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FY2021 ALPS International Symposium - Strategy for NDCs in 2030 & Impact on International Competitiveness -

FY2021 ALPS International Symposium - Strategy for NDCs in 2030 & Impact on International Competitiveness -


FY2021 ALPS International Symposium was held in Tokyo, also via online 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 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 was held to focus on " Strategy for NDCs in 2030 & Impact on International Competitiveness" and also disseminate the research achievements of the ALPS project. In this symposium, eminent specialists in this field from abroad presented their lectures about scenario analysis and strategy of major countries and regions, and also several speakers were invited from companies engaging in global warming mitigation and introduced 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 8th, 2022/10:00-
Belle Salle Tokyo Nihonbashi 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
YAMAJI Kenji President, RITE



Introductory Remarks

Mr. KIHARA Shinichi, Deputy Director-General for Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI)
10:10 Introduction
AKIMOTO Keigo, Group Leader, Systems Analysis Group, RITE
Presentation(only Japanese)
10:15 "The Outcome of COP26 and the Path Ahead"
Dr. Robert N. Stavins

A. J. Meyer Professor of Energy and Economic Development, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

CV, Presentation
10:35 "Carbon Border Measures: What Happens with Ambitious Climate Policies?"

Dr. Billy Pizer
Vice President for Research and Policy Engagement, Resources for the Future (RFF)

CV, Presentation



"Making the Idea of Climate Clubs a Reality"

Dr. David Victor
Professor of University of California, San Diego(UCSD)

CV, Presentation


11:15 Panel discussion by the above speakers

Project Professor, Graduate School of Public Policies, University of Tokyo

- Dr. Robert N. Stavins
- Dr. Billy Pizer
- Dr. David Victor






"Evaluation and Implication for NDCs by 2030"
AKIMOTO Keigo, Group Leader, Systems Analysis Group, RITE
CV, Presentation(only Japanese)

13:30 "Impact on International Competitiveness for Japanese Industry and Analysis of BCA"
HONMA Takashi, Senior Researcher, Systems Analysis Group, RITE
CV, Presentation(only Japanese)

Panel discussion

Kenji YAMAJI, President/Director-General, RITE

- Mr. TEZUKA Hiroyuki, Fellow & General Manager, Climate Change Policy Group, Technology Planning Department, JFE Steel Corporation
- Ms. NAKAYAMA Sumie, Executive Officer, Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-POWER)
- Mr. AIBA Takao, Project General Manager, Environment Affairs and Engineering Management Div., CN Advanced Engineering Development Center, Toyota Motor Corporation
- Mr. TERASAWA Toru, Head of Responsible Investment Group, Investment Div., Asset Management One Co., Ltd.

CV of the above panelists (only Japanese)
Mr. Tetsuka's Presentation (only Japanese)
Ms. Nakayama's Presentation (only Japanese)
Mr. Aiba's Presentation (only Japanese)
Mr. Terasawa's Presentation(only Japanese)

15:45 Coffee Break
16:00 "Net zero emissions pathways, related feasibility challenges and enabling conditions"
Dr. Keywan Riahi,
Program Director, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
CV, Presentation



"EU Climate Change Policy"
Dr. Jos Marie R. Delbeke,
Part-time Professor of European University Institute (EUI)

CV, Presentation



Closing Remarks

HONJO Takashi, Senior Managing Director, RITE




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