Forum Renewable Energy and the Future of Hokkaido and JapanAhead of the G7 Ministers' Meeting on Climate, Energy and Environment in Sapporo

13 April 2023

in Japanese

In the last G7 summit, it was agreed that "all or most of the electricity sector must be decarbonized by 2035." Reaching this agreement will require a rapid expansion of renewable energy. Hokkaido, where the ministerial meeting will be held  before the G7 Hiroshima Summit in May, is a region rich in natural resources, and utilizing Hokkaido's ample resources is essential for establishing Japan's decarbonization and energy independence. Ahead of the Ministerial Meeting scheduled on April 15 and 16, Renewable Energy Institute co-hosted a forum in which the expectations and the potential for expansion and acceleration of renewables deployment in Hokkaido were discussed.


MC: :Mika Kudo (Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute)

Opening Remarks
Toru Suzuki (Chairperson of Board, Hokkaido Green Fund)
Teruyuki Ohno (Executive Director, Renewable Energy Institute) 

[PART 1] Talk Session "Why Hokkaido Now?"
Renewable Energy Talk:  Takanobu Aikawa (Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute) 
 Nobuo Minakuchi (Director General, Environment and Energy Bureau, Economic Department, Hokkaido)
 Sachio Sugawara (Director General, Environmental Bureau, City of Sapporo)
 Kazuei Ishii (Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Division of Environmental Engineering, Hokkaido University)

[PART 2] Panel Discussion "Energizing Hokkaido with Renewable Energy"
Tatsuyuki Kato (Mayor of Ishikari City)
Haruo Kataoka (Mayor of Suttu Town / Chairman, Nation-wide Council of Municipalities for Wind Power Promotion)
Satoru Yoshida (Executive Vice President, Hokutaku Co.,LTD)
Kohki Uemura (President and CEO, DENZAI K.K.)
Tetsuo Saitou (Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute)
Moderator: Mika Ohbayashi (Director, Renewable Energy Institute)

[PART 3] Panel Talk "The Future of Hokkaido with Renewable Energy"
Akihiro Enoki(Manager, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Division,Rumoi City)
Kosuke Takahashi (Manager, Planning and Coordination Group, Offshore Business Development, Green Power Investment Corporation)
Akihiro Sando (Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute) 
Moderator:  Yumi Kobayashi (Secretary General, Hokkaido Green Fund)
Closing Remarks
Takejiro Sueyoshi (Vice-Chair of Executive Board, Renewable Energy Institute

Event Details

Date / Time Thursday 13 April 2023 14:00-16:30
Event Format (1) Onsite Sapporo Community Plaza (Sapporo City)
(2) Virtual Webcasted via Zoom
Organizers Renewable Energy Institute
Renewable Energy Organization of Hokkaido
Hokkaido Green Fund
Admission Free, prior registration required


External Links

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