Reading, PA – We are pleased to announce that we’ve taken another positive step forward in achieving our long-term vision in North America, of 100% renewable energy procurement. Most recently, our three Pennsylvania sites located in Reading, Scranton and Delmont, are the first locations in North America to make an investment in Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). As a result, all Pennsylvania locations can now proudly say that 100% of the electricity that they use in manufacturing is from renewable sources, reducing the emissions associated with the generation of that electricity to zero.
Bruce Seidel, North American Director of Manufacturing at Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, says that “This accomplishment is a fantastic stepping stone for us, as we continue to realize our vision of fully operating through clean energy in North America. Our commitment to our KAITEKI values is what drives us to continue to focus our efforts on energy reduction projects, and this monumental achievement at our Pennsylvania locations is a great testament to all of the hard work that our team has invested into making this a huge success.”
In addition to this announcement, we are also celebrating another significant milestone. Effective September 1, 2020, five of our North American sites in Reading, Scranton, Delmont, Wytheville, and Fort Wayne, have attained the Responsible Care® RC14001:2015® Certification, which also includes ISO 14001:2015 Certification. Responsible Care® 14001 is the chemical industry's global initiative, practiced in 52 countries, under which chemical companies work together to continuously improve their health, safety, environmental, and security performance. It combines the elements of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) Responsible Care initiative, with those of ISO 14001, the internationally recognized environmental management system standard.
Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials is the first of several Mitsubishi Chemical America (MCA) companies to be certified. Heidi Freeman, MCA Regional Manager for Product Stewardship and KAITEKI, stated that “This has certainly given all of us a boost of confidence, as multiple other group companies look ahead towards achieving their certification within the next few months.”
KAITEKI refers to “the sustainable well-being of people, society and our planet Earth.” It is an original concept of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group that proposes a way forward in the sustainable development of society and the planet, in addition to serving as a guide for solving environmental and social issues.
James Kohler, Corporate Quality Engineer and North American KAITEKI Coordinator at Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, says that “Our contributions to KAITEKI take shape in many different forms. I am proud of our North American teams for coming together, to realize KAITEKI through our shift towards 100% Renewable Energy Procurement in Pennsylvania, and through our RC14001:2015® and ISO 14001:2015 Certifications. This is only the beginning, and I am very excited to see what we can keep accomplishing and improving in the near, and far future.”
Overall, we are pleased to see that our long-term visions for success are now coming to fruition, as we continue to focus our attention on vital energy reduction programs, and embodying the strategic pillars that come with our Responsible Care® RC14001:2015® Certification. Looking ahead, as our teams continue to make investments in sustainable projects, one thing is for certain – the spirit of KAITEKI is alive and well at Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials.
For more information please contact:
Douglas Mahler, Global Marketing and Communications Manager