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ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting and East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting Held

October 30, 2018

Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

On October 29, 2018, the 15th ASEAN+3 Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM+3) and the 12th East Asia Summit Energy Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM) were held in Singapore. As a representative of Japan, Mr. Akimasa Ishikawa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, participated in these meetings. As outcomes of the meetings, joint ministerial statements were released for the meetings respectively.

Taking this opportunity, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa held meetings with participating energy ministers and other officials.

1. AMEM + 3 and EAS EMM

These meetings were established to ensure stable energy supply, enhance measures for energy security and address climate change in Asia, where energy demand has been growing. The meetings provide good opportunities for energy ministers of member countries to discuss approaches to policy harmonization and international cooperation.

The AMEM + 3 brought together energy ministers and officials from 10 ASEAN economies and from Japan, China and the Republic of Korea (ROK). As a representative of Japan, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa participated in this meeting. In addition to officials from the ASEAN+3 member countries, the EAS EMM also brought together officials from Australia, New Zealand, Russia and the United States.

At these meetings, participants mainly discussed the following subjects:

  1. Raising common awareness among member countries of the need to establish an LNG market in Asia and the strategies needed to do so
    At these meetings, participants shared the recognition that natural gas will play a significant role in ensuring regional energy security and achieving energy transitions to low-carbonization and expressed support for Japan’s strong commitment to infrastructure development to promote LNG use and expand the market.

    Moreover, Japan explained its cooperation in human resource development in the field of LNG value chains and its provision of supporting measures for encouraging investment in the field, and participating ministers welcomed this statement.
  2. Proposal for new strategies to realize a hydrogen-powered society and decarbonization in the transport sector
    Japan proposed new strategies for cooperation in research, development and deployment to realize a hydrogen-powered society and decarbonization in the transport sector, and participating ministers welcomed the proposal.

    Participants expressed their optimism regarding Japan’s efforts concerning the pilot projects on hydrogen supply chains being undertaken in collaboration with Australia and Brunei Darussalam, as well as future collaboration with other countries.

    Moreover, Japan stated that it will lead the global energy transitions through [i] providing every possible options which can contribute to low-carbonization and decarbonization in order to meet member countries’ needs based on their current circumstances; and [ii] supporting member countries in pursuing their chosen options from [i].

    Participants welcomed the progress of the research studies being conducted under the EAS Mid-term Energy Policy Research Roadmap, which was prepared by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and which aims to accelerate energy policy research to contribute to policy development of member countries.

    In addition, Japan introduced its programs for human resource development in the fields of energy efficiency and conservation, new and renewable energy, clean coal technology, oil stockpiling and nuclear safety. Participating countries expressed their appreciation for Japan’s efforts.


 

2. Bilateral meetings with energy ministers and officials

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa held meetings with H.E. Dr. Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Singapore, a chair of these meetings, and H.E. Ms. Yeo Bee Yin, Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate change (MESTECC), Malaysia.

Japan confirmed respective bilateral cooperation and collaboration with Singapore and Malaysia in the fields of electricity, natural gas, new and renewable energy, and energy efficiency and conservation.

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Division in Charge

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