The Oji Group conducts the forest plantation business in nine areas in six countries. As of the end of
FY2018, the total area of overseas forest plantations was 250,000 ha. The area under management
in the overseas forest plantation business including forest preserves for the protection of forest
ecosystems and wildlife and conservation forests for water source conservation and prevention of
soil runoff is 380,000 ha. To ensure appropriate forest management from the perspectives of society,
economy, and the environment, the Group leverages the forest certification programs and obtained
forest certification for 85% of forests as of the end of FY2018. The overseas forest plantation business
secures wood raw materials, absorbs and fixes CO2, and creates jobs and industry, contributing to the
creation of truly enriched and sustainable local communities.
Use of Plantation Wood
At Oji Group forest plantations, planted trees that are ready to be harvested are processed into papermaking raw materials (woodchips)
and lumber products. Woodchips are locally processed into pulp or transported to Japan on dedicated woodchip ships.
Promotion of Measures against Climate Change Problems
In a forestry ecosystem, trees absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and fix carbon in their trunks, branches, leaves, and roots while they grow. Dead trees, leaves, and branches are not decomposed and emitted into the atmosphere as CO2 immediately. They are accumulated in the soil as soil organic matter containing carbon and emit CO2 gradually as they decompose. Harvested trees do not emit CO2 immediately. Harvested trees are used as lumber for houses and furniture or as paper, retaining carbon over a long period of time. In addition, the use of construction waste materials and unused wood as biomass energy, which is an alternative to fossil fuels, leads to the reduction of CO2 emitted from fossil fuels.
The Oji Group promotes measures against climate change problems by increasing forest plantations while replanting trees after harvesting to maintain forests, thereby absorbing and fixing CO2 (Sustainable Forest Management). We also fix CO2 by reusing paper and paperboard products that are manufactured from plantation wood (Paper Recycling).
Absorption and Fixation of CO₂ Through Sustainable Forest management