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APN/IGES/Hyogo Symposium on Low Carbon Society in Asia through Dissemination of Renewable Energy Technology

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[wptabtitle]Background[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]

All countries should work together towards low carbon development and green growth by enhancing mitigation actions both in developed and developing countries.

Hyogo prefectural government of Japan, which hosts APN Secretariat and a major financial contributor to the APN, is keen on implementing mitigation measures on a local scale, including CO2 emission reduction in public and commercial sectors by way of regulatory, economic and informational measures to encourage energy-saving.

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Kansai Research Centre (IGES/KRC) is a Hyogo-based research institution, which conducts research activities on “Business and Environment” including experimental studies on low carbon technology transfer in Asia.

The APN, IGES/KRC, and the Hyogo prefecture can benefit from a communication event on low carbon development, which facilitates mutual understanding on the latest technology, know-how, legal framework and lifestyle with regard to low carbon development. It is also important to hold the event from the viewpoint of sharing APN’s outcomes to Hyogo prefecture, which has supported APN for more than 12 years.

Renewable energy technologies are innovative and promising technologies to achieve low carbon development both in developed and developing countries in Asia. Various types of renewables such as solar, wind power and biomass energy are being, and will be, disseminated in Asian countries through policy arrangement such as regulatory schemes, target setting and economic incentives including Feed-in-Tariff.


This symposium aims to provide the latest information on renewable energy technologies that are introduced in Japan and developing Asian countries to the public, and to exchange views among participants on gaps, lessons and solutions to achieve a low carbon society in these countries.

Organised by:  Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Hyogo Prefectural Government, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)

Date:  18 February, 2012 Monday 13:30~17:30 (Reception starts at 13:00)

Venue:  The Ballroom (10th floor) at ANA Crowne Plaza Kobe, Kobe, Japan >>Direction

Japanese-English interpretation available / Admission free

Capacity:  150 seats

Registration: Please contact Ms. Natsuki Niimi (APN Secretariat)  via e-mail :

Deadline:  31 January 2013 (Registration will be closed when applicants reach capacity)




[wptabtitle]Agenda[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]

13:30 Opening Remarks
Toshizo Ido(Governor, Hyogo Prefecture)
13:40 Keynote Speech
“Practical use of renewable energy, and a fix-price acquisition system”
Dr. Kazuhiro Ueta, Professor, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies & Graduate School of Economics, Kyoto University
14:10 Guest Speech 1
Dr. Bundit Fungtammasan, Vice President for Research, King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
14:30 Guest Speech 2
Dr. Hamdani Saidi, Professor, Director of UTM International Campus, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
14:50 Coffee Break
15:00 Good Practice Presentation 1
“Practical use of the renewable energy by a storage battery system”
Mr. Kaihei Kuwata, Group Manager, Panasonic Energy Company
15:20 Good Practice Presentation 2
“Introductory promotion of the photovoltaics of Hyogo Prefecture”
Mr. Eiji Endo, Director, Global Warming Solutions Division, Hyogo Prefectural Government
15:40 Good Practice Presentation 3
“The woody biomass power generation system by forest unused material”
Mr. Makoto Takizawa, Director, Green Thermal Co. Ltd.
16:00 Panel Discussion
Coordinator: Professor Yutaka Suzuki, Director-General, IGES Kansai Research Center
Panelist: Professor Ueta, Dr. Fungtammasan, Dr. Saidi, Mr. Kuwata, Mr. Endo, Mr. Takizawa, Dr. Akio Takemoto (APN Secretariat Director)
17:30 Closing Remarks
Professor Yutaka Suzuki, Director-General, IGES Kansai Research Center