Experts urged to ratify Minamata Convention to phase out mercury-added products পারদযুক্ত পণ্যের ব্যবহার বন্ধে মিনামাতা কনভেনশন অনুমোদনের আহ্বান সেন্টমার্টিন সৈকতে প্লাস্টিকের আগ্রাসন 72 birds die eating pesticide-treated masakalai Educate girls to save the planet শিশুর সর্দি-কাশি সারানোর ঘরোয়া উপায় 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12 24 thousand under 5 children die of pneumonia in Bangladesh annually গ্রিনহাউস গ্যাস কমানোর লক্ষ্যে নানা উদ্যোগ Maldives: Eco-friendly product export destination for Bangladesh

Costs continue to act as drag on use of renewable energy

SAPPORO (Kyodo) — Co-op Sapporo, a consumer cooperative in Sapporo, Hokkaido, joined the RE100 international alliance of companies committed to using 100 percent renewable electricity for their operations in October, about a month after a major earthquake caused a blackout across Japan's northernmost main island.

The blackout was triggered by a failed emergency step designed to prevent exactly what happened after the magnitude 6.7 earthquake at the critical Tomato-Atsuma power plant, a coal-fired facility, which was supplying nearly half Hokkaido's electricity.

The shutdown of the plant, with a total power output of 1.65 million kilowatts, upset the balance of supply and demand for electricity and caused the blackout. As a result, Co-op Sapporo was forced to dispose of food waste, among other losses, because its cold storage system failed to work.

Co-op Sapporo has reduced emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) at a 3,000-square-meter supermarket it operates in Teine Ward, Sapporo, by 40 percent in comparison with its other supermarkets as it used environment-friendly materials in building the wooden structure, according to the cooperative. CO2 emissions when the market is open for operation have also been cut by half.

As a medium-term target, Co-op Sapporo will seek to secure 60 percent of energy used in its offices and stores from renewable sources by fiscal 2030.

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