This article was written by Olga Kokshagina and Uli Göltenbott as a result of the workshop on the same topic that was run during the ISPIM Connects Fukuoka conference in December 2018. Olga is one of the founders of ISPIM's Special Interest Group on Innovation Management Methods for Industry.
Energy transition in Japan is evolving quite fast since Fukushima in 2011. According to EnergyPost, Japan’s dependency on energy imports has climbed to 93 percent and its energy costs have risen drastically. With Japan’s forty-eight nuclear reactors offline, the country began using more coal, gas, and oil to generate electricity, increasing greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, Japan is keen to move solely to renewables. A projection of energy mix in 2050 shows100% transition to renewable energy for all purposes, including electricity, transportation, heating/cooling, and industry.