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METI Minister Hayashi Visited San Francisco, the United States, to Attend the Mission Innovation Ministerial Meeting and the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial

On Wednesday, June 1, and Thursday, June 2, 2016, Mr. Motoo Hayashi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited San Francisco, the United States, to attend the Mission Innovation (MI) Ministerial meeting and the Seventh Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7). As the first opportunity after the COP21, both meetings brought together energy ministers and officials from as many as 20 countries, which account for about 90% of the total investment amount in the field of clean energy worldwide. Participants agreed on policies and frameworks through which the research and development of clean energy and the promotion of global-wide dissemination thereof should be accelerated.

1. MI Ministerial meeting and the CEM7

On May 31 and June 1, 2016, METI Minister Hayashi attended the MI Ministerial meeting and the CEM7 in San Francisco, the United States, both of which were chaired by H.E. Dr. Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy.

1. MI Ministerial meeting

The MI Ministerial meeting is the first ministerial meeting held to promote the Mission Innovation (MI), a project for promoting clean energy R&D on which the leaders of 20 countries agreed at COP21 at the end of 2015. Member countries at the meeting pledged to provide about 15 billion dollars in total, as a baseline amount for the countries’ plans to double the governments’ R&D investment in the field of clean energy over five years. They also agreed on the details of future actions and basic policies, including information sharing, preparation of roadmaps, encouraging investment by the private sector and joint research.

Japan, as a chair of the G7 Ise-Shima Summit meeting, stressed the importance of promoting investment in clean energy technologies toward global economic growth and the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. Concerning its efforts involving the five-year doubling plans,* Japan also stated that it formulated the energy and environmental innovation strategy in April 2016, on which Prime Minister Abe stated at COP 21 in 2015; and identified innovative technologies, e.g., geothermal power generation and hydrogen technologies, that are expected to bring about the dramatic effect of a long-term reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, targeting around 2050, and that it will enhance domestic efforts involving R&D in these fields while facilitating international collaboration and global joint R&D.

*Note: Japan has registered the baseline year as 2016 and the baseline amount as 45 billion yen, with the aim to double the figure to 90 billion yen in 2021.

2. The CEM7

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a meeting bringing together ministers and officials in the field of clean energy from 23 major developed countries and emerging countries, including the United States, European countries, China and India, aiming to disseminate and promote technologies in the field of clean energy worldwide. At the CEM7, the member countries agreed on a reform proposal (CEM 2.0) for shifting the existing operation system to a more efficient one, including moving the CEM secretariat from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Japan, as a leading country in technology innovation in the field of clean energy, stated that it will proactively contribute to the dissemination and promotion of clean energy worldwide, including activities involving dissemination and promotion of smart grids and facilitation of next-generation automobiles.

2. Bilateral meetings between Minister Hayashi and participating ministers

At the meeting with H.E. Dr. Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy, both sides mentioned the G7 Kitakyushu Energy Ministerial Meeting (EMM) in May 2016 and the MI Ministerial and CEM7 meetings in San Francisco, which are the results derived from efforts made on both shores of the Pacific Ocean. Based on the results, both sides agreed that they will take a lead in efforts for addressing a variety of important challenges surrounding the field of global energy, including investment in clean energy technologies, dissemination and promotion thereof, and creation of international LNG markets.

Release date

June 3, 2016

Divisions in Charge

  • International Affairs Division, Commissioner’s Secretariat, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
  • Environmentally Sustainable Industries and Technologies Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau
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