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METI State Minister Takagi Visited China

From June 29 (Wed.) to June 30 (Thur.), 2016, Mr. Yosuke Takagi, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited China to attend the G20 Energy Ministerial Meeting. He also held bilateral meetings with energy ministers of the participating countries.

1. G20 Energy Ministerial Meeting

State Minister Takagi attended the second G20 Energy Ministerial Meeting on June 30 (Thur.), 2016 held in China, following on from the first meeting in Turkey in 2015. Under the themes of the “Prospects for International Energy Development” and “Energy Technology Innovation” he discussed a wide range of energy issues that the world is facing with participating ministers and officials. As a result of the discussion, the ministers adopted a communique and agreed to reflect the content of the communique in the G20 Summit meeting in September 2016. In relation to Japan’s claims, the following points were reflected in the communique.

  1. Reflecting the outcomes of the G7 Kitakyushu Energy Ministerial Meeting and the G7 Ise-Shima Summit meeting
    G20 Energy Ministers shared the same awareness on the following consensus that the member countries of the G7 Kitakyushu Energy Ministerial Meeting and the G7 Ise-Shima Summit meeting agreed in May 2016.
    1. Concerning the energy investment issue, sustainable energy investment is crucial to secure stable energy supply and to avoid boom & bust of energy price in the future.
    2. Concerning natural gas including liquefied natural gas (LNG), development of well-functioning gas markets with flexibility, liquidity and competitiveness is important.
    3. Concerning nuclear power, in those countries that opt to use nuclear energy, it contributes to the reduction of GHG emissions. All of the countries should ensure the highest standards of nuclear safety, security and nonproliferation. In addition, it is important to engage the public in science-based dialogue and transparency to raise their understanding of policymaking involving nuclear power.
  2. Conveying the importance of the technology of highly-efficient thermal power generation that contributes to both energy security and measures to address climate change
    Japan expressed the support of the G20 Energy Efficiency Leading Programme (EELP), prepared by China, which was a chair of the meeting. In addition, it also reported its leadership in the efforts involving the electricity generation and industrial energy management areas among the six areas stipulated in the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan agreed on by the member countries at the G20 Summit meeting in 2014. In particular, concerning the electricity generation area, Japan reported that it had held workshops and offered site-visit opportunities to power plants in Japan in June, and it also stressed the importance of highly-efficient thermal power generation technology, including coal-fired power generation in emerging countries.

2. Meetings with energy ministers of the participating countries

State Minister Takagi took this opportunity to hold bilateral meetings with H.E. Mr. Khalid al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry, and Natural Resources, Saudi Arabia, and H.E. Mr. Sudirman Said, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia. With Minister al-Falih, State Minister Takagi discussed cooperation toward a secure and stable supply of crude oil and further promotion of the existing industrial cooperation. In addition, with Minister Sudirman, he discussed strengthening cooperation in natural resources and energy fields in the future, including the steady implementation of the New 35 GW Power Supply Plan and the facilitation of natural gas project development in Indonesia.


Meeting with H.E. Mr. Khalid al-Falih, Minister of Energy, Industry, and Natural Resources, Saudi Arabia

Meeting with H.E. Mr. Sudirman Said, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Indonesia

Reference

Release date

July 1, 2016

Division in Charge

International Affairs Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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