On 14 May, Dr. Sudarmanto Budi Nugroho, a research manager in the City Task Force at IGES, received the 2019 International Activity Cooperation Award from the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE). The award recognises promising non-Japanese citizens who have “made contributions to the progress and development of civil engineering and/or infrastructure improvement in Japan or other countries, through the exchange and collaboration with Japan”. The accomplishments for which Dr. Nugroho was selected for the award are as follows:
- Served as Lead Author for the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report, Working Group III (mitigation), Chapter 10 - Transport.
- Contributed to sustainable urban development of Indonesian cities (Batam, Bandung, Semarang, Bali, and Bogor) through international cooperation projects, in particular a city-to-city collaboration scheme with cities in Japan (Yokohama, Kawasaki, Toyama).
- Contributed to cooperation, through city-to-city projects, between Japanese and Indonesian companies, such as Kawasaki, Yokohama and Toyama, and Batam, Bandung and Semarang, respectively.
- Led project development on concrete activities such as: 1) CNG bus conversion in Semarang, using Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) funds under a collaboration framework between Toyama City and Semarang City; and 2) JICA Partnership Project in Bandung, with the IGES Kitakyushu Urban Center for the development of waste composting facilities.
- Conducted joint academic research and publication, as part of the Co-Benefit Project, JCM FS, and LCS (AIM LCS) studies, between IGES and universities, especially with the Institute of Technology Bandung, IPB University Bogor, and Diponegoro University in Indonesia.
In response to receiving the award, Dr. Nugroho said “the international cooperation was possible thanks to collaboration across multiple units in IGES, such as the City Task Force, the Sustainable Governance Centre, the Climate & Energy Area, the Strategic Management Office, and the Kitakyushu Urban Centre. Let us continue to make an environment that further enables international cooperation to support sustainable transition. I also wish to express my appreciation for Professor Akimasa Fujiwara of the Hiroshima University, who nominated me.”
IGES will continuously contribute to the promotion of sustainable development through cross-sectional cooperation by researchers from diverse backgrounds.
JSCE - International Outstanding Collaboration Award