The Japan Paper Association (JPA) belongs to the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), which is one of the three major business associations in Japan. JPA promotes initiatives for the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change. JPA supported Keidanren’s Commitment to a Low Carbon Society in 2010, and formulated and announced JPA’s Action Plan for Low-Carbon Society with a CO2 reduction target in 2012. Once a year, JPA announces the progress towards the achievement of the target.
As a member of JPA as well as Keidanren, Oji Holdings affirms the industry target and promotes measures for mitigating climate change to achieve the target by making investments related to energy conservation, and formulating and managing the progress of an action plan for saving energy. In addition, we exchange information and provide supports for making policy recommendations as a member of committees of JPA and Keidanren on climate change such as the environment and energy.
The Oji Group supports the Act on the Rational Use of Energy and the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures, which are laws of Japan related to climate change, and submits an annual report to the government on its energy consumption, the status of the achievement of energy conservation targets, and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Oji Holdings participates in CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), and these scoring results in 2021 were climate change A-, water security A-, and forest –timber A-.
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We participate in the Environmental Action Plan (waste management) and the Follow-up Related to Management of Emissions of Organic Volatile Compounds (VOC) of Japan Paper Association to which we belong and promote reduction.
An example of collaboration with an external organization is as follows. Wastewater sludge generated from the business establishments of Oji Group companies around Shizuoka Prefecture is disposed of at a final disposal site (landfill disposal). The wastewater sludge is now used as a waste fuel for a thermal power plant of a paperboard company, which has a waste disposal license. This enables the paperboard company to obtain electricity and steam while reducing the landfill disposal volume of the Oji Group.
In 2012, the Oji Group began participating in the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an NGO that has a huge database of environmental information related to countermeasures against climate change, water, and forests. We respond to the CDP water questionnaire, which is aimed at assessing water resource management by the Oji Group ,and disclose our answers of water questions on CDP Website.
We also support the intent of the Japan Water Forum (JWF), an NPO that collaborates with diverse related parties including not only those in Japan but also United Nations organizations, international organizations, development banks, national and municipal governments, private companies, researchers, and NGOs of other countries. We have been participating in JWF as its member since its establishment in 2004.
:Oji Fibre Solutions recognizes that effluent color discharges at Tasman Mill are an amenity concern for the local community, so color reduction is a continuing priority. Tasman Mill co-manages its wastewater treatment infrastructure with the neighboring newsprint operation, Norske Skog Tasman. We are committed to a color reduction-program with a goal to reduce color to the regulated target of 10 tons per day (Pt-Co Equivalent) by 2035.
The Oji Group is working to address environmental and social issues that are in common with forests and paper manufacturing industries in Japan and overseas by collaborating with the relevant organizations. At the second International CEO Roundtable of the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA), the Oji Group has signed the ICFPA CEO Leadership Statement which promises to take initiatives proactively in the six fields of creating solutions to global climate change and energy supply challenges; promoting sustainable forest management worldwide; combating illegal logging; environmental management; fiber use and recovery; and investing in workers and communities.