Ministers and delegates pledge to introduce 10 million fuel cell vehicles to the world over 10 years at conference in Japan


Ministers and delegates from more than 30 countries, regions and organizations pledged on Wednesday in Tokyo to introduce 10 million fuel cell vehicles, trucks, buses and other hydrogen-powered systems, as well as 10,000 fueling stations. hydrogen, around the world over the next 10 years.

This means an increase of about 250 times over the next decade, as the current number of fuel cell vehicles, forklifts, trains and ships is estimated at around 40,000 globally, Yoshinori Furukawa said. , Managing Director of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization. battery and hydrogen technology department.

This includes around 10,800 FCVs in Japan, the United States and Germany, 3,000 fuel cell buses and trucks in China and around 25,100 forklifts in Japan and the United States, he added.

Economy Minister Isshu Sugawara admitted that the goal is difficult. He added that as the International Energy Agency says the next 10 years will be critical to weaning the global economy off fossil fuels, Japan is taking the lead in encouraging the use of hydrogen. and is working on the world’s first demonstration project to liquefy hydrogen from charcoal brown, which will be mined in Australia and transported to Japan for home use. Carbon capture and storage technology will be used for the project.

“The fact that Japan can host this conference in the country for two consecutive years is an indication that Japan is playing a leading role in this sector,” Sugawara told reporters after the ministerial meeting. “Reducing costs is a common challenge for nations. By working together on research and development and technical standardization, scaling will hopefully reduce costs. “

He added that the Netherlands, which has indicated its willingness to host the hydrogen energy ministerial meeting in the future, has pledged to work hard to achieve the target.

There was no breakdown of goals by country for those who attended the event, but the numbers were set based on the projections for each country, said Toshiyuki Shirai, director of the strategy office of the country. hydrogen and fuel cells at the Natural Resources and Energy Agency.

Only a select group of automakers currently manufacture FCVs, including Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and Hyundai Motor Co. Toyota has sold 10,000 units of its Mirai FCV since its launch in 2014 and plans to increase its capacity tenfold. annual production to reach 30,000 units, Toyota President Takeshi Uchiyamada told the conference.

Japan has a national goal of introducing 800,000 FCVs and 900 hydrogen refueling stations by 2030, as part of a strategic roadmap revised in March. As part of the plan, it will also seek to reduce the price difference between FCVs and hybrid vehicles to 700,000 yen from the current 3 million yen.

Sugawara also signed a memorandum of cooperation with Australian Resources Minister Matt Canavan on carbon recycling on Wednesday.

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