Mar./2009
(STRATEGIC PROPOSALS)
Proposal for Establishment of Two Strategic Organizations in order to Lead the World in Science and Technology by Technologies to limit Carbon Dioxide Emissions/CRDS-FY2008-SP-11
Executive Summary

Japan is about two steps ahead of the rest of the world in terms of the dioxide emission control technology, because of concentrated efforts against the oil shocks in the 1970's, the subsequent framework for industrial promotion, and the Japanese disposition.
To keep this advantage and maintain this field as the vital base for the Japanese economy, it is necessary to always examine two elements which are now almost disregarded.

The two elements are: "Resource Limit of Environmental and Energy Technologies"; and "Strategy for Overseas Transfer of Environmental and Energy Technologies."

The global effect of environmental and energy technologies will not appear until the technologies get across not only advanced countries but also developing countries. Most environmental and energy technologies need rare-earth metals. Therefore, some technologies are not be distributed because of resource restriction. Such situations should be constantly monitored, and an institution or an organization is necessary for this purpose.

In the year 2050, Japan is predicted to occupy 1% of the world population as well as the world energy consumption. Therefore, only after transferring the Japan’s excellent dioxide emission control technology to overseas, reduction of carbon dioxide emissions will be realized globally. In addition, the emissions from Japan can be substantially regarded as zero by the international contribution through technology transfer. For that reason, it is necessary to continuously consider transferring which technology to which country at which timing, and an institution or an organization should be responsible for this.

This proposal recommends establishment of the above two organizations and briefly explains the details with some backgrounds.