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Greeting:Dr. YOSHINO Akira (Director, GZR, AIST)


“Environment Innovation Strategy” was set up by the Government of Japan in 2020 as the fundamental policy to resolve the environmental issues of our planet Earth. With this strategy, it aims to establish innovative technology to enable the world-wide carbon neutral, and further, to reduce the stock-based CO2 accumulated in the past to “Beyond Zero” by 2050.

Global Zero Emission Research Center, established by AIST: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, bears significant responsibility to create innovation to realize this fundamental policy of Japan. The global environmental issues are among the most urgently difficulty confronted by human beings to date. It should be impossible to solve by a single technology only. Various technologies have to be integrated to pave the way toward making what has thus far been deemed impossible, possible.

While global environmental issues are being discussed, an innovation which should be called the fourth industrial revolution is arising, with new technologies such as AI, IoT and 5G. It has brought changes that things so far impossible are now quite easily possible. Such novel technologies should be linked with the global environmental issues, and serve as powerful arms for the aforementioned solutions.

By now AIST has advanced numerous researches that could lead to the “Zero Emission” in the future. We first assemble such research themes to this Center and combine them with synergic methods to create research results. For this purpose, we plan to integrate extensive range of technologies in good collaboration with other organizations, both domestic and overseas.

To achieve a truly sustainable society, a corporation system that transcends institutional frameworks and also national frameworks would be essential. It is my sincere hope to invite the best human intelligence to this Research Center serving as the hub, to resolve together the global environment issues common to all humankind.

March 2020
Director, Global Zero Emission Research Center, AIST

NZTC report “Closing the Gap: A Global Perspective” in collaborations with AIST-GZR



RD20 Interview with our Director, Yoshino Akira

RD20 Interview


Formic Acid Opens a New Hydrogen Market
(Carbon-based Energy Carrier Research Team, 1.3MB)



Hydrogen Production using Chemical Looping Technology
(Smart CO2 Utilization Research Team, 3.3MB)



Moving toward Zero CO2 Emissions ー Energy Technology for the Future ー
(Hydrogen Production and Storage Team, 1.5MB)



Artificial Photosynthesis : A New Alternative for Society with Renewable Energy
(Artificial Photosynthesis Research Team, 3.2MB)



Research Institutes Around the World Unite to Achieve Carbon Neutrality



Video released: AIST Global Zero Emission Research Center (GZR) Launched in 2020


COP26 Japan Pavilion archive video

COP26 Japan Pavilion archive video

A brochure for Global Zero Emission Research Center has been released

GZR Pamphlet

You can download a brochure for Global Zero Emission Research Center. (7.15MB)


AIST Report 2021

AIST Report 2021

AIST Report 2021 has a section that introduces GZR’s research activities.
Studies and findings in Multijunction PV Team, Artificial Photosynthesis Research Team,
and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Team appear on pages 14-19.



Global Zero Emission Research Center

Address : AIST Tokyo Waterfront, 2-3-26, Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo 135-0064, Japan
E-mail: gzr-info-ml*aist.go.jp (Please convert “*” to “@”)