International conference on environmental technology innovation 一Announced intention of establishing the base to accelerate research on energy and environmental technologies
On 9th October, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe expressed his intention at the “Green Innovation Summit” to establish the base for accelerating the study on energy and environmental technologies that lead to decarbonization. Assuming themes such as carbon recycling, hydrogen, energy devices, information platform, etc., inviting the overseas researchers and the base will be launched next spring. Based on the “Innovative Environmental Innovation Strategy” established by the government within the year, the government aims to invest 30 trillion yen for research and development in the next 10 years.
In order to realize the “Virtuous cycle of environment and growth” agreed by the G20 (main 20 countries / regions), the government invites companies, research institutes, financial institutions, etc. and hold the three international conferences on October 8-11. The period was regarded as “Green Innovation Week” and the Green Innovation Summit was held at the Prime Minister’s Office as a summary.
Prime Minister Abe showed Japan’s initiative to invest in accelerating international joint studies by connecting G20 related organizations. The study is expected to involve the Fraunhofer Research Institutes in Germany, the US National Renewable Energy Institute, the European Commission Joint Research Center, and the French Agency for Nuclear Alternative Energy. Examples of study themes include drastic reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and recovery energy, artificial photosynthesis, and high-efficiency thermoelectric conversion elements.
In the ”Mid-Century Strategy for Deep Decarbonization” based on the Paris Agreement, the government included a policy to formulate an innovative environmental innovation strategy to point out discontinuous innovation. A private study group was set up and outline was proposed at the second meeting in September. He cited hydrogen power generation as an example of prioritized technology.
As part of the Green Innovation Week, on October 8th, the government held the first “TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures) Summit” in Tokyo to disseminate climate change impact assessment efforts. The TCFD consortium, which consists of domestic industry and financial industry, has announced “Green Investment Guidance” for interpreting climate change information.
On October 9th and 10th, the annual general meeting of the international forum “ICEF” to promote technical cooperation in the field of energy and environment to solve the climate change issue was held in Tokyo.
On October 11th, tops of G20 national research institutes were invited and “RD20” to discuss international collaboration in clean energy technology development was held. They shared the trend of technological development and the prospect of innovation (technological innovation).