Collaboration Agreement Signed with ESPEC Corp. to Promote SDGs

 The University of Hyogo has decided to conclude a comprehensive collaboration agreement with ESPEC Corp. (Head office: Kita-ku, Osaka) to promote the SDGs by working closely with each other and promoting collaborative activities to promptly and appropriately address various social issues such as biodiversity conservation, environmental and energy issues, etc. On August 30, a ceremony was held at the Hyogo Prefectural Government to celebrate the partnership agreement signing. This is the first SDGs-related agreement with a company.

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Founded in 1947, ESPEC Corp. was the first company in Japan to develop environmental testing equipment (equipment that reproduces environmental factors such as temperature and humidity and analyzes and evaluates their effects on products) in 1961 and has since held the largest share of the global market. The company is also working to realize the SDGs through its environmental creation technologies.

Furthermore, the company contributes to global warming and biodiversity conservation through environmental conservation projects to restore the natural environment, such as "forestation" using local native species and "waterside creation" to restore wild rivers.

The University of Hyogo has been engaged in education and research that will lead to the achievement of the SDGs. In March of this year, we issued the "University of Hyogo SDGs Declaration" and have been making further efforts to contribute to creating a sustainable society. For example, we are engaged in research in the energy field, as well as policy proposals on the relationship between the natural environment and human society, where wild animals inhabit, and the organisms that inhabit rice paddies and rivers.

During the signing ceremony, our President Isao Ota expressed his expectations for the collaboration agreement, saying, "One thing is that we can conduct research that leads to the achievement of the SDGs through the conservation of biodiversity. We would also be happy if we could create something tangible by successfully matching the energy-related technologies of ESPEC Corp., especially GX technologies, to prevent global warming."

Mr Masaaki Ishida, Chairperson and Representative Director of ESPEC Corp., said, "I think an academic approach is necessary for promoting corporate biodiversity efforts. Therefore, I hope our company can create a model for corporate biodiversity initiatives based on the academic wisdom of the University of Hyogo."

In addition, under the collaboration agreement, ESPEC Corp. will accept interns to provide opportunities for our students to gain work experience in Japan and overseas.