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Thursday, 4th December 2008
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Toshiba to build first carbon-capture plant

Toshiba has announced it plans to build its first carbon-capture plant in Japan.

The firm, which is Japan's biggest manufacturer of semiconductors, will spend one billion yen on the project as part of its efforts to diversify into clean-energy technology.

Kaori Hiraki, a spokeswoman for the company, said work on the new plant is scheduled to begin early next year, with operations starting in August.

"Our target for this new technology is the global market," she commented.

In October, Toshiba set up a new carbon capture and storage development body and is aiming to accelerate commercialisation of the technology at its pilot plant in Mikawa.

It is hoped the Mikawa plant will capture ten tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a day.

Japan is a signatory to the Kyoto Protocol on tackling climate change which aims to reduce cut carbon emissions over a period of five years beginning last April.