About the German Japanese Energy Transition Council (GJETC)

The German-Japanese Energy Transition Cooperation Council is an international model to strengthen knowledge exchange on technologies, policies and the impacts of the energy transition. In its form, continuity and size, the GJETC is the first German-Japanese cooperation project on the energy transition of its kind. Founded in spring 2016, the Council conducts an extensive study program on core topics of the energy transition, holds stakeholder dialogues with industry and civil society, and has published eleven studies, a series of strategic input papers, and two reports with key recommendations for a successful energy transition in March 2018 and June 2020.

The project, jointly launched by the Wuppertal Institute, ECOS, hennicke.consult and the Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ/Tokyo) 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 former German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) took over funding for the GJETC from the DBU. The former 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) had been doing this task.

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