Despite differences in energy politics and framework conditions, high-tech countries like Japan and Germany have to master similar challenges: How to establish a long-term risk-minimizing energy strategy based on public consensus and sound research, which protects the climate and natural resources and at the same time drives ecological modernization and international competitiveness of the economy. At the same time, the ecological modernisation should maintain, or even strengthen the international competitiveness. The German-Japanese Energy Transition Council (GJETC) strives to support both nations to find solutions and strategies to master these challenges.
The GJETC concentrates on strategic and systemic analysis and develops policy advice focused on problem solutions respecting the different framework conditions and energy policies in both countries. On the basis of good and successful examples from both countries, new and long-term perspectives on the way to an ambitious energy transition shall open up.
Research questions for 4 study topics will be formulated and elaborated by leading research institutions from both countries. The results of this study program as well as further analysis by the scientific secretariats will support the Council’s work. Results will be documented continuously and made available for politics, economy and civil society.
The Council consists of six energy experts on the German side and Japanese side with an additional three associated members on each side and is led by two co-chairs. The Council members meet twice a year, alternating between Germany and Japan. On the basis of several meetings with high-ranking representatives from politics, science and civil society in Japan and Germany, a comprehensive organisation concept for the Council has been developed.
The project, jointly launched by the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, ECOS, hennicke.consult and the Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ) was funded by the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), the Mercator Foundation and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in working phase 1 and 2. In the 3rd phase of the council’s work, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) takes over funding for the GJETC from the DBU.
The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), and the Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB) also support the project. On the German side, the Wuppertal Institute is coordinating the Council’s work as secretariat together with ECOS; on the Japanese side, the Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ/Tokyo) had been doing this task.