Business and Environment (Kansai Research Centre)

The Follow-up Study Tour on Low-Carbon Technologies Diffusion with the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC)

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the Ministry of the Environment of the Government of Japan (MOEJ) organised a 3-day study tour in February 2016 for the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) to introduce Japanese low-carbon policy and technologies. During the tour, REC visited both a leading Japanese enterprise and a city which spearheads the transformation to a low-carbon society. Views were exchanged on future collaboration to accelerate decarbonisation in central and eastern Europe with the MOEJ.

Date 3-5 February 2016
Venue Tokyo, Yokohama, Hayama
Organisers Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ)
Languages Japanese/English

The first day of this study tour started with a kick-off session to introduce and exchange views on low-carbon society between IGES and REC. REC representatives along with Professor Fujikura from Hosei University, who serves as a board member of REC, were invited to IGES Tokyo Office. Afterwards, REC visited the Clean Plaza Fujimi which is developed and managed by two neighbouring cities (Chofu City and Mitaka City in Tokyo) with an aim to observe Japanese leading technologies for waste management. Through this, REC learned about Japanese practices on waste segregation, comprehensive and integrated odour and noise management, facility design to minimise environmental impacts, and waste to energy. After the site visit, REC visited JFE Engineering Corporation which contributed to the installation of Clean Plaza Fujimi to learn more about its corporate activities in the field of sustainability.

The second day started by introducing the leading practices of a Japanese city to REC. REC visited Yokohama City to learn about its climate change related activities. In particular, REC expressed an interest in the city’s practices for comprehensive energy management by integrating several low-carbon technologies and businesses. Afterwards, with an aim to promote further cooperation on transformation to a low-carbon society between Japan and the central and eastern region of Europe, REC visited the Japanese Ministry of the Environment and re-affirmed the importance of enhancing cooperative actions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the dissemination of low-carbon technologies.

On the third day, REC was invited to IGES Headquarters in Hayama (Kanagawa). Several discussion sessions were held with research area leaders and researchers from Climate and Energy, Sustainable Consumption and Production, and Integrated Policy for Sustainable Society to exchange views on the cooperative research for sustainability between REC and IGES.

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