After one and a half years of intensive discussions and in-depth research work, the 4 main studies on key energy policy and economic issues in both countries have been finalised. They will be a basis for the GJETC’s policy recommendations, providing the first comprehensive comparative analysis between Japan and Germany on these issues. The German-Japanese Energy Transition Council was initiated in May 2016 as a role model for binational cooperation with the claim of being an independent, scientific council, not bound by any political directives. At the next meeting of the GJETC in Berlin in February 2018, the Council members will discuss their policy recommendations to governments, industry, and civil society based on the study results. The recommendations report of the GJETC is scheduled for April 2018.
The core foundation for the GJETC’s recommendations has been a comprehensive study programme dealing with 4 topics, which the Council’s experts identified to be crucial for both countries. The focus was set on climate and resource-conserving long-term strategies (until 2050), the overall economic and social preconditions of an energy transition, electricity market design as well as the promotion of energy saving strategies.
After an intensive reviewing process, a well-balanced analysis of each topic with more than 800 pages in total can now be downloaded from the GJETC website.