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Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Basic Hydrogen Strategy Determined

On December 26, 2017, the Ministerial Council on Renewable Energy, Hydrogen and Related Issues held its second meeting and decided on a Basic Hydrogen Strategy to accomplish a world-leading hydrogen-based society.

1. Background

In April 2017, the Ministerial Council on Renewable Energy, Hydrogen and Related Issues held its first meeting. At the meeting, Prime Minister Abe requested relevant ministers to formulate a basic strategy for hydrogen-related policies by the end of 2017 to encourage the government to unite its efforts for the accomplishment of a world-leading hydrogen-based society. In response to the request, related ministries and agencies held discussions at the meetings of the Council for a Strategy for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells of industry-academia-government experts, and compiled the discussion results into a draft proposal for the strategy. Following this, on December 26, 2017, the Ministerial Council on Renewable Energy, Hydrogen and Related Issues held its second meeting and decided on the Basic Hydrogen Strategy based on the draft proposal.

2. Key points of the strategy

The Basic Hydrogen Strategy shows future visions that Japan should achieve with an eye on 2050 and also serves as an action plan to accomplish the visions by 2030. The strategy sets a goal that Japan should reduce hydrogen costs to the same level of conventional energy(e.g., gasoline and LNG)and to achieve the goal, provides integrated policies across ministries ranging from hydrogen production to utilization under the common goals.

Through achieving a carbon-free society under the strategy, Japan will present hydrogen to the rest of the world as a new energy choice and will lead global efforts for establishing a carbon-free society taking advantage of Japan’s strong points.

METI hopes you will read the summary of the strategy as well.

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Release date

December 26, 2017

Division in Charge

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Strategy Office, Advanced Energy Systems and Structure Division, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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