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
  • Japan policy updates | 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
  • DJEWELS: the first step to scaling up green hydrogen | Mr. Joost Sandberg, New Business Manager, Nobian
  • Specific efforts toward large-scale green hydrogen production | Mr. Yasuhide Isobe, Director of the Clean Energy Project, Asahi Kasei
  • Enagás: the Green Hysland business case | Mrs. María Jaén, Hydrogen Coordinator, Enagas
  • Toray’s efforts to realize a hydrogen society | Mr. Daisuke Izuhara, Chair Researcher, Toray
  • Q&A
Possible cooperation in hydrogen projects
10:40-11:50 CET / 17:40-18:50 JST
  • Current status of hydrogen technology development and potential for cooperation | Mr. Eiji Ohira, General Manager, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Office, NEDO
  • International Cooperation in European Hydrogen projects | Mr. Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director, 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 hydrogen demonstration projects | Johanna Schilling, Senior Project Manager, ECOS Consult
  • Panel discussion on priority projects for EU-Japan hydrogen cooperation | Participants: speakers from NEDO, Toray, Asahi Kasei, Enagas, Hydrogen Europe, FCH JU
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

More about the companies and organizations

  • Only companies and organizations that have agreed to share their profile are listed below.


Nobian is a European leader in the production of essential base chemicals for industries ranging from construction and cleaning to pharmaceuticals and water treatment. The company has 1600 employees and sites in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark and Sweden. In 2020, a consortium led by Nobian launched a pioneering green hydrogen production project in the Netherlands. | Website

Asahi Kasei

The Asahi Kasei Group contributes to life and living for people around the world. Since 1922, Asahi Kasei has grown through proactive transformation to meet the evolving needs of every age. With more than 40,000 employees worldwide, the company contributes to sustainable society by providing solutions through its three business sectors of Material, Homes, and Health Care. | Website


With over 50 years’ experience, headquartered in Spain, Enagás is an international standard bearer in the development, operation and maintenance of gas infrastructures. It is accredited as an independent TSO by the European Union and carries out its activities in eight countries. New energy solutions allow Enagás to transition towards a more sustainable model, which includes: the development of renewable gases and their integration into existing gas infrastructures; the promotion of new gas uses in sectors such as transport, especially maritime transport; and energy efficiency as a vessel for optimizing resources and reducing contaminating emissions. | Website

Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) 

The FCH JU is a public private partnership supporting research, technological development and demonstration activities in fuel cell and hydrogen energy technologies in Europe. Its aim is to accelerate the market introduction of these technologies, realising their potential as an instrument in achieving a carbon-clean energy system. FCH JU members are the European Commission, the industries represented by Hydrogen Europe and the research community represented by Hydrogen Europe Research. | Website

Hydrogen Europe

Hydrogen Europe brings together diverse industry players, large companies and SMEs, who support the delivery of hydrogen and fuel cells technologies. It represents the European hydrogen and fuel cell sector, with more than 260 member companies and 27 member national associations. The objective of Hydrogen Europe is to enable the adoption of hydrogen as a fuel for Europe’s low carbon economy. | Website

ECOS Consult

ECOS is a consulting and project development company with 30 years of experience. It supports companies and public authorities in opening up new markets and in project planning, especially in the German-Japanese context. | Website

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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