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

27
September
2022
27 September 2022 September 2022

2nd Cooperation Committee Meeting

On the 27th of September the 2nd Cooperation Committee Meeting (CCM) of the Japanese-German Energy Partnership took place as a hybrid meeting in Tokyo and online as a video conference with representatives from both ministries. The meeting serves to discuss the results of the cooperation so far and to set the goals and priorities for the future activities within the energy partnership. Current topics in energy policy were discussed and representatives from both countries provided insights into recent developments. The two working groups (WG1 Energy Transition, WG2 Hydrogen) presented their focus topics discussed so far, the formats that have already been implemented, and which next steps are planned. The working groups have dealt so far with diverse issues such as energy efficiency, offshore wind energy, the liberalization of the electricity market, digitalization and energy management, support schemes for hydrogen production and international hydrogen projects, integrated supply chains and the role of hydrogen hubs among others. As part of the delegation trip, a German and Japanese delegation also took part in the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting, which took place the day before the CCM, on September 26, with the participation of high-ranking politicians from various countries to deepen the discussions on the multinational cooperation and promotion of hydrogen.

10
May
2022
Screenshot of the online meeting
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
Screenshot of the online meeting
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.

22
January
2021
22 January 2021 Working Group Meeting

1st Meeting of the Hydrogen Working Group

18
September
2020
18 September 2020 Working Group Meeting

2nd Meeting of the Energy Transition Working Group

21
August
2020
21 August 2020 Working Group Meeting

1st Meeting of the Energy Transition Working Group

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

27 February 2023

Expert Workshop and Site-Visits on Industrial Heat Waste Utilization

Process heat is required in the industry for the generation of steam for drying processes, galvanizing, pasteurizing, distilling or thermal separation processes. A high proportion of the energy used is often lost as unused waste heat at different temperature levels. There is a large untapped potential for waste heat utilization not only in the industry but also in other areas such as data centers or municipal sewage systems. If this waste heat is made usable, a great deal of energy can be saved - not only in production itself: the waste heat can also be used in swimming pools, greenhouses, or buildings in the vicinity. 

We cordially invite interested experts to join us for a German-Japanese Workshop on the topic of heat waste utilization that takes place on the 27th of February (9am-5pm) at the Gas-Wärme-Institut Essen followed by two days of excursions* to innovative waste heat utilization projects. The event is specifically designed for professionals from industry (technology suppliers as well as users), academia and administration and offers participants:

  • A platform for exchange of information on technologies and projects for the utilization of industrial waste heat (technological and systemic) in selected areas in Japan and Germany.
  • First-hand impressions of innovative technologies and concepts for waste heat utilization in Germany through site visits
  • The possibility to identify cooperation and business opportunities and initiate cooperation projects

The event is co-organized by ECOS, NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization) and adelphi. Please register by mail (pbeck(at)ecos.eu) no later than 27th of January.

Find further information on the format, costs and program in the attached outline (click here)!

*Please note: Due to the limited number of places, the two-day excursion part of the event is reserved for our Japanese participants. We kindly ask for your understanding in this regard.

27
February
2023
05 December 2022

Fireplace Talk: Acceptance of Renewable Energy

The acceptance of renewable energy was the issue of the latest Fireplace Talk, which took place on the 5th of December and was jointly organized by adelphi and the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Japan. 

In her welcoming remarks, Ms. Susanne Welter (Minister Counsellor for Economic and Scientific Affairs, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany) talked about the relevance of renewable energies to achieve climate goals. She continued by outlining the challenges and possible conflicts that result from the buildup of the renewables, especially in rural areas, and the need to address socio-economic aspects in this regard.

This was followed by two presentations on the acceptance of reneweable energies in Germany and Japan by Ms. Dr. Dörte Ohlhorst (Researcher and Lecturer, Munich School of Politics and Public Policy, Chair of Environmental and Climate Policy, Technical University of Munich) and Mr. Akihiro Sando (Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute). Ms. Ohlhorst presented different factors that can support or deteriorate the acceptance for the development of renewable energies. Moreover, she provided German best-practice expamles for the participation of citizens in development processes and outlined guidelines that could possibly be transferred to Japan. In his presentation, Mr. Sando explained why local acceptance is very important in Japan. He identified a bottleneck regarding renewable energy and claimed that without consensus building with the local communities the deployment of renewables in Japan would fail.

In the following discussion, participants had the opportunity to report on their experiences with scaling up renewable energies as well as discuss challenges and possible solutions. A key emphasis was put on the importance on stakeholder involvement from the very beginning of planning and development processes. Further, information and knowledge about the relevance of the energy transition and possible economic benefits, e.g. through investment possibilities or lower energy costs, for local communities can result in higher acceptance.  
 

05
December
2022
06 September 2022

12th German-Japanese Environment and Energy Dialogue Forum

More than 90% of the population in Japan and 75% in Germany live in cities. Urban infrastructure is significantly affected by climate change. Cities - both metropolitan areas and municipalities - can provide a response to the impacts of climate change and make a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Many cities in Japan and Germany have already set ambitious targets for climate neutrality and activities for the transition to climate-friendly, resilient and liveable cities.

Against this backdrop, the 12th German-Japanese Environment and Energy Dialogue Forum (EEDF) provided insights into policy measures to support cities on their way to "Net Zero". Stakeholders from cities and municipalities as well as from industry and science presented examples of concepts, best practices, demonstration projects and innovative technologies in Germany and Japan for smart grids, use of renewable energy and hydrogen, mobility concepts, district heating and urban circular economy to achieve the common goal of “Net Zero”.

06
September
2022
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!

Screenshot of the Meeting
24
August
2022
26 July 2022

Fireplace Talk: 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

Fireplace 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.

02
December
2021
08 June 2021

WG2: Expert Meeting on Green Hydrogen

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.

08
June
2021
16 February 2021

11th German-Japanese Environment and Energy Dialogue Forum

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

WG1: 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: 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 Environment 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

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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

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