Japanese companies have so far gained emissions credits in China and other Asian countries, about 161 such projects approved so far, by helping local partners produce electric power using natural energy sources like wind and solar power. But such projects appear to have reached a limit in these countries, prompting Japanese firms to try and obtain greenhouse gas emissions rights by improving energy efficiency, Forbes reports.
Japan’s Matsushita Electric, which markets products under the Panasonic brand, for example, will soon start measuring energy use at its nearly 60 factories in China and formulating plans to reduce energy consumption in the fiscal year ending March 2009 and beyond. The company will aim to obtain, under the UN’s Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), greenhouse gas emissions credits equivalent to the carbon dioxide reduction volume achieved through its efforts in China.
In March, the UN approved energy-saving measures that Matsushita Electric proposed taking at its 10 Malaysian factories as worthy of CDM recognition. The company started taking these steps last month.