First International Conference on Carbon Recycling Held in Tokyo
October 2, 2019
On September 25, 2019, NEDO and the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) co-hosted the First International Conference on Carbon Recycling.
On behalf of the conference organizers, METI Minister Isshu Sugawara delivered opening remarks where he emphasized the significance of carbon recycling. Minister Sugawara also announced the Carbon Recycling 3C Initiative, which promotes mutual exchanges (caravan), the establishment of R&D and demonstration bases (center of research), and international joint research (collaboration) to accelerate relevant technological development and promote innovation in cooperation with other countries.
In the following industry-academia-government session, government officials from various countries and representatives of international organizations such as the International Energy Agency (IEA), as well as Japanese and global companies, universities, and research institutes, provided presentations regarding carbon recycling initiatives, current issues, and the importance of international cooperation. In addition, METI introduced its Roadmap for Carbon Recycling Technologies, which was released in June 2019.
At the conclusion of the conference, NEDO Chairman Hiroaki Ishizuka provided closing remarks where he noted that the introduction of disruptive innovative technology such as carbon recycling is essential to the realization of a decarbonized society. Chairman Ishizuka also noted that, in its capacity as an innovation accelerator which disseminates innovation to society, NEDO would actively pursue efforts to develop carbon recycling technologies that will contribute to combating climate change and help realize a virtuous cycle of environmental protection and economic growth.
More than 450 people attended the conference and engaged in lively discussions and exchanges of information. Many attendees also visited the exhibition area of the conference where Japanese companies and research institutions displayed examples of relevant technologies.
Government officials and representatives of international organizations
NEDO Chairman Ishizuka
delivering closing remarks