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Government-Private Workshops on Clean Energy Technology Held in Thailand, Viet Nam and Indonesia

April 22, 2019

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been cooperating in advancing low-carbonization efforts around the world, with the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) program* as a countermeasure against climate change. In FY2019, METI aims to contribute to the development of business environments, a base of green growth, in the fields of energy and climate change, and to this end, it will advance related efforts, in particular, in ASEAN economies, while taking into consideration demands in partner ASEAN economies.

In FY2018, jointly with Thailand, Viet Nam and Indonesia, METI held a series of Government-Private Workshops on Clean Energy Technology in these respective countries in collaboration with related ministries and agencies. These workshops were part of the efforts for enhancing cooperation between Japan and each partner country in the fields of energy and climate change. As major outcomes of the workshops, participants shared information on successful case examples and knowhow of projects that Japan and each partner country have jointly conducted by combining the provision of low-carbon technologies between Japan and each country and the policymaking, including the establishment of related systems.

METI will examine the results of the bilateral discussions at the workshops, and based on this, it will collaborate with partner countries and will strive to contribute to the development of environments for dissemination of low-carbon technologies under the leadership of businesses in other ASEAN economies or across all ASEAN economies. Through these efforts, Japan, the host country of the G20 meeting in 2019, will contribute to solving global-level challenges.

1. Background and purpose

Japan has been cooperating in advancing low-carbonization efforts around, with the JCM program as a significant countermeasure against climate change.

In FY2018, under the framework of the Energy Policy Dialogues between the governments of Japan and partner countries, Japan and Thailand, Viet Nam or Indonesia jointly held a Government-Private Workshop on Clean Energy Technology in the respective countries. These workshops were part of the efforts for enhancement of cooperation between Japan and each partner country in the fields of energy and climate change. At the beginning of each workshop, a representative of the International Energy Agency (IEA) delivered a keynote speech concerning the current situations and perspectives of global energy transition, including ASEAN economies, IEA-ASEAN cooperation and other issues. The program following this brought together representatives from governmental organizations, international organizations and private companies, and participants shared information on successful case examples and knowhow involving past bilateral projects between Japan and each of these partner countries or other countries in the ASEAN region advancing low-carbonization by introducing energy conservation and renewable energy technologies.

*Note: The JCM offers a framework in which Japan’s efforts for reduction targets are appropriately evaluated as Japan’s contribution to GHG emission reductions and removal in partner countries, by transferring Japan’s outstanding low-carbon technologies and products to such countries.

2. Outline of the Government-Private Workshops on Clean Energy Technology in Thailand, Viet Nam and Indonesia (dates, venues and agendas)

3. Toward future actions

METI will aim to expand efforts and other initiatives in the fields of energy and climate change, which are the issues discussed in these bilateral workshops, to other ASEAN economies or across all ASEAN economies.

To this end, it will strive to hold similar workshops in FY2019 as well and to promote collaboration between these workshops and new projects for examining JCM potential and quantifying technologies' contribution to global emission reductions under Feasibility Studies (FS),** for which the call for applicants will newly start in the spring of 2019 (or after late April 2019).Through these efforts, the government and the private sector of Japan will jointly promote inclusive projects that will contribute to dissemination of low-carbon technologies and development and establishment of related systems in partner countries.

**Note: The Project for Quantification of International Contribution and JCM Feasibility Study (FS) is a tentative title.

The FY2019 guidance will be based on a revision of the FY2018 guidance. As of today, please refer to the FY2018 guidance shown on the website above for reference.

Division in Charge

Global Environment Partnership Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau