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Project Outline
Project Title
 "Research Partnership for the Application of Low Carbon Technology for Sustainable Development"
Period of Research
 May 2010 to March 2014

(1) Research Outline

This project aims to formulate an international scheme to accelerate application of Japanese low-carbon technologies to India through the development of concrete strategies. Such strategies include: identifying appropriate technologies for green house gas (GHG) reductions both in India and Japan; capacity building; knowledge sharing; establishing knowledge-sharing schemes by compiling technical information on low-carbon technologies; and constructing a joint working system with private firms. In particular, the project aims to conduct research and analysis on energy consumption by Indian energy-intensive SMEs; to identify promising investment opportunities, success factors and priority-appropriate technology based on the trend of electricity consumption; and to promote the application of such technology with special attention to SMEs through selected pilot projects.
(2) Research Background
Realisation of a low-carbon society is a top priority global issue for the 21st century. Greenhouse gas emissions are expected to increase due to the rapid economic development of many Asian countries, including India. Low-carbon technology, which helps to reduce GHG emissions, has been developed and applied in developed countries including Japan. In developing countries, by contrast, little progress has been made despite activity in the areas of trade and private investment. Therefore, the formulation of concrete strategies that promote and accelerate the application of low-carbon technologies by advanced countries in developing countries is considered to be one of the new goals of international co-operation.
(3) Research Objective
The research is to focus on India, which is the world's third largest emitter of GHG and at the same time has great reduction potential; the goal of the research is to formulate concrete strategies to promote and accelerate the application of low-carbon technology by conducting joint research between India and Japan.
(4) Research plan
Select Japan's core low-carbon technologies and make them easy to understand.
Focus on Japan's energy-efficient, GHG reducing systems
Identify ventilation, heat pump, cogeneration, compressed air system, induction furnaces and other systems and technology that are appropriate for use in SME factories and office buildings, and similar locations in developing countries
Implement pilot projects to evaluate the efficacy of the application of low-carbon technology
Through several pilot projects implemented in India, collect information on the conditions and needs of the Indian people and improve the specifications of existing Japanese technology for this environment.
Promote the training of engineers (capacity building of technical experts and managers)
Develop the human resources necessary for the operation of energy-efficient systems. Develop or provide training to engineers that can maintain, administer and evaluate these systems.
Create an environment in which this technology can spread throughout society
Establish a framework to promote joint research between industry, government and academia; encourage and facilitate the adoption of this technology in society.
Develop a scheme that will lead to the international recognition of Japan's environmental and energy technology.
Past Events
17 November 2011
A meeting of the second Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) was held.
The minutes from the meeting were duly signed (by JICA, IGES, the Ministry of Environment, and Forests of India (MOEF), TERI,).
20 December 2010
A meeting of the first Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) was held.
The minutes from the meeting were duly signed (by JICA, IGES, the Ministry of Environment, and Forests of India (MOEF), TERI,).
17 May 2010
Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) *2
12 March 2010
Signing of Record of Discussions*1 (by MOEF, TERI and JICA)
17 September 2009
Signing of Minutes of Meetings (MM) (by JICA, IGES, the Ministry of Environment, and Forests of India (MOEF), TERI,)
8-18 September 2009
Detailed Planning Study (visits to India by JICA, JST and IGES)
22 April 2009
Adoption of research topic, followed by initiation of preliminary research
*1: Document regulating the framework for bilateral technological co-operation projects using ODA
*2: A detailed agreements on the joint research (signed by TERI and IGES)
IGES Kansai Research Centre
Tel: +81-78-262-6634 / Fax: +81-78-262-6635 / E-mail:kansai@iges.or.jp

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