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Climate Change Response / Preserving Biodiversity and Ecosystems

As an organization conducting exploration and development of oil and natural gas, JAPEX Group recognizes the importance of environmental measures. Accordingly, we have identified "HSE as our culture" in our core CSR themes "SHINE" and define as each challenge "climate change response," "preserving biodiversity and ecosystems," and "pollution prevention and resource recycling."

With regard to these challenges, we annually set our CSR action plans and targets. Through the HSE Management System (HSE-MS), we incorporate these focuses into our daily activities at each district office and site.

Climate Change Response

Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

JAPEX has been participating "Commitment to a Low Carbon Society" initiative since 2013, formulated by the Japan Business Federation.

We are also striving to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions based on the target set by the Japan Petroleum Development Association, which is a reduction target for 2020, and a new target for 2030 set in 2015. By incorporating the mid-to-long term reducing target into the annual plan and goal, we have been taking daily actions such as saving energy, effective use of abandoned low-pressure gas, and incineration of the exhaust gas.

Aiming our future contribution for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, we have been focusing on the development of energy solutions, including environmental technology such as CCS (carbon dioxide capture and storage), geothermal power generation, promotion of co-generation to realize highly efficient use of energy, and conversion of fuels to natural gas.

Promotion of Energy-Saving Activities

As a part of our efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we have been undertaking energy-saving actions throughout all of our business sites. Rationalization and reduction of energy usage have been executed at the production or plant sites that consume a high amount of energy by optimizing operation and identifying the points of waste and inefficient energy usage, using exergy analysis which is an index that measures the value of energy.

In addition, adjustment of illuminance at all office spaces, turning off lights during lunch hour, and proper management of the servers are being continued.

Afforestation Programs

Since fiscal 2005, our afforestation programs have been implemented at the prefectures including Hokkaido, Akita, Fukushima, and Niigata, where our district offices are located. These programs are not only making contributions to reduce CO2 emissions, but also providing the opportunities for each employee to consider specific ways against global warming and relation between our company and society.

Jomon Forest Tree Festival

Activities in Afforestation Programs of the JAPEX Group


Morappu Forest

Location : approx. 7.6 ha around Shikotsu Lake, Tomakomai, Hokkaido

Planting period : three years from 2006

Number and type of trees : approx. 11,000 saplings of needle-leaf trees


Yuri Forest

Location : approx. 4.5 ha at the northern foot of Mt. Chokai, Yurihonjo, Akita

Planting period : three years from 2005

Number and type of trees : approx. 8,000 saplings of broad-leaf and needle-leaf trees


Jomon Forest

Location : 11.9 ha on the east side of the western hill area of Nagaoka, Niigata
(of which 4.9 ha is for afforestation and 7.0 ha is an existing forest)

Planting period : 2007, 2010, and 2014

Number and type of trees : approx. 10,000 saplings of broad-leaf trees


Sennenmatsu Forest

Location : approx. 6.4 ha around Seiro, Kitakanbara, Niigata

Planting period : three years from 2007

Number and type of trees : approx. 14,800 saplings of needle-leaf and broad-leaf trees

Preserving Biodiversity and Ecosystems

When we conduct our business activities in Japan and overseas, our business plans are drawn up with the statutory surveys and the voluntary environmental assessments if needed. And periodic reviews and continuous monitoring have been conducted for the impact reduction of our business activities on the biodiversity.

Regarding Canada Oil Sand Project, Japan Canada Oil Sands Limited (JACOS), our local subsidiary, has been making collaboration with the indigenous advisory group and its sub-committees to work on the activities continuously such as wildlife monitoring, marshland rehabilitation. Also, the inspections of recovery status on the current operated site have been held.

Particularly in the assessments and monitoring of environmental impact have been highly appreciated in the uniqueness of their participation-based procedure by the Canadian government and the energy industry.

Kangean Project in Indonesia, which we participate in, has been provided mangrove planting support on Raas Island by a local project company Kangean Energy Indonesia Limited (KEI).

In Japan, we conduct conservation activities of the species that are listed as endangered in the IUCN Red List and inhabit around the survey sites. Also, we consider local ecosystems when conducting the recovery process works.

Investment with Consideration to the Environment and the Society

JAPEX signed up for the World Bank BioCarbon Fund in 2005. This fund helps funding to actual land use and change, forestation programs, and others in emerging countries, in order to improve their local environment such as land recovery, water resource protection, keeping biodiversity and to supporting their economic and social growth. In the meantime, while joining the fund, the companies and organizations can gain the carbon credits following the progress of the support project.

Our investment evaluation process is included to check the risks and its resolution ways on actual and potential given environment and society, as well as its economics and technical matters in the business projects.