Press conference with CEO Tom Butler, ICMM
ICMM tour of Hosokura Metal Mining Co., Ltd.
The International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM), of which Mitsubishi Materials is a member, seeks to achieve industry-wide CSR improvements to solve issues related to the environment, safety, labor and human rights in the interests of sustainable development. The ICMM makes use of dialog with member companies to formulate policy, and in June 2017 ICMM CEO Tom Butler came to Japan and visited Japanese member companies as part of his itinerary. Mr. Butler met with Our Vice President Osamu Iida and Senior Managing Executive Officer Yasunobu Suzuki and engaged in a productive exchange of views. A press conference was also held at the Japan Mining Industry Association to disseminate information on the wide-ranging activities of the ICMM and the important pioneering initiatives being pursued by its Japanese member companies.
The ICMM has also taken an interest in efforts by Japanese member companies to manage mines throughout the lifecycle from participation in mine development through to closure, as well as metal recycling efforts. To this end, Mr.Butler toured Hosokura Metal Mining Co., Ltd., a member of the MMC Group. Butler commented that "management of suspended or closed mines in particular is excellent."
The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is running the "Create from Urban Mines! Everybody's Metal Project" to produce the medals used in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo from materials such as used mobile phones and compact home appliances. Hoping to leave a legacy contributing to the development of sustainable society, the committee is actively promoting the initiative in conjunction with NTT Docomo Inc., the Japan Environmental Sanitation Center, the Ministry of the Environment and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
As a business operator associated with a recycling business plan under Japan's Small Home Appliance Recycling Act, we support this project through the Japan Environmental Sanitation Center.
We have been carrying out commercial studies in the western area of Appi Kogen in Hachimantai (Iwate prefecture) since fiscal 2005, conducting assessments in areas such as geothermal resources and economic viability. Having carried out studies in conjunction with Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company Inc. on 28th October, 2015, we joined forces to establish Appi Geothermal Energy Corporation.
We are now planning to commence operations at a geothermal plant with a capacity of 14,900 kilowatts in 2023, operated by Appi Geothermal Energy Corporation. We began proceedings for an environmental impact assessment in October 2015. Having studied, forecast and evaluated the impact that establishing the Appi Geothermal Plant (tentative name) would have on the surrounding environment, on 25th April, 2017 we submitted a draft environmental impact statement for our environmental impact assessment to the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and also sent copies to the governor of Iwate Prefecture and mayor of Hachimantai.