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Environmental volunteer

Taiyo Oil is working with Kochi Prefecture and Ino Town and also with Ehime Prefecture and Imabari City to promote forest regeneration activities. In the “Sun (Taiyo)-nurtured Forest” where the activities are conducted, volunteers such as former employees, employees, and their family members carry out forest regeneration activities with an aim toward protecting and nurturing the forest in which people are living, and regenerating the abundant power of the forest to absorb CO2 and regulate the water cycle.
Taiyo Oil will actively pursue environmental preservation through activities conducted for the improvement of forests.

The Sun(Taiyo)-nurtured Forest of Ino Town, Kochi Prefecture
The "Sun(Taiyo)-nurtured Forest of Ino Town", Kochi Prefecture
The Sun(Taiyo)-nurtured Forest of Imabari City, Ehime Prefecture
The "Sun(Taiyo)-nurtured Forest of Imabari City", Ehime Prefecture
 

The "Sun(Taiyo)-nurtured Forest of Ino Town", Kochi Prefecture

What is the "Sun(Taiyo)-nurtured Forest of Ino Town"?

Since November 2006, Taiyo Oil has continued to participate in the "Collaborative Forest Restoration with Environmentally Progressive Companies" project of Kochi Prefecture.
"Collaborative Forest Restoration with Environmentally Progressive Companies" of Kochi Prefecture is a project that was initiated in 2005. Being based in the prefecture with the largest forest area in Japan, the "Collaborative Forest Restoration Project," whose emblem is the "Power of the Forest," aims to restore the abundant power of forests to absorb CO2 and protect the watershed, through operations such as thinning and planting.
The forest wherein Taiyo Oil carries out such activities has been dubbed the "Sun(Taiyo)-nurtured Forest of Ino Town" and these activities include environmental volunteering activities, such as thinning and planting, and hands-on learning utilizing nature.

Efforts in the "Sun(Taiyo)-nurtured Forest of Ino Town"

Tree thinning work on November 26, 2016
Tree thinning work on November 26, 2016

Taiyo Oil is working with Kochi Prefecture, Ino Town, and local residents to jointly promote forest regeneration activities.
Volunteers made up of employees of Taiyo Oil and their families undertake the thinning and pruning of Japanese cedar and Japanese cypress trees, which are about 15 years old in the "Sun(Taiyo)-nurtured Forest of Ino Town".
In the “Sun (Taiyo)-nurtured Forest” where the activities are conducted, volunteers such as former employees, employees, and their family members carry out forest regeneration activities with an aim toward protecting and nurturing the forest in which people are living, and regenerating the abundant power of the forest to absorb CO2 and regulate the water cycle.

 

The "Sun(Taiyo)-nurtured Forest in Imabari", Ehime Prefecture

What is the "Sun(Taiyo)-nurtured Forest of Imabari City" ?

Since August 2007, Taiyo Oil has continued to participate in the "corporate afforestation activities" undertaken by Ehime Prefecture.
"Corporate afforestation activities" refer to the activities in which Ehime Prefecture and relevant municipalities tie up with the companies actively addressing environmental preservation to promote the improvement of forests (watershed protection and prevention of disasters in mountainous land) within the prefecture. This also encourages interaction between corporations and local residents with the aim of protecting and nurturing forests and live together.
Taiyo Oil is the first company to have participated in this activity.
Taiyo Oil has carried out forest volunteer activities such as planting and thinning, and hands-on learning utilizing nature in the "Sun(Taiyo)-nurtured Forest of Imabari City" and has tried to increase interaction with the locals in Imabari and contribute to society and the community through this activity.

Efforts in the "Sun(Taiyo)-nurtured Forest of Imabari City"

Tree thinning work on April 16, 2016
Tree thinning work on April 16, 2016

Taiyo Oil is working with Ehime Prefecture, Imabari City, and local residents to jointly promote forest regeneration activities.
At the “Sun (Taiyo)-nurtured Forest of Imabari City,” tree thinning and planting work are carried out each year on an alternating basis. As for planting work, volunteers from Taiyo Oil plant seedlings of cedar, hinoki cypress, zelkova, and ginkgo trees, and thus activities are carried out to make the forest “multilayered.”
 In November 2016, Taiyo Oil received a “CO2 absorption certificate” from Ehime Prefecture stating that the company reduced CO2 by 11 tons per year. (As of April 2017, a total of 508 people have participated in these activities.)

 

What is a multi-storied forest?

A multi-storied forest refers to a forest consisting of a mixture of trees that differ in species and age.
The existence of different species of trees can secure the biodiversity of creatures living in the forest. Further, if older trees perish, the fact that trees of different ages exist in the forest helps other trees replace them so as to preserve excellent water and soil retention.
While the seedlings planted take several decades to become mature trees, planting after pruning is an indispensable activity for the development of a multi-storied forest.

Reference
The amount of carbon dioxide emitted from a person's breathing About 320kg/year -> The number of Japanese cypress trees necessary to absorb the above amount: 23 trees
The amount of carbon dioxide emitted from a car About 2,300kg/year -> The number of Japanese cypress trees necessary to absorb the above amount: 160 trees

Hands-on learning in the "Sun(Taiyo)-nurtured Forest" to recognize the importance of nature

Making a bench out of Imabari-harvested cedar
Making a bench out of Imabari-harvested cedar

Hands-on learning is conducted in the "Sun(Taiyo)-nurtured Forest" so that people are acquainted with the utilization of forest thinning and nature's magnificence, in addition to volunteer activities such as thinning and planting. This hands-on learning provides employee volunteers and their families with the opportunity to contemplate the manner in which the preservation of forest resources and the recycling of resources should be undertaken in society.
As part of regional contribution activities, Taiyo Oil provided benches, which were made from cedar wood harvested in tree thinning work as part of an experience learning activity, to Imabari City, and installed them at public facilities in the city.

 

The hands-on learning carried out

Making tissue boxes, making baskets out of vines, making small chairs, making bamboo dragonflies, making Christmas wreaths, bird carving, survival experience, forest trekking, etc.

Participation in environmental events

Participation in a group promoting "Creation of towns with forests"


Joint tree-planting

The Company participates in volunteer activities in a group promoting "Creation of towns with forests" formed by organizations including companies and local governments in Ehime prefecture who are engaged in afforestation efforts.