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Third RD20 Leaders' Session Held

October 13, 2021

On October 8, the third RD20 (Research and Development 20 for Clean Energy Technologies) Leaders’ Session was held. The organizer was the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). Leaders from research institutes for clean energy technology from the 20 major countries and regions participated. They discussed measures for further international cooperation between their organizations toward creating innovation to help bring about decarbonization.

Overview of the conference

Launched by Japan in 2019, RD20 (Research and Development 20 for Clean Energy Technologies) is an international conference where leaders from G20 research institutes related to clean energy technology gather to further research and development through international cooperation, with the aim of decarbonizing society.

At the third RD20 Leaders' Session held on October 8, Mr. Hagiuda Koichi, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, delivered a written message that emphasized the conference's significance for achieving global carbon neutrality.

After that, leaders from 24 organizations in 20 countries participated in discussions chaired by Mr. Ishimura Kazuhiko, President of AIST. The participating organizations pointed out the importance of promoting international joint research, of enhancing the development of human resources and facilities, and of proper management of intellectual property. Based on the outcomes of the discussions, the 24 organizations agreed to and adopted a Leaders Statement that provides the direction for cooperation between their organizations going forward.

Before the Leaders' Session, Technical Sessions were also held from September 29 to October 1. These included panel discussions by researchers with cutting-edge insights. The discussions covered three themes regarded as high priorities for achieving carbon neutrality: (1) decarbonization by sectors, (2) pubic acceptance of hydrogen, and (3) next-generation energy management systems.

A Taskforce for International Cooperation was also launched as a new activity toward creating concrete international joint research projects under the RD20 framework. Separate field task groups will be set up under the taskforce. These will bring together researchers from RD20 organizations to start discussing forming joint research projects. Several task groups are currently being put together, with groups for solar power generation and hydrogen among them.

 

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