NRI to Inaugurate International Joint Research Project with Research Alliance in Australiaís Queensland to Study Strategic Use of Water Resources
August 20, 2008
Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.
Nomura Research Institute, Ltd. (NRI: Tokyo, Japan; Akihisa Fujinuma, Chairman and President, CEO & COO) initiated a study to implement joint research with the SEQ Urban Water Security Research Alliance*1 with respect to water resources in South East Queensland, Australia.
To date, in the field of environmental technology in Japan, NRI has examined business models involving a series of activities that start with the implementation of joint research with governments, research institutes and/or companies in other countries. Based on the research findings, a model project is to be established to promote the development of new business with local companies.
As part of these activities, NRI looked for a partner for international joint research to make use of the Japanese technology and expertise related to water resources in Australia. Consequently, on July 11, we signed a Letter of Intent with the SEQ Urban Water Security Research Alliance for the purpose of developing a program of collaborative research.
In the future, in accordance with the South East Queensland Water Strategy*2 formulated by the Queensland Government, NRI and the SEQ Urban Water Security Research Alliance will endeavor to conduct joint research on water-related issues including securing water resources, preventing water leakage, water saving and the use of reuse, recycled and rain water*3 during fiscal 2008.
In fiscal 2009 or later, we intend to implement verification experiments. NRI will assume various scenarios such as the introduction of management systems for water leakage prevention and/or monitoring in water distribution networks, and the introduction of a recycled water use system in commercial buildings and public facilities.
For the joint research on Japanís side, NRI plans to form a consortium. Thus far, NRI has jointly conducted studies on activities to improve the environment by utilizing environmental technologies such as those related to water resources with Kawasaki City (Takao Abe, Mayor) because that city has been making focused efforts to promote international contributions through the employment of environmental technologies. Based on this experience, NRI will widely invite companies such as those located in Kawasaki City to become part of a consortium. The invitation will start today.
Because Japan is blessed with abundant water resources and has a wealth of related technology and expertise, it is a country that can make an international contribution to solving problems related to global water issues.
In order to advance international contributions by utilizing extensive expertise and experience, NRI considers it necessary to promote activities in cooperation with governments, research institutes and/or companies in other countries by envisioning a series of processes from securing water resources to wastewater treatment.
Through this joint research, NRI looks forward to contributing to the addressing of water-related issues all over the world.
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