New Zealand Embassy Tokyo, Japan
Ambassador Sinclair speaks at geothermal power generation symposium in Sapporo
Reflecting the high interest in development of renewable energy in Japan, nearly 600 people attended a symposium on geothermal power generation in Sapporo on 20 April. The symposium was organised by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and supported by the Bipartisan Parliamentary Committee for Geothermal Energy Promotion, the Japan Tourism Agency, and Hokkaido Government.
Speakers included former Economy Minister Ms Toshiro Nikai; Senior Vice Minister for the Environment Mr Kazunori Tanaka; Director-General of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy Mr Ichiro Takahara; Hokkaido Governor Ms Harumi Takahashi; and renowned Alpinist Ms Tabei Junko. Mayor Tamura of Hachimantai, which has a number of New Zealand connections, was another of the featured presenters.
Ambassador Mark Sinclair made a presentation on New Zealand's experience with geothermal power development, highlighting the extent of cooperation with Japanese partners in projects in New Zealand and other countries. Attached below is his presentation.