It is worldly believed that reducing green gas emissions leads to prevent rapidly progressing global warming.
In summer of 2005, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment started the Cool Biz campaign to help reduce electric consumption by limiting use of air conditioning.
It suggests setting air conditioner temperatures at 28°C during summer.
It encourages workers to wear short-sleeved shirts without jackets and ties.
Also, the Cool Biz dress code advises workers to starch collars so they stand up and to wear trousers made from materials that breathe and absorb moisture.
It’s been 4 years since Cool Biz started, and now, all kinds of Cool Biz fashion that take in various materials, designs and coordinates are in the market.
The idea of Cool Biz is taken not only in fashions but also in office interiors.
For example, to feel cooler in an office space, workers planted greens by windows and made “green curtains”.
Thanks to the nation’s corporation, the estimate of CO2 reduction by setting air conditioner temperature higher during summer in 2008 was 1720,000 ton, that is, monthly emission amount of 3850,000 households.
As the winter version of Cool Biz, the Japanese Ministry of the Environment proposes Warm Biz to help reduce electric consumption.
It suggests setting air conditioner temperatures at 20°C during winter.
The estimate of CO2 reduction by setting air conditioner temperature lower during winter in 2007 was 1630,000 ton, that is, monthly emission amount of 3500,000 households.
For more comprehensive environmental activity, there is a national project called Team Minus 6%.
According to the team, “Team Minus 6% was established in April 2005 as a Japanese international commitment to the Kyoto Protocol, and is a national campaign against global warming aimed at cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 6%. The team leader is the Prime Minister and the sub-leader is the Minister of the Environment.”
“This national campaign requires the participation of individuals and organizations against global warming. 2,302,513 individuals and 21,795 businesses have joined the team (as of June 30, 2008)”
The good thing about these projects is that anyone can start right away!
If many individuals practice them, there will be a great result.
How does your country approach to global warming problem?
Is there something you do to reduce CO2 emissions?
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