Beyond Climate Emergency – Steps towards Carbon Neurality
German-Japanese study results on key questions
The COVID-19 pandemic reminded the world community that global threats must be dealt with on a global level, rendering international cooperation indispensable. This holds especially true for the ongoing climate crisis threatening the lives of future generations. To meet the targets proclaimed in the Paris Agreement, joint efforts fostering energy transitions and other climate policies worldwide are needed.
Since its foundation in 2016, the German-Japanese Energy Transition Council (GJETC) has been working on strategic and systemic analysis to develop policy advice for new and long-term perspectives on the way to an ambitious energy transition.
In an Online Outreach Event on July 2, 2021 (9:00-10:30 CEST / 16:00-11:30 JST), members of the GJETC presented results and policy recommendations from recent studies that deal with key questions for the energy transition in both countries:
- How can Artificial Intelligence (AI) and big data be utilized to optimize power grid operation?
- To what extend can Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) and Hydrogen contribute to the decarbonization of energy-intensive industries?
- And which impact of COVID-19 can be observed on energy consumption, social behaviour and climate policy?
Also new study topics for the 3rd phase of the GJETC were presented. Amongst others, the Council gave an update on Germany’s / Japan’s climate strategy and its implications and discussed possible pathways and solutions for carbon neutrality. Participants were invited to participate in the Q&A session.
Webinar: Results & Policy Recommendations of the GJETC Phase II 2018-2020 in the light of Covid-19
On Thursday, 2nd July 2020 the GJETC presented the final results of the 2nd phase (2018-2020) along with the policy recommendations derived from the reports in it’s first Webinar Outreach. Aside from the 2 core topics of the 2nd phase, Hydrogen Society and Digitization & Energy Transition, the working groups have prepared input papers in bilateral cooperation between the respective GJETC experts on numerous issues such as Long-term Scenarios and Review Mechanisms, Transportation & Sector-Coupling and Integration Costs of Renewable Energy Sources. In addition, a special spotlight has been put on the topic “energy transition and the corona crisis”. With over 300 participations and 200 participants from Germany and Japan we had a lively discussion and the Outreach was a great success.
Unbundling of Electricity Markets and Management Options
Japan is in the process of restructuring its electricity market, e.g. introducing competition in supply, unbundling, and competitive balancing markets. Germany, as a member state of the European Union, has already restructured its power market in the years since 1998. Both countries, however, will have to develop their electricity markets further to master the energy transition. This concerns particularly the integration of large shares of generation based on mostly variable renewable energy.
Following the 7th GJETC Council Meeting the GJETC had organized an Outreach Event for 24th September 2019, to discuss this issue with the public. Guests were among others experts from the German Energy Market with Mr. Steffen Riediger (EEX AG) and Dr. Boris Rigault (Siemens) as well as Deputy Director of the DG Energy of the EC, Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dieter Borchardt. With over 180 applications and 150 attendees the topic drew a lot of interest especially from Japanese Stakeholders.
The Importance of International Cooperation under Disruptive Changes – Tokyo Edition
Complementary to the Outreach in April 2018 in Berlin, the GJETC hosted a second event for the dissemination of the first phase study results in Tokyo on 10th September 2018.
The joint recommendations for the various stakeholders from politics, industry and civil society were presented by the Co-Chairs and Council Members and discussed with the audience.
The Importance of International Cooperation under Disruptive Changes: Recommendations and Lessons Learnt from a Fruitful German-Japanese Dialogue on the Energy Transition
During the first phase of the GJETC, German and Japanese experts have analyzed the challenges of the energy transition in Germany and Japan and made recommendations on how the energy transition can be accelerated in both countries. The joint recommendations for the various stakeholders from politics, industry and civil society were presented by the co-chairs and council members at a public outreach event, back-to-back with the German-Japanese Energy and Environment Forum on 20th April 2018 in Berlin.
GJETC invited to the Committee for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Reactor Safety of the German Bundestag (German)
The Committee for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Reactor Safety of the German Bundestag invited the German GJETC Council Member Dr. Stefan Thomas, on the occassion of the 7th anniversary of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident, to present and discuss the results of the 1st phase of the GJETC in a public expert discussion on March 14th 2018.
The Energy Transition in Japan & Germany: Consensus and Controversies. Insights of the German-Japanese Energy Transition Council GJETC
On 16th February 2018 the GJETC held its second Outreach event in the Federal Press Conference in Berlin. With around 120 participants the facility was “sold out”. Under the participation of high-ranking government officials and members of the German Bundestag the Co-Chairs presented the results and policy recommendations to the public and discussed them in a broader context among others with Dr. Karsten Sach, Head of International Cooperation at the BMU.
German Japanese Dialogue – How far can the energy transition go? Perspectives and first results of the German-Japanese Energy Transition Council
One main task during the first phase of the GJETC was to create a study program using evidence-based scenarios and system analysis. One year after the council took up its work, the preliminary results of the studies were presented and discussed by the German and Japanese GJETC Council members in Tokyo in the first Outreach event of the GJETC. Around 100 participants took part in the public event held at the Institute of Energy Economics Japan on 6th September 2017.