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METI plans to store up to 240 million tons of CO2 underground by 2050

On April 20th, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced a plan to store 120 million to 240 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually by 2050 using carbon capture and storage (CCS), a technology to store CO2 underground. The plan clearly states the government’s goal to launch the CCS project by 2030. The government will compile a….Read more

  • April 21, 2022
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Gov’t plans to support new investments in hydrogen, ammonia

On April 21, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) unveiled plans to help businesses when they make large initial investments in hydrogen and ammonia, energy sources which do not emit CO2 when burned. The government will support the construction of supply chains from production to storage and transport.   The plans were presented at a meeting of the….Read more

  • April 22, 2022
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METI estimates decarbonization will cost materials industry 20 trillion yen

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has put together an estimate showing that the materials industry, including steel and chemical producers, will need to shoulder more than 20 trillion yen in order to achieve the goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The estimate will be included in the decarbonization strategy framework for the materials industry….Read more

  • April 18, 2022
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METI and three other ministries to launch a task force on renewable energy management

At a press conference held after a cabinet meeting on April 19, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hagiuda Koichi announced that METI will jointly launch a task force to study the proper management of renewable energy power generation facilities with the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MLIT), and the Ministry….Read more

  • April 20, 2022
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Japan’s Mitsubishi and Eneos to mass-produce cleaner jet fuel

TOKYO — Mitsubishi Corp. and Eneos Holdings on Monday jointly announced that they will produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), which significantly cuts down on carbon dioxide emissions from aircraft. The companies will as soon as 2027 establish a domestic supply chain that handles everything from procurement of raw materials to manufacturing and distribution.

  • April 18, 2022
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Japan’s nuclear regulator to okay release of treated water from Fukushima plant

Japan’s nuclear regulator has largely approved a plan to release treated water from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant into the ocean.   The plant suffered triple meltdowns in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster. Water is used to cool molten nuclear fuel. It mixes with rain and groundwater that flows into damaged reactor buildings.   The water….Read more

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Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions decrease 7th straight year

TOKYO — Japan’s greenhouse gas emissions hit a record low in the year through March 2021, marking the seventh consecutive year of decline, the Environment Ministry said Friday.   National emissions, first recorded in fiscal 1990, totaled 1.15 billion tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in fiscal 2020, down 5.1 percent from the previous year, on the back of lower energy….Read more

  • April 15, 2022
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MOE launches private-public council to conserve 30% of Japan’s land and seas

On April 8, the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) announced a plan to work towards the goal of conserving 30% of Japan’s land and 30% of its territorial waters by 2030 to maintain biodiversity. The government will select more than 100 privately owned plots of land for conservation by 2023. A council comprising 133 organizations from the public and private….Read more

  • April 8, 2022
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Farm ministry to devise method for measuring greenhouse gas emissions at production stage

The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) is stepping up efforts to promote decarbonization by agricultural producers and food business operators. It plans to devise a method to measure greenhouse gas emissions generated during the production stage and soon release a manual to improve the transparency of producers’ decarbonization efforts. Through this move, it will support businesses’ decarbonization efforts….Read more

  • April 6, 2022
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Japan’s Mitsubishi to work with Shell in producing green hydrogen

Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp. plans to collaborate with Britain’s oil giant Shell PLC in producing green hydrogen via the development of major offshore windfarms in Europe, sources familiar with the matter said Thursday.   The plan is expected to create 400,000 tons of green hydrogen, a type of renewable energy that does not produce carbon dioxide, annually by 2030,….Read more

  • April 7, 2022
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