Deployment of large-scale green hydrogen production | EU-Japan Online Workshop | 27th May 2021

Hydrogen is projected to meet one quarter of global energy demand in 2050. But 95% of today’s hydrogen production is fossil-based, as low-carbon hydrogen is not yet cost-competitive. To truly contribute to achieving the goal of carbon neutrality set both by the EU and Japan by 2050, hydrogen will have to be produced from renewable sources.

Renewable hydrogen has the potential to deliver decarbonised energy where renewable electricity has its limits, notably when it comes to storage, heavy-duty transport and energy-intensive industries. Together, renewable electricity and renewable hydrogen can provide the synergies needed to deliver an integrated, flexible, clean energy system.

To realize this vision, a massive increase in supply of products and processes based on renewable hydrogen is needed. This implies substituting fossil-based hydrogen by renewable hydrogen in existing value chains and increasing the maturity of technology to reach market viability and competitiveness.

In this event, experts from Europe and Japan will share the latest developments on public policies and deployment of large-scale green hydrogen production. They will also open a discussion on possible cooperation between Europe and Japan in green hydrogen projects.


Recent developments in hydrogen policy frameworks in the EU and Japan – Focus on green hydrogen
9:30-9:50 CET / 16:30-16:50 JST
  • Policy developments in the EU | Mr. Tudor Constantinescu, Principal Adviser, DG ENER, European Commission
  • Policy developments in Japan | Mr. Toshiyuki Shirai, Director of Hydrogen Strategy Office, METI
Large scale integrated green hydrogen projects in the EU and Japan
9:50-10:40 CET / 16:50-17:40 JST
  • The DJEWELS project in the Netherlands | Mr. Joost Sandberg, Nobian (TBC)
  • Project in Japan | Mr. Yasuhide Isobe, Asahi Kasei
  • The GreenHysland project in Spain | Mrs. María Jaén Caparrós, Enagas
  • Project in Japan | Mr. Daisuke Izuhara, Toray
  • Q&A
Possible cooperation in hydrogen projects
10:40-11:50 CET / 15:40-18:50 JST
  • Examples of Japanese cooperation projects in Europe | Mr. Eiji Ohira, NEDO
  • Examples of international cooperation in European projects | Mr. Bart Biebuyck, executive director of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
  • Industry perspectives on international cooperation on green hydrogen | Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General, Hydrogen Europe
  • Technology fields and models for international ‘green H2’ demonstration projects | Johanna Schilling, ECOS Consult
  • Panel discussion with policy makers on priority projects for EU-Japan hydrogen cooperation
Wrap-up, conclusion and next steps
11:50-12:00 CET / 18:50-19:00 JST

Information & Registration

  • Date: Thursday 27th May | 9:30-12:00 CET / 16:30-19:00 JST
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Language: English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
  • Registration is free

Supported by

This event is organized with the financial support of the European Union’s Partnership Instrument. The opinions expressed are the sole responsibility of the organizer and speakers, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

Organized by

EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

Co-organized by

European Commission – DG ENER

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan

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