Sustainability / Materiality

Environmental protection

  • Why it matters for us
  • Our approach

Why it matters for us

As a renewable energy company, our relationship with the environment is an essential part of our corporate identity and license to operate. When constructing and operating our sites we strive for minimal disturbance of the local environment. We actively promote energy efficiency, and where possible, aim to contribute to a circular economy by promoting efficient use of natural resources, including recycling of materials. Efficient use of natural resources and energy not only reduces operational costs but also helps us to minimize our overall risk exposure to legal, regulatory, and reputational risks related to environmental issues.

Our approach

JRE is undertaking several initiatives to reduce our environmental impact throughout the entire value chain, from project development to construction and operations.

During the project development phase that spans about 3-4 years before construction starts, as per legal requirements, JRE conducts robust environmental impact assessments to identify and mitigate the environmental risks associated with new developments. Impacts assessed include noise impacts and impacts on the natural environment such as on local bird habitats. JRE also cooperates with environmental non-profit organizations (NPO) and academics, who provide external input into our project plans to avoid impacting the nesting of wild birds in their surrounding natural habitat.

After careful planning, we strive to minimize our environmental impact during construction. For instance, JRE has put in place water quality monitoring systems to preserve local water quality and has built artificial ponds to prevent floods in the areas surrounding solar PV power plants.

During operation, we seek to recycle the main waste products generated by our sites, namely waste oil from wind farms and broken solar panels from solar power plants.

Our biomass power plant exclusively utilizes as fuel local wood chips (recycled from construction waste and made from forest residue and unused timber), which are supplied by Eco Green Holdings Co., Ltd. (JRE Group company) to generate electricity. The power plant is equipped with the system which enables to use biofuels efficiently and adequately satisfies the standards based on the laws for soot, smoke and wastewater. Not only waste but also burned ash are recycled as much as possible. JRE and its group companies realize cyclical and efficient use of local resources and mitigation of environmental impact.

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Environmental indicators 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total scope 1 CO2 emissions (t-CO2) 0 0 0 0
Total scope 2 CO2 emissions *1 (t-CO2) 985 1,506 2,111 2,305
Purchased energy *2 (MWh) 1,924 2,941 4,326 4,904
Consumed energy *3 (MWh) 12,545 24,330 27,071 41,692
Sold renewable energy (MWh) 241,635 345,091 505,075 598,211
Solar (MWh) 170,751 265,862 321,523 365,282
Onshore wind (MWh) 70,884 79,229 82,858 95,841
Biomass (MWh) - - 100,694 137,089
Annual amount of CO2 reduction effect by renewable power generation (t-CO2) 121,173 165,904 227,984 267,763
Ratio of total scope 2 CO2 emissions *1 to Annual amount of CO2 reduction effect 0.0081 0.0091 0.0093 0.0086
Biomass fuel (wood) (t) - - 120,801 189,478
Generated waste (t) 32 21 4,494 5,985

*1 Multiplying purchased energy*² by alternative value of emission factors for each electric power utility in accordance with the Act on Promotion of Global Warming Countermeasures

*2 Energy purchased from outside for power generation and office use

*3 Including captive consumption of renewable energy at our power plants

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