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Japan Hosts First Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting

October 23, 2018

Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

On October 23 (Tue.), 2018, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) jointly held the First Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting in Tokyo. This was the first ministerial-level meeting to hold discussions on the realization of hydrogen-powered society as its main subject.

The meeting brought together over 300 stakeholders, including ministerial officials, top executives from related companies and representatives from 21 countries, regions and organizations from around the world. Participants confirmed the importance of global collaboration in the field of hydrogen and shared future directions of policies for approaches to utilization of hydrogen across the world. As an outcome of the meeting, The Tokyo Statement, the chairman’s summary of the meeting, was released by Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry as a chair of the meeting.

In light of the results of this meeting, the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, which will be held in June 2019 under the chairmanship of Japan, will hold discussions on the importance of the role played by hydrogen to achieve energy transition and de-carbonization.

Outline of the meeting

The ministerial session was held in the morning and brought together representatives from 21 countries, regions and organizations that have proactively been engaging in the utilization of hydrogen. Participants held discussions on obstacles to the realization of a global “Hydrogen Society” and future directions of related policies. Accordingly, they shared recognition of the importance of collaboration among member countries and, under this mutual recognition, The Tokyo Statement, the chair’s summary of the meeting, was released. The Statement describes the importance of various efforts toward realization of a hydrogen-powered system -a Hydrogen Society- as outlined below:

  1. Collaboration on technologies and coordination on harmonization of regulation, codes and standards so as to accelerate a decrease in costs involving hydrogen supply and products, e.g., fuel-cell vehicles (FCVs);
  2. Promotion of international joint research and development among member countries to expand hydrogen utilization, e.g., ensuring the safety of hydrogen at hydrogen stations and hydrogen storage facilities and establishing supply chains suitable to a variety of regional characteristics;
  3. Study and evaluation of hydrogen’s potential economic effects and CO2 emission-reduction potential, which contribute to fostering and sharing awareness of hydrogen toward the realization of a “Hydrogen Society”; and
  4. Communication, education and outreach activities to increase the understanding of hydrogen that will lead to the expansion of investment in hydrogen-related business.

Following the ministerial session, a private-sector session was held in the afternoon. In accordance with The Tokyo Statement, representatives from international organizations (e.g., the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE)) explained the latest trends and representatives from leading global companies held presentations on approaches to expanding hydrogen utilization and future perspectives on hydrogen.

Moreover, Minister Seko and H.E. Dr Megan Woods, Minister of Energy and Resources, New Zealand, who also participated in the meeting, signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) to promote cooperation on hydrogen.

Group photo

Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting: ministerial session

Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting: private-sector session

Signing ceremony of an MOC with Minister Woods, New Zealand

Appendix

Division in Charge

Advanced Energy Systems and Structure Division, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy