3W in Tokyo: Recap from the Seminar for Japanese Organisations

On 12 December 2022, representatives of Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego, headed by Ms. Beata Daszyńska-Muzyczka, President of the Management Board, organised a seminar titled “Water, Hydrogen and Carbon New Sector of the Global Economy” at the Polish Embassy in Tokyo. The host of the event was Ms. Paweł Milewski, the Polish Ambassador in Japan. The seminar was attended by several dozen representatives of the Japanese world of business, science and the public sector.

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16 December 2022

The trip to Japan was a unique opportunity for presenting the 3W idea outside of the Polish borders. Japan is a country with which we have a lot in common and which seems to be a natural partner for us - it is greatly engaged in the hydrogen economy and open to the implementation of innovative solutions. Apart from Beata Daszyńska-Muzyczka, President of the Management Board, the following persons delivered presentations on behalf of Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego: Radosław Kwiecień, Member of the Management Board and Adam Żelezik, 3W Department Director.

The meeting with the representatives of the BGK was attended by, among others: Bank of Tokyo – Mitsubishi UFJ, Daiwa Securities, EU-Japan Centre, ITOCHU, JBIC (Japanese Bank of International Cooperation), Global Media Corporation, Hitachi, HFC Holding Corporation, Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley, Mitsui & Co, NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development), Nomura Holdings, Polish Investment and Trade Agency, SMBC Group, Toshiba and Vertex Partners.

During the seminar, President Beata Daszyńska-Muzyczka recounted the origins of the 3W idea and the challenges of the modern world that it responds to. The BGK president convinced the attendees that 3W was an attractive investment area.

Adam Żelezik, 3W Department Director, presented the major premises of the 3W initiative indicating the pivotal role of the eco-system created jointly with the representatives of the world of business, science and the public sector. He also drew attention to the scale of potential synergies resulting from joint perception of the key resources of life, which EY Polska and BGK estimated on the level of 15%.

The EY representatives also accompanied the BGK delegation, presenting the key theses and conclusions from the recently published report “The 3W Idea: Water, Hydrogen and Carbon: Resources that Have Built and Are Changing the World” during the seminar.

Director Żelezik ended his presentation by showing the most interesting examples of technology from the 3W realm. He described the solutions of Polish entrepreneurs which refer to the 3D printing with vitreous carbon and production of food at aquaponic farms. He also presented a case study of the synergy of water, hydrogen and carbon based on studies carried out at the Warsaw University of Technology. The scientists prepared a technology for mass production of a catalyst applied in the process of water electrolysis. The costly platinum was replaced with molybdenum sulphide and carbon nano-materials thanks to which the entire production process of hydrogen became more profitable.

An important element of the seminar was a part devoted to the possibilities of participation of Japanese organisations in the 3W initiative, opportunities for investors, enterprises and technological partners. These issues were outlined by Radosław Kwiecień, member of the BGK Board. He stressed that Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego offers advice and assistance with respect to investing in the 3W sector and is going to support international projects from this area.

The seminar ended with a session of questions and answers. The guests found the meeting greatly interesting and inspiring - as mentioned during the informal talks. Positive reactions of our foreign partners are an additional incentive for us to make our initiative popular not only in Poland, but also outside of its borders.

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