Researchers launching carbon-neutrality project

A group of universities and research institutes in Japan have agreed to set up a new organization to help contribute to the realization of a carbon-free society.

Members from 120 universities and research institutes across Japan took part in an online meeting on Tuesday to discuss the launch of the organization.

Each university introduced initiatives it is undertaking to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The University of Kitakyushu said it is developing human resources for offshore wind power generation businesses operating off the coast of its namesake host city in western Japan.

The participants adopted a joint statement, saying they will launch the new organization around this summer and will work with the central and local governments as well as with businesses.

They say they will cooperate with local communities in their efforts for a carbon-free society by drawing on knowledge from a wide range of fields. They also plan to develop human resources in the environmental field and cut CO2 output on campuses.

Japan's Environment Minister Koizumi Shinjiro said at the meeting that he looks forward to technological development and research. He also said he hopes more universities will take up efforts to decarbonize their campuses.