How can a long-term and risk-minimising energy strategy be realised, which protects the climate and natural resources and at the same time creates jobs and drives the economy? This is a challenge where international cooperation is more important than ever. The 195 countries, which have signed the Paris Agreement in 2015, who are committed to ambitious reductions in CO2 emissions, and which Wuppertal Institute's researchers have analysed.
The electricity sector to this agenda, where the earliest fundamental restructuring process have to be decided and managed, is central. To achieve decarbonisation in the energy sector, Germany and Japan will have to restructure their energy systems completely over the next 30 years. Germany and Japan are global leaders in energy efficiency. Nevertheless, both countries still have great, unexploited and cost-effective potentials. The implementation gap to the ambitious energy saving targets is large and must be closed quickly in order to exploit the enormous advantages of energy saving.
On the occasion of the fourth Council Meeting, the German-Japanese Energy Transition Council (GJETC) hosted an Outreach event in Berlin on 16 February 2018. About 100 participants, among them energy experts, ministerial representatives, parliamentarians and NGOs, informed themselves about the current status of the Council's work and discussed the first results and recommendations with the members of the GJETC. "Joint solutions for the energy transition can only be found if the different interests and political objectives of both partners are clearly articulated and respected. The work of the GJETC has contributed to strengthening the trusting, scientific dialogue between Germany and Japan," says Professor Dr. Peter Hennicke, German Co-Chairman of the GJETC and Senior Advisor at the Wuppertal Institute.
The GJETC, a binational research council for cooperation in energy transition and climate action established in 2016, presented the most important results along the GJETC's study programme and discussed joint recommendations to politics, industry and civil society in the two high-tech countries. Dr. Stefan Thomas, Director of the Division Energy, Transport and Climate Policy at the Wuppertal Institute says, the analysis revealed differences and common opportunities in approach, framework conditions and targets, and developed common recommendations on "how to establish a long-term risk-minimising energy strategy which protects the climate and natural resources and at the same time drives ecological modernisation and international competitiveness of the economy."
Based on studies of the Wuppertal Institute it was founded by the consortium Wuppertal Institute, hennicke.consult, ECOS Consult and the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ) in spring 2016 with strong support by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (German Federal Environmental Foundation, DBU), the Stiftung Mercator Foundation, Federal Foreign Office, Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and is also endorsed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). On the German side, the Wuppertal Institute serves as scientific secretariat, on the Japanese side, the IEEJ takes over this part.
A final report of the GJETC, which will include all the results of the joint Council's work and the complete policy recommendations, will be presented on 20 April 2018 in Berlin.
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Christin Hasken & Anna Riesenweber