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Companies from Japan and Saskatchewan are joining forces to advance CCS technology and reduce CO2 emissions

TOKYO, Japan, Jan. 28 / PRNewswire / - - Against the background of common interests and in view of the desire to take vigorous action against climate change and to significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions, organizations from Japan and Saskatchewan have agreed on a cooperation within the framework of which the use and understanding of the CO2 capture and use as well as CO2 storage (Carbon Capture Utilization and Storage, CCUS / CCS) should be promoted more quickly. The joint commitment was sealed today with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding by Japan CCS Co., Ltd, (based in Tokyo, Japan) and the International CCS Knowledge Center (based in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada).

CCUS is viewed by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as a technology that is necessary to achieve the global climate goals agreed in the Paris Agreement. It is also an essential component in the portfolio of technologies that are required to achieve a two-degree scenario.

The Memorandum of Understanding shows a way in which a cooperation in the development, demonstration and use of CCUS technology and a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions can be achieved and energy security can be guaranteed.

As part of an effort to accelerate the deployment of CCUS, Japan CCS Co., Ltd. The Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project is currently being carried out on behalf of the Japanese government in order to prove the feasibility of a seamless CCS chain in Japan. Valuable knowledge and experience are gathered in the process.

As one of the pioneers in CCUS technology, the Canada-based International CCS Knowledge Center is pooling its strengths with Japan CCS Co. to exchange experience and knowledge, from the construction phase through operation to maintenance of the Boundary Dam 3 CCS -Plant won by SaskPower to facilitate. The system is the world's first commercially operated post-combustion CCS system in a coal-fired power station.

The International CCS Knowledge Center and Japan CCS Co. will work closely to share information and knowledge they have gained through CCUS through their projects. Such information should also be passed on and disseminated with a view to promoting the use of CCUS technology worldwide.

Scott Moe, Prime Minister of Saskatchewan, Ian Burney, Ambassador of Canada to Japan, and Hideki Makihara, Japanese Minister of State for Economy, Trade and Industry, were present at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding.


"Saskatchewan supports efforts to lead the world in innovative technologies that can reduce greenhouse gas emissions around the globe. The collaboration between the International CCS Knowledge Center and Japan CCS Co. highlights Saskatchewan's global leadership in CCUS technology and the This innovative technology can also have an impact beyond our borders. "

- Scott Moe, Prime Minister of Saskatchewan, Canada

"We are very happy about the partnership with Japan CCS Co., especially since we will work closely with them to reduce global carbon dioxide emissions with the help of CO2 capture and storage."

- Mike Monea, President and CEO of the International CCS Knowledge Center

"It is important to share your experiences and knowledge in order for CCS to move forward as a global measure to reduce carbon emissions and so we are happy to be working with the International CCS Knowledge Center."

- Shoichi Ishii, President of Japan CCS Co., Ltd.

Overview of facts

Japan and Canada

  • CCUS could be identified as the technology area in which Japan and Canada have common competencies and where they work together according to their cooperation agreement in the energy sector. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the G20 meeting of environment and energy ministers on the energy transition and the global environment for sustainable growth in June 2019 in Karuizawa, Japan.
  • Examples of large-scale CCUS initiatives in Canada include: SaskPower's BD3 CCS facility; the Weyburn-Midale CO2 Monitoring and Storage Project; the Aquistore CO2 storage project and the Quest CCS facility.
  • Like it in 5th Strategic Energy Plan established by Japan with regard to CCUS means "research and development with a view to the practical application of the technology for the capture, use and storage of carbon dioxide (CCUS) around the year 2020 and with due regard to a possible point in time from which a commercial use of the CO2 -Deposition and storage (CCS) is an option, take place ".


Climate change

  • At no point in history has the level of CO2 concentration in the atmosphere been as high or increased as rapidly as it is today - Keeling Curve: A Daily Record of Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide (Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego)
  • CCS is seen as an essential element in three of four approaches to limiting global warming to 1.5 oC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Celsius (Special Report 1.5 oC global warming)
  • Most countries in the world cannot achieve their emissions targets without CCS - and for those who could, the costs of measures to contain climate change increase by an average of 138 percent - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: IPCC AR5 2014


Information on the International CCS Knowledge Center (Knowledge Center): The Knowledge Center has been active since 2016 under the direction of an independent board. It was established by BHP and SaskPower to promote the understanding and use of CCS on a large scale worldwide to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on a global scale. The Knowledge Center offers the necessary know-how for the implementation of large-scale CCS projects as well as for CCS optimization. For this purpose, basic empirical values ​​from the fully integrated CCS system Boundary Dam 3 and the comprehensive study on the second CCS generation, known as the Shand study, are used. More information at: https://ccsknowledge.com/

About Japan CCS Co., Ltd.: Japan CCS Co., Ltd. (JCCS), which was commissioned by the Japanese government to demonstrate that its system of a seamless CCS chain in Tomakomai City, Hokkaido, was established in May 2008. A group of large companies with experience in CCS technology, such as electricity, petroleum, exploration and development of oil and gas fields and plant construction, had come together in response to the call from the Japanese Government was to advance the development of CCS technology as a measure to combat global warming. JCCS is a unique company worldwide that was founded explicitly for the development of an integrated CCS technology and is only intended for this. More information at: https://www.japanccs.com/en/

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