Climate Shareholder Proposals lodged with Mitsubishi Corporation
Despite its net zero emissions by 2050 commitment, Mitsubishi Corporation is undermining this goal with its pursuit of new gas production and infrastructure developments.
LNG expansion plans undermine climate commitments
Mitsubishi is expanding its LNG business by building gas fields, LNG terminals and LNG to power projects, contrary to the International Energy Agency (IEA)’s ‘Net Zero by 2050’ scenario (NZ2050), which makes clear that achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 means no new fossil fuel supply and an extremely limited and narrowing role for fossil fuels in electricity generation.
LNG Canada, a polluting gas terminal development that Mitsubishi has invested in despite climate concerns and opposition from First Nations peoples whose traditional lands this project would impact.
Mitsubishi has no policy to rule out or in any way restrict new exploration or expansion of oil and gas fields.
NZE2050 conclusions compared with Mitsubishi policies and practice
“Beyond projects already committed as of 2021, there are no new oil and gas fields approved for development in our pathway”
No policy to rule out or in any way restrict development of new oil and gas fields
“Also not needed are many of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) liquefaction facilities currently under construction or at the planning stage”
No policy to rule out or in any way restrict development of new LNG projects
Plans to increase LNG liquefaction capacity (on an equity share basis) by roughly 20% from 12mtpa currently to 14.6mtpa by the mid 2020s
Plans to build an LNG terminal in Port Qasim, Pakistan. Local NGOs have raised concerns that the project will disrupt fishing communities and harm vital mangrove forests
Absolute emissions from oil and gas fall by 23% from 2020-2030 (oil 27%, gas 17%)
No Scope 3 emissions target, therefore nothing to restrict emissions from the end use of its oil and gas products
Currently bidding on or sponsoring two import terminals and three proposed LNG to power projects in Bangladesh and Vietnam. With an expected life of 25 years, these projects will be emitting carbon and processing carbon-intensive LNG to 2050 and beyond
Under a net zero by 2050 scenario, lower-than-anticipated LNG demand would hurt the profitability of Mitsubishi’s LNG investments. Investors should also be concerned that Mitsubishi’s business strategy to expand LNG could lead to stranded assets. According to a new report published by Global Energy Monitor in October 2021, much of the new gas infrastructure plans in Asia could become stranded through the global shift to clean energy.
Mitsubishi has no disclosed pathway to meet climate commitments
Investors have set clear expectations for companies to disclose the metrics and targets required to evaluate the credibility of companies’ net zero by 2050 commitments and their associated transition plans. Although Mitsubishi has committed to reach net zero emissions by 2050, it lacks disclosure of key elements required to show it has a viable pathway to meet this goal.
- Mitsubishi has not set any short-term emission reduction targets, and its mid-term target is entirely inadequate to ensure alignment with a net zero by 2050 pathway and manage transitional climate risk, as it excludes use of sold product emissions in the company’s scope 3 emissions.
- As a company heavily involved in the sale of carbon intensive products, Scope 3 emissions represent significant transition risk to Mitsubishi. However, the company currently doesn’t have targets related to those emissions.
- Mitsubishi’s March 2022 analysis against the IEA’s NZE2050 scenario lacks any disclosure of quantitative sensitivities for key financial assumptions or key variables related to transition risk. This lack of disclosure makes it impossible for investors to grasp the true extent of the company’s exposure to transition risk and compare it with other companies.
Without effective and comprehensive short and mid-term emission targets, and a capital allocation framework aligned with the company’s own net zero by 2050 commitment, Mitsubishi risks wasting shareholder capital on projects and activities that are incompatible with the energy transition required to meet this goal.
The shareholder proposals seek that the Company properly manage climate-related financial risk and maintain long-term corporate value through:
- disclosure of short and mid-term greenhouse gas emission reduction targets aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement
- disclosure of how the company evaluates the consistency of each new material capital expenditure with its net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 commitment
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