As part of our activities to prevent global warming and to preserve the environment, we have been promoting a modal shift through our effort to actively use vessels and railways as environmentally friendly transportation means. Recently, we have acquired certification as a company engaged in the initiatives of Eco Rail Mark, in recognition of the fact that 50.8% of our 2011 freight land transportation covering 500 km or more was by rail.
We have been actively using railway container transportation; we do so especially when transporting wire rods from Osaka to Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, or to Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture. We will continue to promote a modal shift (i.e., a shift from truck transportation to railway and vessel transportation in order to generate less CO2 emissions). By so doing, we will strive to extend our environmentally friendly transportation means.
■ What is Eco Rail Mark?
This is a system established by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. The use of the mark is allowed only for products or companies that use rail transportation means in accordance with designated criteria. Rail is an environmentally friendly transportation means that generates less CO2 emissions than trucks. The mark affixed on products serves as a judgment standard for customers’ purchase decisions.
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■ Eco Rail Mark certification criteria
- Company using a rail transportation means for more than 15% of its freight land transportation covering 500 km or more
- Company using a rail transportation means for more than 15,000 tons or more in volume per year, or for more than 15 million ton-kilometers in volume × distance per year.