The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Renewable Energy Promotion Association

Regional networks for CO2 points

Activity grant

Project Description

In Japan, awareness regarding CO2 reduction is currently low among households and small businesses. This project aims to create model households and businesses for promoting emissions reduction using the program described below, and then using these as examples to expand the program area.
(1) Train regular people in designated areas to assess emission levels
(2) Investigate and analyse items that have not been assessed in terms of emissions levels and establish CO2 emission coeficcients
(3) Provide instruction in understanding emission levels and calculating reduction targets, etc.
(4) Create aggregation programs and online sharing systems, facilitate information exchange and trial online virtual emissions transactions
(5) Incentivize the program by issuing points for reduction efforts which can be exchanged for coupons that can be used locally
(6) Research and analyse reduction methods being used in activities and transportation systems on a regional level and provide instruction on reduction measures

Climate changeEnergy problem
Grant year
FY2007 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years
July 2007 - June 2010
Grant amount
5,679,000 yen
Activity region
Kanto region, Japan
Elementary school students in Miyashiro, Saitama Prefecture, record household energy usage data

Overview of the Organization

Ryohei Imaizumi, Representative Director
Ryohei Imaizumi, Representative Director
Establishment purpose
The association was established with the aim of promoting renewable energy in Japan as a measure for combating severe global climate change due to extended use of fossil fuels, and economic problems and energy insecurity caused by energy shortages resulting from growing populations, industrialization and improvement in lifestyles, and as a way of preserving precious fossil fuels for the future. It also seeks to contribute to the realization of a healthy sustainable society for future generations by advocating the importance of renewable energy and environmental conservation, and conducting international exchanges involving training in renewable energy skills and technology.
Main areas of activity
Japan and overseas
14 part-time staff members and 68 full members
Annual operating budget
540,000 yen in 2006, 1.79 million yen in 2007
WEB site
Recent activities
Our main activities for promoting the usage of renewable energy are listed below. We also carry out fund raising and procurement activities to maintain these efforts.
  • (1) Holding lectures, briefings, and symposiums
  • (2) Planning and holding exhibitions and observation tours
  • (3) Making recommendations to government and public agencies
  • (4) Publishing newsletters and other materials
  • (5) Carrying out research and studies, and commissioning external experts
  • (6) Devising and planning renewable energy projects
  • (7) Discovering and utilizing human resources
  • (8) Building and maintaining relationships with individuals, companies, and organizations involved in renewable energy both in Japan and overseas