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Okayama University Okayama University students start an initiative to challenge the visualization of CO2 emissions of companies and products

National University Corporation Okayama University
[Okayama University] Okayama University students start an initiative to challenge the visualization of CO2 emissions of companies and products

August 2, 2023
National University Corporation Okayama University
https://www.okayama-u.ac.jp/
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On July 20, 2023, Okayama University (Headquarters: Kita Ward, Okayama City; President: Yasutomo Nasu) and the Okayama Prefectural Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry held a joint workshop on the visualization of corporate CO2 emissions on the Tsushima Campus of the university. It was held at the Iku Co-Creation Commons (OUX). In order to achieve carbon neutrality, it is necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions not only for individual companies but also for the entire supply chain. Visualization is required.
This workshop was held as part of research activities by Associate Professor Tatsumasa Tennojitani’s laboratory in the Faculty of Social and Cultural Sciences, which specializes in management accounting and cost accounting. With the cooperation of wood products manufacturer Horiguchi Co., Ltd., a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, students from the same laboratory will participate in a “Carbon Footprint,” which shows the total CO2 emissions from procurement of raw materials to disposal and recycling of the company’s products several times until the end of the fiscal year. (CFP)” calculation. This was the first time, and the company’s employees and members of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry also participated, and based on the guidelines announced by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of the Environment, we examined the amount of emissions at each stage such as “production”, “distribution”, and “use”. There was a lively discussion on how to apply the standards to the company’s products, which are used in various ways.
Shingo Horiguchi, president of the company who participated, said, “It’s a great honor to be able to take on a project like this with students. We want to further raise environmental awareness and improve the added value of our products.”
In the future, students from the same laboratory will tour the company’s factory, collect the necessary data after confirming the manufacturing site, and aim to calculate the carbon footprint within the year.
In addition, this workshop is based on an agreement on collaboration and cooperation between Okayama University and the Okayama Prefectural Federation of Commerce and Industry. It will be the first time. Okayama University is promoting the solution of problems for everyone in the industrial and economic worlds by utilizing the knowledge and skills of the university. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the contact information below.
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 It means to balance the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and absorption. In October 2020, the government declared its goal to become carbon neutral by 2050, with zero greenhouse gas emissions overall.
 Ministry of the Environment: Decarbonization Portal
 https://ondankataisaku.env.go.jp/carbon_neutral/about/
○ What is a “supply chain”?
It refers to the entire process from product planning and development, procurement of raw materials and parts, production, inventory management, delivery, sales, and consumption, and the “chain of supply” until the product reaches the final consumer.
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry: “Supply Chain Risk and Recovery from Crisis”
 https://www.meti.go.jp/report/tsuhaku2021/pdf/02-01-02.pdf
○What is a “carbon footprint”?
A system that converts the GHG emissions emitted throughout the lifecycle of a product or service, from procurement of raw materials to disposal and recycling, into CO2 emissions, and displays the numerical value or the value displayed on the product.
 Source: Carbon Footprint Guidelines (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of the Environment)
 https://www.meti.go.jp/shingikai/energy_environment/carbon_footprint/pdf/20230526_3_1.pdf ○Okayama Prefectural Federation of Commerce and Industry Associations With 20 business and industry associations in Okayama Prefecture as members, it is responsible for guidance of each business and industry association, information gathering and research on commerce and industry, and communication and cooperation with economic
organizations. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry carries out management support projects for small-scale businesses, as well as cultural projects, and plays a major role in regional development. In May 2021, we signed an agreement on collaboration and cooperation with Okayama University with the aim of contributing to the development of the region and the achievement of the SDGs.
 https://www.okasci.or.jp/
○Horiguchi Co., Ltd.
A company headquartered in Mabi-cho, Kurashiki City, which operates a woodworking manufacturing business such as office furniture and architectural furniture. While doing business with office furniture manufacturers nationwide as a manufacturer of office desk tops, we also create discerning furniture using cypress wood from Okayama Prefecture.
 https://kk-horiguchi.com/
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Industry-University Collaboration Division, Research Cooperation Department, Okayama University
 Okayama University Tsushima Campus Main Building 1F, 1-1-1
Tsushimanaka, Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture 700-8530  TEL: 086-251-7151
E-mail: innovation◎adm.okayama-u.ac.jp
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 https://www.okayama-u.ac.jp/tp/news/news_id12264.html
-Inquiries regarding Okayama University’s industry-academia-government collaboration-
 Okayama University Organization for Research Promotion Headquarters for Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration
 1-1-1 Tsushimanaka, Kita-ku, Okayama City, Okayama Prefecture 700-8530  Okayama University Tsushima Campus Main Building 1F  TEL: 086-251-8463
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 https://www.orsd.okayama-u.ac.jp/
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