Press Release

International CCS Symposium for Low-Carbon Society

January 7, 2016

1. Symposium Outline:

At the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), the "Paris Agreement" which includes the long-term goal for the prevention of global warming was adopted. To reduce the CO2 emissions and shift to low-carbon society, drastic energy saving and maximum use of renewable energy are required. Moreover, it is expected to apply Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology to large-scale emission sources such as coal-fired power plants that will continue to emit huge amount of CO2 for the long term through their continuing operation.

The Government is committed to support the acceleration of CCS's technological development, aiming for the commercialization by around 2020. The Government also promotes a geological investigation to early select potential storage sites that is the prerequisite for CCS introduction. To promote the introduction, investigations should be carried out considering an environmental conservation and the country's features such as widespread large-scale emission sources across the country and actively-used coastal areas.

In this context, MOE started "Feasibility Study for the Introduction of Sustainable CCS Technology" in FY 2014. This includes the evaluation of environmental impacts arising from the CO2 separation and capture process, the study of elemental technology/system of transportation and injection using shuttle ships which are expected to realize the effective CO2 transportation from onshore emission sources to storage sites, and the investigation of effective methods for smooth CCS introduction.

As a part of the Feasibility Study, MOE will host "International CCS Symposium for Low-Carbon Society" as it did last year. In the symposium, presentations will be given by policymakers and experts of Japan and other key countries in this field, including efforts toward smooth CCS introduction. MOE hopes that this symposium will promote the understanding and deepen the discussion on the CCS introduction.

2. Date: January 26, 2016; 10:00-17:00 (Registration starts at 9:30)

3. Venue: The Grand Hall

(Grand Central Tower 3F, 2-16-4 Konan, Minato-ku, Tokyo)

4. Seating Capacity: about 200

5. Host: MOE

6. Secretariat: Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc.

7. Cooperation: Global Carbon Capture and Storage Institute (GCCSI)

8. Language: Japanese and English (with simultaneous interpretation)

9. Program: See the attached file

* See the symposium website ( for the latest information.

10. Pre-registration:

This symposium is open to public. To participate in this symposium, please visit the symposium website ( to register online. Please be aware that the registration will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. After reaching the full capacity (200 persons), the registration will be closed.

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