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METI to Hold a Symposium on Climate Change Mitigation

A symposium titled "Let's Consider Measures for Climate Change Mitigation - IPCC Special Report titled Global Warming of 1.5℃ and Sixth Assessment Report"

February 6, 2019

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5℃ above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways (“Global Warming of 1.5℃”) and its discussions for preparing the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) are underway in earnest. In light of these actions, on March 6 (Wed.), 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold a symposium at Toranomon Hills Forum to enrich public understanding of these reports, focusing on the important issues regarding climate change mitigation, IPCC’s future efforts and expected challenges, and other key points.

1. Background

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, at the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) in December 2018, parties reached an agreement on an implementation policy for the operation of the Paris Agreement. Furthermore, they have been holding domestic and international discussions on long-term countermeasures against global warming and green growth from 2050, focusing on the forthcoming deadline (2020) of submission to the United Nations (UN) of their own mid-century, long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategies, a goal set by the UN for the long-term development of global society with low greenhouse gas emissions.

In October 2018, the IPCC, an organization playing a leading role in providing the latest scientific knowledge about global warming, publicized the Global Warming of 1.5 ℃, a report that the IPCC was invited to provide at COP21 in 2015. Following this effort, the IPCC has been preparing AR6 aiming at its completion in 2022.

In light of these global actions, METI will hold an IPCC symposium, inviting 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 Global Warming of 1.5 ℃, important issues to be included in the AR6, expected challenges in future efforts and other issues. In addition, Japanese experts who are playing a leading role in this field will also deliver speeches concerning their expectations for the IPCC and challenges facing the IPCC’s efforts as well as initiatives involving countermeasures against global warming. Following this, the symposium will also hold a panel discussion. METI is looking forward to seeing many of you who are interested in the IPCC’s latest efforts for mitigating climate change.

2. Date and other information

Date and time: March 6 (Wed.), 2019; from 13:00 to 17:00 (the reception counter will open at 12:30.)
Venue: Hall B, Toranomon Hills Forum
(Fourth floor, Toranomon Hills Mori Building, 1-23-3 Toranomon, Minato Ward, Tokyo)
Organizer: METI
Co-organizer: Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)
Admission: Free
Capacity: 230
Languages: Japanese/English (simultaneous interpretation available)

3. Program

Opening remarks by the organizer:
Speaker: Mr. Kazushige Nobutani, Deputy Director-General for Technology and Environment, METI

Speech by the co-organizer:
Speaker: Mr. Yoichi Kaya, President, RITE

Keynote speech:
Topic: Special Report titled Global Warming of 1.5 ℃ and Plan of the IPCC Working Group III for Briefing on AR6
Speaker: Dr. Jim Skea, Co-Chair, IPCC Working Group III

Speech:
Topic: Costs of Global Greenhouse Gas Emission Pathways Involving 1.5 ℃ and Global Warming Mitigation; Impact Brought about by Realization of Society with Demand for Low Energy
Speaker: Dr. Keigo Akimoto, Group Leader and Chief Researcher, System Analysis Group, RITE

Speech:
Topic: Expectations of Industrial Players for the IPCC Reports (tentative)
Speaker: Dr. Kanako Tanaka, Research Group Leader, Center for Low Carbon Society Strategy, Japan Science and Technology Agency

Panel discussion
Topic: Expectations for IPCC and Challenges in IPCC’s Efforts, and Initiatives Involving Countermeasures against Global Warming

Moderator:
Mr. Mitsutsune Yamaguchi, Special Advisor, RITE

Panelists:

Closing remarks:
Speaker: Mr. Takashi Honjo, Managing Director, RITE

4. To attend

If you wish to attend the symposium, please register through the following website in advance. Admission is free. Acceptance of applications will be closed as soon as the fixed number is reached.

Secretariat for the symposium: For details of the symposium and registration counter, visit the following website.

Division in Charge

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