Eco-products and Eco-Services a formidable partner in reducing impact on our environment

March 4, 2009 · Filed Under Editor's Corner 

It goes without saying that possessing eco-products without complementary practical eco-services will offer a handicap solution to our environmental problem. Base on this predicament Ministry of the Environment in 2004 established Eco-Product awards with Eco-Service category with a goal of proliferating eco-products and services that help in reducing environmental impacts and supporting the efforts of companies small and large to bring such products and services to the consumers in Japan. A good example of such product that has won the ministry’s ward in 2008 is Sho-Ene Toban remote energy-efficiency tuning system for commercial facility air conditioning system developed by Daikin. This service will control the air conditioning parameters based on weather forecast from the weather stations and data from building’s air conditioners. This way the entire building’s air conditioning system can be controlled aim in reducing CO2 emission by up to 20% according to Daikin. This is an important service since the air conditioning accounts for about 40% of the average office building energy consumption making energy efficient conditioning system a must have solution.

Another such product and services that won ministry’s award in this category is Sanyo’s “Eco-Store System”. The “Eco-Store System” is essentially an in-store integrated management system that will provide an optimum energy saving through a master controller for uniform energy management for the in-store showcases, including the refrigeration units for the frozen and chilled food showcases, and the in-store air conditioning systems as well as others. This task was previously done through individual control system which required connecting each device to a communication network. Through use of this system and the service that it provides, an appropriate temperature adjustment for the showcase can be achieved in ensuring the freshness of the food, while simultaneously realizing up to 23% of total electrical power consumption savings in a store or a supermarket. As of October 2008, approximately 300 stores nationwide have purchased and installed this system and on average, the expected reduction in annual CO2 emissions for one store is approximately 60 tons, and based on this average annual reduction of CO2 emissions for the currently installed systems is approximately 18,000 tons. Currently, there are about 20,000 supermarkets in Japan which if they all introduced this system into their stores, it would have an equivalent reduction of more than 1,000,000 tons of CO2 emissions yearly. I will keep you posted on such award winning products in a near future.

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