The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy of Korea recently held a director-level meeting with the Resources and Energy Agency of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to discuss hydrogen safety and policy cooperation in the industrial sector.

The meeting brought together Lee Ok-heon, director of hydrogen economy policy, and Hiro Inoue, head of the Energy Savings and Renewable Energy Department of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, to explore the role of hydrogen energy in achieving carbon neutrality.

During the meeting, both parties emphasized the importance of hydrogen energy in the global effort to reduce carbon emissions. They recognized the need for collaboration and shared insights on safety management and industrial policies that are currently being promoted in their respective countries to foster the growth of the hydrogen industry.

One key area of discussion was the government’s hydrogen safety management roadmap 2.0 in Korea. This roadmap outlines the strategic framework for ensuring the safe production, storage, transportation, and utilization of hydrogen. By addressing safety concerns and implementing robust safety measures, Korea aims to build public confidence in hydrogen as an energy source.

Japan, on the other hand, highlighted the revised version of its hydrogen basic strategy. The updated strategy sets out Japan’s vision for the widespread adoption of hydrogen as an energy carrier and outlines the policies and initiatives to support its development. Japan has been at the forefront of hydrogen research and development, aiming to establish a hydrogen society and leverage its potential for decarbonizing various sectors, including transportation and industry.

The collaboration between Korea and Japan in the field of hydrogen energy holds significant promise. By sharing best practices, exchanging knowledge, and aligning their policies, both countries can accelerate the adoption of hydrogen as a clean and sustainable energy source. The ultimate goal is to achieve carbon neutrality and combat climate change.

While the meeting highlighted the potential of hydrogen energy, there are still challenges to overcome. Safety concerns, infrastructure development, and the cost of hydrogen production and distribution remain key areas of focus. Both Korea and Japan recognize the need to address these challenges through technological advancements, supportive policies, and international cooperation.

The outcome of this director-level meeting signals a step forward in the collaboration between Korea and Japan on hydrogen energy. By joining forces and leveraging their respective expertise, the two countries can drive innovation, accelerate the deployment of hydrogen technologies, and contribute to the global transition towards a low-carbon future.

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