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Japan pulls support for a global hydrogen-proposals, including refueling stations

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan aims to promote the development of hydrogen energy in the world, said on Wednesday that he had received support from 30 nations for a plan to establish a 10,000 hydrogen refueling stations worldwide within 10 years.

In Japan, announced the plan at the Hydrogen-Ministerial Meeting held in Tokyo, japan, is an annual event, as last year, which was established by the government of Japan, and was attended by the ministers of energy of participants from over 30 countries.

“We’ve put together a global action agenda, such as a common guidance document for the development of hydrogen energy, Isshu Sugawara, the Japanese minister of economy, trade and industry, told a press conference after the meeting.

The countries will also be supported in other, non-mandatory, and collective goals, which was proposed by Japan at the meeting, ” he said. It includes the production of 10 million hydrogen-powered mobility systems such as fuel cells for vehicles, trucks, buses, trains, and ships worldwide for over 10 years, and for the promotion of the development of international standards for hydrogen, the maritime transport.

“Japan will continue to be used as a front-runner, due to the acceleration of the development of hydrogen as a key technology for the future, and it will take an initiative for the promotion of a global renewable energy revolution,” Sugawara said.

Japan’s government in June adopted a long-term carbon emission reduction strategy within the framework of the Convention of Paris, including the target of the country’s carbon-neutral, soon after the year 2050. The strategy is to cut the cost of producing carbon-free hydrogen that is less than one-tenth of current levels by 2050.

The International Energy Agency (IEA), in its first major report on the fuel in June, he said that the world needs to take up the challenge in order to promote the use of hydrogen is a potentially emissions-free source of energy.

The cost of the production of hydrogen from renewable energy would fall by 30% by 2030, and the fuel can reduce emissions in industries such as transportation, chemicals, and steel, the IEA said, although they warned there were still a number of important challenges such as slow infrastructure development, and regulatory constraints.

Japan’s Tokyo Electric Power Company, holding companies (TEPCO) and the JXTG Holdings, which announced plans in March to build one of the world’s largest hydrogen stations, in Tokyo, in mid-2020.

Reporting by Yuka Obayashi; Editing by Susan Fenton

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