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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and TourismAnnouncement of Winners of Awards under the Excellent Green Logistics Commendation Program-Awards to be presented at the 13th Green Logistics Partnership Conference-

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has annually conducted the Excellent Green Logistics Commendation Program since FY2006 to recognize projects that have made remarkable contributions to global warming mitigation in the logistics sector, based on partnerships between consignors and logistics entrepreneurs.

METI hereby announces the winners of awards under the FY2014 program. The commendation ceremony will be held during the 13th Green Logistics Partnership Conference on December 12, 2014.

1. Summary of the Green Logistics Partnership Conference

This is a conference established in April 2005 through a joint effort between METI, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) and related industrial organizations in order to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions from the logistics sector in Japan. The conference informs people about green logistics based on the partnership between consignors and logistics entrepreneurs, recognizes excellent projects, and promotes publicity.

Under the framework of the conference, METI and MLIT each recognize the excellent projects that have made remarkable contributions to global warming mitigation in the logistics sector.

2. Winners of the Excellent Green Logistics Commendation Program

METI will announce the winners’ efforts on the day of the commendation ceremony.

1) METI Minister’s Awards

Winners
Kichijoji Promotion Council, Collabo Delivery Co., Ltd., Times 24. Co., Ltd., Atré Co., Ltd., Toyohashi Sozo University, and Musashino City
Outline of the project
The winners aim to invigorate the shopping arcade in the Kichijoji area to make the town safe and enjoyable for pedestrians. Under the project, they conducted four initiatives, mainly led by people involved in the arcade, including an effort of joint collection and delivery of goods, so as to reduce the number of delivery vehicles in the area and vehicles parked on the street, as well as the instances of loading and unloading goods to and from vehicles on the street, all of which are challenges that they face daily. They succeeded in the reduction, thereby realizing a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions. These efforts also improved the landscape of the town and made it more comfortable for pedestrians.

2) METI Director-General for Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Awards

Winners
Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Ajinomoto Logistics Corporation, Japan Freight Railway Company, Zenkoku Tsu-un Corporation, MOL Ferry Co., Ltd., and Meimon Taiyo Ferry Co., Ltd.
Outline of the project
Under the project, participating companies endeavored to achieve a full shift of their major long-distance transportation methods from trucks to trains and coastal shipment. They also successfully improved the efficiency of cargo handling by making use of the 31-foot containers in transporting goods by railways. These efforts contributed to significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

3) Green Logistics Partnership Conference Special Awards (recognizing the efforts led by consignors)

Winners
Sumitomo Chemical Company, Ltd., Japan Freight Railway Company, Keiyorinkai Co., Ltd., Toyobo Co., Ltd., and Sumika Logistics Co., Ltd.
Outline of the project
Under the project, the winners endeavored to reduce carbon dioxide emissions through efforts for improving the efficiency of cargo handling by making use of large containers, realizing a modal shift of transportation from trucks to trains, and collaborating with businesses outside the related industry in terms of the return-trip use of containers for distribution.
Winners
Nitto Kogyo Corporation, Japan Transport Engineering Company, Nippon Express, and Japan Freight Railway Company
Outline of the project
The winners realized a shift in transportation means for cubicle substation transformers, used for a variety of facilities, from trucks to trains, using originally-developed containers exclusively for the transformers, thereby achieving a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

Reference: The 13th Green Logistics Partnership Conference

Date: from 14:00 to 16:30, December 12 (Fri.), 2014 (Doors will open at 13:30)
Venue: Room B, fourth floor of the Iino Conference Center

Note: For further details, see the Japanese language press release.

Release date

December 10, 2014

Division in charge

Logistics Policy Planning Office, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group

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