a plastic materials provider, is also working to reduce the plastic waste generated throughout the value chain while also addressing the challenge through its products and technologies, including by developing recycling-friendly materials and technologies, and promoting its biodegradable polymer business.
Furthermore, in collaboration with international initiatives, we will work to build a recycling-oriented society throughout the value chain.
*1 Reference: World Economic Forum (2016)
*2 Reference: OECD, Improving Markets for Recycled Plastic (2018),
R. Geyer, J. Jambeck and K. Law, “Production, use, and fate of all plastics ever made,” Science Advances, Vol. 3 (2017)

  • Major Initiatives in Which the MCHC Group Participates
  • Building a resource-saving and carbon-circulating society: Biodegradable Polymer, BioPBS