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Joint press release with the Ministry of the Environment Carbon Offset Campaigns Targeting Japan’s National Parks and World Natural Heritage Sites Start this Summer

In collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will run carbon offset* campaigns. In the campaigns, carbon dioxide emissions from visitor centers in National Parks, sightseeing ships, authorized vehicles which substitute private car use, etc. are offset by utilizing carbon dioxide emission reduction/removal credits which are produced near the National Parks and the World Natural Heritage Sites.

Through these campaigns, METI and MOE aim to encourage visitors to such national parks to reduce the burden on the natural environment and to take actions to establish a society that can coexist with nature, while enjoying rich nature in such locations.

*Note: Carbon offset
Emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are unavoidable in people’s daily lives and economic activities. On the premise of making best efforts to reduce such emissions, businesses are able to offset all or part of such gases emitted from their activities through certain efforts (e.g., investing in activities that reduce or absorb greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the amount they have emitted.

1. Outline of the carbon offset campaigns in national parks and world natural heritage sites in Japan

In collaboration with MOE, METI will run campaigns to offset all or a portion of carbon dioxide emissions from visitor centers in National parks, sightseeing ships, authorized vehicles which substitute private car use during the period when private cars are restricted in such locations, etc. These campaigns can be implemented in partnership with private companies or other entity. In these campaigns, carbon offsetting can be achieved by utilizing carbon dioxide emission reduction/removal credits which are produced in the areas near the National Parks and the World Natural Heritage Sites, and these credits are produced via efforts to introduce energy-saving or renewable energy devices and manage forests. Through these campaigns, METI and MOE aim to encourage people to take actions against global warming.

2. Call for support for the campaigns

To successfully run the carbon offset campaigns, METI and MOE have been calling for supporters, which are categorized into five types for private companies or other entity. Individuals are also eligible to support the campaigns through online fund raising.

3. Schedule

In August 2017, METI and MOE will run the first campaigns in the six national parks in Hokkaido Prefecture listed below. After that, a series of campaigns will be spread to the national parks and world natural heritage sites across Japan.

The six national parks in which the first campaigns to be held
Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Akan-Mashu National Park, Shiretoko National Park, Daisetsuzan National Park, Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park, and Kushiroshitsugen National Park

In addition, on August 11, 2017, an annual national holiday called “Mountain Day,” another carbon-offset campaign will be held in the areas around Mount Fuji, a world heritage site. In the campaign, the carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles traveling on Mt. Fuji Subaru Line or Mt. Fuji Skyline will be offset by utilizing carbon dioxide emission reduction/removal credits which are produced in the areas around Mount Fuji through projects such as installing photovoltaic power generation or forest management.
Note: Following the campaign in 2016, this 2017 campaign on Mountain Day in the Mount Fuji area is the second time.

4. Contact information of the campaign

(This company is the organizer of the FY2017 Project for Assisting Utilization and Promotion of the J-Credit Scheme, which was commissioned by MOE and METI.)
Telephone: 03-5281-7588; Email:offset@jcre.jpメールリンク

Release date

August 8, 2017

Division in Charge

Environmental Economy Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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