United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Japan

Japan ?s Intervention at Conference Room 2, in the morning, Wednesday, 3 May
2006
Meeting growing needs for energy services through increased use of renewable
energy, greater reliance on advanced energy technologies, including advanced and
fossil fuel technologies
Thank all the panelists for their valuable inputs which give us a direction of today?s
discussion. Last two days and this morning, we have had series of discussions on
sustainable development. In my understanding, we have shared a common view that
reliable and environmentally sound energy services play a central role in sustainable
development not only in the developing countries and but in the developed countries.
Of various energy services, renewable energy is important in the sense that it provides
the opportunity for win-win solution of environmentally friendly economic growth. In
this regard, Japan has implemented a wide range of policies and programs which
contribute to simultaneous pursuit in environmental integrity as well as economic
growth. For instance, Japan has promoted renewable energy including solar power, wind
power and advanced biomass as valuable energy sources which address environmental
concerns like global warming. As the colleague from Saudi Arabia points out, we face
the situation that energy demand is strongly rising mainly in emerging economies. I
believe this is exactly the reason renewable energy is more significant than in the past.
We have taken necessary steps in the process such as support in finance and legal
deve lopment. In fiscal year 2006, we prepare US$1.5 billion for the support to R&D
and verification tests to reduce the cost and to improve the performance of renewable
energy. We also develop the legal framework to support utility companies in promote
wind power, solar power, geothermal power, hydropower and advanced biomass. Solar
power is a good example of international cooperation. The demonstration projects of
solar power system carried out by Japan are operated at 15 sites in 9 countries. Japan
work for the development and diffusion of Clean Coal Technology which enable more
efficient and cleaner utilization of coal in Asia wide. The model projects of Clean Coal
Technology have been operated out in the region.
I also heard remarks by Mr. Theuri, a panelist with the same concern, pointing out that
lack of capacity is more serious problem rather than the clean technology itself. This is
exactly our reason for Japan to engage in many capacity building activities. For instance,
Asia CDM Capacity Building Initiative is Japa n?s program under WSSD activity which
helps the developing countries carry out the measures to improve energy efficiency
leading to greenhouse gases reduction in Asia.
The issues we are discussing here is interlinked in the many aspects of sustainable
development. I would like to echo the remarks by Dr. Komiyama at the beginning of the
session that 21st century should be the century of technological and social reform. I
believe that with our cooperation and action, we can realize the win-win s olution.
Development and deployment of clean technologies are significant in this pursuit.
Stakeholders