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Climate Change

Japan turns to ASEAN to advance carbon capture tech

Kishida sees no role for China in his zero-emissions 'community' vision

A coal barge is pulled along the Mahakam River in Indonesia. Rising energy prices could push emerging Asia to use more coal.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan plans to work with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to develop carbon capture and storage technologies as part of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida's vision for a zero-emissions Asian community.

With the Russian invasion of Ukraine driving up crude oil and other energy prices, emerging Asian economies could grow more reliant on cheaper but carbon-intensive coal. Japan believes this could fuel interest in carbon capture and storage projects, which would allow them to reduce emissions while still relying on the fossil fuel. 

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