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Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) Announces Roadmap at COP26 for Leveraging Untapped Potential of Carbon Mineralization
TOKYO, Nov. 24, 2021 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/--

The ICEF roadmap was presented at an official side event of the UN Climate 
Change Conference (UNFCCC) and it discussed "Pathways to Carbon Neutrality by 
2050" with cohosted organizations: International Institute for Applied Systems 
Analysis (IIASA), The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and National 
Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

At the Japan Pavilion of the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties to 
the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26), the roadmap 
launching event was held, where "Industrial, governmental and academic 
initiatives to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050" were discussed with speakers 
from CEM CCUS Initiatives, Columbia University and Hitachi.

-ICEF roadmap "Carbon Mineralization"
Each year, ICEF (*) focuses on a technology that is expected to contribute 
significantly to long-term net-zero emissions and creates a roadmap.

(*) ICEF is an international platform led by Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade 
and Industry (METI) and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development 
Organization (NEDO) since 2014. The mission is to solve the problem of climate 
change through innovative measures. This year's ICEF session was held as part 
of "Tokyo 'Beyond-Zero' Week."

The latest roadmap features carbon mineralization, a natural process in which 
carbon dioxide (CO2) becomes bound in rocks as a solid mineral, permanently 
removing CO2 from the atmosphere.

In this natural process, certain types of rocks react with CO2 and water, 
fixing CO2 as a harmless mineral without using energy. Carbon mineralization 
could be implemented in dozens of countries around the world because cement and 
industrial waste such as steel slag can also be used in addition to natural 
ores found in various countries. Ground ores sprinkled onto soils are expected 
to accelerate the carbon mineralization process and produce secondary benefits 
as fertilizers and soil improvers for farmland. With global CO2 emissions 
currently about 33.5 billion tons (*), it is estimated that carbon 
mineralization could reduce CO2 by several billion tons by 2050.
(*) EDMC Handbook of Japan's & World Energy & Economic Statistics 2021: 
emissions in 2018. 

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Source: ICEF Secretariat