The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 triggered the deepest global recession in decades. The post-pandemic recovery will hinge upon sustainable economic growth across the world, and the energy sector is undoubtedly one of the key areas that most business activities rely on. Notably, while many businesses were hit hard by pandemic-related restrictions, the renewable energy industry has been operated effectively and is more resilient than other sectors. This suggests that the development of renewable energy is not only a business opportunity in the post-pandemic world but also a necessity for a sustainable future. In the renewable energy industry, however, Japanese firms lag behind foreign firms. By drawing upon the concept of “environmental upgrading”, this chapter examines Japanese firms’ positions in the renewable energy market, their strategies and the challenges they are facing. Focusing on solar power and offshore wind, it also considers how Japanese firms could respond to new business environments and contribute to sustainability.
|Title of host publication
|Japanese Business Operations in an Uncertain World
|Anshuman Khare, Nobutaka Odake, Hiroki Ishikura
|Number of pages
|Place of Publication
|Published - 2022
|Routledge Advances in Management and Business Studies
Published online: 20 December 2021.
- Environmental upgrading
- Solar power
- Offshore wind