Koichi Sakamoto
Executive Officer
Kobe Steel, Ltd.


KOBELCO Group’s CO₂ Reduction Solution

The presentation consists of three parts:

  • Summary of the “KOBELCO Group’s CO2 Reduction Solution —Innovative technology to reduce CO2 emissions from blast furnace operations successfully verified—", announced on 16 February 2021
  • Potential of KOBELCO Group’s CO2 reduction solutions contributing to the global steel industry
  • KOBELCO Group’s long-term roadmap for achieving carbon neutrality


Born in Toyama, Japan, in 1964 and awarded a master’s degree in metallic engineering by Tohoku University in 1990, Sakamoto joined Kobe Steel in 1990 and currently serves as the executive officer of the company. He has been engaged in material research for many years. From 2011 to 2017, he served as the general manager at the materials research laboratory of the Technical Development Group. In October 2017, he was appointed general manager of the research and development planning department and then in April 2018 doubled as the senior general manager. Since April 2019, he has been serving as the executive officer and is responsible for the planning dept., technology planning dept., IT management department, and the research and development laboratory in the steel and aluminium business.