Renewable energy: the business case for going green ~Testimonies from European and Japanese SMEs~

April 17 2023

The EU Delegation to Japan and the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation Joint Hybrid Seminar

Renewable energy: the business case for going green ~Testimonies from European and Japanese SMEs~

Monday, April 17, 2023 17:00-18:45 Tokyo/10:00-11:45 Brussels 
Venue: Delegation of the European Union to Japan (See appendix) + ZOOM Webinar with Simultaneous Interpretation/ Free event

Both the EU and Japan have set the target for their economies to become carbon neutral by 2050; By 2030, EU leaders aim to have 45% of all energy consumed in the EU coming from renewables, while Japan aims to generate 36%-38% of its energy from renewables. The energy landscape long dominated by large fossil fuel market players is changing at a rapid pace and new players are emerging with innovative solutions attracted by the perspective of huge markets. Can the private sector meet the challenge to create sufficient capacities to reach those targets in the face of technical constraints, supply chains pressures, skilled labour shortages and profitability issues? What are the necessary conditions for the development of competitive renewable energy markets? How can the EU and Japan cooperate to achieve their common objective of a decarbonized society?


17:00-17:05 Opening remarks
-    Jean-Eric Paquet, Ambassador of the EU to Japan, the EU Delegation to Japan

17:05-17:20 Keynote speech
-    Ditte Jull Jorgensen, Director-General, Directorate-General for Energy, European Commission

17:20-18:00 Presentation 
-    Tomohiro Yamazaki, CEO, earthsolar, Inc.
-    Takamasa Takeuchi, Project Manager, Chiba Ecological Energy Inc.
-    Dariusz Chrząstowski, Supervisory Board Chairman, Saule technologies
-    Miguel Sakamoto, Sales Director, GridBeyond

18:00-18:40 Q&A/Discussion
-    Moderator: Manuel Hubert, EU-side MD, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

18:40-18:45 Closing remarks
-    Yasuo Tanabe, Japan-side MD, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

18:45-20:00 Networking Reception

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*The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation is running “EU-Japan Green Transition”, an online business platform that is aiming for business partnerships and open innovation between European and Japanese companies and organizations in the Green Economy field. It's available for free, please visit our site.

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