New climate change milestone reached in Japan

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Global CCS Institute has congratulated Japan’s Tomakomai CCS Facility on the safe and successful capture and storage of 100,000 tonnes of CO2.

Global CCS Institute CEO, Brad Page, says 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 program 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.”

Mr 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.

Mr 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 CCS 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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About the Global CCS Institute: The Global CCS Institute is an international membership organisation. Our mission is to accelerate the deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS), a vital technology to tackle climate change and provide energy security.

Working with and on behalf of our Members, we drive the adoption of CCS as quickly and cost effectively as possible by sharing expertise, building capacity and providing advice and support so that this this vital technology can play its part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Our diverse international membership consists of governments, global corporations, small companies, research bodies and nongovernment organisations, committed to CCS as an integral part of a low-carbon future. We are headquartered in Melbourne, Australia with regional offices in Washington DC, Brussels, Beijing and Tokyo. For more information, visit