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Global CCS Institute opens office in Japan
Date:28 Sep 2011
On 5 September 2011, the Global CCS Institute launched its office in Tokyo, Japan, at an event held at the ANA Intercontinental Hotel in Tokyo. The launch was held to coincide with the 20th JCOAL Clean Coal Conference, a two-day conference that brings together the low-carbon technology development community from Japan and around the world.
Australian Minister for Resources and Energy, The Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP addresses attendees at the official launch of the Institute’s Japan Office.
The launch event was attended by around 110 delegates, including representatives from Japanese and Australian Member organisations. In attendance was the Australian Minister for Resources and Energy, The Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP, and Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources, Michael O’Brien MP. In his address, Minister Ferguson commended the Institute for its ongoing work and welcomed the enhanced engagement with Asia on CCS technologies.
“An idea that took shape in Australia now has a visible presence here in Japan,” he said. “In just over two years of operation, the Global CCS Institute has already accomplished a great deal in promoting knowledge sharing between countries and promoting the commercial-scale deployment of CCS around the world.”
The Institute’s Japan office will be led by Morikuni Makino, new General Manager – Japan. Morikuni has had a long career with Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) across the areas of energy, science, technology and innovation. Morikuni is well placed within Japan’s energy and climate change sector to help advance the CCS agenda, not just at home but internationally.
Barry Jones, the Institute’s General Manager – Policy and Membership published a blog marking the occasion, including a full overview of the Institute’s prior work in Japan. Click here to view.
To view a transcript of the full speech by Australian Minister for Resources and Energy, The Hon Martin Ferguson AM MP, click here.