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AIST to Establish International Joint Research Center for Zero-Emission Technologies

Dr. Yoshino Akira informally appointed as the director of the center

January 17, 2020

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (hereinafter referred to as “AIST”; President: Dr. Chubachi Ryoji) will establish a new body at the end of January 2020, called the “International Joint Research Center for Zero-Emission Technologies,” aiming to: conduct research for innovative technologies to achieve a low-carbon society; and create pioneering environmental innovations to achieve a zero-emission society. As the director of the center, Dr. Yoshino Akira, 2019 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry and Honorary Fellow of Asahi Kasei Corporation, will take office.

1. Background

Solutions to the issue of climate change, an urgent challenge for global society, require the creation of discontinuous innovations for environmental and energy technologies. In this context, at the Green Innovation Summit held in October 2019, Prime Minister Abe stated that Japan will inaugurate an international joint research base for zero emission technologies, as a hub of aggregated knowledge from all over the world.

2. Overview of the center

In response, AIST will establish the International Joint Research Center for Zero-Emission Technologies at the end of January 2020. Jointly with leading national research institutes and other famous organizations mainly in G20 member countries, the center will conduct research for innovative environmental and energy technologies, including in the fields of renewable energy, storage batteries, hydrogen, separating and utilizing carbon dioxide, and artificial photosynthesis.

METI expects the center to lead efforts for creating innovations necessary for dramatic reduction of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.

3. Outline of the director of the center

As the director of the center, Dr. Yoshino Akira, 2019 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry and Honorary Fellow of Asahi Kasei Corporation, will take office.

Note: For details, see the following AIST press release:

Division in Charge

Office for AIST, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau