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09.01.2014

Selection for FY 2014 Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) Project Planning Study
- Saving Energy by Improving Efficiency of Water Treatment Plants of Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority -

METAWATER Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President: Tomoyasu Kida; hereinafter referred as "METAWATER") and MATSUOSEKKEI (Headquarters: Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka, Japan; President: Sadayasu Matsuo) are pleased to announce that the Ministry of the Environment Japan (MOEJ) adopted a joint proposal by two companies on CO2 reduction for the Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority, Kingdom of Cambodia, as part of the "FY 2014 Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) Project Planning Study" implemented by MOEJ.

Under the study, the two companies will formulate implementation/financial plans for the project listed below and develop methodologies that can be applied to the project. In addition, the Kitakyushu City Water and Sewer Bureau will participate in the study as an advisor to provide support.

1. Project Overview

About the "FY 2014 Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) Project Planning Study" In order to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2050, the MOEJ considers it necessary to accelerate efforts for the establishment of a low carbon society. It aims to do this by identifying and forming large-scale projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries that are experiencing rapid economic growth. The "FY 2014 Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) Project Planning Study" will be implemented to evaluate the feasibility of CO2 reduction projects in developing countries that use advanced technologies under the JCM. Based on the assessment of this study, the MOEJ will go into a pilot project phase in and after FY 2015 for those projects identified as effective.

Project name: Saving Energy by Improving Efficiency of Water Treatment Plants of Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority
Study group: METAWATER Co., Ltd. and MATSUOSEKKEI (the Kitakyushu City Water and Sewer Bureau will provide support as an advisor)
Study expenses: 49.8 million yen
Summary: Water treatment plants of Phnom Penh Water Supply Authority - Cambodia's largest water business operator - were built in the 1990s. Therefore, their power distribution facilities and pumps are aging quickly. The project is aimed at reducing power consumption and CO2 emissions by replacing the current pieces of equipment, which are less efficient compared to those of Japan, with the latest energy-saving ones.

2. METAWATER activities in Cambodia

Cambodia is one of the countries where we have been concentrating our efforts to expand the business outside Japan.
In August 2010, METAWATER formed a basic agreement with the Kitakyushu City Water and Sewer Bureau (the then Waterworks Bureau) to expand the water business in Cambodia and Haiphong, Vietnam, and joined the Kitakyushu Overseas Water Business Association established in the same month. Through mutual cooperation, METAWATER conducted a test run of the in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system in Phnom Penh, the capital city of Cambodia, from September to December 2011 and a demonstration experiment on the road in Kep Province in July 2012. In addition, METAWATER confirmed the applicability of the system through research projects and water seminars organized by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

In June 2014, METAWATER handed over its in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system to Kep Province, Cambodia (*1). Kep Province developed a project to introduce an in-vehicle water filtration system, water storage tanks, plastic water containers, and water carts to areas where a safe water supply system is not yet in place, and submitted an application to the Japanese Embassy for the "Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects" run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. The project was approved in January 2014 and METAWATER was requested to deliver its in-vehicle ceramic membrane filtration system.

In March 2013, METAWATER established the Kitakyushu Project Office in the city of Kitakyushu aimed at strengthening its alliance with the city of Kitakyushu and the Kitakyushu Overseas Water Business Association to expand the water business throughout Asia in addition to Cambodia and Vietnam. With the establishment of a representative office in Phnom Penh in April 2013, we have been further accelerating our efforts in Cambodia.

In August 2014, METAWATER established the Kitakyushu Office with the aim of actively participating in the overseas water business promoted by the city of Kitakyushu as a community-based company

Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) refers to:
An approach to achieve Japan's emission reduction target by calculating the amount of greenhouse gas emission reduction achieved through diffusion of greenhouse gas reduction technologies, products, systems, services, and infrastructure as well as implementation of countermeasures in developing countries as the amount of emission reductions achieved by Japan.

*1: For more information, please refer to a press release dated January 31, 2014.
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