The German-Japanese Energy Partnership

Germany and Japan face similar challenges in the fields of renewable energy and energy efficiency. This is why the AHK Japan works closely with its partners to further the German-Japanese Energy Partnership – signed by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy of Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). The partnership is intended as a platform for bringing together experts from both sides. The AHK Japan actively promotes this exchange by organising meetings and events as well as commissioning reports and studies.

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The Goals of the Energy Partnership

The Energy Partnership is intended to facilitate numerous forms of cooperation to accelerate the energy transition through regular exchanges on policy, joint research and pilot projects. Intensive cooperation is planned in particular for innovation and digitalisation of renewable energies, grid development and the use of hydrogen.

Japan's Energy Policy

Since 2011, Japan's energy industry has been under keen international scrutiny. Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the government ordered all nuclear reactors in Japan to be taken off the grid. Imports of raw materials have risen sharply to meet the demand, increasing Japan's energy dependence. Since then, Japan has only been able to meet around seven percent of its energy needs using its own resources.

Consequently, renewable energy and improved energy efficiency have come to the forefront of Japan's energy policy as the country seeks to create a stable, affordable, and above all independent energy mix. The modernisation of the energy infrastructure, the digitalisation of the energy sector and the integration of the rapidly increasing share of various forms of renewable energy have also become more relevant, presenting Japan with similar challenges to those faced by Germany.