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Initiatives for Environmental City Project

In cooperation with its customers, Mizuho proactively plays an important role in environmental city projects led by the initiatives of Japanese companies from the seed stage. Through these city projects Mizuho obtains series of project management skills from every development stage starting from land planning, infrastructure development, smarter implementation, to operation and maintenance, and additionally Mizuho has researched innovative financing structures to the projects. In each ongoing project, Mizuho's role is to deliver feasibility study with cash flow analysis to stakeholders, to propose sustainable business model and to consider financing options to the project. Going forward Mizuho will seek opportunities to apply experience obtained from these projects to new city projects in emerging countries. Eventually Mizuho's goal is to support growth strategies of Japanese industries from a financial standpoint using our "Japan–originated" environmental city projects experience.

Environmental City Projects with Mizuho's Involvement

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Projects 3, 7, and 8 were commissioned from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

1. India, Chennai, Integrated Town Development Project
Outline
  • Development of new industrial park with integrated township
Project details
  • November 2010 Along with Asian major developer, Ascendas Pte. Ltd (owned by Singapore government) and JGC Corporation, Mizuho signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) covering an "environmental complex city development project" in the Chennai region of the state of Tamil Nadu, India
  • August 2011 to February 2012 Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry feasibility study conducted
  • May 2012 Mizuho participated in project development company to help promote Japanese corporations' investment in the industrial park
2. China,Tianjin, Economic–Technological Development Area, Environmental City Project
Outline
  • Facilitating energy conservation businesses
  • Creating "smart" urban and industrial area
  • Transition to gas cogeneration on coal–fired boiler (electric power and heat supply system)
Project details
  • October 2010 MoU signed between China's Tianjin Economic–Technological Development Area and Toshiba Corporation
  • Fiscal 2011 and 2012 Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry feasibility study conducted
3. Remote Island Prototype of Smart Grid Demonstration Project in Hawaii, U.S.A.
Outline
  • Showcase of state–of–the–art technology of smart grid project on a remote island
  • Vehicle to grid demonstration using personal EVs and feasible business model study of smart grid pilot project
Project details
  • May 2011 Along with Hitachi, Ltd. and Cyber Defense Institute, Inc., Mizuho, as consortium member, was assigned to conduct world's most advanced "Smart Grid Demonstration Project" feasibility study research funded by New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), under MoU signed with State of Hawaii as a joint Japan–U.S. project
  • From November 2011 Demonstration project under way
4. Myanmar Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Development Project
Outline
  • Development of new integrated industrial township
Project details
  • December 2012 to March 2013 Mizuho was selected to conduct feasibility study entrusted by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Proposal of Thilawa SEZ industrial park marketing plan and structure diagram of the project company made in the feasibility study.
  • October 2013 Mizuho entrusted by JICA to conduct another feasibility survey relating to formulation of business plan for outskirts 2,000 ha area.
5. China, Guangzhou Nansha Environmental City Development Project
Outline
  • Greenfield development of low–carbon emissioncity
Project details
  • Fiscal 2012 and 2013 Mizuho conducted feasibility study entrusted by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Mizuho proposed the plan that Japanese companies played an important role in the land development from the early stage by supporting formulation of environmental guidelines.
6. Environmental Monitoring Project in Saudi Arabia Industrial Park
Outline
  • Introduction of environmental monitoring system to the industrial park
  • Development of businesses related to improving the atmospheric, water, and other environments
Project details
  • From May 2012, Mizuho participated in consortium made up of companies including Fujitsu Corporation, Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., and Metawater Co., Ltd. Proposed a business model suitable for environmental monitoring systems management and environmental monitoring framework to Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON)
7. Demonstration Phase of the Smart Community Project in Greater Manchester, U.K.
Outline
  • Introduction of electricity aggregation technologies using ICT controlled residential heat pumps which will reduce carbon emission, and establishment of a new business model with aggregated electricity trading.
Project details
  • May 2013 Along with Hitachi, Ltd. and Daikin Industries, Ltd. Mizuho, as consortium member, was assigned to conduct "Smart Community Project" feasibility study research funded by New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), under MoU signed with British government authorities.
  • May 2013 to December 2013 Feasibility study conducted
  • From April 2014 Demonstration project under way
8. Smart Community Demonstration Project in Slovenia
Outline
  • Strengthening the electrical distribution network and stabilizing supply and demand at a minimum cost by using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and establishing feasible business model, which will lead to the expansion of renewable energy and the improvement of energy efficiency in Slovenia.
Project details
  • In November 2014, along with Hitachi, Ltd. and THE Power Grid Solution Ltd., was entrusted by NEDO to implement a Smart Community Demonstration Project in the Republic of Slovenia
  • From November 2014, conducting the feasibility study

Promoting the Mizuho Eco–Cycle Initiative

Expanding the Cycle of Reducing CO2 Emissions to All of Society

We promote the Mizuho Eco–Cycle initiative by providing a series of environment–related financial products and services for J–Credit Scheme (the Domestic Credit Scheme)*, a Japanese system of emissions trading.

The Mizuho Eco–Cycle scheme refers to a series of environmental businesses that build a bridge among small, medium and large corporations and even individual customers. Through engagement in these efforts, Mizuho will expand the "Eco–Cycle" to reduce CO2 emissions throughout society.

Mizuho Eco–Cycle
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  • *The J–Credit Scheme is a system by which the government certifies as credits reductions in the amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gases emitted or absorbed as a result of such initiatives as the installation of energy–saving equipment or forest management. The credits can be used in a variety of ways, including to achieve targets for low–carbon society realization plans and for carbon offsets.

Supporting Environmental Management

To support Japanese companies' efforts to reduce CO2 emissions by promoting "J–Credit Scheme (the Domestic Credit Scheme)," Mizuho provides diverse products and services, such as environment–friendly loans, environmental business matching services, and support for J–Credit Scheme (the Domestic Credit Scheme) usage.

Providing a Way to Help the Environment through the Use of Personal Loans and Other Means

Mizuho purchases credits from J–Credit Scheme (the Domestic Credit Scheme) in a way that reflects the usage of environmentally friendly products and services by individual customers, and donates them to the national government.

Credit Donation Performance
Date Company Donation (tons) Project Name
Sep 25, 2015 Yoshino Gypsum Co., Ltd. 596 Furnance renovation and fuel conversion project
Sep 25, 2015 Fukushima Foods Co., Ltd. 350 Boiler renovation and fuel conversion project
Feb 25, 2015 Fukushima Foods Co., Ltd. 904 Boiler renovation and fuel conversion project
Sep 25, 2014 Fukushima Foods Co., Ltd. 868 Boiler renovation and fuel conversion project
Dec 30, 2013 Tashiro–SS Co., Ltd. 286 Wood–chip–fueled steam boiler introduction project
Jul 9, 2013 Tashiro–SS Co., Ltd. 132 Wood–chip–fueled steam boiler introduction project
Mar 6, 2013 Fukushima Foods Co., Ltd. 583 Boiler renovation and fuel conversion project
Sep 24, 2012 Fukushima Foods Co., Ltd. 707 Boiler renovation and fuel conversion project
Mar 27, 2012 Fukushima Foods Co., Ltd. 478 Boiler renovation and fuel conversion project
Sep 29, 2011 Sanko Saitama Co., Ltd. 662 Aluminum melting furnace (reverberatory furnace) renovation Project
Sep 29, 2011 Kureha Ltd. 901 Gas–fired boiler renovation project
Mar 30, 2011 Ito Chuzo Co., Ltd. 1,412 Melting furnace renovation and high–frequency furnace introduction project
Mar 30, 2011 Tashiro–SS Co., Ltd. 289 Wood–chip–fueled steam boiler introduction project

Participation in the Environmental Information Database Project of the Ministry of the Environment (Government of Japan)

In view of the growing emphasis on environment–related information for investment decisions, the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) aims to develop an Environmental Information Disclosure System that will enable financial institutions to access, analyze, and process environmental information related to their investee companies in a timely fashion and efficiently. To this end, beginning in fiscal 2013, the MOE began to implement its Environmental Information Database Project. MHIR is participating in the project and is acting as the Secretariat. In addition, in fiscal 2014, MHTB joined the project from its perspective as an institutional investor and has participated in discussions regarding environmental information necessary for investment and related disclosure systems.

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