MEC’s Forest Building

A large amount of water is used in our business activities. Hence, we believe that we will be able to contribute to local communities and the environment by growing forests as a source of water, which will also help to prevent global warming. Therefore, we launched the “MEC Forest” project in Nagaoka City, Niigata, where our Nagaoka Factory is located. The “MEC Forest” project was also started in Amagasaki City, Hyogo, where our headquarters are located, in support of an initiative by the Prefectural Government.

Nagaoka MEC Forest

- In Ozumi Mishimadani-machi, Nagaoka City -

With a view to contributing to protection of water sources and absorption of carbon dioxide through growing forests, MEC started creating a forest on abandoned idle farmland obtained on lease in the Mishimadani district of Nagaoka City, which is close to its Nagaoka Office.

Placing emphasis not only on our employees’ contact with nature but also on exchanges with local residents, who usually have little contact with MEC, a tree-planting event was held in November 2008 inviting MEC employees and their family members, local residents, and other relevant people in the prefectural or municipal government. In addition, we also plant cherry blossom trees along the roads so that local residents and drivers passing by can enjoy them. Under the instruction of the members of local forestry cooperatives and the forestry promotion department, 1,300 broad-leaved trees, including zelkova (keyaki), Amur cork, pagoda tree, beech, Mongolian oak, and konara oak, are being nurtured.

The 9th maintenance activity

We will continue maintenance operations to nurture a rich forest, while valuing the contact between our employees and local residents.

* On May 21, 2016 (Saturday), we mowed undergrowth. It was hot and sunny, like a summer day, and with the cooperation of members of local forestry cooperatives and the prefecture, a total of 31 people performed mowing and weeding work. Because of this hard work, the trees of our MEC Forest will be able to grow healthily.

Outline of MEC Forest

Forest development site
In Ozumi Mishimadani-machi, Nagaoka City
0.6 hectare
Development operations
Planting keyaki and other broad-leaved trees (2008)
Planting trees and mowing undergrowth (2009 and subsequent years)

MEC Forest activities

Date Activity Description Participants (persons)
Nov. 15, 2008 1st planting activity Planted 500 broad-leaved trees, 7 commemorative cherry blossom trees 60
June 20, 2009 1st maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth, cleaned the surrounding area 33
Oct. 17 2009 2nd planting activity Planted 60 broad-leaved trees, 350 cedar trees 45
June 12, 2010 2nd maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 16
Oct. 16, 2010 3rd planting activity Planted 30 broad-leaved trees, 350 cedar trees 38
June 12, 2011 3rd maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 27
Oct. 15, 2011 4th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 21
June 16, 2012 5th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 12
Oct. 20, 2012 6th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 16
June 15, 2013 7th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 17
Oct. 19, 2013 8th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 17
May 17, 2014 9th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 25
Oct. 18, 2014 10th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 20
May 30, 2015 11th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 24
May 21, 2016 12th maintenance activity Mowed undergrowth 31

Amagasaki MEC Forest

- Amagasaki City, Hyogo -

MEC is making efforts for the Amagasaki 21st Century Forest Project promoted by the Hyogo Prefectural Government. The aim of this project is to create biodiversity-conscious forests in areas to the south of the Hanshin Expressway in Amagasaki City with the participation of the residents and businesses in the prefecture.

Amagasaki 21st Century Forest Project

The Amagasaki waterfront area once led Japan’s industry and economy, mainly in the heavy and chemical industries, while it lost a substantial part of its precious nature in the course of modernization, facing pollution and various other environmental challenges. The area has lost its vitality due to changes in the industrial structure in recent years, which generated unused factory sites and other problems, and thus measures to revitalize the area are urgently needed.
In view of this situation, hoping to revitalize the Amagasaki waterfront area and transform it into an attractive and lively community, the Hyogo Prefecture formulated the Amagasaki 21st Century Forest Project in March 2002, aimed at creating an eco-friendly community through developing a natural environment full of water and greenery, which would make people’s lives rich and comfortable.
After the launch of this project, many supporting enterprises have promoted the forest-creation (community-building) initiative, resulting in a decrease in the number of idle factory sites. Efforts are being continued to further improve the area, making effective use of its precious, unique assets, such as canals and factory buildings, through the participation and collaboration of the prefectural residents and businesses. (Excerpt from the Hyogo Prefectural Government website)