Outreach Events

27th May 2024: Creating a Policy Landscape for the Energy Transition  – Recommendations for the Electricity Market Design and Energy Efficiency Governance

The GJETC has released two new studies providing thorough analysis of current market and policy landscapes in Japan and Germany:

The first, „Electricity Market Design – Instruments to Support the Investment in Flexibilities in Germany and Japan,“ analyzes the existing and potential policy strategies in both countries to ramp up investment in low-carbon flexibility resources that are needed to integrate high shares of photovoltaics and wind energy in the market and the grid.

The second, „The More Effective Governance of Energy Efficiency Policies,“ provides a set of both general and industry specific policy recommendations on the need for effective governance to achieve the adequate contributions of both countries to the COP28 goal of 4% annual energy efficiency increase worldwide by 2030, harnessing the multiple benefits of energy efficiency for Japan and Germany as well.

On May 27, 09:00 – 11:00 CEST / 16:00 – 18:00 JST, the GJETC study teams presented the results of the studies in an online Outreach Event followed by comments from council members and other experts and an open discussion with the participants.

Program

Presentations
Electricity Market Design – Instruments to support the investment in flexibilities in Germany and Japan
The more effective governance of energy efficiency policies

Video Recording

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15th February 2024Meet the Co-Chairs 
Tripling Renewables and Doubling Energy-Efficiency: Germany and Japan as Forerunners for the Implementation of Ambitious COP Goals 
The members of the German- Japanese Energy Transition Council (GJETC) gathered in mid-February for the first „in person“ meeting of this working phase in Berlin. The experts discussed the studies currently in progress on an optimized electricity market design with more incentives for investing in flexibility, on accelerating the implementation of energy saving measures through improved governance and on comparing initiatives such as the European Green Deal or Japan’s Green Transformation (GX).
On Thursday, February 15th 2024, the new „Meet the Co-Chairs“ format at the Japanese Embassy in Berlin gave the opportunity to gain insights into the Council’s work and talk to the Co-Chairs and Council members in person.
 
 
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26th October 2023 (online): Roadmaps and Concepts to Decarbonize the Building Stock and the (petro)chemical Industry – Insights into Results of German-Japanese Studies

Japan and Germany both have set ambitious targets to become carbon neutral. Japan seeks to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, Germany even until 2045, following a ruling of the constitutional court in April 2021.

Against this background, the German-Japanese dialogue on the energy transition plays a particular significant role. 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.

The outreach event presented two recent studies that discuss

(1) strategies, concepts and measures for decarbonizing the building stock and

(2) a comparative analysis of roadmaps towards a climate neutral petrochemical production system.

The GJETC has focused especially on the building sector over the past year, holding a Stakeholder Dialogue with industry representatives in March and planning an Innovation Roundtable focussing on innovative processes and materials to economize energetic renovation in December.

Picking up this theme, this outreach event also focused on the first study, with council members giving further input on recent developments in the field.

 

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Presentations

„Strategies, concepts and measures for decarbonising the building stock by 2045/50“, Toshiyuki Kudo, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan
„Roadmaps towards a climate neutral petrochemical production system“, Ichiro Kutani, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan / Ylva Kloo, Wuppertal Institute
„Developments in the last 12 months | Germany“, Mr. Rauschen, Öko-Zentrum NRW
„Strategies, concepts and measures for decarbonising the building stock by 2045/50“, Prof. Ikaga, Keio University

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9th December 2022 (online): Connecting the Outcome of COP 27 with German-Japanese Cooperation on the Energy Transition“
8:30 – 10:00 CET / 16:30 -18:00 JST

While Russia’s war against Ukraine is still going on, the international community convened in Sharm el-Sheikh for the COP 27 to discuss yet another global crisis: How to ensure full implementation of the Paris Agreement, namely reaching the 1.5°C target? Especially industrialized countries such as Germany and Japan need to implement measures to reduce their Greenhouse Gas emissions significantly, while also taking over responsibility for the damage they have already caused to the global climate decades ago and hereby particularly damaging the global South.

From a German-Japanese perspective, the outreach event on December 9 brought light on the outcomes of the COP 27 with a focus on the question of whether substantial contributions for accelerated action that would also aim at a just transition worldwide have been agreed on. It further discussed how cooperation between Germany and Japan can foster/stimulate accelerated international efforts on climate change mitigation.

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Summary

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„COP27 and beyond“, Takahiko Tagami, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan
„Insights from COP27“, Wolfgang Obergassel, Wuppertal Institute

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9th November 2022: „Approaching carbon neutrality in times of crisis“

German-Japanese study results on the role of decentralized electricity storage, the decarbonization of the steel industry and long-term scenarios (update)

Japan and Germany both have set ambitious targets to become carbon neutral. To meet these targets while also ensuring the energy security supply, quick and thoughtful decisions are necessary more than before the war of Russia against Ukraine. Against this background, the German-Japanese dialogue on energy transition plays a particular significant role. 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.
The outreach event outlined the main results of three studies that discuss (1) the role of distributed electricity storage for grid balancing, (2) the potential for decarbonization in the steel sector and (3) an update on long-term scenarios to reach carbon neutrality in Germany and Japan in light of the current energy crisis. The presentations were followed by a discussion on how both countries aim to ensure energy security while meeting their climate policy commitments.

Program

Summary of GJETC Outreach Event
Presentations Download
  1. Presentation of Results from the Studies conducted in 2021/2022
    The Role of Batteries towards Carbon Neutrality – Stefan Thomas (Wuppertal Institute) and Toshiya Okamura (Institute of Energy Economics Japan)
    Potential Roadmaps for Decarbonization of the Steel Sector – Yoshikazu Kobayashi (Institute of Energy Economics Japan)
    Update on the Comparative Analysis of Long-Term Scenarios discussing Decarbonization Strategies in Japan and Germany in Times of Change – Lotte Nawothnig (Wuppertal Institute) and Hideaki Obane (Institute of Energy Economics Japan)
  2. Implications of the War in Ukraine for the German / EU and Japanese Energy Security and Climate Strategy
    Current Japanese Policy & Outlook after Ukraine War – Prof. Tatsuya Terazawa (Co-Chair of GJETC)
    German/EU Policy & Outlook after Ukraine War – Prof. Peter Hennicke (Co-Chair of GJETC)
    Short comments – Dr. Felix Matthes (GJETC Council Member)

Download of the Full Studies

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25th November 2021: „Heading for carbon neutrality: Key strategies for Germany and Japan“

The challenges posed by the increasing global climate crisis call for more substantial actions to reach climate neutrality. An acceleration of energy transition and socio-ecological transformation are indispensable. At COP 26 in Glasgow, both Germany and Japan presented their specific ambitious targets and roadmaps. Against this backdrop, the German-Japanese Energy Transition Council presented key approaches found in recent long-term scenario studies on how to reach carbon neutrality until 2045 (Germany) or 2050 (Japan) in the online Outreach Event “Heading for carbon neutrality: Key strategies for Germany and Japan” on Thursday, 25th November 2021, 8:30-10:00h CET / 16:30-18:00h JST. In the last Council Meeting in September 2021, the GJETC members agreed on the processing of a new comparative study on long-term scenarios assessing the different strategies and approaches of reaching carbon neutrality by 2045/50; it will be finalized until February 2022. This Outreach Event presented first results and discussed key strategies of Germany and Japan covered by most recent long-term scenarios, demonstrating the variety of strategic approaches in achieving climate neutrality and discussing possible conclusions in the light of the outcomes of COP26. 

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2nd July 2021: „Steps towards Carbon Neutrality: German-Japanese study results on digitalization of grids, CCUS, hydrogen, and energy and climate policy in the post COVID-19 era“

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.
Considering the commitment of both Japan and Germany to reach carbon neutrality until 2050, urgent measures to realize intermediate ambitious goals up to 2030 and 2040 are necessary. The recovery programs from Covid-19 can bring a decisive push towards the CO2 reduction targets. Against this background, the German-Japanese dialogue on energy transition plays a particular significant role. At the outreach event three recent studies that deal with key questions for the energy transition in both countries were presented: 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? From these studies, the GJETC has also derived recommendations for policymakers in Germany and Japan.
Also new study topics for the 3rd phase of the GJETC will were presented. Amongst others, the Council will gave an update on Germany’s / Japan’s climate strategy and its implications and discussed possible pathways and solutions for carbon neutrality in both countries.

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