Trial workshop of the Japan 2050 Low Carbon Navigator

12 May, 2014
 Japan 2050 Pathways Calculator

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and the British Embassy Tokyo co-sponsored a trial workshop of the prototype Japan 2050 Low Carbon Navigator. Representatives from different ministries in Japan and the UK, private sector companies, research institutes, non-governmental organisations, and the media attended the trial session to get a first-hand experience of the 2050 Navigator and to provide feedback on the prototype version.

Date 12 May 2014
Venue The British Embassy in Tokyo
Organisers Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
The British Embassy Tokyo
About the Japan 2050 Low Carbon Navigator

The 2050 Navigator is a low-carbon pathways simulation tool for engaging in dialogues on the challenges and opportunities of the future energy system and the response to climate change. First published by the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) in 2010, this transparent and handy tool can help answer the fundamental questions of how the energy system can evolve over the coming decades and its impact on greenhouse gas emissions, energy security, land-use, electricity systems, energy development and related costs, etc. IGES and NIES have jointly been working on the development of the Japan 2050 Low Carbon Navigator since May of 2013 with support from the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ). The 2050 Navigator Team has received a great deal of assistance from UK DECC and the British Embassy Tokyo.

Workshop Summary

Mr. Richard Oppenheim, Head of Climate Change and Energy at the British Embassy Tokyo and Mr. Junichi Shiraishi, Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs of MOEJ provided the opening remarks. Sir David King, UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate provided the keynote speech, in which he highlighted the success of the UK version of the Navigator and its potential in other countries. Dr. Xin Zhou of IGES then presented the 2050 Navigator prototype to the audience, explaining how it was developed and how it works, and providing a few examples of low-carbon pathways simulated with the Navigator. Following the presentation, the guests took part in the hands-on trial of the Navigator, where they came up with their own example pathways and discussed the results. Dr. Shuichi Ashina of NIES facilitated the trial session. After the trial session, Dr. Kentaro Tamura of IGES and Ms. Yuko Fukuda of the British Embassy Tokyo discussed the practical use of the Navigator in Japan and the UK. Mr. Hideyuki Mori, President of IGES, and Dr. Tsuyoshi Fujita, Director of the Center for Social and Environmental Systems Research of NIES provided the closing remarks, emphasising the potential use of the Navigator in the context of Japan.

It is expected that the Japan 2050 Low Carbon Navigator will be useful in supporting the Japanese Government’s expressed intention to move towards a low-carbon society. The trial workshop received positive feedback and creative suggestions from the participants, which will be fully taken into consideration by the Navigator development team for further improvement. IGES and NIES are now working on finalising the Navigator to launch it officially and provide open access to anybody interested in using it.

Presentation Material
Japan 2050 Low Carbon Navigator
Pre-launch Workshop at the British Embassy Tokyo

Japan 2050 Low Carbon Navigator Team
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