Japan Energy Summit Gathers High-Profile Speakers In Tokyo

Japan Energy Summit Gathers High-Profile Speakers in Tokyo - Carbon Herald
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The fourth Japan Energy Summit will gather leading professionals in Tokyo Aug. 2-4 to discuss the country’s evolving energy sector, as well as Japan’s role in decarbonizing global gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen. 

The Summit will be divided in two parts – a Hydrogen & Ammonia Forum on Aug. 2 and a LNG & Gas Forum on Aug. 3-4. The three-day event will discuss Japan’s path to carbon neutrality, the role of hydrogen in the country’s future and the global goal to reach net-zero by 2050. 

The Japan Energy Summit is supported by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), JERA, Tokyo Gas and the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ).

The Hydrogen & Ammonia Forum will focus discussion on the Japanese Government roadmap to CO2 neutrality and will feature 20 speakers, including Masashi Watanabe, Director, Petroleum Policy, Natural Resources and Fuel Department at Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry, Winnie Huynh, Founder & CEO at The Green Solutions Group, and Trevor Brown, Executive Director at the Ammonia Energy Association.

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Over 20 senior-level regional and international stakeholders will speak at the LNG & Gas Forum, which will discuss Japan’s leading LNG importer role, and the goal to achieve a net-zero economy by 2050. 

“It was great to hear various and valuable voices from key LNG players around the globe, which helps us to consider our new LNG policy,” Takeshi Soda, Director, Oil & Gas Division, METI, said of the previous Japan Energy Summit. 

The summit expects to see over 300 attendees and 45+ speakers in total, with participants coming from 20 countries. In addition to the speaker sessions, the event also plans for many networking opportunities. 

Tokyo-based think tank Renewable Energy Institute has said in a May 2022 report that Japan’s energy objectives for 2050 are too dependent on controversial carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies.

The country’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has made plans to create a system of mixed power generation by 2050 that brings renewable energy to 50-60%. The International Energy Agency, however, recommends 90% renewable energy sources. 

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