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Third Carbon Offset Campaign on Mountain Day to be Held

August 1, 2018

Joint press release with the Ministry of the Environment

In collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will deploy the third campaign during the period before and after Mountain Day, a national holiday that falls on August 11, 2018. In this campaign, participating entities will engage in offsetting carbon dioxide emissions* from shuttle buses operated in national parks and surrounding areas, nearby tourism facilities and events related to Mountain Day, by the same amount of carbon dioxide reduction/removal, through forest management and introduction of energy-saving or energy-recycling facilities into the areas around national parks.

Through this campaign, METI and MOE will encourage tourists to visit the national parks and enjoy the rich natural beauty, to reduce the burden on the natural environment and to take actions to create a society that can exist in balance with nature.

1. Outline of the campaign

In collaboration with MOE and in cooperation with private entities and associations, METI will launch the third campaign to offset carbon dioxide emissions from shuttle buses operating in and around national parks, roadside service areas, nearby tourism facilities and transportation used by participants in events related to Mountain Day, by reducing/removing the same amount of carbon dioxide from areas around the national parks.

In this campaign, METI and MOE will be committed to efforts based on the idea of local production for local consumption to prevent global warming, namely, carbon offsets for the program will be achieved by utilizing carbon dioxide emission reduction/removal credits, called J-Credits, which are produced in the areas near the National Parks, and these credits are produced via efforts to introduce energy-saving or renewable energy equipment and manage forests.

2. Call for supporters for the campaign

To successfully run the campaign, METI and MOE will call for supporters to provide the J-Credits necessary to offset the carbon emitted by the end of August 2018.

For details of the call, please contact the company in Item “Contact counter of the campaign” below.

3. Target sites of the campaign

METI and MOE will deploy the carbon-offset campaign at Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Aso-Kuju National Park and tourism facilities in the areas around these parks as well as in the areas around Mount Takao.

Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Parka and nearby areas:

Note: This 2018 carbon-offset campaign on Mountain Day in the Mount Fuji areas will be the third campaign.

Aso-Kuju National Park and nearby areas:

Mount Takao and nearby areas:

For details of the campaign, visit the website below:

Contact counter of the campaign:

Public Sector, Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC
(This company is the organizer of the FY2018 Project for Assisting Utilization and Promotion of the J-Credit Scheme)
Telephone: 03-6867-8916; Email: jcredit-prom@tohmatsu.co.jp

Notes:

*1. Carbon offset
Carbon offset is a scheme in which businesses are able to offset their emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from their daily lives and economic activities by supporting third parties’ activities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Specifically, on the premise of making efforts to first ascertain and then reduce the amount of their emissions, businesses are able to offset gases emitted from their activities effectively to zero through certain efforts (e.g., investing in activities that reduce or absorb greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the amount they could not reduce internally).

**2. J-Credits
The government will certify the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions that have been reduced by businesses through their efforts (e.g., by refurbishment/updating of boilers, replacement of existing lights with LED lights, introduction of photovoltaic power generation equipment), or will certify the amount of carbon that has been absorbed by businesses through tree planting, thinning and other appropriate forest management, and will issue J-Credits to the businesses for the amount.

J-Credits have been utilized in a variety of situations (e.g., carbon offsets and companies’ efforts to achieve their goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions).

Division in Charge

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