Hitachi Zosen steps up carbon neutrality efforts

One of the country's major machinery makers has set up a research-and-development facility in western Japan to find a more efficient way to turn carbon dioxide into fuel.

Osaka-based Hitachi Zosen has been working on the methanation technology for years. It combines carbon dioxide and hydrogen to produce methane, which is the key component of city gas.

The company now wants to improve the conversion process so that the methanation is more efficient and can work on a larger scale.

Executives say they aim to start supplying the technology to industries with large carbon footprints, including the steel and energy sectors, by 2025.

Yasuda Toshihiko heads Hitachi Zosen's technology research center. He says the company hopes its R&D efforts at the new facility will help tackle global warming.