IGES and DECC organise the Japan 2050 Calculator Training Programme

In 2009, the United Kingdom (UK) Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) developed a 2050 Pathways Calculator which provides an effective tool for assessing various options for achieving UK’s emissions reduction targets. The Calculator takes a holistic approach to cover all energy carriers, both supply and demand, and carbon and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Its user friendliness, simplicity and capability to generate instant results prompted several other countries such as Belgium, China and Republic of Korea to develop similar Calculators for their respective countries.
For more information, please go to the website: https://www.gov.uk/2050-pathways-analysis

Following the Fukushima accident, Japan is at a crossroads in choosing its energy policies through selecting the appropriate energy mix and coping with the subsequent implications for the country’s mitigations targets of 2050. Given the growing concerns against nuclear power on the one hand and the need to meet energy demands and ensure energy security on the other, Japan needs to initiate some radical reforms of its energy policies while at the same time sticking to its carbon mitigation pledges.

After careful observations about the usefulness and applicability of the Calculator, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) found that a 2050 Pathways Calculator for Japan is likely to be very effective in delivering the fundamentals of energy mix and mitigation options for Japan to get wider public access and receive feedback simultaneously. The Calculator can be a strong education and communication tool that will not only help the general audience to better understand the situation, but also assist policymakers to make their decision. IGES observed that the nature of the 2050 Calculator is transparent and involves intensive stakeholder engagement, thereby reflecting its authenticity. After several discussions with the DECC, IGES and the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) have jointly taken the initiative to develop a similar 2050 Pathways Calculator for Japan.

To better understand how to structure the model, how to organise the data, and how to design the priorities and pathways, the DECC and IGES held a four-day training programme from 7-10 May 2013 for relevant researchers from IGES and NIES. Dr. Jan Ole Kiso, Senior Policy Analyst of the Strategy Directorate at DECC, provided the training to the participants and the British Embassy in Tokyo provided various coordination and logistics support. The training programme covered technical working and methodological approach of the Calculator development, interactive sessions for Japan’s demand and supply side modelling, and issues related to stakeholder involvement and sector-specific workshops.

At the opening session of the training programme, Mr. Ken O’Flaherty, Prosperity Counsellor of the British Embassy, and the President of IGES, Mr. Hideyuki Mori, gave the opening remarks while Professor Shuzo Nishioka, Senior Research Advisor of IGES, provided an introductory speech on the current trends in Japan’s climate change policies and potential applications of the Calculator for policy-making. Mr. Richard Oppenheim, Head of Climate Change and Energy Section of the British Embassy hosted a reception on 8 May to introduce the UK 2050 Pathways Calculator and exchange views with distinguished guests from governmental organisations, industrial sectors, NGOs and the media.

The Calculator development team from Japan is headed by Dr. Xin Zhou (IGES) and the participants include Dr. Shuichi Ashina (NIES), Mr. Anindya Bhattacharya (IGES), Dr. Takeshi Kuramochi (IGES), and Dr. Mustafa Moinuddin (IGES). The team very much benefitted from the training and has started working on the Calculator development.

Date and Time
7-10 May 2013, 9:30-18:00
British Embassy Tokyo and Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Tokyo Office
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), British Embassy Tokyo and United Kingdom Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
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