Experts from around the world will take part in a virtual forum tomorrow (6th Oct) that will highlight the critical need for carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCUS) technologies, demonstrate their versatility, discuss progress and the outlook for future CCUS deployment in Japan, and across Asia.

Co-hosted by international think tank the Global CCS Institute and Japan CCS, the Japan-Asia CCUS Forum 2020 will focus attention on CCS/CCUS as essential for Japan, and the region’s clean energy transition.

Speaking ahead of the event, Brad Page, CEO of the Global CCS Institute, said, “Delivering on ambitious global climate change targets requires urgent action to prevent carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere and achieve negative emissions.”

“CCS/CCUS technologies are vital to reduce emissions to net-zero by mid-century and achieve global climate targets.”

“Multiple independent and credible bodies have concluded that to achieve global climate change targets in the time frame required, CCS/CCUS is essential, and is the only likely solution for hard to decarbonise industries such as steel, cement and fertiliser manufacturing.”

“The versatility of CCS to deliver deep emissions reductions across the power, industrial and transportation sectors, as well as presenting an enormous opportunity for the creation of a new low emissions economy, is a great strength of the technology.”

“In addition, and of particular interest in Japan, is that CCS/CCUS enables the production of low-emissions hydrogen.”

“This presents an enormous opportunity to support the development of a new energy economy that creates jobs and sustains communities.”

Delegates of the Forum will hear of the outcomes and learnings from key CCS/CCUS research and development initiatives such as the Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project – successfully conducted by forum co-host Japan CCS under the direction of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Development Organisation (NEDO) – and significant R&D project led by Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE).

The outlook for future deployment of CCS/CCUS in Japan and Asia will also be a focus, as well as capacity building for the technology across the region.

A range of international speakers will share their insights on CCS/CCUS with a view towards knowledge sharing and international cooperation.

The forum will be supported Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE).