The 2nd Asia-Pacific Business Forum: Korean CCUS Technology for Climate Change were held on 7 - 8 March 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand, as a collaborative effort among the Korean Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM, President Kyu Han Kim), Green Technology Center (President Changmo Sung, GTC-K) and the Korea-Thailand Chamber of Commerce (CEO Man Jae Lee, KTCC), supported by UNESCO, Coordinating Committee for Geoscience Programmes in East and Southeast Asia (CCOP) and other institutions. There were attendance by 67 participants from CCOP member countries, together with Korean invited guests and resource persons. Among the participants are President Kyu Han Kim of KIGAM, UNESCO-BGK Programme Specialist & Chief of Natural Sciences Ramasamy Jayakumarb, Director Adichat Surinkum of CCOP Technical Secretariat, Director-General Hyun Woo Shin of Green Technology Center and other international institutions and business representatives.
As a follow-up action to the agreement on CO2 mitigation in the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21), the Korean climate change CCUS technology (i.e. Low carbon high-functional green cement by utilization coal power plant ash and CO2; Waste paper pulp In-situ Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC) technology by utilization of CO2) has been researched and developed by KIGAM. In an effort toward sustainable global cooperation for mitigation of CO2 for climate change, this Asia-Pacific Business Forum was established, aiming not only to transfer this Korean climate change CCUS technology to Asia-Pacific countries but also to develop the cooperation network between industries, universities, institutes and business network between companies in Korea and Asia-Pacific countries.
The opening ceremony was proceeded by the main event of the forum, the ’carbon utilization technology business’ launching ceremony. A project team has been created for the expansion of climate change countermeasure technology to developing countries that KIGAM is conducting with UNESCO, the Korea-Thailand Chamber of Commerce, CCOP and advanced research institutions. The team is undertaking the following for the international application of the Korean Climate change carbon mineralization technology such as the green cement technology and CO₂paper recycling technology: 1) KIGAM acquired a world-class technology that facilitates the recycling of low concentration CO₂ produced from power plants, cement and paper industries; 2) Technology for the production of low carbon-high quality cement through industrial byproducts was successfully demonstrated by KIGAM in 2012 and it is receiving spotlight from developing world countries that are still heavily reliant on coal-fired power generation; 3) Technology that allows usage of CO₂ produced from paper industries for paper recycling. KIGAM succeeded in demonstration of this in 2014.
Additionally, KIGAM, GTC-K and the KTCC signed an MOU agreement for the establishment of an international industry-academia network for the climate change countermeasure technology. The three institutions will enhance their cooperation regarding the transfer of Korean climate change countermeasure technology to developing countries.
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