Energy / Climate Change

August 18, 2007


2006 Awards for Best Practices in Energy Conservation Held

Keywords: Energy Conservation Government Manufacturing industry 

The Energy Conservation Center, Japan (ECCJ), held an awards ceremony on January 31, 2007, honoring energy-saving activities in FY 2006. The ECCJ selected 31 companies and municipalities, including Toshiba Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. and Osaka city, for the best practice awards after carefully examining 131 candidates in nationwide regional competitions.

Toshiba's Oita factory was given a prize by the Director General of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy for its efforts to save energy from steam loads in a semiconductor production plant. At the plant, large amounts of steam are consumed to air-condition the clean room and warm the pure water for wafer cleaning. Focusing on the reduction of the steam load, Toshiba changed its air-conditioning and water-warming systems and adopted measures to collect waste heat from the manufacturing equipment, using it to warm the pure water.

The award system was established to contribute to environmental conservation; for example, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, which is one of the greatest environmental issues, by efficient use of energies and resources, and improvement/development of energy-saving techniques and activities in manufacturing industries and other fields.

The ECCJ is expected to share and use the ideas and tips for energy saving among various industries and fields through the award scheme.

Posted: 2007/08/18 11:35:27 PM
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