Initiatives of the Oji Group
In accordance with its policies on energy use, the Oji Group is proactive in promoting measures for saving energy and shifting to non-fossil energy (biomass and waste).
1. Saving energy
Every year, the Oji Group implements energy-saving measures that are equivalent to the reduction of more than 100,000 tons of GHG emissions. In recent years, our energy consumption has been on the increase, partly reflecting facility expansion and reinforcement for higher product quality and added-value, as well as the installation of facilities for the in-house production of the chemicals needed for our products. We will continue to save energy in an uncompromising manner.
2. Shift to non-fossil energy
Since 1980, we have been promoting the shift from fossil energy to non-fossil energy. We have significantly lowered our fossil energy ratio, from 71.9% in 1980 to 38.0% in 2017, by promoting energy conversion through measures including the installation of waste boilers and the increase in the yield of black liquor (the black vegetative waste fluid that remains after removing wood fibers in woodchips in the process of making pulp from woodchips, namely the kraft pulping process).
3. Measures against climate change problems
The Oji Group measures the financial impact of GHG emissions by using carbon pricing and promotes measures for raising awareness of the climate change problem and the reduction of GHG emissions among all officers and employees.
The Environmental Management Department of Oji Holdings is currently undertaking verifications by assuming two carbon prices, which are, \5,000 and \10,000 per 1 ton of CO2*. Assuming that the carbon pricing is applied to the entire Group, the Department calculates the level of financial impact that Japan’s goal of reducing 80% by 2050 will have on Group companies, and provides information to related people and organizations. In addition, the Environmental Management Department delivers to domestic and overseas Group companies information related to the climate change problem and the reduction of GHG emissions in the monthly environmental news to ensure that all officers and employees of the Group thoroughly understand the importance of the measures against climate change problems.
*From the interview with Professor Joseph E Stiglitz of Columbia University of the United States, who is also a Nobel laureate in economics, at the Long-term Low Carbon Vision Subcommittee under the Global Environment Committee of the Central Environment Council held on March 17, 2017
4. Contribution to reducing GHG emissions
|As a result, we have reduced GHG emission intensity as shown in the graph on the right.
The Oji Group has been conducting hydropower generation business since the Meiji Period (1868 to 1912). In recent years, we have been working proactively on improving power generation efficiency through the revamp of hydroelectric power plants and also on biomass power generation, with which we help power producers reduce GHG emissions.
Chitose Daiichi hydroelectric power plant
For details, go to ESG Data.