Environmental efforts made by the Japanese paper industry

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The Japan Paper Association (JPA) set out its first Committed Action Plan on the Environment in 1997. The Action Plan has been revised and updated eight times since then, serving as an important guide for the Japanese paper industry to address the issues of climate change and resource materials. The industry is proud of its accomplishments that are well above average among major industries.
When the all-industry initiatives focusing, in particular, on climate change ended at the end of FY2012, JPA newly established its Environmental Action Plan in 2012 by defining new targets with a view to better harmonize with the environment and the economic activities, and help build a sustainable society.

Established on April 1st, 2012
Revised on December 22nd, 2014
Revised on March 22nd, 2016
Revised on June 20th , 2019

JPA’s Environmental Action Plan (Excerpt)

The JPA member companies together with their respective group companies agree on the following five environmental policies and will work to implement the action policies to realize them.

Environmental policies Action policies
1.Realize a low-carbon society Promote the Commitment to a Low Carbon Society (Phases I and II) to make our society sustainable.
■ Reduce fossil fuel-derived CO2 emissions by 1.39 million ton by FY2020 from the FY2005 level (Phase I). Reduce fossil fuel-derive CO2 emissions by 4.66 million ton by FY2030 from the FY2005 level (Phase II).
■ As a source of CO2 absorption, increase total forest plantation area in and out of Japan by 425,000 ha to 700,000 ha by FY2020 from the FY1990 level (Phase I). As a source of CO2 absorption, increase total forest plantation area in and out of Japan by 525,000 ha to 800,000 ha by FY2030 from the FY1990 level (Phase II).
2.Realize a natural symbiosis society ■ Promote non-use of illegally harvested and imported wood or wood products and combat illegal logging.
■ Actively make efforts to increase the use of domestic wood including tinned wood.
■ Promote sustainable forest management through actively obtaining forest certification.
3.Realize a recycling-based society ■ Work to achieve a 65% of recovered paper utilization rate by FY2020.
■ Reduce the final disposal of industrial waste to 130,000 ton on a wet weight basis by FY2020.
4.Address environmental risk issues Prepare, implement and monitor an environmental management plan to improve the environmental impacts at each stage of operation from raw material procurement to resource recycling.
■ Work to further reduce environmental burdens.
■ Work to reduce the risks associated with the use of chemicals in paper and paperboard.
5.Ensure steady progress in environmental management Put symbiosis with the environment at the core of business management and play an active role in the efforts by the world paper industry to address the resource and environmental issues.
■ Ensure environmental management.
■ Promote international contribution.