Promoting the Use of Unused Forest Resource

Amount of unused forest
resource from domestic
forest (FY2019)
284kt

Unused forest resource

Unused forest resource is left-over wood biomass generated from logging or thinning of standing trees in forests. Wood biomass power generation plants are operating in each area and the demand for wood biomass is growing following the adoption of the FIT law (Feed-in Tariff for Renewable Energy). By using unused forest resource, we can expect an effective increase in the value of forests while also promoting renewable energy. In fiscal 2019, the Group used 284,000 tons of unused forest resource. We will continue to work on building up systems for the efficient, stable collection of unused forest resource.

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Adoption of High-Performance Silviculture Machines

Effectively Extracting Unused Forest Resource

Mombetsu Forestry Office introduced Scandinavian harvesters and forwarders able to turn in small circles in 2015 to begin efforts to deliver log harvest/thinnings (unused forest resource) as biomass power generation plant fuels.

Moreover, by selecting forestry equipment with high-level driving performance in narrow forest areas, operators are able to execute all harvesting and transport operations while on the machine. We consider this is an initiative that improves safety and will play a role even in eliminating occupational injuries.

Scandinavian harvester*1

Scandinavian forwarder*2

*1 Self-propelled high-performance forestry machine that brings together each operation to cut, de-limb, and vertically cross-cut*3 timber, which had traditionally been done with a chainsaw

*2 Self-propelled high-performance forestry machine that collects and feeds vertically cross-cut timber on a cargo bed

*3 To cut crude timber to a standard length

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Sustainability Report