Climate Change

Japan's leading companies in climate change measures 3

November 18, 2019
Japanese

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The Importance of Enterprise Power in Climate Change Measures

Implementation of the Paris Agreement requires drastic reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs) produced by social and economic activities as well as adaptations to the impacts of existing climate change. In order to achieve the "2℃ target" as described in the Paris Agreement, pursuing the global reduction of GHGs through innovative enterprises is absolutely critical. Promoting investments and enhancing cooperation to ensure climate financing through various non-state stakeholders such as private sectors, local governments, and civil societies are essential to the success of this global mission.

The international trends and aspirations for a low-carbon society are indisputable. Japanese companies have recognized these trends and have contributed to tackling climate change and realizing sustainable society through their own goods and services. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) is introducing several measures taken by Japanese companies, which can be found on this page. The pivotal role of the private sector was reviewed at the One Planet Summit (held in France, December 2017) and it was determined that although public finance will continue to be an important player in future ventures, the development of a sustainable society resilient to climate change is increasingly depending on the mobilization of private funding. Minister Kono, who participated as a panelist, expressed Japan's determination to lead the international community in increasing the scale of climate finance through its advanced technology and innovation. The Japanese Government is continuing to foster its partnership with the private sector to ensure the steady implementation of the Paris Agreement.

Japanese Companies' Domestic&Global Leading-Edge Initiatives

NTT Facilities, Inc.

[Company which provides total facilitation services aiming at the realization of sustainable society]

NTT Facilities is a company which provides integrated facility services and shares its rich knowledge and expertise on ICT, energy, and facility management with large numbers of leading companies contributing to a sustainable society.
While committed to the energy efficient management of data centers and business continuity in response to natural disasters, as a market leader owning and constructing the largest numbers of PV plants in Japan, NTT Facilities launched a service on which green energy is generated, from solar and suppliedto purchasers including RE100 members and their suppliers.

KANEKA CORPORATION

[Specialty chemicals company engaging in environment and energy field]

KANEKA CORPORATION is contributing to global environmental and energy issues through R&D in the chemical technology field.
Roof tile PV modules and the world's first five-color OEL panels are prime examples of their innovative technology and KANEKA CORPORATION is expanding their market globally.

Komatsu Ltd.

[Industrial machinery company contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions in work site]

Komatsu Ltd. works on five goals closely related to their business to include "Climate Change" and "Industry Innovation". Since 90% of CO2 emissions are generated during the operation of the industrial machines, Komatsu Ltd. established "Smart Construction" in 2015 which uses ICT technologies to facilitate energy efficient work sites.

SHIZEN Energy Group

[Company providing all the necessary services for building renewable energy power plant]

Shizen Energy Group is engaged in all services related to the installation and operation of solar, wind, small hydroelectric and other renewable energy power plants. These services include the development and EPC (engineering, procurement, construction), O&M (operation and maintenance), and asset management. Shizen Energy Group contributes to the generation of approximately 800 megawatts (as of April 2018) worth of renewable energy across Japan and officially entered the electricity retail market in 2017. In addition to supplying electricity to individuals and businesses, Shizen Energy Group also provides support to other companies and organizations for initiatives towards environmentally friendly energy solutions.

Daiwa House Group

[First construction company to join both EP100 and RE100 in the world]

Daiwa House Group is the first-ever construction industry company in the world to join EP100 and RE100 global initiatives for energy efficiency and renewable energy respectively.
Currently, 60% of the company's total electric usage comes from renewable energy and they plan to continue developing their energy efficiency to achieve 100% use of renewable energy.
Daiwa House Group is also constructing zero energy houses, buildings, and town planning through their business operations.

Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation

[Company realizing energy saving by industrial system solutions]

TMEIC contributes to energy saving through the development of PV Inventers and Lithium-ion Storage Battery System.
Their PV Inverters have maintained the top market share of mega solar in Japan. TMEIC actively engages in overseas markets to include the United States of America, China and India in the sale of their technologies and PV power systems.

Japan Business Publishing Co, Ltd.

[Publishing company engaging in dispatch of information and recruiting services related to environmental business]

Japan Business Publishing Co. Ltd. is publishing quarterly publications titled "Environmental Business" and offering a website "Environmental Business Online" to inform investors and promote support for climate changes solutions.

Japan Renewable Energy Corporation

[Pure renewable energy power generation company with 100% renewable energy power production]

Japan Renewable Energy Corporation has a portfolio of approx. 50 solar, wind, and biomass power plants in operation or under construction throughout Japan. Japan Renewable Energy Corporation will continue to develop power plants including offshore wind, hydroelectric power, and are aiming to expand their total power generation capacity to 1,000 megawatts by 2020.
In 2018, their annual electrical power generation by all power plants was 345 million kilowatts per hour (approx. 9600 households), and annual amount of CO2 reduction by all power plants was 170,000 t-CO2 (calculated using emission factors for each electric power utility, i.e. approx. 12 million cedar trees, on the assumption that a cedar tree absorbs 14 kilograms CO2 in a year).

Nihon Suido Consultants

[Comprehensive water consultants that contribute to build a water circulation and low-carbon society]

Nihon Suido Consultants Co., Ltd. introduces advanced simulation techniques such as water cycle simulation, stormwater runoff analysis, numerical fluid analysis. Furthermore, to realize energy efficiency for water and wastewater facilities we introduce energy creation measures such as small hydropower generation, biogas-power generation, as well as energy-saving measures by utilizing latest IOT/ICT or by strategic facility downsizing.
We also provide high-quality and efficient water infrastructure systems in various developing countries, including island countries that are highly vulnerable to climate change, enabling access to safe water and sanitation.

If you wish to post your company's efforts, please contact Climate Change Division, International Cooperation Bureau. (Direct: 03-5501-8493)