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Simultaneous Pursuit of Economic Growth and Environmental Conservation

Moves for Global Environmental Conservation Are Accelerating Worldwide

Prevention of Global Warming and Conservation of Biodiversity

As we face the increasingly serious effects of climate change, moves for global environmental conservation are gathering momentum on a worldwide scale.

For the prevention of global warming, in particular, a new international framework to replace the Kyoto Protocol was discussed at the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in December 2009 in Copenhagen, attracting considerable attention from all over the world.

For the conservation of biodiversity, such as the preservation of the species and ecosystems, efforts are accelerating, including the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention of Biological Diversity to be held in October 2010 in Nagoya, which is gaining attention in Japan.

Financial Institutions' Responsibility for Global Environmental Conservation

Responsibility of Financial Institutions as the Backbone of Industrial Activities

The world's financial institutions, including Mizuho, have made significant contributions to promoting measures for global environmental conservation. As a financial institution financing industrial activities, including large-scale development projects, we recognize the importance of considering the possible effects of these activities on the environment.

For example, many private financial institutions adopt the Equator Principles, which were formulated by International Financial Corporation (IFC), as the basis for evaluating and managing social and environmental risks in project finance. In addition, the world's financial institutions contribute significantly to spreading and promoting the concept of emissions trading, an economic instrument for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

For the conservation of biodiversity, the world's financial institutions are working with governmental organizations and leading resource development companies to establish measures for Biodiversity Offset to compensate for the effects of industrial activities.

Environmental Efforts in the Course of Conducting Business as a Financial Institution

Responsibility for the Simultaneous Achievement of Economic Growth and Environmental Conservation

Mizuho is promoting various measures to achieve both economic growth and environmental conservation according to its Policies for Environmental Activities.

Specifically, in 2003, Mizuho Corporate Bank was the first Japanese bank to adopt the Equator Principles. Since then, we have ensured that the projects we finance are conducted with attention to the natural environment and local communities, and have actively engaged in the financing of businesses related to renewable energy, including wind power generation. We also provide total support for companies engaging in "emissions trading," while promoting the "Mizuho Eco-Cycle" initiative by providing environment-related products and services for the Japanese system of emissions trading called the Domestic Credit System.

In addition, our active involvement in efforts to create a framework for the preservation of biodiversity is seen by the Mizuho Group's 12 group companies having joined the "Declaration of Biodiversity by Nippon Keidanren" Promotion Partners and Mizuho being the only private financial institution participating in the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program (BBOP).

Mizuho's Involvement in Global Environmental Conservation

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Mizuho is involved in various environmental businesses through Finance, Consulting Services, Surveys and Research and the Product Development and Sales.

Indonesia's Tangguh LNG Project

Details of Indonesia's Tangguh LNG project as an example of the Equator Principles' application are presented.

Chile's Esperanza Copper Mine Development Project

Details of Chile's Esperanza Copper Mine Development Project as an example of the Equator Principles' application are presented.

South Korea's Taegisan Wind Farm Project

Mizuho contributes to the spread of renewable energy in South Korea by utilizing its expertise in financing wind power generation projects.

Mizuho Eco-Cycle

Mizuho promotes the Mizuho Eco-Cycle initiative by providing financial products and services for the Domestic Credit System, a Japanese system of emissions trading.

Clean Energy Bond for Socially Responsible Investment (SRI)

In response to investors' desire to contribute to global environmental conservation, Mizuho started sales of the Clean Energy Bonds issued by the African Development Bank.

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