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METI Hosts Three Conferences: Second Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting, First International Conference on Carbon Recycling and LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2019

September 27, 2019

On September 25 (Wed.) and 26 (Thur.), 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hosted three conferences in Tokyo, i.e., the Second Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting, the First International Conference on Carbon Recycling and the LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2019. The Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting enriched discussions on future directions of policies for utilization of hydrogen at a global level, and released a chair’s summary titled “Global Action Agenda” as action guidelines that member countries should take involving hydrogen and fuel cells.

At the First International Conference on Carbon Recycling, Mr. Sugawara Isshu, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, made a presentation on Japan’s “Carbon Recycling 3C Initiative,” a policy consisting of three elements: [i] promotion of mutual exchange (Caravan), [ii] establishment of R&D and demonstration base (Center of Research) and [iii] promotion of international joint research (Collaboration). Following this, Japan and Australia concluded a Memorandum of Cooperation on Carbon Recycling, which is Japan’s first effort for promoting international collaboration in the field of Carbon Recycling.

At the beginning of the LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2019, Minister Sugawara delivered a speech and stated Japan’s commitment to executing leadership in development of LNG markets through its additional financing of 10 billion dollars to LNG-related facilities and its capacity building of an additional 500 people so as to link new supply sources and the demand in Asia.

1. Second Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting

(1) Overview

Date: September 25 (Wed.)
Venue: Hotel New Otani Tokyo
Organizers: METI and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Number of participants: Approximately 600
Participating countries, regions and organizations: 35
(The United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Italy, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, the European Commission (EC), Australia, Oman, the Netherlands, Canada, the ROK, the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), Costa Rica, Saudi Arabia, the Hydrogen Council, Spain, Thailand, Tanzania, Chile, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), the Philippines, France, Brunei Darussalam, the United States, Vietnam, Poland, Morocco, and Russia)

(2) Details of the discussions

Utilization of hydrogen is a key technology to achieve decarbonization in energy systems. Countries worldwide have been advancing a variety of efforts for hydrogen utilization. Taking into consideration the results of the G20 meeting in June 2019, the Second Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting was held, consisting of two parts: a Ministerial Session in the morning and an Industry and International Organization Session in the afternoon. The meeting shared the current situations of public-private efforts for the Tokyo Statement, a chair’s summary released at the First Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting, and it enriched discussions on future directions of efforts for realization of a hydrogen society.

[i] Ministerial Session

This session brought together representatives of countries, regions and organizations that are highly interested in utilization of hydrogen at a global level. Participants shared the current situations of efforts taken by member countries, regions and organizations for the Tokyo Statement, which shows future directions of policies released at the previous meeting. Based on this, participants enriched discussions on future directions of policies for utilization of hydrogen at a global level, and released a chair’s summary titled “Global Action Agenda” as action guidelines that member countries should take involving hydrogen and fuel cells.

Key points of the Global Action Agenda

[ii] Industry and International Organization Session

In this session, representatives of international organizations, e.g., the IEA and the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE), and global leading companies delivered speeches on the latest worldwide trends in four fields of cross cutting, mobility, supply chains and sector integration as well as on their prospects toward expanded utilization of hydrogen. Following this, in light of the Global Action Agenda released at the ministerial session in the morning as action guidelines, participants held panel discussions on efforts which respective sectors should implement in the future.

(3) Establishing bilateral cooperation relationships and other ties

METI exchanged views with each of the participating countries and companies on future efforts. In particular, METI and the Government Secretariat of Energy, Ministry of Treasury, Argentina, concluded a memorandum of cooperation for encouraging experts to exchange information and share knowledge involving manufacturing of hydrogen from renewable energy, development of a strategic roadmap for hydrogen, measures for reducing mid- to long-term costs and other issues.

Moreover, METI and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the Netherlands, concluded a memorandum of cooperation for encouraging the governments, industrial players and research institutes to cooperate in the fields of: efforts for hydrogen policies and utilization of hydrogen, a strategic roadmap for hydrogen, creation of international hydrogen supply chains and technological development.

Furthermore, METI and Rusatom Overseas, a Russian company, concluded a memorandum of cooperation for conducting feasibility study on hydrogen supply chains.

METI will strive to further enhance international collaboration in the field of hydrogen.

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2. First International Conference on Carbon Recycling

(1) Overview

Date: September 25 (Wed.)
Venue: Hotel New Otani
Organizers: METI and NEDO
Number of participants: Approximately 450
Participating countries, regions and organizations: 20
(The U.S., the U.A.E., Australia, the Netherlands, Canada, Cambodia, the ROK, Saudi Arabia, Thailand,Norway, Pakistan, the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam,Vietnam, Poland, Mozambique, Morocco, the IEA and ERIA)

(2) Details of the discussions

Triggered by the enforcement of the Paris Agreement, global society has been accelerating momentum for advancing measures against global warming. Meanwhile, global energy demand is expected to dramatically increase. Carbon Recycling is one of the important and prosperous fields contributing to achievement of the virtuous cycle of environment and economic growth. The International Conference on Carbon Recycling was held as the world’s first international meeting for holding discussions on Carbon Recycling. Participants confirmed the latest knowledge of worldwide countries on Carbon Recycling and the potential in international collaboration on Carbon Recycling. In addition, Minister Sugawara made a presentation on Japan’s “Carbon Recycling 3C Initiative,” a policy consisting of three elements: [i] promotion of mutual exchange (Caravan), [ii] establishment of R&D and demonstration base (Center of Research) and [iii] promotion of international joint research (Collaboration). Member countries agreed that they should advance technological development in an accelerating manner and that they should promote innovations in a collaborative manner with each other



 

(3) Establishing bilateral cooperation relationships

Japan and Australia concluded the Memorandum of Cooperation on Carbon Recycling, which is Japan’s first effort for promoting international collaboration in the field of Carbon Recycling. Under the MOC, the countries will establish meetings of various forms and will hold discussions on the possibilities for joint projects together with governmental stakeholders and, if necessary, industrial players of the countries.

3. LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2019

(1) Overview

Date: September 26 (Thur.)
Venue: Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa
Organizers: METI and the Asia Pacific Energy Research Centre (APERC)
Number of participants: Approximately 1,200
Participating countries, regions and organizations: 32
(Qatar, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Mozambique, Norway, the IEA, ERIA, etc.)

(2) Details of the discussions

The year of 2019 is a milestone marking the 50th anniversary for Japan since its first import of LNG ahead of other countries. At the LNG Producer-Consumer Conference 2019, the eighth time this year, stakeholders, including ministers and top executives of companies from member countries, placed eyes on the coming 50 years for the field of LNG, amid more global attention paid to future prospects for energy situations not only in the Middle East but also in other regions worldwide. Based on this, they enriched discussions on the roles that LNG may play as global society is facing issues of energy security and climate change, collaboration between producers and consumers and other issues.

At the beginning of the conference, Minister Sugawara delivered a speech and stated, as promises toward expansion of the scales of LNG markets, Japan’s commitment to executing leadership in development of LNG markets through its additional financing of 10 billion dollars to LNG-related projects and its capacity building of an additional 500 people so as to link new supply sources and demand in Asia.

References

(3) Establishing bilateral cooperation relationships

Witnessed by Mr. Hideki Makihara, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and H.E. Mr. Jose Maria da Silva Vieira de Morias, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Japan, Embassy of the Republic of Mozambique in Tokyo, the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), the Instituto Nacional de Petroleo of Mozambique and the Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos, E.P. signed the extension of the Implementing Program for Human Resource Development in the Fields of Oil and Natural Gas. Japan will continue to develop human resources in the fields of oil and natural gas in Mozambique and will strive to further enhance Japan-Mozambique relationships.

4. Joint reception party between the three conferences

(1) Overview

Date: September 25 (Wed.)
Venue: Happo-en
Organizers: METI, NEDO, JOGMEC and APERC

(2) Details of the party

Japan held a joint reception party between the three conferences as an opportunity to promote networking across the conferences. At the party, Japan offered its hospitality to overseas dignitaries through providing Japanese foods and explaining its cultures and proactively explained its efforts.

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