The Global Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Institute will be able to accelerate the development of carbon capture technology following the opening of an office in Tokyo, Japan.
The office, which is the first in Asia, builds on the institute presence in North America and Europe.
Australian resources and energy minister Martin Ferguson attended the opening, and commended the institute for its work.
“An idea that took shape in Australia now has a visible presence here in Japan,” Ferguson said.
“In just over two years of operation the Global CCS Institute has already accomplished a great deal in promoting knowledge sharing between countries and promoting the commercial scale deployment of CCS around the world.”
He went on to say that this new office is a visible illustration of how nations are coming together to reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuels.
“As the Asia Pacific region is expected to account for much of the growth in demand for coal, and is home to more and more clean-coal research it is important for the Global CCS Institute to have an office here.”
In addition to supporting the CCS Institute, the Australian Government is also providing $1.68 billion in funding to the CCS Flagships program.