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METI and the Ministry for Ecological and Inclusive Transition of France Exchanged

June 26, 2019

On June 26, 2019, taking the opportunity of the Japan-France summit meeting, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France, held a ceremony for exchanging a Memorandum of Cooperation on Innovation for Energy Transition.

1. Background

Japan and France share the same challenges in evolving technological innovations in fields such as; renewables, hydrogen, nuclear energy and energy efficiency, in order to achieve inexpensive, low-carbon,  stable energy systems. Against this backdrop, on June 13, 2019, Mr. Hiroshige Seko, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and H.E. Mr. Francois de Rugy, Minister for Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France, concluded a Memorandum of Cooperation on Innovation for Energy Transition to enrich Japan-France cooperation in the field of innovations for energy transition. Following this, on June 26, 2019, Japan and France held a ceremony for exchanging the MOC.

2. Key points of the MOC

Under the MOC, Japan and France will advance cooperation in the following areas, with the aim of accelerating innovation for energy transition:

  1. Sharing experiences and best practices of research and development (R&D), etc. on the development of renewable energy;
  2. Sharing expertise of hydrogen using the framework of the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting, etc. and promoting international cooperation on R&D of hydrogen technologies;
  3. Continuing a close partnership in the decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, the final disposal of high-level radioactive waste and the implementation of the nuclear fuel cycle; encouraging industrial cooperation in the field of nuclear energy in third countries; launching a new cooperation framework starting in 2020 on fast reactor technology (see the Appendix), etc.; and
  4. Sharing expertise and best practices of energy efficiency in all sectors such as transport, industry and buildings.

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