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Germany and Japan want to intensify their cooperation on research and the use of renewable energies. Andreas Feicht, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy responsible for energy policy, and Taizo Takahashi, Commissioner of Japan’s Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, today signed a “Declaration of Cooperation” to establish a German-Japanese Energy Partnership.

“The Energy Partnership brings Japan and Germany even closer together, providing the opportunity to become global pioneers of a sustainable growth and innovation path,” said State Secretary Feicht on the occasion of the signing in Karuizawa, Japan. State Secretary Feicht underlined that Japan is a strong partner at Germany’s side for sustainable energy cooperation to reach the energy and climate targets.

In the context of the German-Japanese Energy Partnership, the two industrial states want to intensify their cooperation on innovation, digitisation and flexibility in the field of renewable energies, grid modernisation and the use of hydrogen. While Germany has extensive experience with the expansion and system integration of renewables, Japan is ahead of Germany as regards the use of hydrogen, and the development of energy storage systems and smart supply grids.

The text of the Declaration can be found here (in German) (PDF, 116 KB).