Japan Energy Summit & Exhibition 2024 Unites Global Leaders to Propel Asia’s Emergence in Climate Leadership

The Japan Energy Summit & Exhibition 2024 opened today at Tokyo Big Sight, marking the beginning of a pivotal three-day event (3-5 June) focused on driving energy transition and decarbonisation efforts in Japan and the broader Asia-Pacific region. Hosted by Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd., the summit gathered global energy leaders, policymakers, and industry experts, to delve into innovative solutions shaping the future of energy and seeks to foster international collaboration pivotal to accelerating energy transformation and advancing climate action.

Day one opened with inspiring remarks from Nobuo Tanaka, former Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), who emphasised the urgent need for international collaboration to achieve sustainable energy goals.

Keynote Address by Shinichi Kihara from METI

This was followed by a compelling keynote address from Shinichi Kihara, Director General for International Policy on Carbon Neutrality at METI (Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry), who highlighted the critical role of the Asia Zero Emissions Community (AZEC), a platform launched by 11 partner countries in 2023 to advance decarbonisation in Asia, and Japan’s dedication to achieving industry reduction, economic growth and energy security. He added: “Japan aims to simultaneously achieve industry reduction, economic growth and energy security. We do not sacrifice one for the others.”

Yuya Hasegawa, Director of Energy Resource Development Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan said: “There is no perfect energy source. We need to have as many sources as possible and diversify to ensure a stable supply of energy, even during disasters.”

Kadri Simson, Commissioner for Energy at the European Commission, delivered a visionary keynote, highlighting Japan’s crucial role as a key partner in shaping the global energy security framework, especially in relation to LNG, emphasising the importance of collaborative efforts, most notably between Europe and Japan, in enhancing energy security and promoting sustainability worldwide. She added: “Japan and Europe may be on opposite sides of the earth, but we have a lot in common: we are both democracies, and we are both carbon tech pioneers. Japan is one of our key partners in designing the global energy security architecture, especially in relation to LNG.”

Panel – Strengthening Global Ties to Achieve Energy Security

The Japan Energy Summit & Exhibition features a Strategic Conference, which brings together global energy leaders and senior regional policymakers to advance the momentum needed for Japan and the Asia-Pacific region to achieve decarbonisation goals while maintaining economic growth and energy security. Over three days, esteemed figures including energy majors, government leaders, and industry experts, will share valuable insights on fostering international partnerships, cross-sector cooperation and knowledge-sharing across the energy value chain.

Junya Tawa, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Chief Strategy Officer and Head of the Planning Division, JERA Co., Inc. said: “To address these global energy challenges, we must tackle the energy trilemma of sustainability, affordability, and stability. Our mission is to provide state-of-the-art solutions by combining linear energy with low-emission formula.”

Takayuki Ueda, President & CEO, INPEX CORPORATION said: “The market’s vulnerability persists, and one of the key challenges facing the energy market is the staggering 30% to 40% surge in demand for electricity, even in Japan.”

Shinichi Sasayama, CEO, President, Representative Executive Officer, Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.: “The supply and demand structure for energy is anticipated to experience significant transformations, encompassing heightened volatility, geopolitical risks, the integration of renewable energies, and a mid to long-term surge in energy demand.”

The event also features a Technical Conference, a forum for leading engineers and technical experts to showcase cutting-edge innovations crucial for Japan and the Asia-Pacific’s transition to a low-carbon future. Curated by a specialist Technical Committee, the conference highlights the latest research and practical applications across nine key technical categories essential for the future of clean energy and transportation supply chains.

Other key speakers contributing to the Strategic and Technical conferences include:

  • Izuru Kobayashi, Deputy Director General for Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
  • H.E. Rachmat Kaimuddin, Deputy Minister for Infrastructure and Transportation Coordination, Coordinating Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Investment of the Republic of Indonesia
  • Hon. Brian Jean, ECA, KC, Minister of Energy and Minerals, Government of Alberta
  • Charles Oppenheimer, Founder, Oppenheimer Energy Ventures
  • Helle Kristoffersen, President of Asia and member of the Executive Committee, TotalEnergies
  • Kathy Wu, Regional President Asia Pacific, Gas & Low Carbon Energy, bp
  • Hitoshi Nishizawa, SVP, LNG Division, JERA Inc.
  • Rashed Al Mazrouei, Petroleum Engineer, Ministry of Oil Kuwait
  • Ryoji Miyawaki, CEO, Aakel Technologies Inc.
  • Joe Raia, CCO, Abaxx Commodity Futures Exchange and Clearinghouse
  • Kiyoshi Hikino, Director of Power and Gas Market Policy Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
  • Hayley Pham, VP of Business Development, Asia Pacific, Low Carbon Solutions, ExxonMobil
  • Srimonto Ghosh, VP, Origination & Customer Solutions, Chevron
  • Shinichi Sasayama, CEO, President, Representative Executive Officer, Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd.
  • Junya Tawa, Senior Managing Executive Officer, Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and Head of the Planning Division, JERA Inc.
  • Takayuki Ueda, President & CEO, INPEX CORPORATION
  • Varun Gujral, CEO Asia Pacific, ENGIE Global Energy Management & Sales (GEMS)
  • Claudio Facchin, CEO, Hitachi Energy
  • Juancho Eekhout, VP, Business Development LNG and Net Zero Solutions, Sempra Infrastructure
  • Eiji Ohira, Director Fuel Cell and Hydrogen, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)

This year’s event will introduce a new Climatetech Zone, a platform for startups, students, professionals, entrepreneurs, and industry leaders to explore cutting-edge innovations in climate mitigation and energy transitions. It features the Climatetech Theatre and Startup Zone, offering enriching masterclasses and networking sessions to deepen understanding of climate technology’s pivotal role in fostering a sustainable, secure, and affordable energy ecosystem.

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