Duration: August 2016 – February 2017

Project coordination: University of Kassel, Department Energy Economics

Commissioned by: German Federal Environment Agency

Summary: After the nuclear accident in Fukushima in 2011, a political and technical discussion about the future energy supply evolved in Japan. A vast majority of the population supports the nuclear power phase-out. In 2014, the liberalization of the Japanese electricity Market was resolved. Since April 1st 2016, Japanese consumers, too, have the option to choose their electricity provider. Many suppliers offer energy from renewable sources, municipalities and prefectures also think about changing their electricity system by energy efficiency measures. Experience in this sector, especially by German municipalities, are highly appreciated and demanded. In May 2016, an agreement was reached between the German and Japanese Ministry of the Environment on climate protection and energy, which also focused on supporting cooperation between local governments and businesses. In this context, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in cooperation with the German Embassy in Japan, sent a German delegation with 25 participants to Japan to enable a German-Japanese exchange on the energy transition. The delegation trip was partly financed by the German Federal Environment Agency with the project presented here and Mr. Niederle from the department of "Renewable Energies" was closely involved in the organization. Between the municipal representives of the district of Munich and the prefecture of Kyoto, the cities of Frankfurt and Yokohama as well as the district of Marburg-Biedenkopf and the prefecture of Iwate, a professional exchange on the topics of climate protection and renewable energies was prepared and conducted. Upon the invitation of the organizers of the World Wind Energy Conference (WWEC) in Tokyo and the First World Community Power Conference (WCPC) in Fukushima and as part of this project, workshops were organized and implemented at these conferences. A German-Japanese Delegation workshop was held as a side-event to the WCPC on November 4th 2016, in order to intensify the collaboration between German and Japanese municipalities.


Prof. Dr. Heike Wetzel
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