As a part of worldwide carbon-neutral efforts, Japan aims to realize technological innovation to achieve the “Beyond-Zero” initiative and improvement of industrial competitiveness through the social implementation thereof, aiming for a virtuous cycle of environment and economy. Tokyo “Beyond-Zero” Week, being held this autumn, intensively holds international conventions on six interrelated themes with a goal to present a resolution. Specifically, it is comprised of challenges on three individual issues and discussions on three methods for the social realization thereof.
Individual Challenges: Hydrogen, Carbon Recycling, LNG
In order to use hydrogen, which does not emit CO2 even when combusted, as a new energy source, major countries putting in efforts to improve the efficiency of the production and transportation of hydrogen and to use it as fuel for vehicles will try to accelerate such efforts through the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting.
At the International Conference on Carbon Recycling, progress and future directions of technologies to reduce CO2 emissions by recognizing CO2 as a resource and recycling it will be discussed.
The LNG Producer-Consumer Conference recognizes liquefied natural gas (LNG), which has a relatively low environmental load among fossil fuels, as an important resource in the course of the transition to a decarbonized society, and producer countries and consumer countries will share recognition on future ways of utilization.
Approaches and Methods for Social Realization: Innovation, Research and Development, Finance
At the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF), experts from industry, academia, and government gather and discuss, and work to promote innovation in expansive areas by transmitting the Zero Emission Innovation Strategy to the world.
In the Research and Development 20 for Clean Energy Technologies (RD20), leaders of research institutes in G20 countries are brought together to accelerate the efforts of international joint research so as to realize research and development necessary for decarbonization by calling upon the wisdom of the world.
In order to facilitate financing for decarbonizing efforts, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Summit will discuss the promotion and utilization of international frameworks for information disclosure by companies on climate change.
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