Measures to promote harmony with nature

Basic approach

We understand the concept of COP 10 (tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity) and participate in activities to preserve biodiversity by promoting the structuring of an ecosystem network through public and private sector cooperation, and fostering next-generation individuals capable of working to preserve the earth's environment. We have been working on forestation and volunteer employee activities, and will continue with projects to protect the ecosystem.

Participation in “All-Toyota Green Wave Project” activities

Aichi Steel is participating in the “All-Toyota Green Wave Project” activities being implemented by the Toyota Group and other affiliated companies as part of efforts to coexist with nature. This project includes a range of activities to “connect communities toward harmony with nature.” We are undertaking activities that contribute to restoration of ecosystems by connecting people with other people and activities and linking habitats.

Participation in All-Toyota activities (maintenance of Izu-numa, a wetland area registered under the Ramsar Convention)
Participation in All-Toyota activities (maintenance of Izu-numa, a wetland area registered under the Ramsar Convention)
Participation in All-Toyota activities (maintenance of Izu-numa, a wetland area registered under the Ramsar Convention)

Forestation to create a forest for beetles

Since fiscal 2012, we have been creating a forest for beetles. We have been planting a broadleaf forest in about 20,000 m² of Nakashinden green spaces around our plant and creating an environment in which beetles and other creatures can live their natural life cycles. We have been working with the Chita Peninsula Ecosystem Network Council and members of the Student Action Committee NPO to grow the trees. In fall every year, we also hold a large harmony-with-nature event called “Mori Mori event” where employees and their families participate in various activities, including programs held in collaboration with other organizations and companies, tree cultivation activities, release of rare medaka (Japanese rice fish), and planting of wheat.

We have also started new initiatives in addition to the Nakashinden green spaces. We are currently developing an ecosystem network across the entire Chita Peninsula, cultivating trees using bamboo charcoal from bamboo groves we are maintaining at the town of Mihama, and an initiative in collaboration with the Higashiura Natural Environment Learning Forest to jointly research the beetles and foxes that are attracted to, and symbolic of, Nakashinden green spaces.

Although we were unable to hold events in the Nakashinden green spaces during fiscal 2020 because of the pandemic, we started a new initiative using goats as a method of weed eradication and were able to establish an efficient management and maintenance system that is friendly to people and nature. We also conducted other limited activities, as much as possible, including maintaining bamboo groves at the Higashiura Natural Environment Learning Forest and study tours of Toyota Motor Corporation’s Forest of Toyota.

Number of Nakashinden indicator species 22
  • Study tour of Forest of ToyotaStudy tour of Forest of Toyota
  • Weed eradication using goats at Nakashinden green spaceWeed eradication using goats at Nakashinden green space

Forest-developing volunteers

As we use large amounts of water in our steel production, we have carried out twice-yearly forest cultivation activities in Nagano Prefecture since 2006, which is the source of Aichi Prefecture’s service water. We recruit volunteer employees to take part in improvement cutting and thinning activities aimed at creating healthy forests, and in the process deepen our interactions with local residents. In 2019, we signed an Adopt-A-Forest Promotion Program agreement with Otaki Village in Nagano Prefecture to develop a broad area of about 12 hectares of forest into the FOREST of AICHI STEEL GROUP.

During fiscal 2020, we conducted forest thinning activities with a limited number of volunteers in consideration of the pandemic and to help stop the spread of infection.

  • Limited number of people participating in activities in Otaki Village, Nagano PrefectureLimited number of people participating in activities in Otaki Village, Nagano Prefecture
  • Forest thinning workForest thinning work