Japan offers to help Asia curb emissions with its co-firing technology

Japan is offering to help Asia-Pacific nations reduce emissions with various technologies. This includes the co-firing technology, which uses less-polluting ammonia or hydrogen as a substitute for a proportion of coal or gas burned at power stations. Japan sees co-firing as a potential emissions-reduction tool for the country since the country lacks land to install renewables.

Critics are not too optimistic regarding co-firing technology for several reasons, including:

  • The possibility of the technology extending the life of fossil fuel power plants
  • The expensive nature of the technology
  • The technology does too little to actually reduce emissions from fossil fuel-powered electricity generation
  • The technology is still in development and not yet available for wide deployment

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