COP27 Official Side-Event

How Can Asia Achieve a Net Zero Future? Building Coalitions for Transformative Change

Nov, 16 2022 16:45-18:15 On-site / 23:45 – 00:15 JST

Asia’s growing vulnerability to a warming climate and significant share of greenhouse gas (GHG) makes achieving a net zero future a development imperative in the region. But what steps will countries in Asia need to take to make such a future feasible? To be sure, some of the key changes will be seamless and straightforward; however, many of the shifts necessitate hard sacrifices and overcoming entrenched interests. In fact, there will require building outside-the-box thinking about cross-collaboration among government, industry and other stakeholders. This side event entitled ‘How can Asia Achieving a Net Zero Future in Asia?’ is intended to spotlight the opportunities and challenges to reaching across the aisle to build coalitions for transformative changes within and across countries in Asia. This will need greater collaboration between governments at national, sub-national city-to- city as well as industry and civil society to accelerate transition to a carbon neutral Asia. In examining ways that key stakeholders can work together, the side event will feature how new modes of socio-technological collaboration such as technology co-innovation can facilitate transitions. The side event will have a frank discussion with stakeholders from Asia around on their experiences and views on accelerating to net-zero goals. The key questions that will guide the discussion are:

•    How can technology and innovation usher a transformative change in Asia to accelerate towards net-zero targets?
•    How can government, both at national and city level strengthen industry collaboration for Asia’s transition to net-zero?

Event Details

Nov, 16 2022 16:45-18:15 On-site / 23:45 – 00:15 JST


Room 9, Tutankhamun, Area C


Presentation Materials

Session I Ushering a transformative change towards net-zero: Role of Technology and Innovation
16:45   Opening Remarks and Chair
Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President, IGES
  Opening Remarks and Chair
R R Rashmi, Distinguished Fellow and Programme Director, Earth Science and Climate Change, TERI


  Net-zero: Shaping Policies for transformative change in Asia
Kentaro Tamura, Director, Climate and Energy Division, IGES
  Technology Co-innovation for transformative change
Nanda Kumar Janardhanan, Research Manager & Senior Researcher, Climate and Energy Division, IGES
  Financing low-carbon technology diffusion in the MSMEs in India
Manish Kumar Shrivastava, Senior Fellow, Earth Science and Climate Change, TERI
  Hard to Abate Sector – GIZ India
Jai Kumar Gaurav,
Senior Advisor (Climate Change and Circular Economy) at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Session II Building Coalitions for Transformative Change: Role of Governments and Industry Stakeholders
17:23   Opening Remarks and Chair
Satoshi Watanabe, Ministry of Environment, Japan/ ISHII Naoko, Director for the Center for Global Commons, The University of Tokyo
  Opening Remarks (Online)
Hishamuddin Mohd Ali, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic & International), University of Technology Malaysia
17:29   Coalitions and Partnerships for Accelerating City/Regional-level Transition into Net Zero Emission
Chau Loon Wai, UTM-Low Carbon Asia Research Centre, University of Technology Malaysia
  PaSTI and Innovation
Makoto Kato, General Manager/Principal Researcher, OECC
  Unlocking Collaborative Innovation
Lesley Mitchell, Associate Director, Forum for the Future, UK
  Enabling Net Zero in Cities and Beyond: Role of Analysis
Meredydd Evans, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PNNL, Washington, USA

Concluding Remarks 

Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President, IGES 
R R Rashmi, Distinguished Fellow and Programme Director, Earth Science and Climate Change, TERI

  Summing Up/Observation
Anna Shpitsberg, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Transformation, U.S. Department of State

Recorded Video