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FY2018 ALPS International Symposium -Challengers to harmonized achievement of economic growth and long-term deep emissions reduction-

FY2018 ALPS International Symposium was held with 278 participants from public offices, universities, research institutes, companies, and other organizations. RITE has been conducting a research project, shortly named as ALPS (ALternative Pathways toward Sustainable development and climate stabilization), as a subsidy project / entrusted project sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan. This research project is aiming at contributing to the international framework for green growth as well as to the development of global strategy for global warming. Specifically, studies of reviewing methods to increase effectiveness of the Paris Agreement, evaluation of mitigation for greenhouse gas emission reduction and adaptation methods, and a desirable combination of those methods to address long-term climate change risk are being conducted. Our comprehensive researches also include appropriate climate finance for green growth, as well as an analyses on future low-demand scenario with potential social changes where energy demand may decrease without sacrificing levels of utility brought by recent development of IoT, sharing economies and resulting innovation in energy demand side.

The Paris Agreement was adopted at the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) of UNFCCC in December 2015, and entered into force in November 2016. The new international framework for almost all nations to promote emission reduction of greenhouse gas beyond 2020 was established, in which those nations have submitted their emission reduction targets as the nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to tackle climate change. In December 2018, fundamental agreement on detailed rules for implementing the Paris Agreement was reached at COP24. Along with them, domestic and international discussions on long-term - beyond 2050 - countermeasures against climate change are becoming active, in order for each nation to develop its long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies to submit to the United Nations by 2020.

Under recognition of various risks of climate change, in order to seek better perspectives toward long term and deep emissions reductions, FY2018 ALPS International Symposium was held to disseminate the research achievements of the project and also to present relevant lectures by eminent specialists in this field from both abroad and Japan. It was a valuable opportunity to consider harmonized achievement of economic growth and long-term deep emissions reduction based on the latest researches.


19 February 2019 / 10:00~17:40
Toranomon Hills Forum Main Hall (Tokyo)
Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth(RITE)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI)
Number of participants
Japanese/English (Simultaneous translation)


10:00 Welcome Remarks
Yoichi Kaya, President, RITE
10:05 Introductory Remarks
Kazushige Nobutani, Deputy Director-General for Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

"Policy trends of Japan and the world, and scenarios of long-range strategy for deep CO2 emissions reduction" (pdf file 2,373KB )

Kenji Yamaji, Director-General, RITE

"Disruptive technologies and sustainable lifestyles toward net-zero emissions" (pdf file 4,170KB)

Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Deputy Director General/Deputy CEO,IIASA

"Assessing company climate policy risk —a scientific foundation for companies, investors, and others— " (pdf file 2,919KB)

Steven Rose, Senior Research Economist & Technical Executive, Energy and Environmental Analysis Research Group, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

12:00 Lunch

"Insights on electricity transitions from the World Energy Outlook 2018" (pdf file 1,088KB)

Yasmine Arsalane, Senior Energy Analyst, World Energy Outlook, International Energy Agency (IEA)


"Are we entering a new golden age of energy productivity improvement?" (pdf file 846KB)
Koji Nomura, Professor, Keio Economic Observatory, Keio University


"General purpose technology and global warming" (pdf file 1,097KB)
Taishi Sugiyama, Research Director, The Canon Institute for Global Studies

15:15 Coffee Break

"Deep emission reduction for transportation sector" (pdf file 3,945KB)

Jari Kauppila, Head of Quantitative Policy Analysis and Foresight, International Transport Forum, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)


"Alternative strategies for sustainable development and deep decarbonization —Renewed focus on end-use, efficiency, granularity, and digitalization—" (pdf file 2,019KB)

Arnulf Grübler, Acting Program Director, Transitions to New Technologies, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)


"Innovations of products, services and social systems, and their impacts on climate change mitigation measures" (pdf file 3,066KB)
Keigo Akimoto, Group Leader, Systems Analysis Group, RITE

17:35 Closing Remarks
Takashi Honjo, Senior Managing Director, RITE
(MC) Miyuki Nagashima



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