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    Toho Announces Efforts to Achieve Zero CO2 Emissions at Studio

    Toho Studios is looking to eliminate all CO2 emissions from electricity usage. Photo courtesy of Toho Co.; Ltd. © TOHO CO., LTD.

    Source: Toho Co., Ltd. press release

    Toho Co., Ltd. and JERA Co., Inc. are pleased to announce that they have signed a basic agreement as part of their efforts to achieve zero CO2 emissions from electricity consumption at Toho Studios, one of the largest film studios in Japan.

    Toho, internationally known for its business in the entertainment field centered on movies, and JERA, an energy company pioneering efforts to eliminate CO2 emissions in the energy field, have agreed to gradually introduce "24/7 Carbon Free Electricity"「24/7(twenty-four seven)カーボンフリー電力, 24/7 (twenty-four-seven) Kābon Furī Denryoku」at Toho Studios from FY2024 as part of efforts to achieve zero CO2 emissions from power consumption at Toho Studios.  Through this initiative, the two companies will continue to work toward the realization of a sustainable global environment.

    "24/7 Carbon Free Electricity" is the name given to electricity that does not emit CO2 for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or 365 days a year. The 24/7 carbon-free power to be introduced to Toho Studios will be realized by combining the clean energy supply infrastructure of renewable energy from solar power and other sources and zero-emission thermal power generation exclusively using hydrogen, with the latest digital technology that enables real-time visualization and future simulation of electricity demand and CO2 emissions.

    About Toho Co. Ltd.

    Toho Company provides high-quality entertainment to a wide range of customers through its film production, distribution, and exhibition business, which is solidly supported by its real estate business including the Shinjuku Toho Building and Hibiya Chante, animation production, DVD software production and sales, and TOHO Cinemas' efforts to expand its network of multiplex cinemas. Among these, "Godzilla," which has been around since 1954, is Toho's flagship IP that has many fans around the world and has been loved for many years.

    About JERA Co., Inc.

    JERA is a global fuel and power generation company established in April 2015 by The Tokyo Electric Power Company, Incorporated (at that time) and Chubu Electric Power Co. In October 2020, JERA announced "JERA Zero Emission 2050" with the goal of achieving zero CO2 emissions from domestic and overseas operations by 2050. emissions from domestic and overseas operations by 2050. In addition to expanding renewable energy sources, JERA is striving to develop "zero-emission thermal power plants" that do not emit CO2 during power generation.

    Abput Toho Studios

    Since its establishment in 1932, Toho Studios has produced Kurosawa's SEVEN SAMURAi (七人の侍, Shichinin no Samurai), THE BLUE MOUNTAINS (青い山脈, Aoi Sanmyaku), STATION (駅, Eki), and other masterpieces that represent Japanese cinema, as well as the "Godzilla" series such as SHIN GODZILLA (シン・ゴジラ, Shin Gojira), which have left their mark on Japanese film history. It is one of the largest video production sites in Japan, providing an integrated work environment from preparation to shooting and finishing.

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