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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, such as global warming and abnormal weather, moves for global environmental conservation are gathering momentum domestically and overseas.

For the prevention of global warming, in particular, a new international framework to replace the Kyoto Protocol was continuously discussed through the 15th Conference of the Parties (COP 15) held in Copenhagen in 2009, the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP 16) held in December 2010 in Cancun, Mexico, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. This has attracted considerable attention from all over the world.

For the conservation of biodiversity, the 10th Conference of the Parties (COP 10) to the Convention of Biological Diversity was held in October 2010 in Nagoya, where the Nagoya Protocol was adopted. In Japan, moves for preservation of biodiversity are accelerating. This includes the National Biodiversity Strategy concluded in March, 2010, and the Act on the Promotion of Activities for Biodiversity Conservation through the Cooperation among Regional Diversified Actors promulgated in December, 2010.

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, and renewable energy such as solar thermal power, solar power, and wind power generation.

In Japan, many financial institutions provide loans to support corporations which are involved in environmental preservation, and financial products and services to support individuals who are going to participate in environmental preservation.

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 solar thermal power, solar power, and wind power generation. We also provide total support for corporate and individual customers 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, Mizuho established the Mizuho Environmental Standard which consists of eight items concerning the building of performance, the utilization of facilities, and the energy consumption at business locations, and also commenced the development of environmentally conscious "Mizuho Eco Branches."

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

Mizuho's Involvement in Global Environmental Conservation

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.

Program–based Emissions Reduction Project

Mizuho promotes the "Program–based Emissions Reduction Project" which supports the emission reductions of ordinary families.

Solar Thermal Power Project in Spain

Mizuho is involved in solar thermal power projects in Spain by utilizing its expertise in financing renewable energy businesses.

Kawai Water Purification Plant PFI Project

Mizuho arranged a syndication for the "Refitting and Operation of Yokohama's Kawai Water Purification Plant," which was first water system PFI in Japan, to respond to the demands for renovating water facilities.

Tokaichiba Eco Branch

Mizuho established the Mizuho Environmental Standards to advance energy conservation at business locations, and commenced the development of "Mizuho Eco Branches."

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