Green Diamonds highlights the ongoing efforts of Mitsubishi companies to foster a greener, more sustainable planet and brighter, more vibrant communities through wide-ranging environmental and social initiatives.
Mitsubishi Kakoki, in a consortium with academia and government, has been engaged in an commercialscale demonstration*¹ at the Fukuoka City Central Water Treatment Center of producing hydrogen from biogas generated in the sewage sludge treatment process and supplying it for fuel cell vehicles. For its services, the consortium has won the Japanese Cabinet Officefs 14th Industry-Academia-Government Cooperation Service Acknowledgement Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministerfs Award. In presenting the award in August 2016, the panel cited the robust collaboration between the members of the consortium all the way from basic research through to exit strategies in this
Award presentation ceremony
demonstration of renewable energy in producing
hydrogen from sewage sludge biogas and of a hydrogen
refueling station for fuel cell vehicles.
*1 This commercial-scale demonstration was conducted based on the Breakthrough by Dynamic Approach in Sewage High Technology Project (B-DASH Project) by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and part of the Fukuoka Hydrogen Leader City Project.
Mitsubishi Electric has been engaged in planting acorns, called DONGURI in Japanese, and nurturing the saplings in the gardens or on the balconies of some
Children planting the saplings. With all the love they put into caring for the saplings, they are sure to grow into large and healthy oak trees!
1,400 employeesf homes throughout Japan since February 2013
as part of its efforts to restore plant life and vegetation
after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. On October
29, many of the companyfs employees and their families
took part in the Rachihama Disaster Prevention Green
Space Planting Festival & Cosmos Festival, organized by
the Fukushima prefectural government, and planted some
1,000 oak saplings. Disaster prevention green spaces
are effective in: (1) Weakening the force of Tsunami; (2)
Providing a place for recreation and relaxation for the
local community; and (3) Helping nature to recover after a
It takes some 30 years for the saplings to grow and restore the green space and so the company will continue its greenery restoration efforts by helping nurturing the saplings.
In 1992 the Rio de Janeiro Earth Plant conference was organized by the United Nations to discuss how man and the environment should interact. In that year, the Asahi Glass Foundation established the Blue Planet Prize, an award presented to individuals or organizations in recognition of major contributions to solving global environmental problems. The Prize is offered in the hope of encouraging efforts to bring about the healing of the Earthfs fragile environment. As a general rule, two recipients are chosen annually. In June of the following year, the recipients are announced and are invited to Tokyo in the autumn for
the awards ceremony and commemorative lectures. The winners of the 2016 Blue Planet Prize were:
Mr. Pavan Sukhdev (India), UNEP Goodwill
Ambassador, Founding Trustee of Green Indian
States Trust (GIST), Founder & CEO of GIST Advisory,
Associate Fellow of Davenport College, Yale University.
Prof. Markus Borner (Switzerland), Former Director of Frankfurt Zoological Society Africa Program; Honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow; Adjunct Professor of The Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania.
|Mr. Pavan Sukhdev with AGF chairman Mr. Kazuhiko Ishimura||Prof. Markus Borner with AGF chairman Mr. Kazuhiko Ishimura|
Japan received valuable support from around the world for recovery in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake. As a way to express our gratitude, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group(MUFG) started gMUFG Gives Backh in 2013. This initiative takes place each November, a month designated as a global volunteer month, in which our employees around the world carry out activities to contribute to their local communities. Last year, for the fourth year of the initiative, offices worldwide carried out locally-rooted activities in more than 35 countries and regions. For example, as one of the first offices to organize an activity under MUFG Gives Back 2016, Volunteers from the Phnom Penh Representative Office partnered with Le Restaurant des Enfants de la Rue (the Childrenfs Restaurant), a French non-profit organization that provides meals to 150 children living on the streets of Cambodia, to cook curry for these children for lunch
on November 5. MUFG Gives Back also provides an opportunity for staff to strengthen bonds with other colleagues through working together in local community activities. The goal of MUFGfs CSR activities is to contribute to fulfilling its inherent social mission as a foundation of society and to realize a sustainable society.
Staff volunteers from the Phnom Penh Representative Office arrived early to prepare lunch at the Childrenfs Restaurant.