Contributing to Electricity Conservation
Following Endorsement as Public Policy
Endorsement of Eco-home Diagnosis as Public Policy
After running a pilot scheme in fiscal 2008, IGES proposed Eco-home Diagnosis to Hyogo Prefecture, the Japan Center for Climate Change Actions (JCCCA) and the Ministry of the Environment, and they incorporated the scheme into their policymaking almost unchanged. Their willingness to approve the scheme was partly because the proposals offered a very effective means of encouraging changes in behaviour to reduce CO2 emissions, but also because we were able to meet with the policymakers themselves and make the proposals face-to-face. If analysed, the key elements contributing to the decisions to endorse the scheme were probably:
(1) new policies to reduce household CO2 emissions were needed;
(2) the proposals were very detailed, enabling them to be put into practice quickly, with easily assessable results;
(3) we were able to respond fully to the policymakers' questions.
In other words, we were able to provide the key decision-makers with what they needed, in the right way, at the right time.
We are currently making proposals to key decision-makers in the Republic of Korea (they need to formulate CO2 reduction policies across all sectors in line with the Green Growth legislation).
Contribution to Electricity Conservation
I read a newspaper article the other day in which Hiroshi Komiyama(*2) maintained that it is essential for any leader to have a mission, to have passion, and to take action. I think this is also true of a researcher. As a researcher at IGES, I intend to nurture these three attributes in myself, as I continue to work for sustainable development in Asia.
- A scheme offering households individual consultations to recommend the CO2 reduction methods best suited to each household. In September 2010, the Hyogo Prefectural authority instituted Eco-home Diagnosis, rolling it out prefecture-wide, and during fiscal 2011 the Ministry of the Environment has also been implementing the scheme.
- Hiroshi Komiyama is a former president of the University of Tokyo and Chairman of Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc. He holds a doctorate in engineering, specialising in chemical system engineering, global environment engineering and structuring knowledge. His current research interests include technologies to combat global warming.