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FY2020 Study Group on Ideal Approaches to Assessment of Environmental Impacts for Appropriate Introduction of Renewable Energy to Hold its First Meeting

January 19, 2021

The FY2020 Study Group on Ideal Approaches to Assessment of Environmental Impacts for Appropriate Introduction of Renewable Energy will hold its first meeting on January 21 (Thur.), 2021. This meeting is scheduled to be held via real-time video streaming on YouTube.

1. Purpose of the study group

Toward the realization of a decarbonized society, it is necessary to facilitate further introduction of renewable energy. To this end, the importance of a system for assessing environmental impacts is growing in order to prevent negative impacts on the environment and smoothly advance the introduction of renewable energy to the maximum extent possible on the premise of gaining communities’ understanding.

In this situation, the Task Force for Comprehensive Review of Laws and Regulations for Renewable Energy and Other Resources held a meeting on December 1, 2020, which was organized by the Minister of State for Special Missions. The Task Force pointed out challenges that wind power generation projects, which are subject to assessment of environmental impacts, are facing in meeting requirements such as the project size, and it requested the government to swiftly take measures for such challenges.

Against this backdrop, the study group will hold a series of meetings to discuss ideal approaches to assessment of environmental impacts toward appropriate, environmentally-friendly introduction of renewable energy.

2. Date and time

January 21 (Thur.), 2021; from 17:30 to 19:30

2. Meeting style

Online meeting open to the public via YouTube

4. Agenda (tentative)

  1. Inauguration of the Study Group on Ideal Approaches to Assessment of Environmental Impacts for Appropriate Introduction of Renewable Energy
  2. Background to discussions on requirements that wind power generation projects, which are subject to assessment of environmental impacts, should meet in terms of the project size
  3. Interviews with stakeholders
  4. Other issues

5. How to observe the meeting

The meeting of the study group will be open to the public via real-time video streaming on YouTube. Meeting materials and a URL for observers will be released on the METI website page (in Japanese) at a later date.

Division in Charge

Electric Power Safety Division, Industrial and Product Safety Policy Group

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