11th German-Japanese Environment and Energy Dialogue Forum, 16-18 February 2021 (online)



Preparing the Industry for Tomorrow: Decarbonization as Industrial Policy - Political, Technical and Social Pathways and the Role of Hydrogen

Japan and Germany set the long-term target of reaching greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050. To reach this objective a transition is needed that will affect every part of our economy and society. As the industry causes around 30% of total GHG emissions worldwide it is a key sector to reach the net-zero emission target. Together with the digital transition, the industry is expected to fundamentally change at unprecedented speed. New and ground-breaking technologies, products, services, business models, markets and types of jobs are likely to make the industry greener, more circular and competitive.

However, to turn the significant challenges of this transition into opportunities, industry, research governments and civil society need to work together and find joint solutions.

Against this background, the 11th German-Japanese Environment and Energy Dialogue Forum (EEDF) took place online on 16/17/18 February 2021. IT showed a focus on the topic:

“Preparing the Industry for Tomorrow: Decarbonization as Industrial Policy - Political, Technical and Social Pathways and the Role of Hydrogen”.

German and Japanese experts from industry, politics and academia addressed the following key questions and topics in their presentations and discussions:

  • How can GHG neutrality be reached in the Japanese and German industry sectors?
  • What are the main challenges, solution strategies and technological options for the decarbonization of the industry?
  • How can policy support the transformation and empower the industry to become first-movers in the carbon-free technology markets of the future?
  • Which political framework conditions (market-based as well as regulatory approaches) are needed to accelerate the market ramp-up of decarbonized fuels such as green hydrogen?

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 and Nuclear Safety, the German Ministry of Economy and Energy and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organisation (NEDO) in co-operation with the Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry and the Ministry of the Environment (Japan).

Realisation: ECOS and adelphi
Language: German and Japanese (simultaneous interpretation)

Program and Downloads: https://gj-eedf.org

Program leaflet: German version/ Japanese version

Factsheet "Experiences with Carbon Pricing in Germany, the EU and Japan"

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