Government changes in Germany and Japan: GJETC discusses consequences for climate mitigation policy at the 12th Council Meeting

The German-Japanese Energy Transition Council (GJETC) met for two days on 24 and 25 February in hybrid form in Berlin and Tokyo. The Council Meeting focused on the changes of government in both countries and the consequences for Germany’s and Japan’s climate mitigation policies. Studies on the decarbonization of the steel industry, long-term scenarios for achieving climate neutrality and the role of battery systems in the energy transition were also presented. Through its work, the GJETC is making an important contribution to German-Japanese cooperation on climate protection issues. Through bilateral knowledge exchange on energy and climate policy challenges, the preparation of studies and recommendations to the governments of both nations, the GJETC promotes an ambitious energy transition policy.

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“The targets for expanding renewable energies and foster energy efficiency have been increased significantly in both Japan and Germany. Nevertheless, existing potentials have not yet been exhausted and the request by the COP 26 in Glasgow, to keep 1.5 degrees within reach, remains a huge challenge for both countries. In this respect, the bilateral exchange of knowledge between two leading industrialized countries and the signaling effect of possible pioneering roles is more important than ever,” explains the German Co-Chair of the GJETC, Prof. Dr. Peter Hennicke.

In March 2022, the GJETC’s third council phase will come to an end. After many years of successful work with a broad study program, several outreach events, innovation roundtables and stakeholder dialogues that provided a platform for information exchange and discussion among policymakers, scientists, industry and society, the GJETC is willing to continue its work in a fourth phase. Especially the cooperation with the German-Japanese Energy Partnership can raise synergies between policy, industry and research and open new channels for knowledge exchange.

Prof. Tatsuya Terazawa, the Japanese Co-Chair of the GJETC, emphasizes: “We clearly want to continue the GJETC beyond March 2022. We have already collected initial ideas on the format, activities and suggestions on possible study topics for this in recent days. Particularly in view of the challenges of the coming years, namely achieving the self-imposed climate targets of many industrialized nations, especially Japan and Germany, we are creating an important level for knowledge-based dialogue with the GJETC.”