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METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Iwai visited Germany

From May 11 to 12, 2015, Mr. Shigeki Iwai, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Germany to attend the G7 Energy Ministerial in Hamburg.

1. The G7 Energy Ministerial in Hamburg

On May 11 and 12, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Iwai attended the G7 Energy Ministerial in Hamburg and had discussions with ministers and officials who attended the meeting under the theme of “sustainable energy security.” As a result of the discussions, the G7 Energy Ministers adopted a communiqué and shared the view that they would reflect the G7 Summit to be held in the following month.


Mr. Iwai at the G7 Energy Ministerial

The key points in the Communiqué are as follows:

  1. The ministers agreed to build secure energy systems. In order to achieve this goal, they committed to take further steps to strengthen the following three areas: 1) transparent, liquid and competitive gas markets including LNG, 2) electricity security and resilience, and 3) cybersecurity of the energy sector;
  2. The ministers reaffirmed to continue to support vulnerable countries including Ukraine to strengthen their energy security, and agreed to encourage investments in energy infrastructure and energy efficiency in those countries;
  3. The ministers emphasized that energy efficiency is the key to enhancing energy security and contributing to economic competitiveness. The ministers agreed to conduct an analysis of main energy efficiency measures and their implementation in G7 countries. And they agreed 1) to promote the creation of energy efficiency network to share information and 2) to explore the establishment of databases on energy efficiency product; and
  4. In order to diversify the energy mix, the ministers reaffirmed to support the enhanced use of energy efficiency and renewable energy as well as other domestic resources including nuclear energy, which can work as a base load energy source, in those countries which opt to use it. They agreed to support to exchange information of the best practices on clean energy and the promotion of innovative energy technology including offshore wind systems and Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS).

Particularly, the main points that were reflected in the Communiqué related to Japan’s interests are as follows:

  1. Proposal concerning international emergency response for the procurement of LNG
    Japan, which is the world’s largest importer of LNG, proposed initiating new efforts toward international emergency response for the procurement of LNG. The ministers agreed that they would continue to deepen discussions at the LNG Producer-Consumer Conference, which is to be held on September 16, 2015 in Tokyo, through cooperation with the International Energy Agency (IEA).
  2. Delivery of information on Japan’s energy policies and energy mix
    The ministers agreed on the importance of the “3E+S” (Energy Security, Economic efficiency Environment + Safety) model for energy to ensure economic prosperity. Japan presented the main pillars of its energy mix currently under discussion, and the ministers reaffirmed the importance of utilizing all energy sources including renewable energy, natural gas, and coal to the maximum extent possible according to the reality in each country in order to strengthen energy security. Also, the ministers reaffirmed the importance of nuclear power as an indigenous resource as a base load power source.
  3. Japan’s contribution to support for Ukraine
    As for support for Ukraine, Japan presented the specific outcomes of its support for the formulation of energy master plan for Ukraine and the support for achieving enhanced efficiency in coal power plants. The ministers agreed that they would continue to further support with a wide range of energy-related cooperation together with the other countries.
  4. Development of discussions for the G7 summit to be held in Japan in 2016
    Japan declared to develop further discussions on energy security as the next presidency of the G7 summit to be held in 2016.

2. Bilateral meetings with ministers

  1. Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
    Parliamentary Vice-Minister Iwai and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany Sigmar Gabriel exchanged ideas on enhancing the security of natural gas and policies on renewable energy, and shared the view that they would further the achievements of the G7 Energy Ministerial of 2015 to the next G7 Summit to be held in Japan in 2016.
  2. Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada
    Parliamentary Vice-Minister Iwai and Deputy Minister of Natural Resources Canada Bob Hamilton shared the view that the two countries would further develop their strong relationship focusing on the field of natural gas including LNG.
  3. Executive Director, IEA
    Parliamentary Vice-Minister Iwai and Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Maria van der Hoeven conducted a frank exchange on opinion exchanges on Japan’s energy mix and emergency response on LNG.
  4. United States Secretary of Energy
    Parliamentary Vice-Minister Iwai and United States Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz exchanged ideas on the wide range of cooperation on energy including nuclear, exports of LNG, and clean energy between Japan and the U.S..
  5. European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy
    Both Parliamentary Vice-Minister Iwai and European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete agreed to hold a high-level energy policy dialogue.

Mr. Iwai and Federal Minister Gabriel

Mr. Iwai and Deputy Minister Hamilton

Mr. Iwai and Executive Director van der Hoeven

Mr. Iwai and Secretary of Energy Moniz

Mr. Iwai and European Commissioner Cañete

Release date

May 13, 2015

Division in Charge

International Affairs Division, Director-General’s Secretariat, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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