GJETC honored as role model for bilateral scientific cooperation

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) has been promoting scientific exchange between Japan and Germany since the 1930s. The German Society of JSPS Fellows awarded the JACA Prize to Prof. Dr. Peter Hennicke, Senior Advisor at the Wuppertal Institute, at the German-Japanese symposium “Art, architecture and technology” in Vienna on May 24. The JSPS Alumni Club Award 2019 (“JACA Prize” for short) was given to Peter Hennicke for “his outstanding contribution to the realisation of scientific exchange between German-speaking countries and Japan”. The award also appreciates Peter Hennicke’s role as German Co-Chair of the German-Japanese Energy Transition Council (GJETC) and the GJETC’s three years of cooperation. The laudatio reads: “The JACA of 2019 honours Professor Hennicke representing the founding consortium of the worldwide unique GJETC”.

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Photo: JSPS-Chairman Prof. Heinrich Menkhaus (left) presenting the JACA Prize to GJETC Co-Chair Prof. Peter Hennicke. (© Valentin Jäger-Waldau)

In his acceptance speech, Hennicke also addressed the role of the cooperation model: “The award is a great honour and an enormous encouragement for me and for the entire team of the German Japanese Energy Transition Council. The aim of our cooperation with Japan is to demonstrate that the energy transition can succeed better, despite considerably different starting positions in Germany and Japan, if both countries learn from their strengths, but also try to make their weaknesses transparent in order to avoid them.”

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Laudatory Speech

Acceptance Speech by GJETC Co-Chair Peter Hennicke

GJETC 2.0 – Project enters next stage with new concept & new faces

After two years of successful work which culminated in an extensive 800 pages study program and a Final Report published in April 2018, the German-Japanese Energy Transition Council (GJETC) will continue its work in a 2nd phase from this fall. Thanks to the renewed support of the German Environment Foundation (DBU), the German Federal Foreign Office and the Japanese Ministry of Economy and Trade (METI), the Council will independently develop ideas and alternative options for a long-term and sustainable energy supply strategy in both countries in the next 2 years.

German-Japanese-Energy-Transition-Council-GJETC-GroupPhoto: GJETC 2.0 in Tokyo during 5th Council Meeting on 14th November

“The 2nd GJETC working phase comes just in the right timing as the long-term scenarios for the future alignment of energy policy are intensively discussed in Germany as well as in Japan. In the forerun to COP 24 in Poland and G20 summit in Japan, German and Japanese German governmental bodies and organizations intensified their consultations in several fields related to energy system of the future. For these discussions, the GJETC is a unique project of independent bilateral scientific cooperation, which aims to continue to give science-based impulses for the energy policy in both countries”, stated Prof. Peter Hennicke, German Co-Chair of the GJETC.

German-Japanese-Energy-Transition-Council-GJETC-Hennicke-Toyoda-METIPhoto: Prof. Masakazu Toyoda (center) reviewing the 1st phase together with his German counterpart Prof. Dr. Peter Hennicke (right) and Masayoshi Yamakage (left), Director Policy Planning Division, Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Department of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE)

GJETC 2.0 will adopt a new working style. In addition to the biannual meetings, working groups including Council Members as well as external experts from industry and civil society will be installed to facilitate a more focused research on specific topics („bottlenecks“) of energy transition identified in phase 1. A special focus will be set on the review of German and Japanese long-term scenarios (for 2050) and their evaluation mechanisms as well as on building energy efficiency and heating/cooling. Furthermore, two fundamental studies on “H2 Society“ and the Role of „Digitization for the Energy Transition“ will be carried out and accompanied by the Council.

In order to cover all the diverse topics while preserving the core of the Council, some new members have been introduced: Prof. Dr. Andreas Loeschel, Chair of Microeconomics at the University of Muenster and Member of the German Governmental Energy Transition Monitoring Expert Group; Dr. Harry Lehmann, General Director at the Federal Environmental Agency (UBA); Dr. Carsten Rolle, Head of Department for Energy and Climate Policy at the Federation of German Industries (BDI); Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President of the renowned Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

The next Council meetings are held in Tokyo on November 14/15, 2018 and in Berlin on March 6/7, 2019. A video on the concept and work of the GJETC as well as the study results, input papers, and final report of the 1st phase (in English, summaries in Japanese and German) can be downloaded from the GJETC website.