There are in depth alternatives for vitality cooperation between Türkiye and Japan, a senior Japanese official stated Sunday, voicing specific optimism in regards to the potential within the next-generation sources reminiscent of hydrogen and renewable vitality.
The assertion from Takahiko Katsumata, Japanese ambassador to Ankara, adopted talks earlier this month between Turkish Vitality and Pure Sources Minister Alparslan Bayraktar and Japanese Economic system, Commerce and Business Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura.
The edges convened in Istanbul to evaluate potential vitality collaborations between the 2 nations. Their discussions lined a variety of areas, from crucial minerals, renewable vitality and vitality effectivity to pure fuel, new fuels and applied sciences.
The ministers additionally signed a joint assertion to provoke the “Türkiye-Japan Vitality Discussion board.”
“I imagine there’s a variety of alternatives for collaboration with Türkiye. I’ve religion that new-generation vitality sources, particularly hydrogen and renewable vitality, maintain nice promise for the longer term,” Katsumata informed Anadolu Company (AA).
World wide, international locations are competing to develop hydrogen as a method of decreasing emissions in a number of the most tough industries to decarbonize, reminiscent of metal manufacturing and chemical manufacture, and due to its potential usefulness in cleansing up the vitality sector.
Katsumata additional emphasised the commonalities between the 2 nations within the vitality sector, noting that Japan, like Türkiye, is a rustic closely reliant on exterior sources for its vitality wants.
He additionally highlighted Turkey’s strategic location within the area, serving as a geographic transit level between energy-rich Center Japanese international locations and Russia, boasting considerable vitality assets reminiscent of oil and pure fuel, and European nations.
Japan is actively pursuing carbon neutrality by 2050 via its deal with nuclear and renewable vitality, together with expertise growth efforts, based on the official.
“There are quite a few private-sector initiatives associated to this matter as effectively,” Katsumata famous.
Japan in June introduced it plans to speculate 15 trillion yen ($107.5 billion) over the following 15 years to provide the nation with hydrogen to speed up efforts to make use of the fuel to shift to a low carbon economic system.
Katsumata stated using the “Türkiye-Japan Vitality Discussion board” might assist discover the probabilities of vitality cooperation between the 2 international locations.
For its half, Türkiye plans to triple its renewable vitality capability by 2053 because it strives to turn out to be a carbon-neutral economic system. Nuclear vitality is taken into account the first possibility because the nation seeks to cut back coal’s share in electrical energy technology.
Russia is at present developing Türkiye’s first nuclear energy plant, Akkuyu, on the Mediterranean coast, which might finally cut back the nation’s dependence on international fuel imports. Fundamental building work had completed on the primary of the plant’s 4 reactors, Bayraktar stated final week.
Türkiye’s final objective is to extend electrical energy manufacturing capability from nuclear vitality to twenty gigawatts, practically 4 occasions what the Akkuyu plant might generate when working at full capability inside just a few years.
Bayraktar stated Türkiye hopes to finalize discussions with China and strike a deal on the development of the nation’s third nuclear energy plant “throughout the subsequent few months.”
Türkiye has been engaged in talks about constructing a second energy plant within the Black Sea metropolis of Sinop, with Japan being one of many candidates, along with Russia.
Whereas each international locations goal to boost alternatives for collaboration in vitality, they’re anticipated to cooperate not solely on main tasks like nuclear energy vegetation but additionally on smaller-scale renewable vitality tasks.
Katsumata additionally highlighted the potential for advancing bilateral relations within the mining sector.
He stated discussions between the 2 international locations’ ministers had explored alternatives for cooperation within the subject of crucial minerals, with the specifics of such cooperation to be decided by officers from each nations within the coming durations.