PKS in Japan’s BioEconomy,

25 May, 2021

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Japan's Renova breaks ground on 75-MW biomass plant. ~ 2 April, Renewables Now

Itochu, Osaka Gas commission Ichihara biomass plant. ~ 17 December, Argus Media

Japan plans biomass power plant feed-in-premium scheme. ~ 6 January, Argus Media

Idemitsu breaks ground on 50 MW biomass plant in Japan. ~ 2 December, Biomass Magazine

Chiyoda and Toshiba to launch World’s First Bioenergy Plant Equipped with Large-Scale Carbon-Capture. ~ 2 November, Chemical Engineering

Japan is the fastest-growing industrial biomass market globally. Relative to 2020 statistics, additional demand of 1.5 MT of biomass (1.1 MT of PKS and 0,4 MT of wood pellets) will be generated as new projects come online. The increasing usage of biomass brew concerns over traceability and legality, hence METI announced sustainability criteria and recommended certification program for imports of wood pellets, palm kernel shell (PKS) and palm trunk.

Under the current FiT rules, biomass power project developers are required to obtain a third-party certification to ensure that their feedstocks will be sustainably sourced, legal and traceable.

"Two entities of the Japanese power producer and supplier, eRex Co. Ltd. have recently become the first GGL certified companies by Control Union Certifications. Following this, Hanwa Co. Ltd. a biomass trading company in Japan has also successfully joined the two other companies. All three GGL certified companies fully comply with the chain of custody and sustainable sourcing standards for the use of biomass for power generation in Japan." 
~ 9 Oct 2020, GGL

METI's latest guidelines require adoption of sustainability certification across the entire supply chain of PKS. As the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed progress in obtaining sustainability certification especially for PKS suppliers and palm oil plantations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, the industry has been granted a grace period with deadline of 31 March 2023 for PKS and palm trunk.

It is essential to boost the uptake of sustainability certification, else sourcing acceptable PKS could become challenging and costly.

Join us in this virtual agenda and discussion with all stakeholders in the PKS supply chain, assess the Japanese appetite for PKS, grasp the criteria for imported PKS into Japan, and understand the A-Z on how you can get your supply certified for the Japan's market. Connect yourself with these opportunities for export, sustainability certification, financing and etc, on CMT's PKS in Japan's BIoEconomy!


•  Daichi Kamite, General Manager, Head of Corporate Planning, eRex

•  Cheulsoo Park, Energy Dept 2, Renewable Energy Section,  Hanwa

•  Ryuu Lee, Senior Manager, Material Dept, Renewable Energy Section,  Hanwa Thailand

•  Takanobu Aikawa, Senior Researcher,  Renewable Energy Institute

•  Oliver Mauss, Managing Director,  Asia Resource Partners

•  Douglas Tay, Director,  Provident Biofuels

•  Jiro Omura, GM - Inspection Div, Japan,  Control Union

•  Yoshida Hinako, Trader, Energy Dept 2, Renewable Energy Section,  Hanwa

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Cheulsoo Park
Energy Dept 2, Renewable Energy Section

Ryuu Lee
Senior Manager, Material Dept,
Renewable Energy Section
Hanwa Thailand 

Takanobu Aikawa
Senior Researcher
Renewable Energy Institute 

Oliver Mauss
Managing Director
Asia Resource Partners

Douglas Tay
Provident Biofuels

Daichi Kamite
General Manager
Head of Corporate Planning

Jiro Omura
GM - Inspection Div, Japan
Control Union

Yoshida Hinako
Trader, Energy Dept 2,
Renewable Energy Section