Environmental Science Research Laboratory

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The Environmental Science Research Laboratory has promoted basic research on atmospheric, river, coastal and marine environments as well as biology and chemistry, for the construction and stable operation of electric power facilities, establishments of a low-carbon society, and reduction of various environmental risks associated with the electric power industry.

Message from Director

  The electric power system is one of the most important social infrastructures, and a stable supply of electricity at a low cost is indispensable for the sustainable development of Japanese society. In addition, all industrial activities should be symbiotic with nature by considering the natural environment for the realization of a sustainable society. The electric power industry has tackled issues on global warming, the creation of a recycling-oriented society, the management of chemical substances and biodiversity.

  Environmental Science Research Laboratory has been promoting the following activities to construct and operate electric power facilities that are in harmony with the environment: 1) environmental impact assessment (of the atmospheric and coastal environment and terrestrial ecosystems) associated with the construction of power plants, 2) the evaluation of contributions of thermal power plants to ambient air quality, 3) the effective use of coal ash, 4) the development of measures against polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB)-contaminated transformers, 5) the assessment of the diffusion of radioactive materials after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, 6) the assessment of the health effects of electromagnetic fields, 7) the preservation of river environments, and 8) the reduction of the emission of CO2 to reduce global warming.

  Recent environmental issues, characterized by global warming and biodiversity, require multidisciplinary approaches with a socioeconomic viewpoint. In the Environmental Science Research Laboratory, experts in physics, chemistry, and biology have organically dealt with various environmental issues from risk assessment to the formulation of countermeasures. In addition, the Environmental Sciences Research Laboratory will contribute to the realization of a prosperous society through achievements with high scientific objectivity in cooperation with research institutions in Japan and overseas.


Kotaro Kikuchi

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