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Namie, Japan and Lancaster, California recognised by Japanese Government for its ‘Smart Sister Cities’ partnership

Namie, Japan and Lancaster, California recognised by Japanese Government for its ‘Smart Sister Cities’ partnership

As celebrations continue for National Hydrogen Day, the Japanese Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry has congratulated two cities, Lancaster, US, and Namie, Japan, on becoming the first cities in the world to partner on supporting hydrogen innovation.

Revealed back in July, 2021, Mayor Rex Parris of Lancaster, California and Akira Muto, the Japanese Consul General in Los Angeles inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a “Smart Sister Cities” relationship for hydrogen production, storage, delivery and end use at city facilities and communities.

Read more: Namie, Japan and Lancaster, California ink historic agreement to be ‘world’s first’ hydrogen municipalities

Mayor Rex Parris said, “Though Lancaster and Namie are the first cities to forge a partnership powered by hydrogen, we hope not to be the last.

“We urge municipalities around the globe to join our ‘Smart Sister Cities’ movement towards reducing our emissions and saving our planet.”

Mayor Parris also believes that Governmental funding is key to unlocking hydrogen’s potential, “Though we are proud to be leading the way in hydrogen innovation, climate change is not a problem that we alone can solve.

“Addressing imminent climate extinction will require investment, engagement, and collaboration from decision makers at every level.”

Namie Mayor Kazuhiro Yoshida said, “The cities will focus on using their unique resources to advance hydrogen production, storage, distribution and usage.

“We will pursue a roadmap that encourages economic development and social progress.”

US DOE, General Motors, Microsoft and Plug Power

What does the US Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors, Microsoft and Plug Power have in common? They’re all speaking at H2 View’s North American Virtual Hydrogen Event in October. Will you be joining us on October 19?

North America is in a prime position to lead efforts in decarbonisation, but it still has great distances to travel. The region has been giving chase in a race to green hydrogen dominated by Europe and Asia-Pacific. If policymakers and industry can work together and take the right steps to realise a hydrogen vision, the region is perfectly placed to expand its global energy leadership at scale and speed.

What lessons can be learned from Europe’s policymakers? What are the challenges to be overcome? What are the strengths and opportunities? How can North America go from giving chase to taking a lead in hydrogen? These are all questions our virtual event will address across H2 View’s four pillars of Mobility, Power, Policy and Technology.

Further information on the event, agenda and confirmed speakers can be found here.

To book your virtual delegate pass, click here.


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