the 20th century, clear advances in science
and technological innovations led to the pursuit of material affluence
through the establishment of a social and economic model based on
mass production, mass distribution, mass consumption and mass disposal.
PARTNERSHIP ORGANIZING CLUB (EPOC)' was established, based on an awareness
of such issues. EPOC receives input from environmental opinion leaders
mainly in the industrial field to promote:
However, we can see today that the development of such an economic
and social model has brought about various environmental problems
on a global scale. From the 21st century
onwards, in order for us to attain sustainable economic development,
we must establish a 'closed loop' or 'recycling-oriented' economic
system, based on the harmonization of environmental preservation with
The Chubu Region can be described as the Mecca of manufacturing industries,
and it has contributed significantly to the economic development of
Japan in this capacity. The region has accumulated a wealth of high-level
industrial technology, production systems, functional logistics and
a strong distribution base.
In comparison to the rest of the country, the Chubu Region today boasts
a relatively high number of corporations and factories that are working
towards ISO14001 certification (the Environmental Management System).
These corporations are also beginning to develop new rules for environmental
action, such as explaining their environmental activities to the public
through the means of Environmental Reports, the implementation of
environmental accounting, and LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) etc.
It is hoped that such corporate actions dealing with environmental
problems will be seen as part of a strategy leading to an enhanced
corporate image and benefits for corporate management. At the same
time, we hope that it will create a new style for corporate action
in the 21st century.
However, such actions for environmental preservation by corporations
are still not fully understood by society at large, Generally undertaken
by individual companies in isolation from others, they do not form
a sufficient driving force in the movement towards the establishment
of a recycling-oriented society. Future efforts demand mutually coordinated
action that transcends the barriers of industry type.
Further, it is essential that links are formed between residents living
in regional societies and government etc. and it is vital that attempts
are made to establish eco-efficiency coupled with the formation of
links between different corporations.
the above activities, we will disseminate any information related
to environmental action from the Chubu region. We aim to establish
an environmentally advanced 'recycling-oriented economic society'
that is both safe and comfortable, which will serve as a model throughout
spread of environmental action throughout society
creation of a social climate informed by an 'environmental consciousness'
dissemination of information related to environmental action
exchange in relation to environmental action