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Climate Change

Japan Inc enlisted to help convert carbon dioxide into methane

Tokyo sees synthetic fuel comprising 90% of nation's heating gas in 2050

Inpex's demonstration plant in Niigata Prefecture, launched in 2019, converts carbon dioxide in natural gas into synthetic methane. (Photo courtesy of Inpex)

TOKYO -- The Japanese government will lead a public-private effort to develop technology recycling carbon dioxide into burnable fuel to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by midcentury.

Working with 19 private-sector businesses, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will set up a council tasked with addressing the national goal as soon as this month. The body will form part of Japan's growth strategy to be completed later in June.

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