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Event Report:Natural Resources, Energy & Environment

  • July 05, 2018

    CIGS Energy and Environment Seminar (Jane Nakano) "U.S. Energy and Climate Policy: the status, opportunities and challenges in the second year of the Trump Administration"

    The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) hosted a seminar on July 3, 2018 inviting Ms. Jane Nakano, Senior Fellow, the Energy and National Security Program, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
  • June 04, 2018

    CIGS Energy and Environment Seminar (Roger Pielke Jr.) "Extreme Weather and Climate Change: Science and Politics"

    The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) hosted a seminar on May 31, 2018 inviting Prof. Roger Pielke Jr., Environmental Studies Director, Sports Governance Center Faculty Affiliate, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado.
  • January 31, 2018

    CIGS Energy and Environment Seminar (David Ogden Dapice) "Renewable energy in ASEAN - mainly Myanmar and Vietnam"

    The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) hosted a seminar on January 25, 2018 inviting Prof. David Ogden Dapice, Chief Economist, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
  • December 20, 2017

    CIGS Energy and Environment Seminar (PAN Tze-Chin) "Taiwan Energy Transition for the harmonization of economy, energy and environment"

    The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) hosted a seminar on December 14, 2017 inviting Mr. PAN Tze-Chin, Senior researcher, The Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan.
  • December 05, 2017

    CIGS Energy and Environment Seminar (Diana Ürge-Vorsatz) "The need for disruptive innovation in relation to climate change mitigation"

    The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) hosted a seminar on November 30, 2017 inviting Ms. Ürge-Vorsatz, Director, Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy, Central European University (CEU).
  • November 15, 2017

    CIGS and ifri Joint Workshop "Governance and Competitiveness in an Age of Innovation - Exploring challenges and opportunities for Franco-Japanese cooperation - "

    On September 12, 2017, the Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) and the French Institute of International Relations (ifri) co-hosted a workshop about governance and competitiveness in an age of innovation with the support of the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI) of the University of Tokyo.
  • October 20, 2017

    CIGS Energy and Environment Seminar (Keisuke Sadamori) "Energy Security in the Transition to Low Carbon Society"

    The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) hosted a seminar on October 17, 2017 inviting Mr. Keisuke Sadamori, Energy Markets and Security Director, International Energy Agency, cosponsored by the Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI), the University of Tokyo.
  • December 09, 2016

    CIGS Workshop "Innovation in Energy and Measures against Climate Change"

    The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) organized CIGS Workshop “Innovation in Energy and Measures against Climate Change” on November 30, 2016, cosponsored by Policy Alternatives Research Institute, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo.
  • November 04, 2016

    CIGS International Symposium "The Role of Innovation for Long-Term GHG Mitigation"

    The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) organized International Symposium “The Role of Innovation for Long-Term GHG Mitigation” on October 7, 2016, cosponsored by Policy Alternatives Research Institute, The University of Tokyo.
  • June 07, 2016

    Ir. Dr. Sanjayan Velautham Seminar "Energy Outlook and Challenges of ASEAN"

    The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) hosted a seminar on May 27, 2016 inviting Dr. Sanjayan Velautham, Executive Director of the ASEAN Centre for Energy (ACE).
  • August 14, 2015

    Stakeholder Meeting "Building Strategic Relations between Scotland and Japan in Subsea Engineering"


    On May 20, 2015, the Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) held a special meeting on building strategic relations between Scotland and Japan in subsea engineering. Mr. Paul Lewis, Managing Director of Scottish Development International (SDI) and participants from related organizations in Japan exchanged their views.

  • August 13, 2015

    Climate Change Expert Meeting in Washington D.C. "Equitable Global Low Carbon Scenario and Approach"



    On Thursday, July 16, 2015, the Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) hosted a discussion on global climate issues in Washington, DC. Attending the meeting were Washington-based climate experts from the World Resources Institute (WRI), the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), Resources for the Future (RFF), and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

    The meeting opened with a welcome by Dr. Tetsuo Yuhara of CIGS, who then presented a summary of CIGS’s “Globally Sharable Energy Vision against Global Warming.” Dr. Yuhara’s comments were followed by a more detailed presentation from Dr. Fengjun Duan on CIGS’s proposal for climate change and mitigation, “Equitable Global Low Carbon Scenario and Approach.” The presentations were followed by a lively discussion and two short presentations from WRI and UCS entitled with “Seizing the Global Opportunity” and “U.S. Low Carbon Path to 2050” respectively.

    A few major comments to the CIGS’s proposal emerged in the discussion, including:
    - The participants from the Washington institutions were very complimentary of CIGS’s proposal of an equitable approach to an emissions pathway for a long-term reduction in global GHG emissions. They noted that the CIGS model has produced useful, interesting, and at times surprising results, while offering suggestions to improve or update the model projection such as:
    ・To address adaptation as well as mitigation in the model
    ・To consider policy/political issues, especially in terms of potential roadblocks to increased use of nuclear energy and the importance of incentives for increased use of renewable energy sources
    ・To consider sub‐national (state, local, etc.) and regional efforts to address climate change
    ・To account for recent gains in reducing the cost of renewable energy, addressing climate change, and developing shale resources
    - The model of international cooperation on advanced energy technology offers an interesting cost‐minimized approach to a long‐term reduction in global carbon emissions. The participants supported CIGS’s proposal for trilateral cooperation between the U.S., China, and Japan, but also raised a few concerns including intellectual property rights (IPR) issues.

    Several common understandings were obtained through the discussion,
    - The carbon budget serves as the basis of mitigation rather than a determined pathway
    - An equitable approach is advisable for global action against climate change
    - Technological innovation will play an essential role
    - Nuclear power is necessary for low carbon electricity, but feasibility of ambitious projection should be examined carefully
    - Natural gas will likely be the driving force behind emissions reduction plans for at least the next decade or so. This could have a positive impact on reducing carbon emissions over the near term but a negative impact over the longer term, as it might delay a shift toward renewable.
    - China’s role in combating climate change elicited significant attention from workshop participants. China’s developing climate regulatory infrastructure and international cooperation scheme involving China will generate a significant influence to the implementation of measures aimed at combating climate change.
    - The CIGS hosted discussion was “very interesting” and “engaging,” and helpful to form the common scientific vision for a low carbon future.

  • January 09, 2015

    U.S. and Energy Policy: A Post-Election Analysis

    On November 13, 2014, the CIGS invited Mr. Douglas J. Bergner, President, and Mr. Ian C. Graig, Chief Executive from Global Policy Group (GPG), a consulting firm in Washington D.C. Latest information and insights on the U.S. Climate Action Plan and the nation's energy policy was shared with Japanese experts.
  • January 09, 2015

    Dr. Ujita attended the American Nuclear Society 2014 Winter Meeting.


    Dr. Hiroshi Ujita, Senior Research Fellow, CIGS, attended in “American Nuclear Society 2014 Winter Meeting” held on the 12th of November 2014 at Anaheim in California, USA.

    He presented his research paper titled “The Energy Perspective and Nuclear Role under Global Warming” co-authored by Dr. Fengjun Duan, Senior Research Fellow, CIGS.
  • March 31, 2014

    3rd CIGS Symposium on Globally Sharable Long Term Vision against Global Warming

    The Canon Institute for Global Studies (CIGS) held first and second international symposiums in October of 2009 and September of 2011 on "Globally Sharable Long Term Vision against Global Warming" with invited participation by specialists from EU, US and China. The third symposium was held on December 11, 2013.
    CIGS has been conducting research and developing proposals including, 1) to set the global CO2 emission pathway based on overshoot and zero emission scenario; 2) to determine regional emissions and energy mixtures through global energy system cost minimum optimization under the constraint; 3) to establish new international cooperation scheme for achieving the energy mixtures taking the balance between investment and benefit into account. Discussions with the specialists from the main countries have been performed for establishing common understanding.
    During November 2013, the COP19 was held in Poland. The international agreement on the post 2020 GHG reductions was difficult to be achieved despites the negotiation efforts. Considering the importance of re-examining the practical CO2 reduction targets based on recent acknowledges of science and technology, we planned this symposium.
    During this symposium, this issue was discussed with the domestic and foreign specialists, and the globally sharable long term vision was examined based on recent trends.