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METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi Visits the Federal Republic of Germany

From November 12 (Sun.) to 16 (Thur.), 2017, Mr. Masaki Ogushi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Bonn and other cities of the Federal Republic of Germany to attend the Hydrogen Council and the launch event for ICEF 2017 Roadmap at the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) which was held as a side-event to the UNFCCC 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23).

1. Hydrogen Council

The Hydrogen Council was held in Bonn, bringing together top executives of global companies and governmental stakeholders from a variety of countries, as an opportunity for sharing comprehensive visions for dissemination of hydrogen-related technologies. At the council, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi explained the current situation and challenges that the world is facing in energy utilization and Japan’s efforts for realizing a hydrogen-powered society. In addition, he also exchanged views with top executives of global companies and governmental stakeholders from a variety of countries concerning perspectives on hydrogen energy, ideal approaches to supporting businesses under policies, and other issues.

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2. ICEF

On November 13, 2017, the ICEF, which is an organization that serves as a global-based industry-academia-government knowledge platform with the goal of contributing to solutions to climate-change issues through innovation in the fields of energy and the environment, held a side event to the UNFCCC 23rd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) and released ICEF 2017 Roadmaps: CO2 Utilization 2.0 and Energy Storage, which was presented in draft form and discussed at the ICEF annual meeting in Tokyo in October 2017. At the side event, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi delivered opening remarks and explained the roadmaps to participating governmental stakeholders, companies and other organizations from around the world.

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3. Meeting with Mr. Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi held a meeting with Parliamentary State Secretary Barthle, who also serves as Parliamentary State Secretary of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Germany, a leading country in hydrogen technologies, and both sides exchanged views concerning efforts for realizing a hydrogen-powered society, next-generation vehicles and autonomous driving technologies.

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Release date

November 16, 2017

Division in Charge

  • Advanced Energy Systems and Structure Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
  • Global Environmental Affairs Office & International Affairs Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI

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