The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP)

The Connection and Human Warmth Project

Activity grant

Project Description

Free support and installation of solar water heaters will be provided for all 110 temporary housing units using locally sourced materials in Sumitacho, Kessengun, Iwate Prefecture. Installing the water heaters will reduce usage of fossil fuels and utility costs for temporary housing tenants, leading to victim life support. It is also anticipated that users of natural energy equipment will deepen their understanding of sustainable living and natural energy. Sumitacho has set the goal of becoming The Leading Forest and the Forestry Industry-Developed Town in Japan, and is engaged in town planning targeting the realization of an environmentally friendly sustainable local society. Following the installation of water heaters, we will engage in natural energy-driven cooperation aimed at sustainable town planning that capitalizes on local attributes.

Energy problem
Grant year
FY2011 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2011 - March 2014
Grant amount
17,995,000 yen
Activity region
Sumitacho, Kessengun, Iwate Prefecture
Installing solar hot water heaters in wooden temporary housing in Sumitacho, Iwate.

Overview of the Organization

Tetsunari Iida, Executive Director
Tetsunari Iida, Executive Director
Establishment purpose
Established by environmental activists and specialists engaged in global warming and energy issues, as a third party organization independent of government and industry, with the objective of realizing a sustainable energy policy.
Main areas of activity
A total of 200 locations, with a total of 100 installations, in Rikuzentakata City and Ofunato City, both of Iwate Prefecture, and Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture
7 full-time staff members, 7 part-time staff members, 270 full members
Annual operating budget
2,976 million yen in 2008, 16,787 million yen in 2009, 3,680 million yen in 2010
WEB site
Main activities
We conduct activities over a broad area, including policy proposals to the government in order to promote natural energy and energy saving, advice to regional local authorities, and organizing international conferences and symposiums. We also perform a role as point of contact in Japan by introducing information from overseas that utilizes networks with Europe and Asia, and human exchanges.