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FY2022 ALPS International Symposium - with the aim of realizing Green Transformation (GX) -

FY2022 ALPS International Symposium - with the aim of realizing Green Transformation (GX) -


FY2022 ALPS International Symposium was held in Tokyo, also via online on 6th March.

RITE has been conducting a research project, shortly named as ALPS (ALternative Pathways toward Sustainable development and climate stabilization), a subsidy project/entrusted project sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan. This research project aims at contributing to the planning of the international framework and strategy for green growth, and also investigates long-term responses to climate change risks. To achieve carbon neutrality, several options such as renewable energy, nuclear power, CO2 Capture and Storage (CCS), hydrogen energy, and Direct Air Capture (DAC) will be required. When saving energy measure is considered to be important constantly, there is a possibility that the circular sharing economy induced by Digital Transformation(DX) will lead to significant social changes to reduce energy demands. We analyze how these various options can contribute to the Green Transformation(GX) quantitatively and comprehensively. 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 2022, concerns about energy security increased due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and the balance of basic concept (3E + S) was realized as very important, again. During the economy recovering with covid 19, some approaches for Green Transformation(GX) toward the positive cycle between economy and environment issues has just started.

The IPCC report, released in April 2022, made a new chapter focused on the energy demand side, and there are many fields for various companies to do in this energy demand side.

In line with the strategy of the energy demand side, the FY2022 ALPS International Symposium was held to focus on the current status and goal toward the GX and also disseminate the research achievements of the ALPS project. In this symposium, the eminent specialists in this field from abroad have presented a global outlook to achieve the GX from their various perspectives.



March 6th, 2023/10:00-
Iino Hall Tokyo 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
Kenji YAMAJI, President, RITE



Introductory Remarks

Mr. Shinichi KIHARA, Deputy Director-General for Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI)
10:10 Introduction
Keigo AKIMOTO, Group Leader, Systems Analysis Group, RITE
10:20 "Scenarios for Transformation toward Climate-Neutral Society"
Dr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic

Emeritus Research Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

CV, Abstract, Presentation Material
11:00 "The role of energy demand and services in climate stabilization: Based on the findings of the IPCC's Sixth Assessment

Dr. Diana Urge-Vorsatz
Professor at the Central European University(CEU), Vice-Chair, IPCC Working Group Ⅲ
CV, Abstract, Presentation Material



"Energy security in clean energy transitions: Insights from the World Energy Outlook 2022"

Ms. Yasmine Arsalane
World Energy Outlook analyst, International Energy Agency (IEA)

CV, Abstract, Presentation Material


12:00 Break



"Analyses on the Achievements of Low Energy Demand Society Induced by Digital Transformation DX and Green Transformation GX"

Keigo AKIMOTO, Group Leader, Systems Analysis Group, RITE

CV, Abstract, Presentation Material


"Dynamic Policy Design for High Wellbeing with Low Resource Use"
Dr. Gregory Nemet, Professor of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison

CV, Abstract, Presentation Material


14:45 Panel discussion by the above speakers

Kenji YAMAJI, President, RITE

- Mr. Michihiro KISHIMOTO, Environment Strategy Director, Global Environment Business Division, Hitachi, Ltd.

CV, Presentation Material (Only Japanese)

- Mr. Shoji KUSUMOTO, Director, Environmental Management Department, Quality & Environment Division, Panasonic Operational Excellence Co., Ltd.

CV, Presentation Material (Only Japanese)

- Mr. Keisuke TAKEGAHARA, Executive Fellow, Research Institute of Capital Formation, Development Bank of JAPAN Inc.

CV, Presentation Material (Only Japanese)
- Mr. Hiroyuki TEZUKA, Fellow (Climate Change) at JFE Steel Corporation

CV, Presentation Material (Only Japanese)



"Prospects for Green Transformation focusing on the energy demand-side"
Yoshiyuki SHIMODA, Director-General RITE
CV, Abstract, Presentation Material



Closing Remarks

Takashi HONJO, Senior Managing Director, RITE




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