JAPAN-EUROPE: New technology cuts greenhouse gas

Japan has formed a coalition with the European Union promoting cooperation in developing energy technologies to drastically reduce the world's carbon dioxide emissions. Both sides will focus on several specific areas of research, including photovoltaics, power shortage and carbon capture and storage.

They have also agreed on the development of a workshop in Tokyo that will follow up the forging of a recent EU-Japan Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement.

A statement released following the alignment said: "The cooperation between the EU and Japan in the field of energy research is of mutual benefit in assisting both sides to meet the current global energy challenges."

The plan will enhance exchange of information, scientists, managers and reviewers. Japan has been a long-standing supporter of the Kyoto Protocol, hosting the negotiations that led to its establishment and has a recent strong track record in promoting environment-friendly technology.

Its government has developed a Cool Earth-Innovative Energy Technology Programme which includes a long-term proposal to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by half their current level by 2050.

The European Commission has a history of developing environmentally conscious legislation including developing a Strategic Energy Technology Plan. The plan proposes several ways the EU will be able to meet targets set this year for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

The SET plan encourages EU member states to work together to promote industry and society through the development of new green technologies.