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World’s first ministerial meeting on a future “Hydrogen Society” held in Japan

World’s first ministerial meeting on a “Hydrogen Society” held in Tokyo.

Hydrogen stations may soon be as common as gas stations in Japan. In place of CO2-emitting fossil fuels, Japan sees hydrogen fuel as the key to de-carbonizing the energy sector and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. This vision for the future of a “Hydrogen Society,” where hydrogen is the major source of energy to power transportation, industry, and electricity, was first outlined in Japan’s Strategic Energy Plan in July 2018 and presented to international stakeholders the following October.

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Tokyo Statement promotes international cooperation on hydrogen energy

More than 300 representatives from 21 countries, regions and organizations joined the first Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting on October 23, 2018, in Tokyo. Attendees included delegates from Japan, Europe, the U.S., and China. The meeting agenda focused on the technical and regulatory innovations necessary to use hydrogen at scale in order to begin transitioning from conventional energy systems.

At the meeting, Japan’s Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, released the Tokyo Statement, outlining a vision for the future of a “hydrogen society.” The statement encourages countries and companies around the world to: (1) collaborate on technologies and coordinate to align on regulations, codes and standards; (2) promote research and development of hydrogen-powered technology, including information-sharing on safety and supply-chain establishment; (iii) evaluate hydrogen’s potential to reduce CO2 emissions and overall economic impact; and (iv) develop communication, education and outreach activities to increase public understanding of hydrogen and the opportunities offered by a “Hydrogen Society.”

Japan champions energy transition and de-carbonization

Japan will continue to promote hydrogen’s potential to de-carbonize the energy sector at the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, which it will host in June 2019.

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Last updated:2018-11-28