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We work to create an eco-friendly society, as our company operates various business globally.

Mitsui's Forests

As one of the material issues of Mitsui’s Materiality is to "Create an eco-friendly society," we preserve and utilize Mitsui’s forests to better the future toward the realization of a sustainable society.

About Mitsui's Forests

三井物産の森とは

Mitsui & Co. owns forests in 74 locations in Japan, from Hokkaido in the north to Kyushu in the south. Mitsui’s Forests cover a total area of approximately 44,000 hectares, which is equivalent to about 70% of the area of Tokyo’s 23 wards, or 0.1% of Japan. We have worked under our Forest Management Policy to protect and nurture these forests and make productive use of the benefits that they provide.

In addition to contributing to the accumulation and absorption of carbon dioxide by exerting their various functions that are beneficial to the public, 30% of Mitsui’s Forests have been officially designated as Water Conservation and Water Safety Forests, helping to secure water resources and mitigate flood damage.Mitsui has been properly managing Mitsui’s Forests, and has become the only private company that owns large scale forests of more than 10,000 hectares in Japan having acquired forest certification under two international standards: the FSC®(FSC®-C057355), and the SGEC (Certification No. SGSJP-031).

Meanwhile, with the aim of realizing both forest conservation and forest business, we have been working to create a mechanism for using profits from the forest business to maintain natural forests and naturally regenerated forests. Mitsui stably provides timber that accounts for about 0.1% (approximately 50,000 m2) of the annual demand for timber in Japan, while supplying timber fuel to biomass power generation projects in Tomakomai and Shimokawa-cho, Hokkaido, in which we have invested.

Public Benefits of Mitsui's Forests

CO2 Amount Absorbed and Fixated
by Mitsui’s Forests

160,000t/year

*Based on Tier 2 approach in the Chapter 4 Forest Land in "2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories".

CO2 Amount Accumulated
in Mitsui’s Forests

10,000,000t

*Based on Tier 2 approach in the Chapter 4 Forest Land in "2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines on National Greenhouse Gas Inventories".

Public Value
of Mitsui’s Forests

200billion yen

*Based on "Comprehensive Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services" published by the Ministry of Environment.