12. German-Japanese Environment and Energy Dialogue Forum


The Role of Cities and Municipalities on the Way to 'Net Zero'

At COP 26 in Glasgow, strategies and roadmaps have been discussed to make the global economy GHG neutral by middle of this century. As technological and innovation leaders, Germany and Japan are heading the global ‘race to zero’.

The German-Japanese Environment and Energy Dialogue Forum (EEDF) has functioned as a platform for intensive exchange and discussion among stakeholders from politics, industry and academia in both countries on key environment and energy related issues. At the past EEDFs, the integration of Renewable Energies, energy storage and the pathways to decarbonization of the mobility sector and the industry have been addressed. This time, the 12th edition of the EEDF will focus on the role of cities and municipalities on the way to ‘net zero’.

More than 90% of the population in Japan and 75% of the German population lives in cities. Urban infrastructures are significantly affected by climate change. Cities - maritime cities, metropolitan areas/ megacities as well as rural municipalities - can provide an answer to effects of climate change and make a significant contribution to reducing GHG emissions. Many cities in Japan and Germany have already set ambitious targets for climate neutrality and activities for the transition to climate-friendly, resilient and livable cities.

The 12th Environment and Energy Dialogue Forum to be held hybrid at the Japanese-German Center Berlin/ Online on September 6 and 7, 2022 will provide an insight into political measures to support cities on their way to ‚net zero’. Stakeholders from cities and municipalities as well as industry and academia will present examples of concepts, good practice, demonstration projects and innovative technologies in Germany and Japan for smart grids, urban RE and H2 usage, mobility concepts, district heating, urban circular economy etc.

Since its founding in 2007, the EEDF has become a renowned platform for the information exchange between experts from industry, academia and politics of both countries on current environment and energy related issues as well as a starting point for cooperation projects. It is organized by the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV), the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) in co-operation (t.b.c.) with the Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of the Environment (Japan).

EEDF will be held in German and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation. Participation is free of charge.

For more information on the event, visit: https://gj-eedf.org/

You can already check out our website, where you’ll learn more details and find the exciting topics of last year's EEDF: https://www.ecos.eu/de/referenzen.html