Promotion of Environment Conserving Businesses

ITOCHU Corporation is committed to solving environmental issues through its businesses. As a framework for promoting these businesses, each division formulates a Sustainability Action Plan and promotes initiatives according to the PDCA cycle. ITOCHU also recognizes consideration for the environment (climate change, preserving biodiversity, etc.) and sustainable resource utilization as materiality and focuses on finding solutions to these challenges.

Renewable Energy

ITOCHU Corporation is addressing social issues through investment in power generation assets that are expected to grow as a necessary means of energy supply and that make effective use of renewable energy such as geothermal and wind power.

Details of Initiative Name of Business Operator / Investment Project Country Generating Capacity / Size Greenhouse Gas Reduction Figures
Wind Power Generation Business

CPV Keenan Ⅱ Wind Power Generation Project



Approx. 410,000 tons / year

Shepherds Flat Wind Power Generation Business



Approx. 1,480,000tons / year

Cotton Plains
Wind and Solar Pear Generation Business



Approx. 580,000 tons / year

Offshore Wind Power Generation Business

Butendiek Offshore Wind Power Generation Project



Approx. 750,000 tons / year

Biodiesel Manufacturing Business

Biodiesel manufacturing project in Nebraska, USA run by Flint Hills Resources, Benefuel and others


About 50 million gallon/year

Approx. 520,000 tons / year

Waste Management Projects

ST&W Waste Management Project / SITA South Tyne & Wear Holdings Limited


Incineration treatment of 260,000 tons / year of general waste Scale of power generation: Equivalent power consumption of 31,000 homes

Estimated 62,000 tons / year

Cornwall Waste Management Project / SITA Cornwall Holdings Limited


Incineration treatment of 240,000 tons / year of general waste Scale of power generation: Equivalent power consumption of 21,000 homes

Estimated 60,000 tons / year

Merseyside Waste Management Project / SITA Merseyside Holdings Limited


Incineration treatment of 460,000 tons / year of general waste Scale of power generation: Equivalent power consumption of 63,000 homes

Estimated 130,000 tons / year

West London Waste Management Project / SITA West London Holdings Limited


Incineration treatment of 350,000 tons / year of general waste Scale of power generation: Equivalent power consumption of 50,000 homes

Estimated 83,000 tons / year

Serbia Waste Management Project / Beo Cista Energija (Construction will begin in 2019)


Incineration treatment of 340,000 tons / year of general waste Scale of power generation: Equivalent power consumption of 30,000 homes (planned)

Estimated 120,000 tons / year

Geothermal Power Generation

Sarulla Operations Ltd



About 1,000,000 tons/year

Photovoltaic Power Generation

Oita Hiyoshibaru photovoltaic power plant
large-scale solar power plant



32,000 tons/year

Shin-Okayama photovoltaic power plant
large-scale solar power plant



26,000 tons/year

Saijo Komatsu photovoltaic power plant
large-scale solar power plant



18,000 tons/year

Saga-Ouchi photovoltaic power plant
large-scale solar power plant



15,000 tons/year

Shepherds Flat wind power plant

Water-Related Businesses

About 97.5% of the earth's water consists of sea water. Water available for use by human beings accounts for only 0.01% of the total. Meanwhile, the demand for water worldwide is steadily increasing due to economic development driven by the newly emerging countries, population growth, and changes in precipitation patterns caused by climate change. ITOCHU Corporation has positioned the water-related business as a priority field, and is developing business globally in areas such as sea water desalination, water treatment, and concession projects which started in 2014, with a view to helping solve water problems around the world.

Country Details of Initiative
Concession project on water supply and sewerage systems

In 2012, ITOCHU invested in the UK-based Bristol Water Group. This made us the first Japanese company to participate in the UK water sector. Bristol Water Group is providing full drinking water services from water resource management to water treatment, water supply and distribution, billing service, and customer service to 1.2 million customers in UK.
In 2014, ITOCHU invested in CANARAGUA CONCESIONES S.A., which manages concessions of upstream and downstream water, sewerage network and the integral water cycle in the autonomous of the Canary Islands. This made us the first Japanese company to participate in the Spanish water sector. CANARAGUA CONCESIONES S.A. is currently providing services to an extended total of approximately 1.3 million inhabitants in the Islands.

Seawater Desalination

ITOCHU invested and participated in a seawater desalination project in Victoria, Australia. With the ability to meet around 30% of the water demand in Melbourne, this project supports the stable supply of water to the city from 2012.

ITOCHU has become the largest shareholder in a seawater desalination project with a capacity of 281,000 m3 per day that is being undertaken by Oman Power and Water Procurement Company (OPWP), a government entity of the Sultanate of Oman, at Barka, located in the northern area of the country. This is the largest seawater desalination project in the Sultanate of Oman, and involves the construction of a reverse osmosis desalination plant and surrounding facilities that will operate for 20 years. The seawater desalination plant will start supplying drinking water in June 2018.

Supply of seawater desalination plants and manufacture & sales osmosis membranes

ITOCHU began delivering large numbers of seawater desalination plants in Saudi Arabia from the 1970s.
In the 2000s, ITOCHU and Sasakura established the joint venture company ACWA Power Sasakura (Sasakura Middle East Company, present) with local capital in the country. We also expanded into rehabilitation projects for seawater desalination plants with APS.
In August 2010, the joint venture company Arabian Japanese Membrane Company, LLC, which manufactures and sells reverse osmosis membrane elements for seawater desalination, was established with Toyobo and local capital.

2015 CSR Highlight: Water and Environmental Public Infrastructure Projects

Tree Plantation

The earth is rapidly losing its forest coverage. ITOCHU Corporation is attempting to expand its businesses in the field of paper and pulp by developing renewable forest resources on its own. It also promotes tree plantation with a focus on businesses that will contribute to preventing global warming. ITOCHU was the first Japanese sogo shosha to obtain CoC certification*1 from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)*2 and begin importing certified wood chips.

  1. :FSC is an international organization that certifies forests where logs and lumber are produced, as well as the distribution and processing of logs and lumber from the forests.
  2. :CoC certification is a certification from FSC regarding the management of processing and distribution process. CoC stands for Chain of Custody.
Name of Business Operator/Tree Plantation Country Project Size
CENIBRA (Celulose Nipo-Brasileira S.A.)






Southland Plantation Forest Co.

New Zealand


Acacia Afforestation Asia



South Wood Export Ltd.

New Zealand


Other Environmental Businesses

Project Name Details of Initiative
Reducing the environmental footprint with the introduction of side shrink packaging

As an initiative to reduce its environmental footprint, ITOCHU PLASTICS INC. ("CIPS" hereafter) has supported the introduction of "side shrink film" at all stores operated by FamilyMart Co., Ltd., its domestic area franchise company locations, and Circle K Sunkus stores (collectively, "FamilyMart"). Side shrink film is a style of packaging in which the plastic film around a package for a boxed lunch, sushi or noodle product only covers the area where the container and lid meet.
FamilyMart has introduced" side shrink packaging" to nationwide stores in February 2015. The switch to side shrink packaging from full shrink packaging, where an entire container is covered with cling film, has made packages easier to open, improved the visibility of contents and offered advanced blocking properties. The new packaging also plays a major role in reducing the burden on the environment by decreasing waste, cutting the amount of plastic materials used in packaging and lowering CO2 emissions.

The results in FY 2017 (Comparison with previous full shrink packaging)
Cutting the amount of plastic materials: Approx. 430 tons
Lowering CO2 emissions: Approx. 1,540 tons