August 6, 2009

CDM Project of Reduction of Nitrous Oxide at Thai Caprolactum

          N2O project of TCL
N2O project of TCL

The World’s First CDM Project of Reduction of Nitrous Oxide (N2O) at Thai Caprolactum Public Co., Ltd. 
With the joint cooperation between Ube Industries Ltd (UBE) and Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) for implementation of CDM project for abatement of Nitrous Oxide (N2O) at Thai Caprolactum Plc’s Rayong (TCL), an UBE subsidiary in Thailand, this project was successfully be registered by the United Nations (UN) on June 16, 2009 after having approved by Japanese and Thai Governments on August 2, 2007 and February 27, 2008 respectively.
This CDM(*1) project is aimed at reducing the amount of N2O(*2) emission released during caprolactum(*3) production by adding the catalytic abatement plant which generate 530,000 tons approximately in Certified Emission Reduction (CER) credits (CO2 equivalent) by the end of 2012.
MC has co-worked closely with TCL to employ the N2O abatement plant of Japanese technologies, handling all relevant documentation process for UN registration and marketing the emission reduction credits obtained from this project to the prospective clients.
(*1) The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM):
The mechanism set up under Kyoto Protocol in 1997. In this Protocol, the industrialised countries committed themselves to reduce their greenhouse gas emission by a few percent from 2008-2012 compared to the 1990 base year. For instance, Japanese companies have obliged to reduce greenhouse gas emission by helping the other developing countries like Thailand according to the CDM rules.
(*2) N2O: a greenhouse gas which is generated during caprolactum production.
(*3) Caprolactum:  a raw material used to make nylon in primary process of textiles and engineering plastics industry.

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