Rejuvinating the tributaries

DZMJ Online Season 36 Episode 7 is with the company Bio Sperans Corporation led by their President and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Erwin B. Navarez with their Microbiologist Mr. Raymond T. Mogul aided by Environment Management Engineer Karl Katalbas of the Pasig River Coordinating and Management Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Japan Forum to highlight vital role of carbon capture, utilization and storage technology in Asia

5 October Tokyo, Japan – Experts from across the globe will take part in a virtual Forum on Tuesday October 6 that will highlight the critical need for carbon capture utilisation and storage (CCS/CCUS) technologies, demonstrate their versatility, discuss progress and the outlook for future CCS/CCUS deployment in Japan, and across Asia.

Co-hosted by the Global CCS Institute, an international think tank whose mission it is to accelerate the deployment of CCS globally, and Japan CCS Co. Ltd., the Japan-Asia CCUS Forum 2020 will focus attention on CCS/CCUS as essential for Japan, and the region’s, clean energy transition.    

Speaking from Melbourne, Mr Brad Page, CEO of the Global CCS Institute, said:

“Delivering on ambitious global climate change targets requires urgent action to prevent carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere and achieve negative emissions. CCS/CCUS technologies are vital to reduce emissions to net-zero by mid-century and achieve global climate targets”.

“Multiple independent and credible bodies have concluded that to achieve global climate change targets in the time frame required, CCS/CCUS is essential and is the only likely solution for hard to decarbonise industries such as steel, cement and fertiliser manufacturing”.

“The versatility of CCS to deliver deep emissions reductions across the power, industrial and transportation sectors, as well as presenting an enormous opportunity for the creation of a new low emissions economy, is a great strength of the technology”.

“In addition, and of particular interest in Japan, is that CCS/CCUS enables the production of low-emissions hydrogen. This presents an enormous opportunity to support the development of a new energy economy that creates jobs and sustains communities”, said Mr Page.

Delegates of the Forum will hear of the outcomes and learnings from key CCS/CCUS research and development initiatives such as the Tomakomai CCS Demonstration Project; successfully conducted by our Forum co-host Japan CCS Co. Ltd. under the direction of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Development Organization (NEDO) and significant R&D project led by Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE).

The outlook for future deployment of CCS/CCUS in Japan and Asia will also be a focus, as well as capacity building for the technology across the region. A range of international speakers will share their insights on CCS/CCUS with a view towards knowledge sharing and international cooperation.

The Forum will be supported Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE).


Helping to understand climate change, in Vanuatu

6 October 2020, Port Vila, Vanuatu – Strengthening climate change awareness in Vanuatu is at the core of a one day training for national media and communications officers in Port Vila today. This comes a week before Vanuatu has its Climate Change week from 12 – 16 October, 2020.

In recognition of the important role played by Pacific media and government communications officers, to share information and help build awareness and knowledge, a partnership has come together to help empower more news on climate change across Vanuatu.

The training is implemented by the Government of Vanuatu and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme through the Regional Pacific NDC Hub, in partnership with the Pacific Community (SPC).

“In this day and age of COVID-19, we must remain steadfast in ensuring that climate change remains firm as a priority issue for Vanuatu – in the 2019 World Risk Report we were listed as the country as having the highest disaster risk worldwide,” said Mr Mike Waiwai, Director of Climate Change of Vanuatu.

“We are constantly battling the impacts of climate change, working to adapt and mitigate, for our survival. As a Pacific island nation on the frontlines of climate change, the more we know to help us prepare for what is to come, the safer we are. We see the role of our media and communicators as crucial to this.”

Vanuatu is one of the lowest emitters of greenhouse gasses in the world. It, contributes approximately 0.0016% to the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions yet remains amongst the most effected to the impacts of climate change. Between 1969 and 2010, Vanuatu has seen an average of two to three cyclones per season. The most recent was Tropical Cyclone Harold in 2020 which saw over 159,000 people affected, more than 17,000 homes damaged and 87,000 people were left without shelter.

The one day media training is part of a range of activities to be underway to support Vanuatu media and communicators to build their ability to share more about climate change to their audiences. Should they need guidance with their news reports or learning more in depth information on climate change, assistance and support will be made available to participants when they develop climate change news over the coming days.

“We’re pleased to be able to work with Vanuatu for this training, with the support of our partners from Pacific NDC Hub and SPC. We all appreciate the value of our Pacific media and their role in helping our Pacific communities learn and retain information on climate change, to help make informed decisions,” said Ms Nanette Woonton, the Media and Public Relations Officer of SPREP.

“SPREP has implemented a Media Outreach Programme for many years, and have learnt many lessons about what is most effective for our Pacific media within varying circumstances. We’re absolutely grateful we have been able to pull from our toolbox of activities to support Vanuatu in developing the content base and facilitation for this.”

Topics covered in the training include the range of actions across Vanuatu to address climate change, the science behind climate change, an overview of climate change at the international and regional levels and how this impacts Vanuatu, as well as challenges faced by Vanuatu media when reporting on climate change and ways forward to address these.

“This government is playing an important role to address climate change in Vanuatu. This workshop demonstrates the importance of having partnership and collaboration with partners such as SPREP, Regional Pacific NDC Hub and SPC,” said Mr Waiwai.

“Thank you for the support. We look forward to a more collaboration between our partners to strengthen our work in the communication and dissemination of climate change messages and information to our sectors and communities in Vanuatu.”

The Strengthen Climate Change Awareness in Vanuatu media training was implemented by the Government of Vanuatu in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). It was funded by the Regional Pacific NDC Hub and supported by the Pacific Community (SPC).

Assistance was also provided through the Climate Information Services for Resilient Development Project in Vanuatu, a four year project funded by the Green Climate Fund managed by the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department in the Ministry of climate change in collaboration with SPREP.