Energy 8 May, 2023 7:20 am   
COMMENTS: Joanna Słowińska

Hydrogen will unite Poland and Japan in pursuit of the energy transition

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Today, the Ministry of Climate and Environment held signing ceremony for a memorandum on Polish-Japanese cooperation in the development of hydrogen technologies with the participation of Minister Anna Moskwa and Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan Yasutoshi Nishimura. 

Currently, the economies of Poland and Japan are based on fossil fuels, so both countries face similar challenges when it comes to achieving climate neutrality. Hydrogen technologies are a key link in the energy transition, both in Poland and Japan. Especially important is their development in the context of the crisis of traditional energy related to Russian aggression in Ukraine.

Possible areas of cooperation between the two countries are nuclear energy and renewable energy. However, there are many indications that hydrogen is the most promising.

“Poland is the 3rd hydrogen producer in Europe, but we hope that our cooperation will make it a very important foundation for our energy generation industry and district heating. In Poland, hydrogen buses are produced and as many as 7 hydrogen valleys operate. We have opened new areas of cooperation. In addition to hydrogen we also want to work together on CCS (CO2 capture). The Polish-Japanese approach to transformation is very similar, because we will use coal for a long time,” Anna Moskwa said.

“Hydrogen is the future source of the energy transition. Poland already has a plan to introduce hydrogen into this process. In this effort, Poland is supported by companies such as Toshiba and Toyota. I hope that with this agreement, we will be able to act faster and more efficiently. Poland and Japan will be able to develop cooperation in the field of CCS, ammonia and nuclear energy. I hope that this will also strengthen our cooperation in other areas,” said the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan Yasutoshi Nishimura.

Jacek Perzyński