- Press Release
ENECHANGE CEO Yohei Kiguchi appointed secretary of the Japan Association of New Economy
ENECHANGE Ltd. (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director & CEO: Yohei Kiguchi, PhD) is pleased to announced that its CEO Yohei Kiguchi has been appointed as secretary of the Japan Association of New Economy (“JANE”; Location: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Representative Director: Hiroshi Mikitani).
Mr. Kiguchi, will officially assume the position of secretary of the JANE effective July 19, 2023. Kiguchi is vice-chair of the Carbon Neutral Working Group (Chair: Cloudworks Inc., President and CEO: Koichiro Yoshida, hereinafter “Carbon Neutral WG”) of the JANE, which was established in 2022. In April 2023, the Carbon Neutral WG compiled and published the JANE Carbon Neutral Vision, a policy proposal outlining ideas on the direction of policies that should be taken as a country towards the realization of carbon neutrality, with Kiguchi taking the lead in its creation. As a listed company in the energy sector, we will continue to actively work on policy proposals necessary for the realization of net zero through our activities in this Carbon Neutral WG.
Click here for the entire ‘JANE Carbon Neutral Vision’ proposal.
■About the Japan Association of New Economy
Development and advancement of e-business (the Internet as well as services that use the Internet) through more strategic use and application of information technology (IT) is essential for Japan to stay on the top of global competition and continue to expand its economic growth. However, an environment that supports this economic and industrial growth is still at the development stage. The nationwide development of infrastructure of governmental policies and various institutions is an urgent issue.
In February 2010, the Japan e-business Association (JeBA) was established as a general incorporated association for the purpose of strengthening Japan’s competitiveness through the expansion of the Internet and e-business. The objective of the Association is to make proposals and suggestions from the point of view of private sector industry as well as to provide information. In order to expand its activities not only in the field of e-business but also including the new industrial development field, the Association changed its name as the Japan Association of New Economy (JANE) in June 2012.
Furthermore, JANE promotes in-depth constructive discussions and contributes to an environmental maintenance as well as a framework in Japan through policy suggestions regarding actualization of innovation and growth strategies in all industries that make up the e-business as the core; environment for fair competition; increased participation of people in politics and more efficient administrative processes; and vitalization of regional communities.
■ Comment from Yohei Kiguchi, CEO of ENECHANGE Ltd.
I am honoured to take up the position of secretary of the JANE. The JANE follows the principle of ‘let the people do what the people can’ and is working to reform Japan’s economy and society with a digital focus, including regulatory reform and market creation. The Carbon Neutral WG of the JANE, of which I am vice-chair, published its policy proposal in April 2023. Moreover, at the recent JANE 10th anniversary event “JX Live! 2023” chaired by Koichiro Yoshida, Director of Cloudworks Inc, I took part in a round table discussion on the government strategy needed to accelerate green transformation (GX) through the power of the private sector. As secretary, I will continue to do my utmost to achieve net zero, which is one of the most important issues for the country, as well as to create a new economy using digital technologies.
■ Yohei Kiguchi, PhD, CEO of ENECHANGE Ltd.
Yohei Kiguchi, PhD is a Japanese London-based climate-tech entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of ENECHANGE, the leading EV charging and online energy switching company based between Tokyo and London. He founded ENECHANGE in 2015 based on his doctoral research at the University of Cambridge and became the first publicly listed climate-tech company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange in 2020, and hit 1 billion USD market cap in 2021. He won the Entrepreneur of the year in 2022 awarded by JANE.
Outside of ENECHANGE, he has served several public activities to advise carbon-neutral strategies (Japanese government METI, Japan Associate of Corporate Executives, and Japan Associate of New Economy) as well as overseas diplomatic efforts (Trilateral Commissions).
Kiguchi earned a bachelor’s degree from University of Tokyo, and doctorate in engineering from University of Cambridge.
At JANE, he has been vice-chair of the WG since 2022.
ENECHANGE is an energy technology company that promotes a carbon-free society through digital technology with the mission of Changing Energy For A Better World. We offer services based on data utilization in the field of the 4Ds of Energy: Deregulation, Digitalization, Decarbonization, and Decentralization. Our company’s roots come from an energy data lab at the University of Cambridge, U.K., a country where liberalization is mature. ENECHANGE has a British subsidiary, SMAP Energy Limited, as well as a global network and analytical technology for energy data.