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The Role of RITE

Toward Economic Development and Global Environment Protection Compatible with Each Other

Global warming is one of the most serious issues faced by mankind, and as such must be addressed on a global scale.

In 1990, Japan announced "New Earth 21", a 100-year plan to clean up our natural environment which has been degraded by human industry over the past 200 years.


RITE was established in July 1990 as a center of excellence which would work internationally toward implementing this plan, focusing on the following two measures;

  • Development of Innovative Environmental Technologies
  • Expansion of CO2 Sinks

Total emission of greenhouse gases

  1. *1.Energy conservation movements in society, increased energy efficiency from equipment, more efficient power plants, improved mileage from automobiles
  2. *2.Solar cells, fuel cells, nuclear energy
  3. *3.CO2 separation, capture and storage, bioenergy, biodegradable plastics
  4. *4.Forestation and forest preservation, greening of arid land by genetically engineered plants
  5. *5.Space-based solar power generation, nuclear fusion


RITE is addressing research and development of new technologies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in collaboration with industry, government and academic institutions around the world.


  • Research on Strategies to Respond to Global Warming

Computer models are developed and optimal scenarios are explored for both economic development and global warming mitigation; both short/mid-term (~2030) and long-term (~2100) scenarios.

Systems Analysis Group


  • Development of Biorefinery Technologies

Developing technologies to harness microorganism for efficient production of biofuels and chemicals based on biomass (renewable resources).

Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology Group


  • Development of CO2 Capture & Storage Technologies

We are developing CO2 capture and geological storage technology with the aim of reducing the large amount of CO2 generated from industrial facilities such as power plants and steel works and CO2 in the atmosphere.

Chemical Research Group

CO2 Storage Research Group


  • Development of Innovative Technologies based on Inorganic Membranes

Activities are being carried out for the development of dehydrogenating processes, CO2 utilization technology, alternative processes of distillation and the industrialization of inorganic membranes.

Inorganic Membranes Research Center

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