Goal: A Carbon Neutral Industrial Complex in Japan

Ten Japanese firms*) have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on a joint study into activities for establishing a carbon-neutral industrial complex in the Goi district of Ichihara City and the Soga District of Chiba City.

The districts form part of the Keiyo Rinkai industrial complex in Chiba, a prefecture adjacent to Tokyo that hosts Japan’s largest concentration of materials and energy companies. The achievement of carbon neutrality at this industrial complex would enhance the overall competitiveness of the companies that maintain operations there, a press release said.

Based on the MoU, Yokogawa and these nine companies that are active in the energy, petrochemical, chemical, steel, materials, and other industries will study the feasibility of the commercialization of activities by the year 2030 that will be required to make the Goi and Soga industrial complex carbon neutral by 2050. These activities are as follows:

  • Introduction of an inter-industry energy management system to minimize CO2 emissions
  • The recovery and effective utilization of CO2 through inter-industry collaboration
  • Reduction in CO2 emissions through inter-industry collaboration in the utilization of hydrogen and other gas by-products from existing processes

*) Cosmo Oil Co., Ltd., Denka Company Limited, Iwatani Corporation, JFE Steel Corporation, JNC Corporation, KH Neochem Co., Ltd., Maruzen Petrochemical Co., Ltd., UBE Elastomer Co. Ltd., Ube Material Industries, Ltd., and Yokogawa Electric Corporation

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 1/2023, Page 12)