Energy / Climate Change

March 24, 2009


Winners of 2008 New Energy Awards Announced

Keywords: Climate Change Government Local government Manufacturing industry NGO / Citizen Non-manufacturing industry 

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announced on November 20, 2008, the winners of the 13th New Energy Awards for fiscal 2008. The awards aim to promote renewable energy by recognizing outstanding efforts in this field, which include the development of new systems, provision of services, introduction of facilities and raising awareness. Of 46 applications, the ministry selected a total of nine initiatives: one for the Minister's Award, two for the Director-General's Award, and six for other awards.

The winner of the Minister's Award is the Tsubetsu-Tanpan Cooperative in Tsubetsu Town, Hokkaido, which introduced a woody biomass co-generation facility to supply electricity and heat to its four factories. The cooperative manufactures veneer and plywood products using wood from local plantations, which is supplied through the cooperation of the forestry industry in the area. Its co-generation system is fueled by sawmill residue, and covers most of the electricity and heat energy required for factory operations, thus significantly reducing the use of fossil fuels. This resulted in a 69,000-ton reduction in carbon dioxide emissions in fiscal 2007.

The Director-General's Award went to Sony Corp. and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government's Bureau of Sewerage. Sony has been expanding the use of green electricity through the Green Power Certification System, which Sony developed in collaboration with a utility company. Sony's total amount of green power purchased was 55.45 million kilowatt hours as of July 1, 2008, one of the largest in the country. The company was also praised for its forest conservation efforts related to the certification system. The bureau of sewerage, on the other hand, was recognized for its project to carbonize sewage sludge at the Water Reclamation Center in Koto Ward, Tokyo (see the related JFS article below).

- Tokyo Electric Power Launches Biomass Fuel Business (Related JFS article)
- Japanese Municipalities Targeting Energy Self-Sufficiency at Sewage Treatment Plants (JFS Newsletter No.71, July 2008)

Announcement of FY2008 (13th) New Energy Award

Posted: 2009/03/24 06:00:15 AM