Aiming to Balance the Environment and the Economy through
Energy Conservation and Shift to Non-Fossil Energy as Two Core Measures
Generally, the paper and pulp industry is regarded as one of the energy-intensive industries as it uses heat (steam) in its pulping process, in which pulp is made from woodchips, and also in the process of making pulp dispersed in water into sheets and drying them, in addition to electricity for operating production facilities and machines. In response, the Oji Group has positioned energy-saving measures as its important task and has long been making Group-wide efforts. Saving energy is important not only for reducing energy costs but also for fulfilling our corporate social responsibility to implement environmental measures.
While the problem of climate change grows more serious, the reduction of CO2 emissions is an urgent task, and we are required to reduce our consumption of fossil energy such as petroleum and coal. The Oji Group has succeeded in reducing the GHG emission intensity by continuing to save energy uncompromisingly and shifting from fossil fuels to biomass fuels*1 called black liquor (black vegetative waste fluid)*2as well as waste fuels such as wood residue, bark, and recycle plastic fuel (RPF)*3, etc. We will continue to aim for a good balance between the environment and the economy, recognizing that it is our mission to use energy in a way that provides both economic and environmental effects.
Biomass fuels are renewable, organic energy and resources of biological origin (such as wood) excluding fossil resources.
*2: Black liquor (black vegetative waste fluid)
Black liquor refers to the black vegetative waste fluid that remains after removing wood fibers in woodchips in the process of making pulp from woodchips (kraft pulping process). Its components include lignin and hemicellulose.
RPF is a type of -waste derive fuel (WDF). It is a solid fuel made from refuse paper and plastics. It attracts attention as a method of thermal recycling of wastes including plastics and paper that is difficult to recycle.