JAL group's climate protection projects
JAL group offers the highest standards of quality – the same can be said of the selection of climate protection projects that it offers. Both selected projects are certified and one of them is already registered under the Gold Standard. The Gold Standard is an independently managed label, provided to honour superior climate protection project standards, and the emissions reduction certificates that are generated from them. The integrity of these projects, with regard to the environmental balance and sustainable development, is of the greatest importance.
Introducing the projects
I. Kumamoto: Logging Promotion Project in Oguni (J-Credit)
The town of Oguni in Kumamoto prefecture is located in the centre of Kyushu, the foot of Mount Aso, the largest active volcano in Japan with the largest caldera in the world and around the upper river basin of Chikugogawa River, the biggest river in Kyushu. 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes, with a 7.0 magnitude mainshock, are still vivid in our mind.
In Oguni, forest cover is about 80% of its land. The forest management and logging promotion project was registered under the scheme of J-VER in December 2009, which made the town of Oguni to be the first municipality to register in Kyushu. In the 370 ha forest, 80 ha will be cut within 5 years, and that generates emissions reductions.
The donation will be used for the forest management and to take new measures for promoting forestry.
II. Brazil: Electricity from FSC Wood Waste in the Amazon
This small-scale project is the first worldwide that generates emission reduction on the basis of sustainably harvested biomass from FSC- (Forest Stewardship Council) certified forestry. The woodchip power plant is located in the sawmill of the Precious Woods company in Itacoatiara, a small town in the Brazilian Amazon.
The project replaces diesel generators and helps to supply the approximately 80,000 inhabitants with climate-friendlier power. Thanks to the power plant, the local population benefits from lower energy prices and a more stable energy supply. The plant produces annually up to 45,000 mWh of electricity, for which otherwise around 10-15 million litres of diesel would be consumed. The waste heat generated during this process is used for the wood drying plants.
※The price can differ depends on the scheme, project type and its scale.
Often, the project in a vast land of a developing country can be less costly, compared to a forestry project in Japan which needs longer time and more effort. For JAL group's chosen projects also, it is not the exception but it costs you less when you choose the project in Brazil.