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FY2020 ALPS International Symposium - Future strategy towards carbon neutral society -

FY2020 ALPS International Symposium - Future strategy towards carbon neutral society -


FY2020 ALPS International Symposium was held in Tokyo, also via online, with about 500 participants from public offices, universities, research institutes, companies, and other organizations.

It was the year of great changes in 2020. The global spread of COVID-19 left the severe economic damages with its countermeasures such as lockdown. CO2 emissions in 2020 fell by about 7% from the previous year due to the reduction of economic activity; however, it might be just temporal aspect and would increase after the economic recovery. Under these circumstances, the relationship between the economic recovery and the global warming countermeasure tied so closely in the world, and became the important role for future initiatives. In Japan, Mr. Suga, Prime Minister of Japan, declared that we would go carbon neutral, a decarbonized society, by 2050 at his first policy speech on last October, and the discussions on specific issues are undergoing now. Furthermore, rejoining to the Paris Agreement and implementing a green recovery policy of the US made the movement toward a carbon neutral society accelerated significantly with the new president.

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 aims at contribution to planning of the international framework and strategy for green growth, and also is investigating long-term responses to climate change risks. Additionally, our comprehensive research includes analyses of future low energy demand scenarios with potential social changes to be induced by recent development of IoT and sharing economy, which may reduce energy demand. Moreover, we analyze the contribution about the entire system of Direct Air Capture of CO2 from ambient air (DAC), which could promote Japan's Roadmap to "Beyond-Zero." The research is being conducted in cooperation with globally distinguished research institutes in the field of global warming including IIASA (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) in Austria, RFF (Resources for the Future) in the U.S. and IEA (International Energy Agency).

In line with current global trends towards carbon neutral society, FY2021 ALPS International Symposium is held to focus on "Future Strategy towards 2050 Carbon Neutral Society" and also disseminate the research achievements of the ALPS project. In this symposium, eminent specialists in this field from abroad will present their lectures about scenario analysis and strategy of major countries and regions, and also several speakers are invited from companies engaging in global warming mitigation, will introduce their activities and visions towards decarbonization. We sincerely hope many people from various areas to take this opportunity to consider by themselves aiming at carbon neutral and sustainable society.



March 9th, 2021/10:00-17:30
Iino Hall and Live Internet streaming
Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth(RITE)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI)
Japanese/English (Simultaneous translation)


10:00 Welcome Remarks
Yoichi Kaya, President, RITE

Introductory Remarks

Takashi Omote, Deputy Director-General for Environment, Energy and Innovation, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
10:10 Introduction
Keigo Akimoto, Group Leader, Systems Analysis Group, RITE
Presentation Material
10:15 "Charting an Ambitious U.S. NDC"
Dr. Leon Clarke, Research Professor, University of Maryland
Abstract/CV, Presentation Material
10:50 "Actions and Scenarios for the Carbon Neutral Society"

Kenji Yamaji, Senior Vice President/Director-General, RITE


"Energy and Economy Transition in China under the Global 1.5C target"

Dr. Kejun Jiang, Senior Researcher, Energy Research Institute in China

Abstract/CV,  Presentation Material
12:00 Lunch

Panel discussion
"Industries’ activities and visions toward a Carbon Neutral society"

Kenji YAMAJI, Senior Vice President/Director-General, RITE
-Mr. Junya Tawa, Executive Officer, Head of Planning Group, Corporate Strategy Department, JERA Co., Inc.
-Mr. Yukiyoshi Fukano, Senior General Manager, Environment Division, The Japan Gas Association
-Mr. Shoji Kusumoto, Director, Environmental Management Department, Quality, Environment Division, Panasonic Corporation
Abstract/CV,  Mr. Kusumoto's Presentation Material
14:50 Coffee Break
15:00 "Recent trends for carbon neutrality and Scenario analysis in Japan"
Keigo Akimoto, Group Leader, Systems Analysis Group, RITE
15:35 "Rapid global transformations towards net zero CO2 emissions"
Dr. Keywan Riahi, Program Director, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Abstract/CV, Presentation Material
16:10 "Modeling carbon neutral pathways for the EU"
Ms. Alessia De Vita, Project Manager, energy analysis and policy, E3-Modelling
Abstract/CV,  Presentation Material
16:45 "The UK’s Sixth Carbon Budget – the pathway to Net Zero"
Dr. Vivian Scott / Dr. Richard Millar, Senior Analyst, The Committee on Climate Change
Abstract/CV,  Presentation Material

Closing Remarks

Takashi Honjo, Senior Managing Director, RITE




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