Toshiba to advance carbon neutrality and circular economy goals in Germany

Toshiba Corporation has established a Regenerative Innovation Centre in Düsseldorf, Germany, aimed at collaborating with business partners and stakeholders to accelerate advancements in carbon neutrality and a circular economy (CN-CE) through digitalisation.

Leveraging Toshiba Group’s CN-CE technologies, the Centre will engage in research and development projects, actively participate in European advanced communities, foster relationships with potential clients and partners, and contribute to standardisation efforts.

The Centre will address CN-CE-related societal challenges from diverse angles, spanning science, engineering, economics, and society, with the objective of promoting CN-CE realisation in Europe and globally. The Centre will cover a wide array of technical areas, including devices like batteries and semiconductors, energy (with an emphasis on renewable resources, hydrogen, and energy management), negative emissions (involving CO2 capture, storage, and utilisation), and digital platforms designed to harness energy and CO2 data.

With the Regenerative Innovation Centre, Toshiba’s commitment now extends to applied R&D on CN-CE on the continent, that will accelerate social implementation of CN-CE technologies.

The Centre has formed advisory partnerships with RWTH Aachen University, a leading European academic centre in cutting-edge energy technologies, and the Wuppertal Institute, a think tank for sustainability and transformation research focused on impact and practical application. This strategic combination creates a powerful nexus for collaboration with renowned universities and research organisations across the European Union and the United Kingdom. As the Centre makes progress in driving CN-CE technologies through demonstration projects and building partnerships, there is also potential for it to establish satellite offices in other European countries or regions.

“Regenerative” refers to initiatives that aim to achieve positive impact, contribute to, and enhance the global environment and society. In an era marked by indisputable climate change and depletion of natural resources, the term “regenerative” is gaining prominence as a proactive approach that transcends the neutral connotation of the term “sustainable.” Instead, it fundamentally advocates a comprehensive approach to realising its goals, encompassing both nature and social systems. The Regenerative Innovation Centre will play a pivotal role in advancing regenerative principles, by developing both hardware and digitalisation technologies as well as promoting early social implementation through a multidimensional systems-thinking approach.

“We are proud to announce the Regenerative Innovation Centre, which will spearhead technological advances and their early social application,” said Dr. Yutaka Sata, Chief Technology Officer of Toshiba Corporation. “We expect the Centre to play a pivotal role in exploring novel value and roles for technology companies, and to encourage multifaceted thinking that delivers substantial benefits to a wide range of stakeholders. Knowledge and expertise realised through the Centre’s activities will be a driving force for our research and development initiatives at Toshiba and will bolster our global business endeavours.”

“Energy is a global challenge, which can only be solved through cooperation at an international level and also between academia and industry,” said Professor Antonello Monti of RWTH Aachen University. “Toshiba’s new Regenerative Innovation Centre offers a great opportunity to spark new types of cooperation with a key industry partner. I am excited about the opportunity for RWTH Aachen to work closely with Toshiba, a leader in our sector and a company that has a clear commitment to research and innovation. We are looking forward to building partnerships in Germany and Europe and together shaping the energy transition.”

“Within the next decades, mankind is facing historic challenges to safeguard human wellbeing within the limits of ecological boundaries of global ecosystems,” said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Ramesohl, Co-Head of Research Unit Digital Transformation at the Wuppertal Institute.

“The vision of regenerative innovation offers new, exciting perspectives for leveraging the transformation power of technology innovations within the broader context of the needed fundamental socio-economic system changes. We are looking forward to partnering with the new Regenerative Innovation Centre of Toshiba for jointly exploring this emerging opportunity for sustainability.”

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