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Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi Attends MI-3 and CEM9

Mr. Ogushi, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited the Kingdom of Sweden and the Kingdom of Denmark from Monday, May 21, to Saturday, May 26, in order to attend the Third Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-3) and the Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9).

1. Mission Innovation Ministerial and Clean Energy Ministerial

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi attended the Third Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-3) held in Malmo, Sweden, on May 23, and the Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9), which was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 24.

(1) Third Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-3) (May 23)

Mission Innovation is a global initiative of 23 countries and regions. The initiative aims at expanding public and private investment in R&D in the field of clean energy. At MI-3, participants explained the current status of their respective efforts and confirmed concrete progress of the initiative "Innovation Challenges" for promoting international collaboration in R&D in specific technical fields.

Announcements at the meeting include the establishment of a Hydrogen Innovation Challenge, a new framework for cooperation concerning hydrogen, the launch of the MI Champions Program to award individuals who are contributing to the acceleration of innovation in the field of clean energy, and the publication of the MI 2020 Solutions Report which compiles cases of innovation backed by R&D investment of participating countries since the inauguration of MI.

Japan introduced the National Energy & Environment Strategy for Technological Innovation and the established roadmap therefor as its initiative for MI, a project "MITOU (Unprecedented) Challenge 2050" to support young researchers who take on the challenge of exploring and creating innovative seeds of low carbon technologies, and the activities of the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF) held annually in Tokyo as a platform for knowledge where world leaders from governments, industries and universities gather and discuss the significance of innovation for resolving the issue of climate change and facilitate mutual cooperation. Japan expressed its commitment to continue working intensively on the promotion of clean energy-related technology development.

At a public-private round table within MI-3, Japan chaired the hydrogen group together with Australia, and the attendees reconfirmed the significance of public-private collaboration in building a supply chain of production, transportation and use of hydrogen.

(2) Ninth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM9) (on 24th)

Clean Energy Ministerial is a meeting of ministers from 25 countries and regions, including the United States, the EU, China, and India, for global dissemination and facilitation of clean energy. At this meeting, participating countries confirmed the progress of the introduction of clean energy in the world and shared related challenges. Under the themes of expansion of the introduction of renewable energy, change in power systems, innovative options for decarbonization, and promotion of investment in clean energy, ministers actively discussed challenges faced by each country and talked about opportunities for promoting the use of clean energy.

Based on such discussions, participating countries shared priorities of future CEM activities and reconfirmed that CEM will continue to be a significant framework for utilizing the knowledge of each country to expand the introduction of clean energy.

Japan announced its participation in new CEM activities concerning nuclear power and carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS), in light of its experience, introduced the Hydrogen Ministerial Meeting that Japan will hold this October, and thus expressed its intention to contribute to globally promoting clean energy.

2. Meeting with Ministers, etc. Participating in MI-3 and CEM9

Taking advantage of MI and CEM, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi exchanged opinions with other participating countries concerning bilateral cooperation mainly in the energy-related fields.

With Mr. Dan Brouillette, Deputy Secretary of Energy of the United States, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi talked about bilateral energy cooperation utilizing the knowledge of respective countries.

With Ms. Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, opinions were exchanged concerning bilateral cooperation by utilizing CEM and other multilateral occasions.

  • Mr. Dan Brouillette, Deputy Secretary of Energy of the United States

  • Ms. Kim Rudd, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources

3. Visit to Radioactive Waste Final Disposal Facilities (on 22nd)

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ogushi visited the Canister Laboratory and the Aspo Hard Rock Laboratory where research on final disposal of high-level radioactive waste (HLW) is being conducted.

He observed diverse studies and development activities concerning technologies to encapsulate HLW in canisters at the Canister Laboratory, and geological studies conducted at the 3,600m test tunnel at a depth of approx. 450m and other various studies including those on practical disposal technologies for landfills of test waste, etc. at the Aspo Hard Rock Laboratory. He confirmed that the outcome of joint studies being carried out with Japan and other countries is reflected in final disposal projects in respective countries.

Additionally, he met with other people, including Mr. Johan Andersson, an executive of SKB, and Mr. Magnus Holmqvist, President of SKB International, and exchanged opinions concerning such topics as communications with local people in selecting a site to construct a final disposal facility, and reaffirmed the need to take time to make efforts persistently in order to obtain the understanding of local people and the general public and to create a win-win relationship between the relevant local communities and the entities responsible for final disposal.

Release date

May 25, 2018

Division in Charge

  • Overseas Energy Infrastructure Office, International Affairs Division, Commissioner's Secretariat, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
  • Energy and Environment Innovation Strategy Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau
  • Radioactive Waste Management Policy Division, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
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