To help local governments and businesses promote decarbonization, the government will send experts to local communities and appoint them to key posts, such as mayoral advisor, from fiscal 2022. These experts are expected to connect the central and local governments and act as a bridge between the public and private sectors to promote energy-saving initiatives and the use of renewable energy.
The government will adopt a “personnel support program for local revitalization,” which is aimed at introducing experts to local governments. Since it was launched in fiscal 2015, experts on digitalization and other specialized fields have been sent to about 290 municipalities. From fiscal 2022, “green experts” well-versed in decarbonization will be added to the program.
The government expects to tap businesspeople knowledgeable about renewable energy. The private-sector experts will be posted to a senior position, such as advisor, and assigned to the position for a period of six months to two years. Remuneration will be paid by the local governments.
The government has begun soliciting participation from companies. From September, it will accept requests from municipalities. From November, it will match up municipalities and businesses by sizing up each other’s needs and decide on specific assignments. (Abridged)