In an endeavour to further expand technology cooperation between two countries, The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI) in association with NEDO (New Energy and Technology Development Organization) kickstarted the fifth edition of India Japan Energy Forum today.

The two-day forum aims to expand technology cooperation between the two countries by providing an opportunity to the Indian and Japanese stakeholders to discuss various technological and policy related issues in the field of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Delivering the inaugural address, B K Chaturvedi, Member, Planning Commission, Government of India said “To meet our power needs, during the course of the 12th plan, we are hoping to add 88 GW of power. In addition, we also plan to add 30 GW of renewable energy.

He further added, “The global economy is today looking for efforts of major nations for undertaking measures for sustainable economic development. Considering the finiteness of natural resources like oil and gas and coal, major efforts have to be concentrated on promoting renewables, specifically, solar, wind and biomass energy. Recent developments in these areas give us enormous hope. India and Japan would have to jointly work on these areas more intensively so as to further expand this sector for meeting the energy needs of our respective economies. The India Japan Forum provides opportunities for us for a Dialogue for further strengthening our efforts in this direction.”

Chaturvedi also stressed on the fact that energy efficiency measures are taken across the board. These should cover industry, consumer durables, transport, energy management, smart-grids, and new energy technologies.

Amitabh Kant, Managing Director and CEO, Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation (DMICDC), in his keynote address, said

‘This is an urban century. By 2015 India will see an additional 750 million people in process of urbanization, and it will happen under the window of demographic transition. In India cities are the drivers of growth, three percent is the land occupancy, and two-third is the green house gas emissions. Looking at the existing western model of development, we would need at-least four planet earth to sustain the present pace of growth. In this context, it is important that we create far more innovative solutions and follow the eastern model of development. I would like to complement and congratulate NEDO and TERI this unique initiative to deliberate on such issues’.

Giving the Introductory remarks, Kazuo Furukawa, Chairman, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) said ‘This Forum serves as a platform for information exchange among experts from the public and private sectors in the field of energy from India and Japan. We have been putting emphasis on the introduction of the latest status of India Japan co-operation in the forum. However, this time, we will be announcing the outcome of the joint research by NEDO and TERI and looking forward for your participation and deliberation which will guide us to the areas of future co-operation between India and Japan’.

Dr. R.K.Pachauri, Director General, TERI said ‘India and Japan are major importers of energy, but significantly they also now have a close strategic relationship which is evolving rapidly. Concurrently, business and industry in both countries are also attempting to create closer alliances. Against this background the India-Japan Energy Forum 2013 acquires enormous importance, and would present a unique opportunity for closer cooperation in the energy sector between the two countries’.

The focus areas of the forum include: Technology cooperation in energy efficiency, and renewable energy and business opportunities for building smarter communities.

The forum will be organized in two parts—a Conference and an Exhibition. At the “Conference”, eminent speakers in energy-related fields from the private and public sectors of both countries will meet and deliberate on various aspects related to energy efficiency and renewable energy with a focus on building smart communities. In addition, findings from two empirical research studies will also be presented at the Conference. The studies focus on means to accelerate development and deployment of smart grid technologies, Small Wind Power, Small Hydro Power and second generation biofuels in India. The “Exhibition” will provide an excellent opportunity to Japanese technology suppliers to showcase their technologies for the benefit of the Indian industry.

The issues of energy security and global environment are high priority challenges for both India and Japan requiring continuous and effective action. In particular, to overcome recent challenges of global-scale changes in the energy demand structure and soaring energy prices, both sides need to deepen their technology cooperation in energy conservation and renewable energy sectors. They also need to expand cooperation in the sectors such as SMEs and transport where consumption of energy has been growing rapidly in line with India’s economic growth. In this context, The India-Japan Forum 2013 will provide a platform to the stakeholders of the two nations to participate and exchange collaborative opportunities.

During the 6th India-Japan Energy Dialogue held in Tokyo on 10 October, 2012 the Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of India and the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan reiterated the importance of India- Japan Energy Forums in promoting industrial and technology cooperation between the two countries and acknowledged that regular inputs from the forum to the dialogue have facilitated expansion of bilateral energy cooperation on a commercial basis.

It has now been accepted globally that one of the most important challenges facing governments and business community world over is to find cost effective sustainable solutions to their ever increasing energy needs. The Indian and Japanese experts have been exchanging their ideas towards an energy secure sustainable model of growth through various platforms at an international level.

The speakers at the Forum will include representatives from Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, Japan (METI); Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. NEC Corporation, Toshiba Corporation, and many other experts and industry leaders.

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