In Oct 2020, Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced that by 2050, Japan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero. This was followed by its Green Growth Strategy that was announced in December 2020. It is a set of industrial policies aimed to support the net-zero target. The strategy sets goals in 14 fields and offshore wind power is one of the fields.
Japan has aimed to generate up to 22 – 24% of its energy mix from renewable sources, under its Strategic Energy Plan. About 1.7% of that energy mix is expected to come from wind power generation.
With that in mind, Vestas has had dialogues with the relevant Japanese governmental representatives, specifically the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Both parties have had extensive discussions on how Vestas can collaborate and contribute to the 2050 net zero emission target.
The first Supplier Day was the first initiative from Vestas to help achieve that target. On 14th April, more than 120 attendees were given an insightful look into the strategy for our global supply chain ecosystem at the inaugural event. By strengthening our global ecosystem and building a robust local network, we are contributing to the development of Japan’s offshore wind industry.
The virtual event attracted more than 120 attendees from wind turbine component suppliers, customers, and government officials from both METI and the Royal Danish Embassy in Japan.
“Japan has an ambitious goal of bringing greenhouse gas emissions down to net zero by 2050. Renewable energy, especially wind, will play an important role in helping Japan transition away from its reliance on fossil fuels,” said Henrik Andersen, Group President and CEO of Vestas, “to meet the target, we need to build a robust, competitive and reliable local supply chain network, which will be the backbone of the country’s future energy system.”
During the event, suppliers were educated on our corporate strategy, our commitment to the Japanese market, and the requirements and processes for the successful qualification of global and local suppliers.
“The Suppliers’ Day is just the start for many long-term partnerships,” said Tommy Rahbek Nielsen, COO and Executive Vice President, Manufacturing & Global Procurement of Vestas. “Together with our Japanese suppliers, we hope to deliver safe, reliable, high-quality, and cost-competitive wind projects to Japan and to the world.”
"Japan welcomes investment to build a competitive and resilient offshore wind supply chain. We are pleased to see Vestas starting a dialog with Japanese suppliers and ready to support you,” said Tadashi Mogi, Director-General, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.
Tadashi Mogi, Director-General Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Department, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy.
"As a major Japanese manufacturer, Mitsubishi Electric welcomes Vestas’ exploration of establishing a supply chain in Japan. Additionally, we welcome the opportunity to help build out that supply chain network and contribute to Japanese growth strategies in order to achieve carbon neutrality in Japan by 2050," said Noriyuki Takazawa, Executive Officer, Group President, Energy & Industrial Systems, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
Vestas has been in the Japanese market for more than two decades and has installed more than 630 MW of wind turbines to date.
Last year, we extended our global partnership with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd, within renewable energy with the ambition to lead the deployment of onshore and offshore wind as well as collaborate in green hydrogen solutions. As part of the partnership to market onshore and offshore wind power turbines jointly in Japan, the two companies have established MHI Vestas Japan Co., Ltd. We are also planning to establish parts of our regional supply chain and production in Japan if market volume and cost-competitiveness allow.
Peter Taksøe-Jensen Ambassador Royal Danish Embassy in Japan
Masato Yamada, CEO, MHI Vestas Japan giving the closing address.
Event set up in Copenhagen