Embassy of Japan sponsored event: The Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s “Expert Briefing: Fuelling the Indo-Pacific”

 On February 24, 2022, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute (MLI) hosted the webinar “Expert Briefing: Fuelling the Indo-Pacific – How hydrogen power could help safeguard energy security in the region”, which was sponsored by the Embassy of Japan in Canada. Ambassador KAWAMURA Yasuhisa gave opening remarks, following welcoming remarks by Mr. Jonathan Berkshire-Miller of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

 In his opening remarks, Ambassador Kawamura discussed the importance of the Indo-Pacific region and Japan’s work with partner countries, like Canada, to realize the vision of a Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP). Energy security, environment and climate change are among the six priority areas of cooperation between Japan and Canada for the realization of FOIP. Ambassador Kawamura emphasized the importance of Japan-Canada cooperation in these two areas, mentioning a Japanese company’s participation in the LNG Canada project that will contribute to energy security in Asia including Japan once implemented, as well as Japan and Canada’s work towards the shared goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 with a focus on hydrogen energy cooperation in public and private sectors.

 Mr. Frank Des Rosiers, Assistant Deputy Minister for Natural Resources Canada, also gave opening remarks. He reiterated the importance of Japan-Canada cooperation for energy security and discussed Canada’s new hydrogen strategy to be a world leading producer, user and exporter of clean energy.

 Dr. Yamashita Yukari, a board member of The Institute of Energy Economics Japan (IEEJ) gave the keynote presentation on the potential of hydrogen and fuel ammonia towards energy security and carbon neutrality. She discussed how the portfolio approach is important for energy security and how the usage of decarbonized fossil fuels is essential for carbon neutrality in the Indo-Pacific. Carbon-free hydrogen with CCUS (Carbon capture, utilization and storage) technologies will be important for energy transition in Asian countries. She also emphasized the importance of collaboration for technology cooperation, cost reduction, rule-making and competitive market creation, and noted that Canada and Japan are well positioned for such collaboration.

 The two discussants at the expert briefing were Mr. Jeff Kucharski, an Adjunct Professor at Royal Roads University and a MLI Senior Fellow and Mr. Matthew Klippenstein, the regional manager for western Canada at the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association. The discussion was moderated by Ms. Heather Exner-Pirot, a MLI Senior Policy Analyst.
Opening Remarks by Ambassador Kawamura Yasuhisa
Video Link : Expert Briefing: Energy Security in the Indo-Pacific - YouTube


Ambassador Kawamura delivering his opening remarks

Dr. Yamashita’s keynote remarks

The Q&A session following the expert briefing