The 2013 Award of the World Investment Conference Europe (WIC Europe)
Honours Japan and our Energy and Industrial Future
During this exceptional event gathering corporate and political leaders,
entrepreneurs, investors and experts, the New Energy and Industrial Technology
Development Organization (NEDO) receives the World Investment Conference
Europe 2013 Award
World Investment Conference Europe 2013
PARIS -- July 2, 2013
The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization was rewarded
for its high-tech innovation projects in Europe.
Mr. Hideo HATO, President, NEDO, received the prize from Ms. Catherine
TRAUTMANN, Member, European Parliament and Vice President, Urban Community of
Following the two oil crises of the 1970s, the need for energy diversification
increased. Against this backdrop, NEDO was established as a semi-governmental
organization in 1980 to promote the development and introduction of new energy
technologies. Over the past few years, NEDO has invested in many innovative
projects in Europe.
« It’s a great honour to receive this award from the World Investment
Conference Europe», says M. Hideo HATO, President, NEDO. «We are
particularly pleased to remind the importance of the Japanese-European
collaboration. While we are living in a networking world, increasingly
interconnected, in which people have to live together, each major
technological project we implement in Europe is an important and strategic
matter for the Japanese government. »
«Since its establishment, NEDO has undertaken technology development,
demonstration projects and system improvement with the aim of improving
Japan’s global competitiveness and addressing energy and global environmental
issues in an integrated manner », adds Jean-Bernard Guerrée, President & CEO,
World Investment Conferences. «Today, in Europe, NEDO is implementing this
philosophy thanks to smart community related projects through cooperation with
public and private organizations. We are particularly proud to reward these
activities and initiatives which allowed our people, our territories and our
industries to work hand in hand».
Notable examples include the Smart Community Demonstration project in Lyon,
France, and in Malaga, Spain. They work with companies such as Bouygues,
Veolia Transdev, Grand Lyon Habitat, Toshiba and Toshiba Solutions for Lyon
project and Endesa, Telefonica, Ayesa, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Hitachi
and Mitsubishi Corporation for Malaga project.
The Lyon Smart Community represents an investment of about 40 million euros
and has four aspects aiming for energy neutrality by 2013:
*The creation of a block of 3 new buildings as positive energy buildings
*The creation of an electric vehicle sharing system
*Green renovation of social housing by introducing a system for visualizing
electricity usage in Perrache
*The development of a Community Management System (CMS) to facilitate the
overall energy management in the area
In Malaga, Spain, a project was started to promote the development of electric
vehicles (EV) and EV management system. In that purpose 200 electric vehicles
and 23 quick chargers have been established.
In Manchester City, United Kingdom, NEDO and the Greater Manchester Combined
Authority is conducting a feasibility study according to an agreement aiming
to create a low carbonized and smart house by utilizing heat pump and
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WIC Europe 2013 is organized in partnership with the Region Alsace and the
Urban Community of Strasbourg.
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