Symposium
Choices facing Japan for a sustainable low-carbon society and green economy

Japan is currently being pressed to make some difficult choices - how to structure an energy system in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, and at the same time, what kind of society to create while aiming for a sustainable world under a stable climate. In order to ensure a stable climate, there is only one path the world can take, and that is the path to a low-carbon society. It is not enough simply to change the current energy system. Rather, we must transform into a green economy in order for society as a whole to make the change to low carbon.

This symposium became an opportunity to think about the challenges facing Japan and to ask ourselves what we, as citizens at all levels of society, can do to create a low-carbon society.
Date & Time
Sunday, 3 June 2012, 13:00-16:45
Venue
Tokyo International Forum, D7 Hall (Registration at 6th floor)
(5-1 Marunouchi 3-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Organiser
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Languages
Japanese and English with simultaneous interpretation
Participants
About 150
Fee
Free of charge
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Agenda
13:00 Opening and Introductory remarks
     Prof. Hironori Hamanaka,
   Chair, Board of Directors, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
13:05 Part 1: Global progress to a low-carbon society
   Progress to a low carbon society: European and French Experience405kB
   Mr. Jeremie Petit, Environment Counsellor and First Secretary, The Embassy of France, Tokyo
   China's Basic Strategies and Actions towards Low-Carbon Society
   Dr. Li Zhidong,
   Professor, Nagaoka University of Technology;
   Visiting Researcher, Energy Research Institute,
   National Development and Reform Commission, China (ERI/China)
   Green Economy, world trends & Roadmap for GG555kB
   Mr. Rae Kwon Chung,
   Director, Environment and Development Division, United Nations Economic and
   Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
14:05 Part 2: Building a low-carbon, green economy Japan
   The path to a green economy
   Prof. Toru Morotomi, Professor, Kyoto University
   Low-carbon scenarios for Japan
   Mr. Kentaro Doi, Director, Low-carbon Society Promotion Office,
   Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
14:45 Break
   
15:00 Panel discussion: The people's choice
   Leading remarks: What is now being asked of us?
   Prof. Kazuhiro Ueta, Professor, Kyoto University
 
 
Panel discussion: Taking on the challenges
Moderator:   Prof. Kazuhiro Ueta, Professor, Kyoto University
Panelists:
Prof. Seiji Ikkatai, Professor, Musashino University
Prof. Hiroshi Shimizu, Professor, Keio University ; President, SIM-Drive Corporation
Mr. Keisuke Takegahara, General Manager, Environmental Initiative and Corporate Social Responsibility-Support Department, Development Bank of Japan Inc.
Mr. Yuji Noritake, Corporate Councilor, Corporate Environment Division, RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
Toshikazu Matsuoka, Chief Executive (Future City), Environment Bureau, City of Kitakyushu
Prof. Jusen Asuka, Director, Climate Change Group, IGES; Professor at Tohoku University, Center for Northeast Asian Studies
16:40 Closing Remarks
  Mr. Hideyuki Mori, President, IGES

Profile of speakers


Opening and Introductory remarks
Prof. Hironori Hamanaka 
Chair of the Board of Directors, IGES

Prof. Hamanaka took up the position of chair of IGES Board of Directors in April 2007. He is a Professor at Keio University. Before joining Keio University, he was the Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs at the Ministry of the Environment. He served with the Government of Japan for more than 35 years, mostly in the field of environmental policies, before he left in 2004. He has devoted his administrative career to intergovernmental negotiations in the areas including: the Kyoto Protocol and its implementing rules; major agreements in the field of sustainable development, such as the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation agreed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002; and the development of national policies to implement international agreements, most notably the Kyoto Protocol. Based on his professional career, he served as a Co-chair of the Compliance Committee under the Kyoto Protocol and the Chair of its Facilitative Branch from 2006 to 2008. He holds B.A. in Engineering, University of Tokyo in 1967.
Part 1 Global progress to a low-carbon society
  Mr. Jeremie Petit,
Environment Counsellor and First Secretary, The Embassy of France, Tokyo

Graduate from the Institute of Political Science (Paris) and the Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilisations (INALCO). As Environment Counsellor in the French Embassy in Tokyo since 2009, Mr. Petit is following closely the evolution of Japanese environment policy and is taking an active role in the EU Environment Counsellors Meetings. He was from 2006-2009 covering relations with Myanmar, Thailand and ARF in the Southeast Asia Division of the French Ministry of foreign affairs.
Dr. Li Zhidong
Professor, Nagaoka University of Technology ; Visiting Researcher, Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission, China (ERI/China)

Dr. Li is a professor at the Nagaoka University of Technology Japan, and a visiting researcher at the IEEJ (Institute of Energy Economics, Japan) and ERI/China (Energy Research Institute, National Development and Reform Commission, China). He is a member of the Green Energy Project of Nagaoka University of Technology, which is adopted as 21st Century COE program by the Japan Ministry of Education and Science. He graduated from China People’s University (Renmin University) in 1983, and received a PhD in economics from Kyoto University Japan in 1990. He worked as a professional economist at the IEEJ from 1990 to 1995, mainly focusing on econometric analysis of world energy outlook and world oil market modeling. He has been a main contributor of Japan-China joint study project focusing on China’s economy, energy and environment from 1999 to 2003. He is the author/co-author of number of books and articles published in academic and professional journals and publishers .
Mr. Rae Kwon Chung
Director, Environment and Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)

As Climate Change Ambassador, Mr. Chung led Korean climate negotiations up to COP 15 in Copenhagen in 2009. As division chief of UN ESCAP, he presented the concept of green growth at the 5th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development and secured Ministerial Declaration on Green Growth in 2005 well before any other agencies came up with similar ideas. As career diplomat, he served at Korean Missions at the UN and OECD. He attended global environmental conferences including Rio Earth Summit in 1992 and climate change conferences. He inserted the idea of compulsory licensing in Agenda 21 and proposed unilateral CDM and NAMA registry ideas during the climate change negotiations.
Part 2 Building a low-carbon, green economy Japan
Prof. Toru Morotomi
Professor, Kyoto University

In 1993, Prof. Morotomi earned B.A. of economics at Doshisha University, Kyoto. The areas on which he concentrated were environmental economics and public economics. He earned Ph.D. of economics at Kyoto University in 1998. The title of the dissertation is “Theory and Practice of Environmental Taxation”. He taught economic policy for four years (April 1998 - March 2002) at Yokohama National University, and currently teaching public finance and environmental economics at University of Kyoto (since April 2002). His recent research interest is a reform direction of the current Japanese climate change policy and the role of emissions trading system. In the research project sponsored by WWF Japan he proposed a possible emissions trading scheme for Japan and published the idea in Japanese. He is also currently involved in the experts committee on ETS of the Japanese Ministry of the Environment.
  Mr. Kentaro Doi
Director, Low-carbon Society Promotion Office, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan

Mr. Doi graduated from Hokkaido University in 1990, gaining a doctorate from the Graduate School of Engineering. He has been worked in many fields in his career at Moe, including containers and packaging recycling, motor vehicle recycling, environmental assessment, and noise / odour policies. He took up his current position in October 2010.
Panel discussion The people’s choice
<Leading remarks / Moderator>
Prof. Kazuhiro Ueta
Professor, Kyoto University

Prof. Ueta is currently President of the Society for Environmental Economics and Policy Studies, Japan and a project leader of Scientific Research on Priority Areas 611 "Multi-level Environmental Governance for Sustainable Development". He has published many books including "Environmental Economics", "Economics of Recycling for Waste management", "Environmental Policy in China", and "Sustainable Development".
<Panelists>
Prof. Seiji Ikkatai
Professor, Musashino University

Prof. Ikkatai is a Professor of Faculty of Environmental Science, Musashino University and Program-Specific Professor of Kyoto University since 2012. After graduating Tokyo University, he joined Environment Agency (Ministry of the Environment since 2001) in 1975. He was appointed professor of Kyoto University in 2005 and awarded doctor’s degree of economics in 2008 by the study of climate change policies.
Prof. Hiroshi Shimizu
Professor, Keio University ; President, SIM-Drive Corporation

Prof. Shimizu was born in Miyagi Prefecture in 1947 and earned his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Engineering of Tohoku University in 1975. In 1976, he began his work as a researcher at the National Institute for Environmental Studies. And he was appointed Research Director of the Regional Environment Research Group in 1987. After stepping down in 1997, Shimizu became a professor in the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies at Keio University, engaging in analysis of environmental issues and research into technological solutions such as development of electric vehicles and energy systems. Shimizu has been working on development of 14 concept cars for 30 years. As of 2009, Shimizu has been involved in the development of an electric bus in collaboration with the Kanagawa Prefectural government. In 2009, he and his supporters established a company called SIM-Drive Corporation. It is a company to spread the technology of electric vehicles which he has been developing over the past 30 years. In the spring of 2013, the third prototype model of SIM-Drive will be done. Books by Prof. Hiroshi Shimizu Goodbye to “Winner-takes-all” Civilization, Mishima-sha, 2009
  Mr. Keisuke Takegahara
General Manager, Environmental Initiative and Corporate Social Responsibility-Support Department, Development Bank of Japan Inc.

Mr. Takegahara joined the Japan Development Bank (now Development Bank of Japan Inc.) in 1989. After serving in the Economic and Industrial Research Department and Policy Planning Department, he was named Chief Representative of the Frankfurt Overseas Representative Office. He became Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility Promotion Office, Research & Design Department in 2009. In 2011, he assumed his current position.
Public service and committee memberships: Member of Committee to Discuss Assessment Methods for Future Environmental Cities (Cabinet Secretariat),Special Member of Future Environmental Cities Promotion Board (Cabinet Secretariat) , Member of Study Group on Environmental Growth Engines (Environment Ministry) , Member of Committee to Discuss Promotion of the Use of Environmental Information (Environment Ministry) , Member of Kanagawa Solar Project Committee (Kanagawa Prefecture), Member of Expert Committee to Promote New Energy Use (Chiba Prefecture) , Member of Technical Committee, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization.
Publications: Lessons from the German Environmental City Model (co-authored). Energy-forum, 2001. Environmental Rating: An Information Base for Environmental Finance (editor). Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, INC., 2010. Progress in Environmental Risk Management by Financial Institutions (co-authored). Kinzai Institute for Financial Affairs, INC., 2011. Innovations in Environmental Management, Volume 3: Currents in Relations between the Environment and Finance and Investment (co-authored). Chuokeizai-sha, INC., 2011.
Mr. Yuji Noritake
Corporate Councilor, Corporate Environment Division, RICOH COMPANY, LTD.

Mr. Noritake joined Ricoh Company, Ltd in 1979. He was engaged in environmental management for chemical, production environment assessment, LCA, and establishment of information management system on environmental impact. He was appointed as the General Manager of Environmental Sustainability Development office in 2000, and is currently Corporate Councilor, Corporate Environment Division since 2009. He also serves as member of several committees.
Mr. Toshikazu Matsuoka
Chief Executive (Future City), Environment Bureau, City of Kitakyushu

Mr. Matsuoka graduated from Kyushu Institute of Technology in 1981 and entered the Kitakyushu City Government. He served for 6 years as Director for Planning Division of Environment Bureau before serving as Executive Director for New Industry Department of Science and Industry Bureau. He is currently Chief Executive (Future City) of Environment Bureau.
He has been a member of the subcommittee on the post-2013 countermeasures of the Global Environment Committee of the Central Environment Council.

Prof. Jusen Asuka
Director, Climate Change Group, IGES;
Professor at Tohoku University, Center for Northeast Asian Studies

Graduating from the University of Tokyo (PhD), Prof. Asuka joined IGES in April 2010. Environmental and energy issues in Northeast Asia, especially in East Asia, where economic development is currently proceeding at a dramatic pace, is the focus of his work. Examining these issues in broad as well as multidimensional perspective, he seeks to clarify not only the historical process by which they emerged and the circumstances they involve today, but also what forms of international cooperation are feasible for dealing with them. In particular, he employs the perspectives of political science, economics, sociology, and other social sciences to develop recommendations for treaties and protocols as well as for environmental taxation, emissions trading, and other specific domestic and international policies and measures designed to deal with problems such as global warming that lie beyond the power of any one country to solve.

Closing Remarks
Mr. Hideyuki Mori
President, IGES

Mr. Mori started working for the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, in 1977, and was involved in climate change negotiations for several years. He also served as Environment Specialist at ADB, Senior Environmental Coordinator of UNCHR, and Portfolio Manager of GEF Division at UNEP. He was a professor at Keio University from 2008-2011. He has served as IGES President since 2010.
Contact:
Climate Change Group, IGES
cc-info@iges.or.jp
 

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