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.