Hydrogen in Transport, Industry and Power Generation | EU-Japan Online Workshop | 9th September 2021

Power generation, transport and heavy industries are the sectors that contribute the most to global emissions of greenhouse gases. Decarbonizing these sectors is a priority to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and reach carbon neutrality by 2050. In Europe and Japan, hydrogen produced from carbon-free sources is increasingly seen as one of the solutions that will help decarbonize these sectors.

Projects using hydrogen as an alternative fuel are developing in various areas, including the energy-intensive steel industry, road and maritime transport, centralized and decentralized production of electricity.

After a first workshop in May 2021 focusing on green hydrogen production, in this second event, experts from Europe and Japan will share the latest developments on public policies and industrial solutions to develop the use of hydrogen in several sectors of the economy. They will also open a discussion on possible cooperation between Europe and Japan in hydrogen use projects.


  • Public policies for hydrogen use in Europe and Japan | European Commission DG ENER – Mr. Tudor Constantinescu, Principal Adviser & Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan – Ms. Yukari Hino, Director, Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Strategy Office, Advanced Energy Systems and Structure Division Agency for Natural Resources and Energy
  • Session 1: Projects of hydrogen use in transport, industry and power generation in the EU and Japan
    • Hydrogen power generation project in Japan | Mitsubishi Power – Mr. Satoshi Tanimura, Chief Engineer, Senior Manager, Next Energy Business Division
    • Hydrogen-fueled steel manufacturing in Europe | thyssenkruppMr. Nikolaus Boltze – CEO & Country Representative (Japan)
    • Hydrogen in road transport in Japan | Toyota Motor Europe – Mr. Stephan Herbst, Technical Head Powertrain Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Business Unit
    • Hydrogen in air mobility in Europe| H3 Dynamics Mr. Samir Bennafla, Head of Sales Japan-Asia-Pacific
    • Q&A
  • Session 2: Potential for EU-Japan cooperation in hydrogen use in transport, industry and power generation
    • EU-Japan partnership for hydrogen in maritime transport| CMBMr. Yu Aonuma – Representative Director Japan
    • EU-Japan partnership for hydrogen in homes and buildings | Panasonic Mr. Urata Takayuki, Fuel Cell Planning Department
    • Support to innovation regarding use of hydrogen in Horizon Europe | European Commission DG RTD – Mr. Jeroen Schuppers, Deputy Head of Unit Clean Energy Transition
    • Public programmes supporting projects on hydrogen use in Japan | NEDO – Mr. Eiji Ohira, General Manager, Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Office, Smart Community & Energy Systems Department
    • Industry priorities on international cooperation in projects on the use of hydrogen | Hydrogen Europe – Mr. Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, Secretary General & Japan Hydrogen AssociationMr. Seiji Maeda, Chief Examiner of Commercialization and Regulatory Working Group
    • Panel discussion

The event is moderated by Professor Kazunari Sasaki, Senior Vice President of Kyushu University, Director of the International Research Center for Hydrogen Energy and Next-Generation Fuel Cell Research Center.

Information & Registration

  • Date: Thursday 9th September | 9:00-11:30 CET / 16:00-18:30 JST
  • Platform: Zoom
  • Language: English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
  • Registration is free

More about the speaking organizations

European Commission – DG ENER

The Directorate General for Energy of the European Commission is responsible for the EU’s energy policy: secure, sustainable, and competitively priced energy for Europe. Hydrogen is an investment priority for the European Commission, as highlighted in its Hydrogen Strategy published in July 2020. It will play an important role in the EU strategy for energy system integration and the EU Green New Deal, to build a cost effective and decarbonized energy system in Europe. | More about the Directorate General for Energy 

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) is in charge of economic and industrial development and administration related to mineral and energy resources. The “Basic Hydrogen Strategy” (2017) and the “Strategic Roadmap for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells” (2019) established by METI position hydrogen as a priority field. This role was confirmed in the Green Growth Strategy introduced by METI at the end of 2020 to support the 2050 goal of carbon neutrality. | More about the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry 

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the world’s leading industrial firms, with 80000 employees. Created more than 130 years ago, MHI delivers solutions across a wide range of industries from commercial aviation and transportation to power plants and gas turbines, and from machinery and infrastructure to integrated defense and space systems. | More about Mitsubishi Heavy Industries


thyssenkrupp is an international group of companies comprising largely of independent industrial and technology businesses headquartered in Germany. Across 60 countries the group generated sales of €29 billion in fiscal 2019/20 with 104,000 employees from 149 nations. The more than 200 years history is based in the iron- and steel-industry but its expertise also extends to machines and industrial services, chemicals, aerospace, automobile components, shipbuilding, supply-chain solutions etc. Continuous effort is spent on innovative solutions for the production, transportation, storage, and transformation of renewable and fossil energies. thyssenkrupp is since 1859 active in Japan with 4 entities and 300 employees. | More about thyssenkrupp

Toyota Motor

Toyota Motor is a Japanese multinational founded in 1937, the largest automobile manufacturer in the world based on 2020 unit sales, and the largest listed company in Japan by market capitalization. The company is the global leader in sales of hybrid electric and in hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles. Toyota Motor started operations in Europe in 1963. Toyota Motor Europe now employs over 25000 people, overseeing the sales and marketing of vehicles and managing Toyota’s manufacturing and engineering operations in the region. | More about Toyota Motor Europe

H3 Dynamics

H3 Dynamics is a French-Singaporean manufacturer and ultralight hydrogen electric systems developer. It was one of the very first companies to develop hydrogen electric planes, providing fuel cell systems for NASA and Boeing. H3 Dynamics also provides cloud-based inspection services platforms using drones and ground robots, combined with AI and 3D modeling technologies. | More about H3 Dynamics


Based in Antwerp, CMB is a diversified shipping and logistics group from Belgium, with offices located worldwide including one in Japan where the company has been working for 40 years. Major player in the maritime industry and shipping, CMB is under the spotlight for affirming its international role in the hydrogen transition of ships. Since 2017, it has developed various dual fuel and monofuel hydrogen engines and applications on its own or with its partners. | More about CMB


Panasonic Corporation, established in 1918, is a worldwide leader in the development of diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses. The company has more than 240.000 employees. Panasonic is conducting research throughout the hydrogen value chain, and has been commercializing residential fuel cell systems ENE-FARM since 2009. This latter is using hydrogen extracted from city gas to produce electricity and hot water at home.| More about Panasonic

European Commission – DG RTD

The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) is the department of the European Commission responsibles for the EU policy on research, science and innovation, by carrying out policies and coordinating member states research related activities. The EU Commission has conducted research and innovation on clean hydrogen under its Horizon 2020 research programme, supporting the development of hydrogen-powered buses, training tools, and low-cost electrolysers for instance. Horizon Europe (2021-2027) is supporting additional research and innovation in this area. | More about the Directorate General for Research and Innovation


NEDO is the Japanese national research and development agency promoting and supporting the technological development necessary for the realization of a sustainable society. It aims to solve social issues as an innovation accelerator that develops and demonstrates high-risk innovative technologies and promotes the social implementation of the results. | More about NEDO

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.  | More about Hydrogen Europe

Japan Hydrogen Association

The Japan Hydrogen Association (JH2A) was launched in December 2020 to promote the formation of a hydrogen supply chain and global partnerships in the hydrogen sector. The JH2A will make policy proposals to the government, undertake international collaborations with other related organizations, conduct research and analysis. It currently gathers 195 companies, organizations and local governments. | More about JH2A

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
Delegation of the European Union to Japan

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