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New climate change milestone reached at Japan’s Tomakomai CCS facility

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World Coal,

The Global CCS Institute has congratulated Japan’s Tomakomai CCS facility on the safe and successful capture and storage of 100 000 t of CO2.

The Global CCS Institute CEO, Brad Page, said this is a magnificent milestone and testament to Japan’s technological leadership, innovation and ongoing commitment to CCS as a clean technology which is pivotal to reaching Paris climate change targets.

“Since the Kyoto Protocol, Japan has implemented a comprehensive and ever-expanding CCS programme and this milestone sends another message to the world that CCS is proven, safe, and commercially applicable.”

“Since its launch as Asia’s first full-cycle CCS system in 2016, the Tomakomai CCS facility has built a wealth of expertise and provided vital knowledge which positions Japan among the leaders in CCS technology internationally,” Page added.

Page said Japan was also paving the way in developing a new energy economy based around clean hydrogen production.  


“In Australia, Kawasaki Heavy Industries has announced a Japanese hydrogen supply chain that plans to gassify Australian brown coal in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley and transport it by ship as carbon-free hydrogen to Japan for use in transportation.”

“This is testament to the role which CCS will play in creating a new energy economy – one which preserves jobs, creates new employment opportunities, and sustains communities for generations to come.”

Page said Japan has truly become a catalyst and a coordinator of CCS success and it was testament to the collaboration of a whole raft of Japanese participants from Government agencies such as the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan CCS (as implementer of the facility), as well as industry and academic institutions.

“With this facility, Japan has demonstrated its unwavering commitment to climate innovation and clear leadership in advancing CCS technology.”  

There are currently 17 large-scale CCS facilities around the world, with four more coming on-stream in the upcoming months.

In Asia and the Pacific (APAC), 11 CCS facilities are in varying stages of development including eight in China.

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