Sekisui House wins the grand prize of the “30th Global Environment Awards”

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The Grand Prix of the World Environment Prize 2022 ー the 30th Grand Prix ー will go to Sekisui House for contributing to the preservation of biodiversity by planting a total of 17.09 million trees.

Sponsored by the Fujisankei Communications Group, the Global Environment Prize Grand Prize is awarded to companies and organizations that have made significant achievements in combating global warming and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The winners of the other categories of this year’s Global Environment Awards have also been finalized.

The 30th World Environment Awards

Winning companies and organizations

Grand Prize Sekisui House, Ltd.
Prize of the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Kyushu Electric Power Company, IncorporatedKyushu Electric Power Transmission and Distribution Company, Incorporated
Minister of the Environment Award Kanematsu Sustech Company
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award Aomori Prefectural Agricultural High School in NakuiI
Prize of the Minister of Territory, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
Prize of the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Executive Committee Adopt a Shizuoka City Forest
President of the Keidanren Prize Toray Industries, Inc.
Fujisankei Communications Group Award Asahi Kasei Corp.
Incentive Prize AEON Co., Ltd.
Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation

The award ceremony is scheduled for April 28 at the Meiji Kinenkan in Motoakasaka, Tokyo.

Five Trees, Adopt a Forest and other winners

Sekisui House started its “Gohon no Ki” (“Five Trees”) project in 2001, as a landscape garden project designed to attract birds and butterflies to home gardens. The project has encouraged the planting of native species that provide good habitats for local wildlife.

According to a joint study with the University of Ryukyus, the number of tree species has increased about ten times and the number of bird and butterfly species appearing in residential areas has increased two to five times.

the Prize of the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry will go to Kyushu Electric Power Company and Kyushu Electric Power Transmission and Distribution Company for their development of renewable energy sources, such as hydroelectric and geothermal power, and for their plan to convert all company vehicles to electric vehicles (VE) by 2030.

Meanwhile, Kanematsu Sustech must bring home the Minister of the Environment Award for its success in reducing CO2 emissions through the promotion of “Eco Wood Piles”, a soil stabilization method using domestic wood.

the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award will be presented to the Environmental Research Team of the Environmental Systems Course at Aomori Prefecture Agricultural High School, Nakui, for their research on water purification technology to support agriculture in developing countries.

Sekisui Chemical will receive the Prize of the Minister of Territory, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism for its work in building a sustainable city aimed at achieving the SDGs designed, developed and operated by the company itself.

the Prize of the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will go to Shizuoka City’s Adopt-a-Forest Executive Committee, which uses corporate donations to maintain man-made forests in an effort to increase CO2 absorption.

the President of the Keidanren Prize will be awarded to Toray Industries for the development of a “hydrocarbon electrolyte membrane” capable of producing hydrogen at high yield.

Likewise, the Fujisankei Communication Group Award will go to Asahi Kasei for its development of a cloud-based fresh produce logistics solution.

Follow coverage of the April 28 award ceremony here on JAPAN Forward.

(Read the announcement in Japanese at this link.)

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