Mitsui Kinzoku Group considers biodiversity conservation as one of the most important issues to be addressed in order to build a sustainable society. In accordance with its Basic Environmental Policy, the Group strives to reduce its environmental footprint to minimize its impact on biodiversity. We also promote collaboration with stakeholders based on the conditions in the regions in which our sites are located.
| Reduction of Environmental Footprint
- Identification of locations with biodiversity value near our operations
- Environmental assessment for new plant construction and equipment installation
- GHG emissions reduction
- Management of wastewater and emissions, and reduction of hazardous substance and waste, using voluntary standards as needed
- Introduction of a system for environmental contribution product
|Biological Habitat Preservation and Landscaping
- Planting activities at suspended or closed mine sites
- Tree-planting activities at suspended or closed quarries
- Promotion of greening at each site and in neighboring areas
|Collaboration with Stakeholders
- Activities at the Huanzala mine and the Pallca mine (in Peru)
- Donations to tree-planting activities by public organization (at our Chinese site)
- Release of juvenile fish with local fishermen's association (at our domestic site)
- Participation in volunteer cleanup activities (at domestic and overseas sites)
Activities at Gecom
Gecom Corporation is located in Greensburg, Indiana, USA and is the main North American base of Mitsui Kinzoku ACT Corporation, which designs, manufactures and sells automotive parts for the North American market. Since acquiring ISO14001 certification, we have been working to protect the environment by actively participating in local biodiversity conservation activities and local environmental conservation activities held every year on World Earth Day.
Since many creatures live on the premises, in order to conserve those creatures and protect the environment, a Gecom Forest was set up on the premises on World Earth Day in 2021, and since then Gecom employees have planted 178 trees themselves.
In addition, the protected species monarch butterfly inhabits the premises, and we are planting "butterfly-friendly" flowers and Milkwood as part of our efforts to restore and protect the habitat. Milkwood is the only plant that monarch butterfly larvae can eat and is absolutely essential for the survival of the species.
Gecom Corporation will continue to plant trees and promote biodiversity conservation activities.
Types of seedlings planted (178 in total)
・Red maples 55 trees
・White pines 30 trees
・Pin oaks 25 trees
・Tulip poplars 16 trees
・Red oaks 15 trees
・Sycamores 15 trees
・Cypresses 10 trees
・Swamp oaks 5 trees
・Elms 5 trees
・Catalpas 2 trees
Tree planting on the premises at Gecom
Activities at the Huanzala Mine and the Pallca Mine
Compania Minera Santa Luisa S.A, a mining company of Mitsui Kinzoku Group in Peru, has been operating the Huanzala mine in central Peru since 1968.
We have been striving to preserve the natural environment since the start of the operation, the first initiative of which was the improvement of the infrastructure around the mine.
The areas surrounding the Huanzala Mine and Pallca Mine, which are situated at an elevation of over 3,000 meters, are home to flora and fauna unique to that environment . Both mines have limited impact on the surface above the grounds as they practice underground mining. However, in order to minimize the effects of mine development and operations, we make sure to process the acidic water properly, and also conduct environmental baseline surveys and bio habitat surveys.
From 2019, due to the construction work to expand the tailings dam, we conduct the transplant of the wetland vegetation group (bofedal) at the Huanzala Mine, which is being performed in partnership with experts and affiliated government agencies in Peru. In addition, since 2018, we have been distributing pamphlets to the local residents on animal and plant protection, thereby providing information on initiatives being implemented toward the preservation of biodiversity.
The transplantation work of plants around the Huanzala Mine