Giorgio Caramanna and Sarah Mackintosh represent CICCS in Japan

A UK-JAPAN WORKSHOP on Environmental Impact Assessment of Carbon Storage was hosted by the British Embassy, Tokyo on 12th and 13th January 2010 and attended by Giorgio Caramanna and Sarah Mackintosh.

Sarah at the RITE Institute in Kyoto

Sarah at RITE Institute Kyoto

Both the UK and Japan have intensively conducted research and development in CCS and are both currently preparing for commercial-scale full-chain demonstrations. The UK Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) launched a competition in 2007 for the UK’s first full-scale CCS demonstration. In 2009, they committed to build up to four demonstration plants and confirmed that any new combustion power station at or over 300 MWe would have to be built Carbon Capture Ready (CCR). In Japan, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has provided industry with substantial support for feasibility studies for demonstration projects at two candidate sites since 2008. With both countries making good progress on large-scale CCS demonstrations, environmental impact assessment of carbon storage has become an increasingly important area of mutual interest.

The workshop was organised by the British Embassy to bring British and Japanese experts together to exchange information, explore complementary strengths and lay the foundations for future collaboration in the expanding area of carbon storage environmental impact assessment. The workshop was also designed to encourage potential EU-Japan CCS collaboration, which is currently the subject of discussion between the European Commission and METI.

The workshop was attended by UK representatives from Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Imperial College, UCL, The University of Edinburgh, BGS, The University of Manchester, and Southampton National Oceanography Centre. The workshop was also attended by Japanese representatives from National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, Ministry of the Environment, JGI Inc, The University of Tokyo and The University of Kyoto, and Research Institute of Innovation Technology (RITE) amongst others.

Giorgio in Tokyo

Giorgio & friend, Tokyo

Both Giorgio and Sarah presented at the workshop. Giorgio presented work on monitoring techniques for potential CO2 leakage from a sub-seabed storage site using the natural analogue Panarea (Aeolian Islands – Italy).  Sarah presented work on the pH effect of a typical host rock and buffer solution on CO2 sequestration in synthetic brines and CO2, SO2 gas mixing.

After the workshop the group took the opportunity to go to Kyoto and visit RITE. Sarah and Giorgio spoke with representatives from RITE regarding a possible collaboration in sub-seabed monitoring and carbon mineralisation.

Both Sarah and Giorgio enjoyed the visit to Japan very much and particularly enjoyed listening to information about the fascinating science currently being conducted in both countries.

The visit was so successful that a representative from RITE is coming to Nottingham on the 4th February for further collaboration discussion.

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