Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Japan, EU to work together on new energy development

TOKYO —Japan and the European Union agreed Monday to cooperate in the development of new energy technologies as part of their efforts to address climate change, Japanese officials said. Industry minister Akira Amari and Janez Potocnik, EU commissioner for science and research, agreed during talks in Tokyo to reinforce cooperation between Japan and EU energy research institutions and organize a joint workshop in Japan early next year.It is the first time that Japan has formed an international partnership based on the country’s technology road map to aim for a 50% cut in global carbon dioxide emissions from current levels by 2050, the officials said. The road map, released in March, identified 21 emerging technologies, including near-zero emission coal-fired power plants, fuel cell vehicles and carbon capture storage, as promising in trying to address global warming.


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