Examples of Reducing the Environmental Burden
Utilizing Green Power
Green power refers to electric power generated by renewable energies that have a low environmental impact like wind, solar and biomass.
Mizuho has taken part in the Yokohama Wind Energy Project*1 since April 2007 and currently uses green power generated by the project for diverse events.
In fiscal 2015, the green power produced by this project was also used for the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders and the Coming of Age Day Concert, the printing of environmental education materials that were distributed to employees, and the printing of the in–house newsletter. Total power used for these purposes amounted to 15,285 kilowatt–hours in fiscal 2015. This corresponds to a deemed reduction of approximately 8.8 tons of CO2 emissions.
- *1The project is being promoted through the cooperation of Yokohama residents, business establishments and the government. Residents participate in the project by purchasing publicly offered bonds for wind power projects dubbed "Hama Kazaguruma Bonds. " Companies participate by cosponsoring the project as "Y (Yokohama)–Green Partners " and receiving "the Certificate of Green Power" in return. MHFG is involved in the project as a Y–Green Partner, while MHBK and Shinko Securities (now MHSC) participated by handling the bond issue.
- *2Calculated using the Actual Emissions Factor stipulated in the Ministerial Ordinance on Reporting of Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Specified Emitters (2006 Ordinance No.2 from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and Ministry of the Environment).
Use of "Green Curtains"
As part of its electric power conservation efforts, the MHIR has created heat–insulating "green curtains" of vegetation on the exterior of its head office building as well as of its information center building.
Environmentally Friendly Gifts
Promotional gifts given to customers at branch counters are created while considering not only user–friendliness but also environmental friendliness.
The paper used to produce calendars distributed by MHFG and paper bags distributed by MHBK, MHTB, and MHSC are made from wood harvested in forestland certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). MHSC uses environmentally friendly materials in its calendars. In addition, the Mizuho IC Cash Card is made from an environmentally friendly material, PET–G, a non–halogen plastic that has a low environmental impact at disposal.