Although we have been talking a lot about the scorching heat and the Cool Biz movement until just recently, it suddenly began to get cold last month. Before we had much of a chance to appreciate the comfortable autumn weather, winter arrived. It seems to me that the four distinctive seasons of Japan are now becoming a thing of the past, and we are now experiencing unstable climate.
This year, Japan suffered a torrent of weather disasters, such as heavy snowfall, scorching heat, severe rainstorms, tornados, and some of the most powerful typhoons ever. However, these disasters did not occur only in Japan. As indicated by the huge typhoon that struck the Philippines, the entire world has experienced a spate of abnormal weather events, which have caused a huge amount of damage. It is said that many of these abnormalities, which are now actually becoming “normal,” are related to global warming in some way.
It is believed that to control global warming, it is necessary to reduce the emission of greenhouse gas. What is urgently required now is the development of technologies for more efficient use of existing energy resources, such as fossil fuels, as well as for a reduction in the use of such resources. Also needed is speedy development of technologies for using renewable energy, such as solar power. As you may know, however, the emission of greenhouse gases is not the only burden that human beings place on the environment.
To establish a sustainable society, Sumitomo Electric would like to reinforce our efforts to reduce the burden on the environment when conducting our business activities, and to provide environmentally friendly products and services, thereby contributing to society. This month’s SEI News includes articles on our recycling of tungsten, as well as on our products that support solar power generation and off-shore wind power generation. I hope that you enjoy the articles.
By the way, at the Ekiden road race held the other day among business corporations in the Kansai region, our athletics club came in fourth, enabling the club to compete in the All-Japan Men’s Corporate Team Ekiden Championships (commonly known as the New Year Ekiden) to be held on January 1 next year. This is the first time for our club to run in this prestigious event. This great achievement is largely thanks to your encouragement and support. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to you all. I hope that you will root for our runners on New Year’s Day.