The Japanese-German Energy Partnership

To ensure a secure, low-carbon and prosper future, Germany and Japan work together in order to accelerate the energy transition in both countries including the fields of renewables, energy efficiency and hydrogen.

We support high-level and multi-stakeholder dialogue on energy policy and technology including the exchange of best-practices and lessons learned to strengthen future innovative energy systems.

About the Energy Partnership

In June 2019, Germany and Japan agreed to further strengthen their bilateral cooperation for a successful energy transition. The established Energy Partnership will allow a fruitful and mutually beneficial exchange on innovation, digitisation and flexibility in the field of renewable energies, grid modernisation and the use of hydrogen.

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“The Energy Partnership strengthens the close ties between Japan and Germany, thereby allowing both countries to take a leading role in the global energy transition. ”

Milestones

10
May
2022
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10 May 2022 May 2022

4th Meeting of the Energy Transition working group

With a special focus on offshore wind and energy efficiency, the 4th meeting of the Energy Transition Working Group took place on 10 May with the participation of METI and BMWK as well as experts from the two priority areas. The ministries took the opportunity to learn about current energy policy developments in their respective partner countries, from which new ideas for future exchange formats could be generated. In the subsequent discussion round, the challenges, but also the importance of expanding renewable energies and increasing energy efficiency in view of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine were discussed.

05
April
2022
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05 April 2022 April 2022

2nd meeting of the Hydrogen Working Group

On 5 April, during the 2nd meeting of the Hydrogen Working Group, a fruitful exchange took place between representatives of the partner ministries METI and BMWK as well as hydrogen experts on national hydrogen hubs and the complementary development of international supply chains. The presentation of the hydrogen hubs in the prefectures of Fukushima and Yamanashi as well as in Hamburg and Essen illustrated how the task of simultaneous development of supply and demand is implemented in Japan and Germany. The discussion made clear that while ample political support is ensured overall, it should have a stronger focus on stimulating demand, e.g. in the form of bridging the price gap between hydrogen and conventional solutions. The exchange highlighted that both countries face similar challenges and opportunities when it comes to building regional and international hydrogen supply chains.

08
June
2021
08 June 2021 June 2021

WG2: Expert Meeting on Green Hydrogen for Decarbonisation

Within the framework of WG2 (Hydrogen), a digital expert workshop on the topic of "Green Hydrogen for Decarbonisation" took place on 8 June 2021. A total of 40 participants, including representatives of both partner ministries and relevant companies, took the opportunity to exchange ideas on policy approaches to promote the market ramp-up of green hydrogen as well as thematic priorities and ideas for possible joint cooperation projects. On 28 June 2021, the annual high-level steering group meeting also took place, which set the direction for this year's energy partnership work. Within the framework of WG1 (energy transition), the exchange will focus on the three topics of offshore wind, energy management and digitalisation, and energy efficiency in industry. Within the framework of WG1, a follow-up to the expert workshop in June on possible hydrogen cooperation projects between companies in both countries is planned. Other thematic focal points include the use of hydrogen to decarbonise industry and the transport sector, as well as possible projects in third countries.

22
January
2021
22 January 2021 Working Group Meeting

1st Hydrogen Working Group Meeting

18
September
2020
18 September 2020 Working Group Meeting

2nd Energy Transition Working Group Meeting

21
August
2020
21 August 2020 Working Group Meeting

1st Energy Transition Working Group Meeting

18
February
2020
Tomohiro Kaneko, Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (METI) and Thorsten Herdan, Director General Energy Policy (BMWi) after signing the Roadmap.
18 February 2020 High-level meeting

Endorsement of the Roadmap for the Energy Partnership

15
June
2019
15 June 2019 High-level meeting

Signing of the Declaration of Cooperation

What We Can Do For You

Support Political Dialogue

The Japanese-German Energy Partnership is a platform supporting a high-level intergovernmental dialogue on energy matters. We prepare and facilitate high-level meetings and organize the exchange between relevant institutions in Germany and Japan.

Promote Best-Practice Exchange

Both countries account for a vast stock of experience. To value what is already there and mutually learn from each other is therefore key to the Japanese-German Energy Partnership. We arrange and accompany expert delegations and dialogues.

Connect Business and Politics

We build bridges between politics and business, facilitate access to decision-makers and help you make your position being heard in the partnership countries.

Enhance Energy Transition Communication

Clear communication translates undertakings into understanding. We communicate the Energiewende here and there and provide background energy policy material and comparative studies.

Events

24 August 2022

WG2: Expert Workshop on Hydrogen Hubs

We hosted an insightful expert Workshop on hydrogen hubs as part of WG2 of the Japanese-German Energy Partnership. Industry representatives and public authorities from both countries exchanged their hydrogen hub experiences and discussed respective milestones and bottlenecks. After a warm welcome by Tomohiko Adachi from the METI, and Dr. Wolfram Wilde from the BMWK, the first part of the workshop gave room to political perspectives on the planning and implementation of hydrogen hubs by NOW GmbH, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Action and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the Energy Agency of the Fukushima Prefecture. They agreed that strategic planning involving all stakeholders and good public-private cooperation is key for the development of a hydrogen ecosystem and that hydrogen hubs constitute the perfect format for engaging multiple actors, promoting synergies and lowering uncertainties. The second part of the workshop turned to practical perspectives on business engagement in hydrogen hubs. Dr. Keita Nakajima from Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation presented the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field (FH2R) where solar energy is used for producing green hydrogen, and Bastian Gerstner-Riewer from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries EMEA, Ltd. gave an overview of the state and progress of the Hamburg Green Hydrogen Hub. The subsequent discussion shed light on the crucial role of overcoming regulatory challenges and the synchronization of funding schemes for de-risking. Moreover, it emphasized the need for both local and national governments’ support. We would like to thank all participants for their presence and engagement in the discussions!

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24
August
2022
06 September 2022

12th German-Japanese Environment and Energy Dialogue Forum

The 12th German-Japanese Environment and Energy Dialogue Forum takes place on September 06-07, 2022. Experts from politics, business and science will discuss the role of cities and municipalities towards the net zero society.

06
September
2022
26 July 2022

Fireplace talk on the Application Possibilities of Ammonia

It was a pleasure to host, with our AHK colleagues, a Fireplace talk on the Application Possibilities of Ammonia in various industry sectors this week.

Susanne Welter, from the German Embassy in Japan, opened the session with welcoming speech that focused on the challenges in the energy sector regarding the Russian invasion on Ukraine, and the importance of bilateral and international cooperation.

The current and potential future role of ammonia in decarbonization efforts was subsequently highlighted by ZBT, and the Clean Fuel Ammonia Association. In particular, the work of the CAMPIRE ALLIANCE was presented. Industry, research institutes and international parts have come together to collaborate on the development of an ammonia eco-system via the support of BMWK and BMBF. Green Ammonia could support the storage of renewable energy or be utilised in the shipping industry. Further to this, the Clean Fuel Ammonia Association stressed the importance of standardization and certification for international ammonia cooperation.

26
July
2022
20 May 2022

Fireplace Talk Energy Security

The subject of the Fireplace Talks on 20 May, jointly organised by AHK Japan and adelphi, was the topic of energy security, which was attended by experts from science and industry from both countries. Dr. Jacopo Maria Pepe from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik) and Mika Ohbayashi, Director of the Renewable Energy Institute, addressed energy security from a German and Japanese perspective and discussed the current challenges and possible future prospects. This was followed by a lively discussion on the question of how an equally secure, affordable and sustainable energy supply can be guaranteed.

Screenshot from the online Meeting
20
May
2022
02 December 2021

Fire Place Talk "Efficient production of green hydrogen"

As the last event in 2021, a Fireplace Talk on 2 December invited experts and company representatives from both countries to an exchange on the topic of "Efficient production of green hydrogen". In the first of three keynote presentations, Dr. Deutsch, programme manager for hydrogen at Agora Energiewende, offered an insight into his research on the policy instruments needed to make green hydrogen competitive. As a best practice example, Mr Groh and Mr Hamilton from BayWa r.e. presented their projects in Germany and the Netherlands, which focus on the production of green hydrogen with solar energy. Mr. Kajiki from the Green Energy Division of Obayashi Corporation presented another best practice example: Demonstration projects in Kokonoe, Japan and Taupo, New Zealand are producing green hydrogen using geothermal energy. The subsequent open discussion focused on issues such as efficient production methods for green hydrogen using regional resources and infrastructure, potential for cost reduction and possible Japanese-German cooperation in the field of green hydrogen projects.  
At the beginning of the year, the main task was to make plans and define the measures within the framework of the Japan-Germany Energy Partnership for 2022. The two working groups will therefore meet in the first quarter of 2022 to decide on the priorities and concrete activities for 2022.

16 February 2021

11th German-Japanese Environment and Energy Dialogue Forum on Tomorrow's Industry: Decarbonization as Industrial Policy

The 11th German-Japanese Environment and Energy Dialogue Forum took place from February 16-18, 2021. Experts from politics, business and science discussed political, technical and social paths to a greenhouse gas neutral industry.

16
February
2021
27 August 2020

Expert Meeting on Digitalization and Grid Integration

On 27th and 28th of August 2020 a virtual expert meeting took place in preparation of the second Energy Transition Working Group Meeting. The first day focused on the current political developments with respect to system integration of renewables and the digitalization of the energy transition, whereas the second day discussed different technologies and solutions.

Participants from both countries during the virtual expert meeting.
27
August
2020
Participants from both countries during the virtual expert meeting. ©adelphi
27 February 2020

Fireplace Talk on Offshore Wind Technologies

The format of the Fireplace Talk allows an exchange in a smaller, less formal round. During the 6th Fireplace Talk, 23 representatives from business, politics and science from both countries came together in Tokyo to exchange ideas on offshore wind technologies. The discussion focused on opportunities for technological cooperation, the design of regulatory frameworks and funding mechanisms.

Participants during the 6th Fireplace Talk in Tokyo.
27
February
2020
Participants during the 6th Fireplace Talk in Tokyo. © AHK Japan
29 October 2019

10th German-Japanese Environmental and Energy Dialogue Forum

On October 29th and 30th 2019, around 250 Japanese and German experts from politics, business and research discussed climate and energy policy as well as the current state of research in innovative solutions at the 10th German-Japanese Environmental and Energy Dialogue Forum in Tokyo.

Ina Lepel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan, at the German-Japanese Environmental and Energy Dialogue Forum.
29
October
2019
Ina Lepel, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan, at the German-Japanese Environmental and Energy Dialogue Forum. © NEDO
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Media Elements

Video

The Future of the Energy Transition

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Germany‘s National Hydrogen Strategy

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The role of clean hydrogen in the future energy systems of Japan and Germany

September 2019 Download PDF
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Smart power grids and integration of renewables in Japan - Status and activities concerning smart grids implementation and integration of renewable energy sources in Japan

October 2019 Download PDF
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Climate protection and energy efficiency in the transport sector – The case of Japan

June 2018 Download PDF

Partners

An Initiative by

German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

https://www.bmwi.de

The central task of the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is to reinvigorate the social market economy, stay innovative in the long term and strengthen the social fabric in Germany. The Ministry has the necessary legal, administrative and coordinating mandate to fulfil this mission, e.g. in the area of energy.

Implemented by

adelphi is an independent think tank and public policy consultancy on climate, energy, environment and development. Its mission is to improve global governance through research, dialogue and consultation. adelphi offers demand-driven, tailor-made services for sustainable development, helping governments, international organizations, businesses and nonprofits design strategies for addressing global challenges.

In Cooperation with

The German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan (AHK Japan) is the key institution of Germany’s foreign trade promotion in Japan, representing the interests of German business and supporting companies, which want to start off or further expand their international business.

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