When combined, our individual efforts can become a tremendous collective force.
These innovations help bring about carbon-free societies through simple changes in our day-to-day behavior and mentality.
Asahi Label-less Bottle Series
The labelless bottle series is an innovation product born from consumer needs such as "I want to choose environmentally friendly products" and "I want to reduce the trouble of removing labels when recycling bottles" in order to aim for a carbon-free society.
By reducing the number of labels, we are also reducing the amount of fossil fuel-derived resin used and greenhouse gases.
In 2020, the amount of PET resin reduction was about 43 tons, and the amount of CO2 reduction was about 189 tons.
Asahi Soft Drinks, as a beverage manufacturer that is close to customers, is sustainable by promoting new innovations and environmental technology development through business activities, and tackling issues related to plastic resource recycling, marine plastics, and future issues of the global environment. We aim to contribute to a new society.
Asahi Soft Drinks Co., Ltd.
Marine Environmental Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Resources
IDEA Consultants, Inc. is a leading consultancy company in Japan, providing integrated consultancy services in every phase of infrastructure development and environmental conservation projects, from the project planning, survey, analyses and assessment phases, etc.
Through introducing the knowledge, technical methods, etc. that we have cultivated regarding marine environment conservation, we are promoting sustainable use of marine resources and environmental conservation in the region. For example, we are adopting innovative technologies actively that are friendly for natural environment such as unmanned hovering type AUV for surveys on seabed litter and deep-sea environment, biological impact analysis of marine microplastics, coral restoration technology that does not damage existing natural coral for the restoring productive sea, environmental DNA technology that do not capture species, countermesure against bird strike accident at wind farm. Throughout these technologies, we contribute to "Decarbonated Society", "Cicular Economy"and "Society in Harmony with Nature".
IDEA Consultants, Inc.https://ideacon.jp/en/service/index.html
Active Learning Aquarium (ALA)
Active learning aquariums (known as ALA) are aquariums that focus on creating experiences, unlike conventional aquariums focusing on viewing.
Innoqua has a unique technology "environmental transfer technology", that reproduces an existing marine ecosystem in a closed aquarium tank.
ALA utilizes the technologies and offer the following things:
- Providing researchers with "uniform marine environments" in the city center that are indispensable for experiments
- Providing children with environmental education programs that allow them to come into contact with genuine nature
ALA makes it possible for children to develop their ability to think about the wonders in front of them while interacting with researchers. By cultivating children's attachment to nature and the ability to grasp nature, it not only encourages voluntary actions to reduce the burden on the global environment, but also leads to the development of next-generation researchers and entrepreneurs and will contribute to the realization of a carbon society.
Toward Sustainable Transformation in the Post-COVID-19 Era - Circulating and Ecological Sphere (CES) and Societal Innovation -
The rapid spread of COVID-19 has had massive impacts on the daily lives of people in all corners of the world. While a swift response and recovery from COVID-19 is certainly necessary, this is a chance for us to think about how we can redesign our societies and how we can transform them to be more sustainable.
In this regard, IGES believes that the “Circulating and Ecological Sphere (CES)”concept and “societal innovation”, which supports CES, are essential.
IGES, through its research and activities, has been facilitating transitions to decarbonised societies, resource circulating societies, and societies in harmony with nature, which, together, form the core of the CES concept. In addition, to realise such societies, IGES proposes the implementation of not only technology-oriented solutions, but also societal innovation - solutions that build up new relationships and instills behavioural change.
Here, focusing on two flagship publications, relevant IGES research and activities are introduced.
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)A Net-Zero World -2050 Japan-: Insight into essential changes for a sustainable future
This report identifies a range of possibilities for a Net-Zero Japan by pointing out domestic and international issues that are the driving forces for social change, and referring to strategies and roadmaps put forward by governments and a range of organisations. This report summarises how these issues bring about social change and affect resource and energy demands. While the future might entail various possibilities, this report describes two distinctive scenarios.
1.5-Degree Lifestyles: Targets and options for reducing lifestyle carbon footprints
This report demonstrates that changes in consumption patterns and dominant lifestyles are a critical and integral part of the solutions package to addressing climate change. The report fills a gap in the existing research by establishing global targets for lifestyle carbon footprints, examining current consumption patterns and their impacts on footprints, and evaluating potential reduction impacts of low-carbon lifestyle options.
Average CO2 concentration in Aug 2009
Average CO2 concentration in Aug 2019
Japan's Space Technologies contributing to Climate Change Monitoring
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been striving for R&D on Earth Observation satellites and its application that contribute to the understanding of climate change and its impacts. We aim to utilize the archived long-term satellite observation data as scientific evidence that enables the coexistence of human society and environmental conservation.
＜Examples ofEarth Observation Satellies in operation＞
- Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite "IBUKI" (GOSAT series)
*GOSAT series is a joint project among Ministry of the Environment, JAXA and NIES.
- Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 "DAICHI-2" (ALOS-2)
- Global Change Observation Mission - Water "SHIZUKU" (GCOM-W)
- Global Change Observation Mission - Climate "SHIKISAI" (GCOM-C)
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)https://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/GOSAT/index.html
Image of introduction of self-consumption solar power generation system using the roof in a large-scale commercial facility
Providing a "self-consumption solar power generation system" that promotes the spread of renewable energy
Since surrounding environment for PV have been changed, electricity entered into the new era, from "generation and sell" to "generation and use". Our Self Consumption System will enable electricity self-sufficiency for users, through efficient use of unused land and factory roof-tops located in the factories and commercial properties. As the PV System will be installed to unused area of the properties, this may allow both protection of landscape and securing DER without ecocide. In addition, implementation of Storage System may allow securing emergency electricity at the time of disaster and to create disaster Prevention Infrastructure. Our proposal demonstrates solutions towards Carbon Neutral, as well as safety and convenience for daily life.
Next Energy & Resources Co., Ltd.
Displaying academic papers on a map and providing a new way to search for knowledge
It provides a new way to search for related papers not only from the names of journal publishers, universities and academic societies, but by mapping the names of places used in the papers onto maps. In this exhibition, we have extracted papers related to "reservoirs" from published papers and mapped them on a GIS (map).
* This exhibition was supported by the Collaboration Research Program of Kobe Institute of Computing and IDEAS, Chubu University IDEAS2020.
If you have experiences to search Rule Making Trends, you will be surprised with the evolution of searching way by text mining.
RuleWather is a platform for citizens and researchers around the world to connect using keywords of social issues they want to solve. Waste, food, water resources, poverty, educational disparity, gender, climate change. These are issues that exist in common in many countries. At present, civic activities and research on each of these issues exist as small dots, but with the rapid evolution of translation technology and artificial intelligence, we will be able to work together across the vast information and language barriers.