Milestones

Since Germany and Japan agreed to intensify their bilateral energy policy exchange and cooperation in June 2019, the Energy Partnership has gained strong momentum with lively discussions on renewables, energy efficiency, digitisation and hydrogen taking place in the Working Groups as well as during expert exchanges and conferences. 

27 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. 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.

27
September
2022
10 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 May 10th 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.

10
May
2022
05 April 2022

2nd Meeting of the Hydrogen Working Group

On 5th of 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.

05
April
2022
22 January 2021

1st Meeting of the Hydrogen Working Group

A successful virtual kick-off meeting of the Hydrogen Working Group was held on January 22, 2021, with appropriate momentum thanks to Japan's recently announced CO2 neutrality plans and recently agreed Green Growth Strategy, as well as Germany's hydrogen strategy published in 2020. The agenda was structured by three main topics. Against the backdrop of Japan's recently readjusted climate strategy, METI first gave an overview of the country's current hydrogen policy and presented its national as well as international projects along the hydrogen supply chain. The two partner countries then exchanged views on the respective regulatory frameworks and applied support mechanisms. The final topic of discussion was the expansion of international hydrogen supply chains, with both sides agreeing that the establishment of a global certification system for green and blue hydrogen is an important prerequisite for international hydrogen trade and will therefore remain a focus of the WG in the future. 

22
January
2021
The Hydrogen Working Group met virtually and discussed regulatory frameworks and support mechanisms as well as international hydrogen supply chains. ©adelphi
18 September 2020

2nd Meeting of the Energy Transition Working Group

In September 2020, the second meeting of the Energy Transition Working Group took place virtually. The meeting mainly concentrated on the two topics electricity market liberalisation as well as digitisation and energy management. Afterwards the work of the German-Japanese Energy Transition Council was presented to identify possible synergies with the Working Group.

18
September
2020
During the second meeting of the Energy Transition Working Group, the discussions focused on electricity market liberalisation as well as digitisation and energy management. ©adelphi
21 August 2020

1st Meeting of the Energy Transition Working Group

In August 2020, the Energy Transition Working Group took up its work - due to the ongoing global pandemic in a virtual format. During the first meeting, a lively exchange took place on energy efficiency, offshore wind and feed-in tariffs. It was also possible to agree on offshore wind and energy efficiency in the industry as future topics for a more in-depth exchange, and the elaboration of a short study on the cost development of offshore wind was decided.

21
August
2020
18 February 2020

Endorsement of the Roadmap for the Energy Partnership

On 18.02.2020, Thorsten Herdan, Director General for Energy at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), and Tomohiro Kaneko, Deputy Commissioner for International Affairs of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) endorsed the roadmap which determines the structure of the Japanese-German Energy Partnership.

The partners agreed to establish the “Japanese-German Energy Transition Cooperation Committee” that heads the Energy Partnership’s institutional structure. It will come together at least once per year to discuss energy related issues, consult on the means of cooperation, evaluate and improve the results of cooperation and determine the respective priorities for the next year.

The Roadmap further determines the establishment of two Working Groups that will carry out the substantive work. One focuses on the energy transition pillars renewable energy and energy efficiency. The second Working Group is dedicated to hydrogen and covers all aspects of the production, distribution and use of this technology.
The Working Groups strive to enable a dialogue, sharing best practices and identifying concrete proposals for cooperation such as joint studies, study and/or field trips or even the initiation of joint demonstration projects.

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
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. © BMWi
15 June 2019

Signing of the Declaration of Cooperation

Both countries have agreed to increase cooperation on the energy transition in the framework of the Japanese-German Energy Partnership. The aim is to intensify efforts with respect to renewable energy deployment and system integration, energy efficiency and conservation, sector coupling, increased flexibility, smart grids and energy storage systems (ESS), Power to X and hydrogen. Andreas Feicht, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), and Taizo Takahashi, Commissioner of the Japanese Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, signed a corresponding declaration on the margins of the G20 meeting of energy ministers on 15 June 2019.
Against the background that the two countries have stressed the central role of sustainable energy in light of the Paris Agreement, the Energy Partnership benefits both parties. Germany has extensive experience in the expansion and system integration of renewables, whereas Japan is very advanced in the use of hydrogen as well as in the development of energy storage systems and smart grids.

15
June
2019
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