'About Japan' webinar series 224: Market Situation and Potentials in Japan for Technologies for Solid Biomass Utilization

06-02-2024 | 10:30 - 11:30 CET

What is the status quo and what are the current trends and chances for innovative technologies for solid biomass utilization in Japan?

With the Third Basic Plan for Promoting Biomass Utilization, approved by the cabinet in September 2022, the Japanese government has set the goal for 2030 to utilize approximately 80% of the yearly biomass output to realize a sustainable society with less environmental burden.

A variety of governmental and local subsidy programmes support biomass technologies with high subsidy rates. Also the support for the feeding of electricity produced from biomass has remained high, which means a good planning security for the economic operation of biogas plants in Japan.  In addition, the Japanese government introduced a feed-in-premium (FIP) scheme for renewable power sources from April 2022. The new mechanism allows renewable power producers to sell their electricity in a spot market at a premium to wholesale prices.

Wood pellets, wood chips, palm kernel shells (PKS) and biowastes such as cattle manure or food waste are the main feedstock materials used as energy sources. In the long term, a significant expansion of the Japanese market for biomass technology can be assumed. Besides the generation of heat, power generation technology from biogas or solid biomass has an unspeakable positive added value for national electricity generation and, in the future, when the expansion of wind power and PV in Japan is more advanced, also to provide balancing power.

The webinar presentation also gives a short overview on the main applications for the use of solid biomass, on obstacles for market entry and for solid biomass utilisation and shows a variety of ways and instruments for entering the Japanese market such as partnerships, technology alliances, membership in associations, fair participations  and joint ventures with domestic players in Japan.

The webinar is targeted to EU companies seeking to newly develop or strengthen their current positions in Japan’s biomass technology market.

In 40 minutes from your desk, discover:

  • The characteristics and market framework conditions of the Japanese biomass market
  • Market access: market size, developments, trends, applications and processes
  • Political Strategy and Subsidies
  • Distribution channels, regulations and standards
  • 0bstacles for market entry and solutions how to overcome them
  • Major players, domestic key actors
  • Potential customers
  • Recommendations for a successful market entry


  • Introduction
  • Expert’s presentation
  • Q&A Session

Registration deadline: 05 February 2023

Speaker: Peter Beck, project manager, ECOS GmbH. Since 1991, P. Beck is active as project manager of ECOS GmbH in Osnabrueck/Germany, responsible for the energy and environmental technology division. His main focus is on research, consulting and project management in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, intelligent energy use and the Japanese market for sustainable energy technologies.

Moderator: Sofia Smerzi, Business Support Coordinator, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

Organiser: EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation - Brussels Office


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