March 31, 2021
Mr. Ejima Kiyoshi, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, attended the 6th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency organized by the International Energy Agency (IEA), which was held via video conference on March 30 (Tue.).
The IEA organizes the Annual Global Conferences on Energy Efficiency as a forum for sharing innovative efforts and the latest knowledge in order to accelerate energy efficiency around the globe. Participants include top management from private companies as well as ministers from various countries.
The 6th Annual Conference was held via video conference on March 30 (Tue.). With the themes "Next-Generation Efficiency Policy for High-Ambition Targets" and "Super-Efficient Products for Net-Zero Transitions," matters were discussed to provide input for the IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit (*1) the following day, March 31 (Wed.).
State Minister Ejima spoke about the importance of the analysis of global benchmarks for energy efficiency conducted by the IEA with cooperation from Japan, and explained next-generation energy efficiency policies (*2) that Japan is discussing at home with a view toward achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
*1 IEA-COP26 Net Zero Summit (held 19:00-22:00 on March 31, 2021 (Wed.))
Organized by the IEA and the UK as the COP26 presidency-holder, this summit will be a video conference held as a forum for discussing methods of cooperation toward achieving zero net greenhouse gas emissions globally, and efforts by countries and companies toward achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement with a view toward COP26. Mr. Kajiyama Hiroshi, the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, will participate.
With the aim of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, discussions are being held on how to best promote the following three initiatives:
(1) Use of electrical power and non-fossil energy in manufacturing processes, buildings, etc., in light of the decarbonization of power sources.
(2) Efforts to shift and optimize demand during times when a large amount of variable renewable energy is generated, in order to expand the introduction of renewable energy on the supply side, and make more use of it.
(3) Efforts to strengthen resilience.
Division in Charge
International Affairs Office, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy