October 12, 2005
Nippon Paper Industries Establishes Climate Change Office
Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd.
Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Masatomo Nakamura) has set up a Climate Change Office within the Environment Department of the Technical & Engineering Division at head office, to intensively step up the Nippon Paper Group' efforts in dealing with global warming.
By fiscal 2010, Nippon Paper Industries aims to have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 15% from the figure in fiscal 1990, as set out in Nippon Paper Industries' Environmental Charter. The Company had appointed a person to take responsibility for global warming issues within the Environmental Department at head office for the purpose of collecting internal and external information on the Kyoto Protocol. To prepare for the First Commitment Period starting in 2008, Nippon Paper Industries will strengthen the system by establishing a new special organization.
Staff for the Climate Change Office will be gathered from the General Affairs, Foresty, Plant Engineering, Logistics Departments, Energy Resources Office and from the Research & Development Division, as well as from the Environment Department, to more efficiently promote global warming activities throughout Nippon Paper Group.
Nippon Paper Group has constructed thermal recycling power generation facilities at Nakoso Mill in Iwaki, Fukushima, completing them in September 2004. Wood scrap is used as the principal raw material and the facilities reduce fossil fuel-derived carbon dioxide by about 100,000 tons per year. The Group will also make a significant investment in converting other facilities into non-fossil fuels.
In addition to the major investment and energy saving facilities for general purposes, the Global Warming Office will introduce initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout Nippon Paper Group, including the following:
•Management of data on greenhouse gas
•Collection of information on responses to pertinent legislation and carbon dioxide emission credits
•Employee training in global warming and awareness of the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions
•Drafting and discussing plans for responses to global warming within the Group