Soil, along with air and water, is an important element in considering the global environment. In recent years, along with world population growth, areas that used to be green belts have been developed and converted to agricultural land at an accelerated rate. The United Nations has pointed out the importance of initiatives related to Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF). These land-use changes will result in the loss of CO2 sinks and have serious adverse effects from the perspective of climate change. In addition, nutrient-rich topsoil, which had been protected from wind and rain by forests, was lost due to deforestation, leading to desertification.
Idemitsu Group is actively engaged in projects to minimize the environmental impact of changes in land use.
We are engaged in coal mining business in Australia. At a mining site where mining has been completed, we are rehabilitating the mining site by replacing stockpiled topsoil and plants to restore its original and natural state. In addition, we have acquired around 11,000 ha of land surrounding our mines, and protects plants and animals to maintain biodiversity. These measures have minimized the impact of the land use associated with the coal mining project on the surrounding environment.