The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Japan Science and Technology (JST) in cooperation with the Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) and the Nagaoka University of Technology (NUT) of Japan have just launched the “Project for Innovation of Science and Technology on Natural Rubber for Global Carbon Process” in Vietnam.
The Project will be implemented by HUST and NUT for 5 years from 2022 to 2027, and is considered as the development of the previous JICA-JST joint project for “Establishment of Carbon-Cycle-System with Natural Rubber”.
Focus of the Project is the development of advance technologies to establish a large-scale production process for protein-free natural rubber in Vietnam. Besides, new technologies for biodegradation of rubber products and low greenhouse gas (GHG) emission and rubber production wastewater system with resource recovery will also be developed.
The Project aims at establishing an industrial base to increase the utilization of natural rubber as a sustainable use of biological resources. It aims at contributing building a foundation for the development of a natural rubber chemistry and creating sustainable products from natural rubber, which can be plastic substitution and future uses in industry, textiles/footwear, and construction.
(Source: Japan International Cooperation Agency)