The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Spatto Naruko Onsen Natural Energy (NPO)

Conducting an energy utilization learning program focused on renewable energy at Naruko Onsen

Activity grant

Project Description

Local production for local consumption is one of the keys to the utilization of renewable energy. In order to promote this principle, it is crucial that local residents understand the special characteristics and features of the place in which they live. There are many technical issues surrounding the use of renewable energy which require considerably advanced and specialized knowledge to solve. This creates high hurdles, which themselves necessitate the encouragement of children who can serve as future human resources to have fundamental understandings of related issues and to develop perspectives that are conducive to local recovery and development. Therefore, this project will feature collaborative efforts alongside Tohoku University to continue developing on-site lessons that have been provided to schoolchildren in Osaki City, and will allow participants to consider the use of hot spring-generated heat and methane fermentation of organic waste as familiar sources of energy production. [No. K19-0036]

Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund FY2019 Activity Grants List (PDF 470KB)

Relationship between People and Society
Grant year
FY2019 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years (April 2020 - March 2023)
Grant amount
Activity region
Osaki City, Miyagi Prefecture
A class on "Energy After the Quake" being conducted for Furukawa Reimei Junior High School

Overview of the Organization

Representative: Keiji Sasaki
Project organization
Spatto Naruko Onsen Natural Energy (NPO)
Chairman: Keiji Sasaki
Establishment Purpose
Based on lessons learned from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Spatto seeks to reaffirm the importance of renewable energy and believes that local energy production and consumption is crucial for securing regional energy. By engaging in various projects seeking to utilize natural energy for the Naruko Onsen area of Osaki City, Spatto aims to contribute to the revitalization of society and local activities throughout Osaki City for the benefit of its communities and citizens.
Recent Activities
Spatto recognizes the importance of renewable energy based on lessons learned from the nuclear accident and disruption of lifelines that were caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and has begun a reconstruction project alongside Tohoku University that is based on the belief that local energy production and consumption is crucial for securing regional energy. Beginning with the collaborative efforts stemming from this reconstruction project, Spatto provides hands-on lessons at renewable energy facilities in the Naruko Onsen area of Osaki City, as well as on-site classes for elementary and junior high school students.
Number of Full-time employees: 1 / Number of Part timers: 2 / Number of Members: 14
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Voice of Representative
It is my hope that the children who participate in this project will go on to contribute to the utilization of regional renewable energy.