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METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki Visits Canada

September 25, 2018

Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

From September 20 (Thur.) to 23 (Sun.), 2018, Mr. Daisaku Hiraki, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Canada to attend the G7 Energy Ministerial Meeting (EMM).

1. G7 EMM

For two days from September 20 (Thur.) to 21 (Fri.), 2018, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hiraki attended the G7 EMM. At the meeting, participants held discussions under the theme of “Building the Energy Systems of Tomorrow” to achieve the goals of enhancing energy security, securing sustainable economic growth through energy systems and actualization of the future vision of a low-carbon society. As an outcome of the meeting, Canada, the chair of the meeting, formulated a Chair’s Summary.

Highlights of the summary are as follows:

  1. Participants emphasized that energy lies at the heart of every country’s sustainable economic growth and that access to reliable, affordable, sustainable and modern energy is crucial for citizen well-being, and recognized the importance of: nurturing public confidence, the growing leadership role of women, and human resource development in the energy sector. 
  2. They reaffirmed the importance of diversifying the energy mix, and emphasized the importance of offshore energy. They also confirmed that fossil fuels continue to play a role in meeting global energy demand and that the role of innovative energy technologies, such as carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS), is important in helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, they reaffirmed the importance of integrated markets of energy (e.g., LNG), as part of more flexible and transparent global energy markets. 
  3. To secure the reliability of electricity supply, they agreed on the need for new investments in resilient infrastructure and new digital technologies, encouraged the sharing of information on best practices of efforts for modernizing electricity grid facilities, and agreed to further enhance cooperation in the field of cybersecurity.

2. Meetings with a minister and an official of participating countries

  1. Meeting with H.E. Mr. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, Canada
    Canada, the 2018 G7 chair, and Japan, the 2019 G7 chair, confirmed bilateral collaboration and exchanged views mainly concerning cooperation in the field of oil and natural gas, including efforts to ensure a stable supply of LNG.

    Meeting with Minister Sohi, Canada
  2. Meeting with H.E. Mr. Dan Brouillette, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy
    Both sides exchanged views concerning Japan-US energy cooperation in the fields of LNG, CCUS, hydrogen and other areas.

    Meeting with Deputy Secretary Brouillette, the United States

Division in Charge

International Affairs Division, Commissioner’s Secretariat, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy