IPCC Symposium to be Held

Dr. Jim Skea, Co-Chair of the IPCC Working Group III, to make a speech

December 23, 2019

On January 30, 2020, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will hold the IPCC* Symposium. The symposium will provide a speech by Dr. Jim Skea, Co-Chair of the IPCC Working Group III, other speeches by domestic experts and a panel discussion concerning the subject “Measures for Mitigating Climate Change that We Should Take Now.” At the seminar, METI is looking forward to seeing many of you who are interested in IPCC activities and measures for mitigating climate change.
*The term “IPCC” is an acronym for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

1. Date and time

January 30 (Thur.), 2020; from 13:00 to 17:00 (reception counter will open at 12:30.)

2. Venue

Hall B, Tranomon Hills Forum
(4th floor of Mori Building, Toranomon Hills; 1-23-3, Toranomon, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
About a six-minute walk from Exit 3 at Kamiyacho Station, about a five-minute walk from Exit 1 at Toranomon Station, and about an 11-minute walk from Exit Karasumori at Shimbashi Station

3. Capacity

230 (admission is free)

4. Languages

Japanese/English (simultaneous interpretation available)

5. Major details of the symposium

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. In response, the phase to conduct the agreement will start in 2020, following the convening of the 25th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) in December 2019. As part of its efforts, Japan submitted the Long-Term Strategy under the Paris Agreement as Growth Strategy (hereinafter referred to as the “long-term strategy”) in June 2019 to the United Nations. Aiming to achieve a decarbonized society as early as in the latter half of this century, Japan will strive to cut 80% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Japan believes that a virtuous cycle of environmental friendliness and economic growth through discontinuous innovations led by businesses should be achieved as a key to realizing the goal and, to this end, METI will advance efforts upholding three pillars: [i] promotion of innovation, [ii] promotion of green finance and [iii] business-led promotion of international application and international cooperation. Specifically, Japan has been accelerating actions involving: the Zero Emission Innovation Strategy, green finance, the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), the CEFIA Government-Private Forum under the framework of ASEAN, and other initiatives.

The IPCC, an organization playing a leading role in providing the latest scientific knowledge about global warming, has been publicizing a Special Report on the Impacts of Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Celsius above Pre-industrial Levels and Related Global Greenhouse Gas Emission Pathways, a Special Report: Climate Change and Land, and a Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate since 2018, respectively, and has been preparing a Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) and advancing review thereof 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 message to civil society that the past IPCC reports contain; and the future of climate change conveyed through the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6). Moreover, as representatives of the domestic experts playing a leading role in the field of climate change, Dr. Akimoto Keido and Mr. Nagamura Masaaki will deliver speeches, respectively, on the subjects of “Role of Innovations toward Sustainable Development and Risk Management Involving Climate Change” and “Role of the Financial Sector toward a ‘Virtuous Cycle of Environmental Friendliness and Economic Growth.’” Following this, a panel discussion will be held. At the seminar, METI is looking forward to seeing many of you who are interested in IPCC activities and measures for mitigating climate change.

6. Program

12:30 Reception counter opens
13:00 Opening remarks by the organizer:
Speaker: Mr. Yahagi Tomoyoshi, Deputy Director-General for Technology and Environment, METI
Speech by co-organizer:
Speaker: Mr. Kaya Yoichi, President, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth (RITE)
13:10 Keynote speech: The Challenge of Policy Relevance: Progress with the IPCC Working Group III Report
Speaker: Dr. Jim Skea, Co-Chair, IPCC Working Group III
13:50
 
 Role of Innovation for Sustainable Development and Risk Management for Climate Change
Speaker: Dr. Akimoto Keigo, Group Leader and Chief Researcher, System Analysis Group, RITE
14:20 Speech: Role of the Financial Sector toward a “Virtuous Cycle of Environmental Friendliness and Economic Growth”
Speaker: Mr. Nagamura Masaaki, Global Head of International Affairs, Strategy and Synergy Department, Tokio  Marine Holdings, Inc.
14:50 Coffee break
15:05 Panel discussion
Subject: Expectations on IPCC and Challenges in IPCC Efforts, and Initiatives Involving Countermeasures for Global Warming
Moderator:Mr. Arima Jun, Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo
Panelists:
Dr. Jim Skea, Co-Chair, IPCC Working Group III
Dr. Akimoto Keigo, Group Leader and Chief Researcher, System Analysis Group, RITE
Mr. Umehara Tetsuya, Director, Energy and Environment Innovation Strategy Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, METI
Mr. Nagamura Masaaki, Global  Head of International Affairs, Strategy and Synergy Department, Tokio  Marine Holdings, Inc.
Mr. Yamaguchi Mitsutsune, Special Advisor, RITE
(in the order of the Japanese syllabary)
16:55 Closing remarks:
Speaker: Mr. Honjo Takashi, Senior, Managing Director, RITE

7. Organizer and co-organizers

Organizer: METI
Co-organizer: RITE

8. How to apply

If you wish to attend the symposium, visit the RITE website Link here and complete prior registration. Please note that acceptance of applications will be closed as soon as the fixed number is reached.

Division in Charge

Global Environment Partnership Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau