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Online Special Event of Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting Held

October 15, 2020

On October 14 (Wed.), 2020, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) jointly held an Online Special Event of the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting. This online meeting presented messages from 13 ministers and other representatives of 23 countries, regions and international organizations and representatives of companies. Aiming to maintain and expand global momentum for building a “hydrogen-based society”, participants shared information on efforts for hydrogen production and utilization and also shared recognition of the roles that hydrogen should play in decarbonization and technological development; the need for harmonization of systems; and the further enhancement of international cooperation.

1. Outline

Date: October 14 (Wed.), 2020
Venue: The event was held online.
Organizers: METI and NEDO
Number of registered participants: About 2,800
Speakers, etc.: Representatives of 23 countries, regions, international organizations, companies and other entities

Ministerial session:

Argentina, Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, the European Commission (EC), France, Germany, the Hydrogen Council (HC), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland (the Ministry of Climate and the Ministry of Development), Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom

Industrial sessions:

[i] Fuel cell-powered mobility Platform

Ballard Power Systems, Bosch Corporation, Iwatani Corporation, Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Linde Engineering, Micheline (former CEO of SymBio Pharmaceuticals Limited), Mitsui & Co., and Toyota Motor Corporation

[ii] Hydrogen Supply Chain Platform

bp, Chiyoda Corporation, Equinor, the Japan-Germany Energy Transition Council, JERA Co., Inc., Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Mitsubishi Corporation, and Shell.

[iii] Hydrogen Hub Platform

Asahi Kasei Corp., the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Los Angeles city, Engie, Mitsubishi Power Ltd., Nel, Nippon Steel Corporation, Stedin, and Toshiba Corporation

2. Overview

Utilization of hydrogen is a key technology in achieving decarbonization in energy systems and the international community has been advancing a variety of efforts for hydrogen production and utilization.

This event published a “Global Action Agenda (GAA) Progress Report,” a report on the progress in the efforts by member countries and organizations for GAA, a policy that was announced at the second meeting in 2019 outlining specific actions that member countries should take toward achieving a hydrogen-based society. Moreover, at the event, government ministers of 23 countries and leaders of international organizations and industrial players which have been advancing efforts for realization of a hydrogen-based society, made briefings on future directions of such efforts and participants shared the information.

Specifically, participating ministers and others made briefings on: their efforts to maintain steady advancement of efforts for realization of a hydrogen-based society even under COVID-19; the importance of hydrogen as an essential energy for decarbonization; the reduction of costs necessary to promote hydrogen utilization; technological development; and the need for harmonization of systems and other frameworks among countries, and participants shared this recognition.

(1) Ministerial session

At the beginning of the event, Mr. Kajiyama Hiroshi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, delivered a speech and published a GAA Progress Report as a summary of progress made since the previous meeting covering the major efforts by member countries, international organizations and other entities for hydrogen development. Moreover, he announced Japan’s world-leading efforts, including the operation of the world’s largest hydrogen producing facility making use of renewable energy and the world’s first demonstration project for building an international hydrogen supply chain. He also stated that Japan will closely cooperate with the IEA in the next Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting.

Following this, Dr. Fatih Birol, IEA Executive Director, delivered a keynote speech in which he stated that hydrogen is an essential element for a transition to clean energy and also acknowledged the key role that the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting has been playing in accelerating efforts for global hydrogen utilization. Moreover, he stated that the IEA will further cooperate with Japan in the next Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting; it will annually prepare a “Global Hydrogen Review,” a report on the current situations of efforts worldwide, in order to present a summary that can act as an indicator of international efforts being tackled to achieve a hydrogen-based society, aiming to encourage member countries to advance individual efforts and international collaboration; and through these initiatives, it will share the progress in efforts by member countries, the challenges faced and best practices, with the world.

Furthermore, representatives of member countries, regions and international organizations that are highly interested in world-wide hydrogen utilization showed their appreciation for Japan’s leadership as the host of the event, explained recent hydrogen policies and strategies, which many countries have begun formulating, and presented briefings on roles of hydrogen toward decarbonization; technological development and demonstration for such efforts as reduction of costs incurred for hydrogen production; the need for scaling up of such development and demonstration; and the importance of international cooperation, e.g., international harmonization of systems and regulations.

(2) Industrial session

Representatives of leading companies and other organizations engaging in worldwide supply and utilization of hydrogen delivered speeches on the world’s latest trends and future prospects for expansion of hydrogen utilization in three fields: mobility, supply chains and role models of regional hydrogen-based societies. Representatives of other participating companies showed their recognition that hydrogen is an essential element of decarbonization in industries faced with difficulties in electrification or in the fields of transportation and power generation. In addition, participants shared information on efforts toward making use of hydrogen and fuel cells for commercial vehicles, for which the transportation industry has recently been raising its expectations as targets of hydrogen utilization; efforts for building international hydrogen supply chains; large-scale projects for hydrogen production by water electrolysis devices making use of renewable energy; and pioneering case examples of efforts for regional hydrogen utilization, as seen in the Port of Los Angeles, the United States, and Bayern, Germany.


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Division in Charge

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Strategy Office, Advanced Energy Systems and Structure Division, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy