Three Pathways to a Climate-Resilient Society

Long-term Decarbonisation Strategies: Pathway to a Smooth Transformation

The Paris Agreement’s long-term target of keeping global temperature rise well below 2 degrees C from pre-industrial levels necessitates a drawdown of carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases in the second half of this century. Such decarbonisation inevitably entails a rapid and dramatic shift from today’s energy-intensive economic growth model, which implies a reallocation of resources and investments between competing industrial sectors and political constituencies. Effective strategies will need to be developed to ensure the transformation of economies is successfully managed and achievable by mid-century.

This event provides an opportunity to learn from the experiences of other countries on decarbonisation with a view towards identifying principal drivers of national low-carbon strategies. Discussions will focus on how to address challenges ahead of undertaking concrete actions for their implementation. The session will also consider the potential implication of those success stories abroad for the adoption of a long-term, low-carbon strategy in Japan.

Two case studies will also be presented: the first, from Germany, will illustrate a local initiative to decarbonise the Ruhr industrial district, followed by an example from France describing implementation challenges associated with the country’s low-carbon strategy.


Kentaro Tamura

Research Leader, Climate and Energy, IGES


Stefan Lechtenböhmer

Director, Future Energy and Mobility Structures, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy


Stéfan Le Dû

Sustainable Development Councilor, Regional Economic Department, Embassy of France in Japan


Toshihiko Masui

Head, Center for Social and Environmental Systems Research(Integrated Environment and Economy Section), National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)