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SDK Provides Waste Anesthetic Gas Disposal System to Swedish Firm

Showa Denko K.K.
August 26, 2008

Showa Denko K.K. (SDK) has provided its waste anesthetic gas disposal system technology (AnescleanSWTM) to Qmt tech ab (Qmt), a medical equipment engineering company headquartered in Kalmar County, the Kingdom of Sweden.

The AnescleanSWTM system decomposes nitrous oxide (N2O), a greenhouse gas (GHG) used as inhalation anesthetic at hospitals, into nitrogen and oxygen. The system can be readily installed at existing medical institutions as it is a space-saving compact device. SDK has granted Qmt the right to sell the AnescleanSWTM system to hospitals in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland. SDK will also supply Qmt with catalysts for the system.

In December 2004, SDK delivered the first AnescleanSWTM system to Karolinska University Hospital in Huddinge, Stockholm County Council, Sweden. The system has been highly valued by interested parties, as it reduces N2O emissions in the amount equivalent to 1,500 tons of CO2 a year. Three Japanese university hospitals have also introduced the system, reducing GHG emissions by approximately 1,300 tons a year in terms of CO2.

SDK is committed to contributing to the sound growth of international society by developing environment-friendly products and technologies. The Showa Denko Group will reduce its GHG emissions for the 2008-2012 period under the Kyoto Protocol by 6% on the average without relying on emission trading. The Group is also working to set further GHG emissions reduction targets and develop innovative environmental technologies for the post-Kyoto era.

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