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.