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Climate Change

Japan materials makers embrace carbon neutral production

Mitsubishi Chem and Nippon Steel work to slash emissions footprint

The steel sector is responsible for about 30% of industrial CO2 emissions worldwide.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- From plastic to steel, some of Japan's top makers of industrial materials have ramped up efforts to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide emissions as their customers seek to cut CO2 across their entire supply chains.

Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2026 in the production of methyl methacrylate, or MMA, which is used in plastics for auto parts and construction materials.

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