■Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use
Many species are facing imminent extinction due to human activities, and natural ecosystems around the world are being disrupted at an alarming rate. Tokyo Gas Group considers the realization of rich ecosystems to be one of our important business bases in order to protect the global environment while sustaining our business, and has formulated its Guidelines for Promoting Biodiversity Conservation. Specifically, we are monitoring conditions along each value chain to mitigate their impact on ecosystems, practicing forest conservation at our own Nagano Tokyo Gas Forest, and engaging in a variety of other initiatives.
In fiscal 2016, we added an item on biodiversity conservation to our Environmental Policies, and we will be both ramping up our efforts in this area and adopting a more global approach to protecting biodiversity as our own business activities become more globalized.
▶ Impacts on biodiversity and responses along LNG value chain (PDF: 880KB)
At LNG projects in Australia, meanwhile, data generated by monitoring surveys and other studies is supplied to the Industry-Government Environmental Meta-database (IGEM), a collaborative research portal formed by the oil and gas industries, government, research bodies, and other investors, in order to facilitate sharing of environmental knowledge.
Efforts being made at the site of procurement
The companies from whom we procure LNG (liquefied natural gas) are taking a variety of measures to protect biodiversity in their gas fields, including protection of endangered wildlife, forest conservation, afforestation, and protection of marine life. In the case of our LNG project in Indonesia, for example, action is being taken to protect an endangered species of painted terrapin called the Sea Tuntung and a mangrove restoration program is also underway. Similarly at an LNG project in Qatar, a coral reef growing in an area of pipeline construction was relocated, and it has been confirmed that the coral has reattached and is regenerating in its new environment.
|Employees planting trees|
■Conservation of biodiversity at Nagano Tokyo Gas Forest
We engage in ongoing forest conservation work, including thinning and pruning, in order to contribute to the environment and prevent global warming by developing woodlands. In February 2016, the project was registered under the J-Credit Scheme.* We are also working in partnership with local NPOs on flora and fauna surveys, such as surveys of mammal habitat conditions, in order to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity.
* A program by which reductions and sequestrations of greenhouse gases such as CO2 are certified by the Japanese government as “credits.”
Timeline of Flora and Fauna Surveys
|Survey year||Survey details|
|2007||Mammal fauna survey (confirmed presence of 16 species of mammals)|
|2008||Flora survey (confirmed presence of 324 species of plants)|
|2009||Ornithological survey (confirmed presence of 61 species of birds)|
|2010||Dietary analysis of Japanese marten from fecal remains|
|2011||Stationary camera survey (confirmed presence of 30 species of wildlife)|
|2012||Stationary camera survey (confirmed presence of 29 species of wildlife)|
|2013||Stationary camera survey (confirmed presence of 21 species of wildlife)|
|2014||Stationary camera survey (confirmed presence of 20 species of wildlife)|
|2015||Stationary camera survey (confirmed presence of 25 species of wildlife)|
|2016||Stationary camera survey (confirmed presence of 24 species of wildlife)|