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Company pitches Okinawa on cutting CO2 emissions

Date Posted: 2007-09-13

A Tokyo-based company is now in Okinawa, promoting a method of capturing carbon dioxide gases from businesses and reusing the CO2.

The environmental business planning company, Hiro Planning Network, moved into Okinawa last month, gearing up a project that would recover CO2 generated by businesses, then reselling it outside the prefecture. An overabundance of carbon dioxide in the air is dangerous to the environment, and can cause global warming.

The Kyoto Protocol mandates countries reduce or eliminate carbon dioxide gases from entering the atmosphere, where they can increase temperatures. Companies such as Hiro Planning Network are already operating in Tokyo and Nagoya, where their recovery processes permit companies to receive tax credits for reducing emissions.

Hiro President Hirokazu Takaesu says he expects to begin soliciting new customers in Okinawa by September 25th. His company will work with the Okinawa Environmental Agency in a credit card issue program, then become the middleman for companies seeking the energy-saving techniques.

The 46-year-old Takaesu says reduce carbon dioxide emissions will be recognized by the Environmental Agency, and savings credits awarded. The Ministry of the Economy, Trade and Industry has been studying this plan, and is expected to issue its ruling next year.

Ryukyu University has already expressed interest in the technique, and wants to sign on to the energy savings program.

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