Cambodia water project could channel carbon credits to Japan


The city of Kitakyushu is exploring a project to supply drinking water in Cambodia.

Japan’s Environment Ministry plans to conduct a feasibility study with a focus on the project’s potential to confer greenhouse-gas credits on Japan.

The public and private sectors in Kitakyushu have been cooperating as they seek to build a presence in the water business overseas.

The ministry is looking for new ways to use the Joint Crediting Mechanism, which allows Japan to count as its own any carbon dioxide emission reductions emerging economies achieve with Japanese technologies.

Led by Kitakyushu, Tokyo-based Metawater Co. and Kitakyushu-based Matsuo Sekkei have proposed a joint project to reduce CO2 emissions in the scrubbing of drinking water in Cambodia, the municipal government said.

Metawater has technologies that can help to improve water quality, while Matsuo Sekkei has experience in designing energy-efficient water treatment plants.

The ministry responded to the proposal by saying it would conduct a feasibility study.

Kitakyushu will take part in the research as a policy adviser.

The study will examine whether the two companies can cut CO2 emissions in the supply of fresh water, based on detailed data acquired from the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority. Some Kitakyushu officials have close ties with counterparts at the Cambodian agency.

If the project is found to cut CO2 emissions significantly it could be launched as early as fiscal 2015.