The operations of the ENEOS Group may impact the environment surrounding our operation and production sites. Given the nature of our business, we consider biodiversity conservation to be an important effort, as stated in the ENEOS Group Code of Conduct.
We carry out initiatives with attention to biodiversity in all aspects of our business activities. These initiatives include the implementation of environmental impact studies when establishing new operation and production sites in order to obtain an accurate understanding of local ecosystems, including plants, birds and other animals, and marine life.
For information on our environmental management structure, see Environmental Management.
Major Initiatives in Japan
ENEOS, which has many production sites, has established the ENEOS Group Guidelines on Biodiversity. In addition, we systematically carry out activities for the preservation of biodiversity by conducting ecosystem studies at our major business sites in Japan, many of which are surrounded by large green belts. At our other business sites as well, we carry out environmental conservation activities suited to the surrounding environments.
We also carry out activities such as regular environmental training for employees and contribution activities related to environmental conservation.
ENEOS Group Guidelines on Biodiversity
We will carry out initiatives with attention to biodiversity in every aspect of our business activities, under the recognition that our business activities are deeply related to the Earth's biodiversity.
- 1.We will ascertain and analyze the impacts of our business activities on biodiversity and strive to make improvements.
- 2.We will promote activities that contribute to biodiversity preservation, such as nature protection and environmental education.
- 3.We will disclose and share information on our efforts to preserve biodiversity.
Involvement in Biodiversity Initiatives
ENEOS has been a member of the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB), a consortium of businesses actively working to conserve biodiversity in Japan, since 2013
Initiatives at the ENEOS Chita Plant
The ENEOS Chita Plant is a member of the Ecological Network Formation and Leadership Development Program for Corporate Green Spaces in the Coastal Area of Chita Peninsula and the Project Linking Life with One Another. These initiatives, which involve partnerships among local governments (Aichi Prefecture, Chita City), NPOs, students and companies located in the coastal area, utilize corporate green belts and other areas to provide safe and secure habitats for local flora and fauna.
The plant is working to mainstream biodiversity through measures such as ecosystem surveys (monitoring) of its biotope, conducted with students in the local community. In fiscal 2018, ecosystem surveys of the biotope and nature observation walks were conducted on one occasion each.
As a result of these activities, the Chita Plant was granted certification by the Association for Business Innovation in Harmony with Nature and Community (ABINC) in 2015 after undergoing a third-party screening developed by the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB). This certification was renewed in 2018.
Initiatives at the ENEOS Negishi Refinery
The ENEOS Negishi Refinery is one of Japan's largest oil refineries, with an area of 2.2 million square meters and a circumference of around 12 kilometers. The area in which it is located has a network of ecosystems with a diverse array of organisms inhabiting an expansive green belt that includes Sankei-en and Negishi Forest Park. Under the concept of creating a satoyama, the Negishi Refinery carries out activities for the conservation of biodiversity utilizing the green belt (approximately 60,000 square meters), a hub for the area's ecosystem network, at the center of the premises.
Ecosystem surveys were begun in fiscal 2013, and initiatives such as forest thinning, laying of trails (wooden paths) and installation of bird-watching sheds were begun in fiscal 2016 and completed in fiscal 2018.
In surveys to date, 170 types of living organisms have been observed, indicating that many organisms use this grassy area as their habitat.
In fiscal 2018, as a new initiative, we held interactive events and weeded the green belt areas using goats.
In fiscal 2019 and beyond, we will continue our initiatives to conserve biodiversity by stepping up efforts to maintain the green belt and appropriately utilizing areas where initiatives have been completed.
Forest Stewardship and Afforestation Activities
ENEOS Group companies are involved in forest stewardship activities that contribute to the preservation of biodiversity.
ENEOS implements forest stewardship activities called ENEOS no Mori at eight locations across Japan in partnership with local governments and the National Land Afforestation Promotion Organization (NLAPO).
Since 1998, JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration has implemented a forest stewardship project called JX Nakajo Forest for the preservation of pine trees on and around the site of its Nakajo Field Office in Niigata Prefecture.
JX Nippon Mining & Metals is also working to maintain the natural environment by continually engaging in afforestation activities such as tree planting and thinning, mainly at the sites of its closed mines.
Providing Sustainable Seafood Menu Options at the Employee Cafeteria
Since March 2019, ENEOS Holdings has been offering sustainable seafood* menu options at the JX Building employee cafeteria, used by the Company and its Group companies.
Through this initiative, we are working to raise awareness about biodiversity conservation and environmental conservation among Group employees through food, a part of everyday life.
- *The seafood has met the MSC's global standard for sustainability or ASC's global standard for responsibly farmed seafood.
Major Initiatives Overseas
Tree Planting Activities at Caserones Copper Mine
At the Caserones Copper Mine in Chile, 48,200 seedlings of 15 native flora species in an area spanning 1.43 square kilometers are being planted to protect biodiversity. The areas being planted are those around Ramadilla on the mine site, and the off-site areas around Maitencillo and Amolanas. Completion is slated for 2020.
In addition to planting, efforts are also being made to monitor the native flora and to research the correlation between the propagation and distribution of unique alpine flora located around the mine and the impacts of climate.
Measures for Ballast Water (Sea Water)
Oil tankers from Japan bound for oil-producing countries carry ballast water (sea water) as weight to maintain stability for unloaded voyages.
However, this ballast water contains microorganisms and plankton that are carried to the waters of oil-producing countries, where, if released, they can disturb the balance of local ecosystems.
Since 2004, the ENEOS Group has replaced this ballast water while still at sea, and installed water treatment systems* for ballast water on its new vessels in an effort to avoid disturbing the coastal waters of oil-producing countries.
- *Systems that keep the level of aquatic organisms in ballast water within certain standards prior to release.