The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Biomass Industrial Society Network (NPO)

Investigative research and raising awareness to ensure the sustainability of solid biomass resources

Activity grant

Project Description

Investigative research and raising awareness to ensure the sustainability of solid biomass resources
The use of biomass as a renewable energy source should be actively promoted both in Japan and overseas, but the sources being used need to be sustainable. It has been calculated that woody biomass power generation businesses in Japan will consume between 24 and 80 million cubic meters of wood resources in the future, the majority of which is expected to be imported from Southeast Asia. This project conducts research activities such as field investigations and raises awareness to encourage the implementation of systems that ensure the sustainability of solid biomass resources that avoid creating a negative impact on production areas such as Southeast Asia. Raising awareness methods include making government policy recommendations, holding symposiums, and producing materials such as film footage, brochures, and websites. [Project No. K15-0065]

Global Environment
Grant year
FY2015 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
October 2015 - September 2018
Grant amount
10,000,000 yen
Activity region
Japan, Europe, and Southeast Asia
Peatland forest cleared for acacia plantation © Kana Mitsuta

Overview of the Organization

Miyuki Tomari Nakamura, Project leader
Project organization
Biomass Industrial Society Network (NPO)
Miyuki Tomari Nakamura, President
Establishment purpose
Established with the aim of contributing to the realization of a recycling-based society through the promotion of biomass resources that are socially, ecologically and economically sustainable, such as wood from forest thinnings and agricultural waste.
Recent activities
Conducting research on the sustainable use of biomass; carrying out awareness raising activities such as producing books and materials including white papers on biomass, and holding symposiums and monthly seminars; and providing government policy recommendations and advice for businesses that use biomass.
1 full-time staff member, 2 part-time staff members, and 450 full members
WEB site
Representative's comment
If woody biomass and the like is used appropriately, it is an extremely valuable resource, but improper use can lead to deforestation and can lead to a negative impact on society. We are working towards realizing sustainable biomass power generation.