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East Japan Railway Company (JR East) Receives the 16th Global Environment Award, Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award

East Japan Railway Company

February 22, 2007

  • The Global Environment Award results were announced on Thursday, February 22, 2007, and it was revealed that JR East had received the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award for its environmental efforts.
  • The Global Environment Award is one of the most prestigious environmental awards in Japan. This award is sponsored by the Fujisankei Communications Group in special cooperation with the World Wide Fund for Nature Japan (WWF Japan), and is supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport. It also receives the cooperation of Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation).
  • JR East was recognized and awarded for its efforts to reduce the energy used for train operation, including the development and introduction of E231 series energy-saving railcars and diesel hybrid railcars, and research and development on fuel cell hybrid railcars, etc.
  • JR East is honored to receive this award, and intends to continue active efforts to protect the global environment in the future.

1. Award Details

16th Global Environment Award
Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Award

2. Basis of Award

"Continuous introduction of energy-saving railcars, and development and introduction of the world's first hybrid railcars"
JR East has introduced energy-saving railcars to 81% (FY2005 results) of its rolling stock, including the E231 series that runs on approximately half the energy of conventional railcars and is approximately 90% recyclable by weight. In addition, JR East is promoting development of the NE Train that aims to reduce the environmental load with a new power system, and is scheduled to introduce the world's first diesel hybrid railcars (3 cars) to service operation on the Koumi Line (between Kobuchizawa and Komoro) in the summer of 2007. JR East has also commenced development of the world's first fuel cell hybrid railcar, and has conducted testing since July 2006.

E231 series energy-saving railcar NE (New Energy) train

E231 series energy-saving railcar

NE (New Energy) train

Diesel hybrid railcar (image drawing) Image of a future railway system using a fuel cell system

Diesel hybrid railcar (image drawing)

Image of a future railway system using a fuel cell system

3. Award Ceremony

(1)  Date and time: Thursday, April 12, 2007, 12:30 to 15:00
(2)  Place: Meiji Kinenkan (Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

4. About the Global Environment Award

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Overview

The Global Environment Award was established in 1992 in special cooperation with the World Wide Fund for Nature Japan (WWF Japan, Honorary President His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino) as an award system for industry with the aim of "symbiosis between industrial development and the global environment".
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Sponsors and other supporters

Sponsor   :    Fujisankei Communications Group
Special cooperation   : World Wide Fund for Nature Japan (WWF Japan)
Support   : Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport
Cooperation   : Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation)
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