Date : February 29, 2008
Report: February 29, 2008 【”Biomass in Chiba” Press Tour】
post date : 2013.08.30
Chiba Prefecture, the venue of the G20 Gleneagles Dialogue (The 4th Ministerial Meeting of the G8 Gleneagles Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable Development), to be held March 14th-16th, is promoting the “Biomass Prefecture Chiba” project. In the tour, 16 reporters from 11 countries/regions (South Korea, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, UK, France, Germany, Spain, and EU), visited Chiba to cover a state-of-the-art plant recycling packed meals from convenience stores, which realizes a true recyle system and also Japan's largest biomass power station that uses wood chips.
The reporters first visited a state-of-the art plant recycling outdated food including packed meals from convenience store outlets. With its “100% separation system,” which completely removes non-food items such as wood skewers and paper by, ironically, introducing human hands into the separation process, the plant turns outdated food into animal feed and compost to be used to produce food again with no waste emission. The journalists showed a strong interest in the "true recycling system.”
The tour group then moved to Japan's largest biomass power station, which uses wood chips from construction scrap materials in the greater Tokyo area. For a steady supply of fuel (wood chips and RPF), which is crucial for the stable operation of such biomass power plants, a network of disposal companies in the Kanto region was formed. The tour participants also visited a vast fuel stockyard, established by the group of companies in the neighboring town of Sodegaura.