February 15, 2019
Mr. Akimasa Ishikawa, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Washington, D.C., the United States, to attend an International CCUS Roundtable, a conference held with the support of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). At the roundtable, participants focused on CCUS (carbon capture, utilization and storage) technologies, highly anticipated as mid- to long-term methods of dramatically reducing greenhouse gas emissions, holding discussions on ideal approaches to international harmonization in dissemination and expansion of these technologies, in preparation for the G20 meetings to be chaired by Japan in 2019.
1. Attending the roundtable
On February 13 (Wed.), 2019, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa attended an International CCUS Roundtable held in Washington, D.C., the U.S.
CCUS is a key technology in balancing climate change measures and economic growth.
With the support of METI, the roundtable was organized by the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE), Japan, and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), a think-tank in the U.S., aiming to hold discussions on action policies for further dissemination and expansion of CCUS technologies, ideal approaches to public-private collaboration and other issues, in preparation for the G20 meetings to be chaired by Japan in 2019. It brought together representatives of the governments, private companies, NGOs and other organizations from 12 countries in total, including G20 member countries.*
At the roundtable, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa delivered a keynote speech. He [i] expressed Japan’s enthusiasm for hosting the 2019 G20 meetings under the chairmanship of Japan, [ii] stressed the importance of CCUS technologies as a key to worldwide acceleration of the virtuous cycle of environment friendliness and economic growth and the improvement of energy security and further global energy transition and low-carbonization, and [iii] proposed that member countries take actions to disseminate and expand CCUS technologies, inspired by the G20 meetings.
*Note: The 12 countries are: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and the U.S.
Photo session of all participants
Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa delivering a keynote speech
Mr. Mark Menezes, Under Secretary of Energy, U.S. Department of Energy, delivering a keynote speech
Meeting with Mr. Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Senator
2. Visiting the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the U.S.
On February 13 (Wed.), 2019, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Ishikawa visited NEI. He held a meeting with Ms. Maria Korsnick, President and CEO, received a briefing on the current trends in policies and technological development in the nuclear industry in the U.S., and exchanged views on related issues.
Meeting with Ms. Korsnick, President and CEO, NEI
- RITE press release on the International CCUS Roundtable (in Japanese)
- C2ES press release on the International CCUS Roundtable
Divisions in Charge
- Global Environment Partnership Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau
- Office for International Nuclear Energy Cooperation, Electricity and Gas Industry Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy