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Winners of the METI Minister’s Award of the FY2020 Factory Greening Award Program

- National Award for Factory Greening -

October 22, 2020

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been conducting the Factory Greening Award Program (commonly called the “National Award for Factory Greening” program) aiming to recognize factories and businesses that have proactively promoted greening of their factories and made remarkable achievements in improving the environments inside and outside their factories. METI hereby announces that it has determined two winners of the METI Minister’s Award under the FY2020 award program.

1. Outline of the award program

The award program aims to recognize factories and businesses that: operate factories under the mindset stipulated in the Factory Location Law; proactively promote greening of their factories; and have made remarkable achievements in improving the environments inside and outside their factories. Through this program, METI aims to encourage businesses to further engage in promotion of factory greening.

Promoting greening of factories will help to establish favorable relationships between factories and their environments, and enhance harmonization between factories and local communities and broader society. It will also improve conditions within their sites.

From these standpoints, since its inauguration in FY1982, METI has conducted the award program 39 times including FY2020 program. It had recognized 175 factories and businesses as winners of the METI Minister’s Award by FY2019 based on the results of on-site surveys and examinations of external experts.

Moreover, every fiscal year, one factory has been selected from among these winners and honored with the Prime Minister’s Commendations for Contributors to the National Greening Campaign taking the opportunity of the Ceremony of Awarding the MIDORI Prize, organized by the Cabinet Office.

In addition to these winners of the METI Minister’s Award this fiscal year, METI determined seven winners of the Director-General’s Award of a Regional Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, while the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center determined 14 winners of the Chairperson’s Award of the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center and other awards. METI collectively calls these awards the “National Award for Factory Greening.”

2. Two winners of the METI Minister’s Award (for details, see the Appendix)

METI Minister’s Award:

References

Winners of the Director-General’s Award of a Regional Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry: Six factories and one individual (for details, see the Appendix)
Winners of the Chairperson’s Award of the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center: Nine factories and one association (for details, see the Appendix)
Winners of the Chairperson’s Encouragement Award of the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center: Four factories (for details, see the Appendix)
 
Note: Conventionally, a commendation ceremony has been held to recognize the winners of the METI Minister’s Award, the Director-General’s Award of the Kanto Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Chairperson’s Award of the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center and the Chairperson’s Encouragement Award of the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center, taking the opportunity of the National Assembly of Factory Greening Promotion Initiatives organized by the Japan Greenery Research and Development Center. However, the FY2020 commendation ceremony was canceled to prevent expansion of the novel coronavirus disease.
 

Appendix

Division in Charge

Regional Business Innovation Promotion Division, Regional Economic and Industrial Policy Group