Increasing the Ambition Level of Climate Mitigation – New Challenges and Opportunities for International Cooperation on the Energy Transition
First Young Scientist Stakeholder Dialogue of the German-Japanese Energy Transition Council (GJETC)
The COVID-19 pandemic revealed that combined efforts at the international level to tackle global threats are both necessary and possible. It also shed light on the World’s potential to develop, produce and disseminate (technological) goods and generate public financial support needed to deal with the pandemic – in breathtaking speed and amount. To accelerate the Energy Transition, to meet the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement, and to cope with the effects of climate change, similarly decisive policy measures are the order of the day.
The German-Japanese Energy Transition Council seeks to contribute to the acceleration of energy transitions by fostering the binational exchange between German and Japanese researchers investigating energy matters related to Japan and/or Germany. While also considering the security of energy supply, social well-being and the international competitiveness of the economy, the council intends to develop energy solutions and policies that are in line with the ambitious climate change mitigation commitments of both countries. To widen its perspective and intensify the dialogue among researchers engaged in that research field the GJETC particularly invited young scientists (age under 40 years) to present their current research activities which possibly stimulate new research fields within the Council. Together with the Council members, the invited researchers got the chance to discuss this term’s study topics of the GJETC.