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Fourth Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting Held

October 8, 2021

On October 4 (Mon.), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) jointly held the Fourth Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting.

Hydrogen-related efforts are gaining pace globally. Delegates from 29 countries, regions, international organizations, etc. (among them 18 ministers) and company representatives delivered messages and shared information about their efforts, challenges, and policy directions toward furthering the cause of using hydrogen globally in the future.

1. Outline

Date and time:

October 4 (Mon.), 2021, 19:00 to 22:40



Number of participants (registered viewers):

About 3,200

Speakers, etc.:

Delegates from 29 countries, regions, international organizations, etc. and company representatives, etc.

Ministerial session

Argentina, Australia, Chile, the European Commission, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Spain, United Arab Emirates, International Energy Agency (IEA), International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE), Hydrogen Council, the Japan Hydrogen Association (JH2A), Brunei, Czech Republic, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Alberta (Canada), International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Private sessions

  1. Hydrogen supply chains
    McKinsey & Company (*), Air Liquide, ENEOS, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS)

  2. Hydrogen Valleys (Regional hydrogen society model)
    Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) (*), Groningen (Netherlands), Lancaster (United States), Namie Town (Fukushima Prefecture), Northern Gas Networks

  3. Fuel cell modules
    NEDO (*), Plug Power, Power Cell, REFIER Group, Toyota Motor Corporation / Fuel Cell Cutting-Edge Research Center Technology Research Association (FC-Cubic), Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW)

  4. Water electrolysis
    U.S. Department of Energy (*), Asahi Kasei, ITM Power, RWE Generation SE, thyssenkrupp Japan K.K., Yamanashi Hydrogen Company (YHC)

Note: (*) indicates the moderators.

2. Details

(1) Ministerial session

Delivering the opening address, Mr. Hirose Naoshi, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, METI, said that given that many countries have developed hydrogen strategies and are conducting a variety of hydrogen-related initiatives, he believes that hydrogen is moving on to the implementation phase, and that making a hydrogen society a reality will entail global cooperation, cost reductions, and clear commitments by governments.


Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), delivered a keynote speech in which he spoke among other matters about how although many challenges remain in terms of things like supply chains, infrastructure, and the cost of low-carbon hydrogen, many countries have formulated hydrogen strategies to realize hydrogen's potential to reduce CO2, and this has inspired private investment. The IEA announced that it has formulated Global Hydrogen Review 2021 in cooperation with relevant organizations, to provide policy makers with advice and information on the latest global trends.

In addition, representatives from the participating countries, regions, international organizations, etc. expressed their gratitude to Japan's leadership for hosting the meeting, and presented, among other things, their progress on hydrogen projects (including international cooperation and studies on hydrogen production potential), and their thinking and progress of deliberations regarding systems and regulations to ensure smooth hydrogen trade. They also shared information about their challenges and policy directions toward furthering the cause of using hydrogen globally in the future.

(2) Private sessions

Leading companies and regional leaders working on supplying and using hydrogen all around the world spoke about the latest trends worldwide and their visions for expanding hydrogen use.

  1. Hydrogen supply chains
    The participants shared information and examples from various regions around the world regarding hydrogen's potential and companies' initiatives toward building hydrogen supply chains, and exchanged views on key factors for success in international hydrogen supply chain projects.

  2. Hydrogen Valleys (Regional hydrogen society model)
    The participants shared information about goals and demonstration projects toward a hydrogen society and leading examples of communities introducing hydrogen use, and exchanged views on what developing hydrogen-based towns will entail, and what key factors their success will rely on.

  3. Fuel cell modules
    The participants shared information on efforts toward modularization to make fuel cells commonplace and examples of collaborations among industry, academia, and government, and exchanged views on what approaches will be necessary in order to achieve further market development.

  4. Water electrolysis
    The participants shared their commitment to global efforts to scale up and improve the performance of water electrolysis units and optimize the relevant systems with a view toward reducing the costs of green hydrogen, and exchanged views on topics including the future prospects for the green hydrogen market, the advantages of different types of water electrolysis units, and incentive schemes toward achieving cost competitiveness.

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

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