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Japan: Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting 2019-“Fuel Cells to Receive Boost with Pledge of 10m Vehicles”

By September 24, 2019 3   min read  (436 words)

September 24, 2019 |

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On September 25, 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) will jointly hold a Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting 2019. Participants will share information on the progress in efforts of member countries for the Tokyo Statement released at the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting 2018, enrich discussions on future directions of policies for global utilization of hydrogen, and fortify international collaboration.

According to a report from Nikkei “Global ministers meeting will focus on ways to increase the technology’s use and Fuel cells to receive boost with pledge of 10m vehicles”

Japanese Industry Minister Isshu Sugawara will chair the meeting that will be attended by officials from the US, Europe, and the Mideast. The Nikkei said that the Minister included the 10 million goal in his draft chairman’s statement, which also includes a goal to increase the number of hydrogen fueling stations to 10,000 in 10 years. There are now several hundred fueling stations globally.

The goal of 10 million vehicles is not a commitment, but an ambitious, common global target. The chairman’s statement will also include a call for common standards and research agenda, the Nikkei said.

Outline and Purpose of Meeting

Hydrogen contributes to diversifying the sources of energy supply and also has the potential to serve as a dynamo for achieving dramatic low carbonization in society. These expectations for hydrogen as a key technology to energy transition and decarbonization have been attracting great attention worldwide.

The Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting was inaugurated in 2018 as the world’s first platform to encourage countries worldwide to promote global-level utilization of hydrogen and to further consolidate collaboration among member countries in a synergistic manner. Japan hosted the first meeting, which brought together responsible ministers and officials from 21 countries, region and organizations as well as over 300 representatives of companies, governmental stakeholders, and experts in the field of hydrogen. Participants proactively exchanged views on the importance of hydrogen toward energy transition and decarbonization, current situations and future perspectives of hydrogen-related technologies, need for international collaboration to create a new market for hydrogen that is self-sustainable in terms of business, and other issues. Finally, the member countries released the Tokyo Statement as a chair’s summary of the meeting.

Following on from the 2018 meeting, the Hydrogen Energy Ministerial Meeting 2019 will be held in light of the advancement of hydrogen-related technologies and increasing global expectations for hydrogen as a next-generation energy. Participants will share information on the progress of Tokyo Statement efforts in member countries, and based on this, enrich discussions on future directions of policies for global utilization of hydrogen and further fortify international collaboration.

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