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METI State Minister Isozaki Visits Canada

May 31, 2019

From May 27 (Mon.) to 31 (Fri.), 2019, Mr. Yoshihiko Isozaki, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Canada to attend the Fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-4) meeting and the Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) meeting.

1. MI-4 and CEM10

State Minister Isozaki visited Vancouver, Canada, and attended the MI-4 held on May 28 and the CEM10 on the following day, May 29.

(1) The Fourth Mission Innovation Ministerial (MI-4) meeting (May 28)

The MI Ministerial meeting is a global initiative to further stimulate public-private investment in research and development (R&D) in the field of clean energy, bringing together 23 countries and regions as members. At the MI-4 meeting, participating members explained the progress in their own efforts and the members confirmed specific progress in the Innovation Challenges, an initiative to promote international collaboration in R&D in the specific technological fields.

Concerning the progress in its efforts for MI, Japan explained: efforts for formulation of long-term growth strategies; formulation of the New Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells; and commitments to international conferences, including the G20 meetings and the G20 Ministerial Meeting on Energy Transitions and Global Environment for Sustainable Growth, both of which Japan will host in 2019. Following this, Japan stated its intention that it will continue to place weight on the development of clean energy-related technologies.

Moreover, at the public-private roundtable, a session meeting of the MI-4 meeting, Japan, together with the United Kingdom and Australia, served as a co-chair of the group involving carbon dioxide reduction in the industrial sector. In holding discussions, participating members confirmed the importance of public-private cooperation under the international-collaboration framework so as to accelerate cost reduction and commercialization of technologies in the fields of hydrogen and carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS).

(2) The Tenth Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM10) meeting (May 29)

The Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) is a meeting bringing together ministers and officials in the field of clean energy from 25 major developed countries and emerging countries, including the United States, European countries, China and India, aiming to disseminate and promote technologies in the field of clean energy worldwide.

At the CEM10, participating member countries confirmed the progress in the introduction of clean energy worldwide and shared challenges therein among them. Based on this, participating ministers proactively exchanged views on challenges and opportunities that member countries are facing and have in promoting clean energy, focusing on subjects that they had set, e.g., expanding scales of introduction of renewable energy and enhancing the flexibility of electricity systems, use of energy in a smart manner, and the labor force and communities in the field of clean energy.

Based on the results of these discussions, participating member countries confirmed the fields that they should prioritize in future CEM activities and the fact that CEM will continue to serve as an important framework under which they will tackle efforts for further introduction of clean energy taking advantage of their own knowledge.

Japan stated its participation in new CEM activities for advancing efforts for expanding hydrogen markets, explained an international industry-academia-government conference on carbon recycling that Japan will hold in September 2019, and stated the intention of its contribution to promoting clean energy worldwide.

2. Meetings with other ministers and officials of participating countries

Taking the opportunities of the MI-4 and CEM10 meetings, State Minister Isozaki held meetings each with H.E. Mr. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, Canada, the host country of the meetings, H.E. Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director, International Energy Agency (IEA), and other officials. At each meeting, the two sides exchanged views concerning cooperation relationships mainly focusing on the field of energy.

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