Mr. Osamu Kobayashi is Director of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the world's largest private electric utility. In June 1968, he assumed office as the first Manager of Environmental Administration at the Department of the Environment. TEPCO was the first electric utility in Japan to establish such a section to deal with control measures for environmental protection. He has been responsible for TEPCO's promotion of environmental protection for the last 20 years. He has been working to develop and introduce innovative technologies such as, high grade electrostatic precipitators, flue gas desulturization and denitrification technologies. With the belief that the electric power company should fulfil its social responsibilities as a public utility corporation, he contributed to the decision, by top management, to introduce the use of LNG, making TEPCO the world's first electric utility to use such a low-polluting fuel for power generation. Thanks to his commitment, TEPCO has had tremendous influence over the consolidation and improvement of environmental protection measures taken by other electric power companies. Mr. Kobayashi has taken the lead in concluding voluntary agreements with local governments on pollution control on thermal power plants. These agreements provide environmental standards that are far more stringent than those required by Japan's national laws and ordinances.