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IPCC Symposium to be Held Let's Consider Measures for Climate Change Mitigation: IPCC Activities during the Sixth Assessment Cycle and Future Efforts (2)

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been advancing discussions in preparation for publishing its Sixth Assessment Report and a Special Report on global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. On November 29 (Wed.), 2017, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold a symposium at TKP Garden City Premium Kyobashi in Tokyo to increase public understanding of these reports, focusing on the important issues regarding climate change mitigation, the IPCC’s future efforts and expected challenges, and other key points.

1. Outline

The Paris Agreement represents a real achievement of international climate change negotiations. The agreement, which entered into force in November 2016, is an international framework regarding countermeasures against global warming which are set to begin in 2020. Since November 2016, as seen in the adoption of a working plan for adopting concrete rules for implementing the agreement at the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the parties have been steadily advancing discussions in order to construct a fair and effective framework for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. In addition to these efforts, the 23rd session (COP 23) started on November 6, 2017.

In response to the entry into force of the agreement, the IPCC, an organization playing a leading role in disseminating the latest scientific knowledge about global warming, has been accelerating the work of preparing a variety of reports to be submitted during the sixth assessment cycle from 2015 to 2022. In addition, the parties have been advancing preparations for the Special Report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways. During COP 21, the IPCC was tasked with preparing this Special Report and presenting it in October 2018. Moreover, concerning the Sixth Assessment Report, the IPCC Plenary determined the outline of the report (structure of chapters) and will decide on the authors in February 2018 and then begin full-fledged preparation of the report.

In light of these actions, on November 14, 2017, METI held an IPCC workshop with Dr. Jim Skea, Co-Chair of the IPCC Working Group III that assesses specific options for mitigating climate change through curbing greenhouse gas emissions. Following this event, METI will hold an IPCC symposium with Dr. Diana Urge-Vorsatz, Vice Chair of the IPCC Working Group III.

At the symposium on November 29th, Dr. Urge-Vorsatz will deliver a comprehensive keynote speech concerning IPCC reports and efforts in the field of architecture in which she has expertise. Following this, Dr. Shuzo Murakami, President of the Institute for Building Environment and Energy Conservation (IBEC), will deliver a speech concerning Japan’s efforts for low carbonization in the field of architecture, and Mr. Hiroyuki Tezuka, Chairman of the Working Group on Global Environment Strategy, Committee on Environment and Safety, KEIDANREN, will deliver a speech concerning expected roles of industrial players in efforts for global warming countermeasures. Moreover, at a panel discussion held in the latter half of the symposium, leading experts in Japan will hold discussions concerning expectations for the IPCC and challenges in IPCC efforts as well as initiatives for global warming countermeasures from a variety of standpoints.

METI is looking forward to seeing many of you who are interested in the IPCC efforts for measures for climate change mitigation.

2. Date and other information

Date:
November 29 (Wed.), 2017; from 13:00 to 17:15 (reception will open at 12:30.)
Venue:
Conference Room 22A, TKP Garden City Premium Kyobashi (22nd floor of Kyobashi Edogrand; 2-2-1 Kyobashi, Chuo Ward, Tokyo)
Organizer:
METI
Co-organizer:
Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)
Supporter:
IBEC
Admission:
Free
Capacity:
250
Languages:
Japanese/English (simultaneous translation available)

3. Program

Opening remarks

Organizer:
METI official
Co-organizer:
Mr. Yoichi Kaya, President, RITE
Keynote speech:
Current Situation of the Efforts for IPCC Sixth Assessment Cycle (tentative title)
Speaker:
Dr. Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Vice Chair, IPCC Working Group Ⅲ
Speech:
Low Carbonization in the Field of Architecture for 2050
Speaker:
Dr. Shuzo Murakami, President, IBEC
Speech:
Expected Roles of Industrial Players in Efforts for Global Warming Countermeasures and Expectations for IPCC
Speaker:
Mr. Hiroyuki Tezuka, Chairman of the Working Group on Global Environment Strategy, Committee on Environment and Safety, KEIDANREN

Panel discussion

Topic:
Expectations for IPCC and Challenges in IPCC Efforts, and Initiatives for Global Warming Countermeasures
Moderator:
Mr. Mitsutsune Yamaguchi, Special Advisor, RITE
Panelists:
  • Dr. Diana Ürge-Vorsatz, Vice Chair, IPCC Working Group Ⅲ
  • Mr. Keigo Akimoto, Leader of the System Analysis Group & Chief Researcher, RITE
  • Mr. Jun Arima, Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo; Chief Research Officer, 21st Century Public Policy Institute
  • Ms. Yumiko Iwafune, Project Professor, Collaborative Research Center for Energy Engineering, Institute of Industrial Science, University of Tokyo
  • Mr. Hiroyuki Tezuka, Chairman of the Working Group on Global Environment Strategy, Committee on Environment and Safety, KEIDANREN
  • Mr. Takashi Hongo, Special Fellow, Global Economic & Political Studies Division, Mitsui Global Strategic Studies Institute

(in the order of the Japanese syllabary)

4. To apply

To attend the symposium, please visit the following website and fill out the application form by November 25, 2017. Admission is free. The application process will be closed as soon as the fixed number is reached.

Release date

November 13, 2017

Division in Charge

Global Environmental Affairs Office, Environmental Policy Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

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