Since December 1996, Hokkaido Refinery has been using the Corporate Forest Program started by the Forest Agency, in which corporates participate in the upkeep of national forests to contribute to society and the environment. We named our watershed protection forest “Idemitsu Appenai Watershed Forest” and manage it appropriately.
In May 2008, we leased a 4.5-hectare man-made forest in Tomakomai City. In June, the following month, we invited 102 of the city’s elementary school students to a hands-on forestation class. The children planted 6,500 Sakhalin spruces, Japanese white birches, and double-cherry trees. The forest was dubbed the Idemitsu Green-Filled Nature Forest by the students who participated in the class. We will continue to manage the forest for the next 80 years.
The water used at Solar Frontier Kunitomi Plant is groundwater from Aya Town, Miyazaki Prefecture, which is known for Japan's largest laurel forest zone. Kunitomi Plant, together with the local public and private sectors, has been participating in the protection and restoration activities of this forest since 2005 as a form of appreciation for being able to use the groundwater. On November 23, 2019, 21 Kunitomi Plant employees and their family members volunteered in a project to set up deer net to protect the vegetation in the forest. It was not an easy job to set up a 140m long deer net along the unfamiliar mountain path while paying careful attention to avoid unnecessary incident. Breathing clear mountain air and felt its energy flow through the body, our volunteers realized the value of protecting the nature.
This year too, volunteers from Tokuyama Complex participated in the project to build nests for cranes hosted by Yashiro Society of Crane Lovers on October 5, 2019. Last year, nine hooded cranes came, and the 15 employees who joined the project hoped that more cranes would visit Yashiro. In the sweltering heat, earnestly, they built the nests while mowing the mountain slope and gathered the mowed grass.
As a company located on the shore of Tokyo Bay, Idemitsu participates in the Tokyo Bay Public-Private Forum. We have created indicators to assess the revitalization of Tokyo Bay and are working to restore the biodiversity of the bay in part by conducting surveys related to water quality and other factors.