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

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been advancing full-fledged discussions for preparing its Sixth Assessment Report and a Special Report on global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. In light of this action, on November 14 (Tue.), 2017, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold a workshop at Shinagawa Prince Hotel in Tokyo to enrich public understanding on 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

As one of the achievements of international negotiations regarding climate change, the Paris Agreement, an international framework regarding countermeasures against global warming from 2020, entered into force in November 2016. Following this, 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), parties have been steadily advancing discussions to construct a fair and effective framework. In addition to these efforts, the 23rd session (COP 23) will be held in November 2017.

In response to the entry into force of the agreement, the IPCC, an organization playing a leading role in providing the latest scientific knowledge about global warming, has also been accelerating work for preparing a variety of reports to be submitted during the sixth assessment cycle from 2015 to 2022. In addition, concerning 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, which the IPCC was invited to provide at COP21, parties have been advancing preparation efforts for completion October 2018. Moreover, concerning the Sixth Assessment Report, the IPCC Plenary determined the outline of the report (chapter structures) and will decide on the authors in February 2018 and start full-fledged preparation of the report.

In light of these actions, METI will hold an IPCC workshop involving Dr. Jim Skea, Co-Chair of the IPCC Working Group III that assesses certain options for mitigating climate change through limiting or preventing greenhouse gas emissions. Dr. Skea will deliver a speech concerning the outline of a variety of IPCC reports, important issues to be included in such reports, the IPCC’s future efforts and expected challenges, and other issues. In light of the speech, Japanese experts will also deliver speeches concerning their expectations to the IPCC and challenges in the IPCC’s efforts as well as initiatives involving countermeasures for global warming. Following this, the workshop will provide a panel discussion. 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 and time:
November 14 (Tue.), 2017; from 13:00 to 17:00 (reception will open at 12:30)
Topaz 15, 15th floor of the Main Tower, Shinagawa Prince Hotel (4-10-30 Takanawa, Minato Ward, Tokyo)
Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)
Japanese/English (simultaneous translation available)

3. Program

Keynote speech:
Key findings from the WG Ⅲ 5th Assessment Report and plans for AR6
Speaker:Dr. Jim Skea, Co-Chair, IPCC Working Group Ⅲ
Issues Surrounding CO2 Zero Emission Technologies - Requests for IPCC AR6 WG3-
Speaker:Mr. Yoichi Kaya, President, RITE; Chairman, IPCC Japan Liaison Office
New Approach on Carbon Price Comparison - Old but New Indicator-
Speaker:Ms. Junko Ogawa, Senior Researcher, Climate Change Policy Research Group, Global Environment and Sustainable Development Unit, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEE Japan)
Panel discussion
Expectations to IPCC and Challenges in IPCC Efforts, and Initiatives Involving Countermeasures for Global Warming
Mr. Mitsutsune Yamaguchi, Special Advisor, RITE
  • Dr. Jim Skea, Co-Chair, IPCC Working Group Ⅲ
  • Ms. Ayumi Onuma, Professor, Faculty of Economics, Keio University
  • Ms. Junko Ogawa, Senior Researcher, Climate Change Policy Research Group, Global Environment and Sustainable Development Unit, IEE Japan
  • Mr. Tsutomu Kajino, Director and Prime Senior Researcher, Research Promotion Department, Toyota Central R&D Labs., Inc.
  • Mr. Taishi Sugiyama, Senior Researcher, Canon Institute for Global Studies

(in the order of the Japanese syllabary)

4. How to apply

If you wish to attend the workshop, please visit the following website and fill out the form in advance by November 10, 2017. Admission is free. Acceptance of applications will be closed as soon as the fixed number is reached.

Release date

November 6, 2017

Division in Charge

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

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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