UK/Japan - Achieving a Low Carbon Society
13-15th June 2007, The Mermaid Conference and Events Centre, London
This one-day symposium and two-day workshop aimed to demonstrate and raise awareness of the necessity, feasibility and benefits of transitioning to a low-carbon society through sustainable development.
The symposium and workshop focused on how to close the gap between the business-as-usual case and low-carbon society scenarios, culminating in the agreement of policy messages and informing development of a map of low-carbon society activities.
The event - sponsored by the UK Government's Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - was hosted by Defra and the Ministry of Environment Japan (MoEJ), in collaboration with partners National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the Embassy of Japan in the UK, under the direction of the international steering committee.
Workshop Co-Chairs: Jim Skea, Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC); Shuzo Nishioka, Executive Director of the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
Bert Metz, Co-Chair IPCC Working Group III "Mitigation of Climate Change"
Rae Kwon Chung, Director United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
Jean Acquatella, Economic Affairs Officer of the Sustainable Development and Human Settlements Division, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
Andy Deacon, Climate, Energy and Air Quality Strategy Manager, Greater London Assembly
Graham Smith, Chairman of Low-Carbon Vehicle Partnership, Senior Vice-President Toyota Motor Europe
Su-Lin Garbett, Stern Review Team, Her Majesty's Treasury, UK
Jae Edmonds, Senior Staff Scientist and Technical Leader of Economic Programs at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL) Joint Global Change Research Institute at the University of Maryland, USA
Hal Wilhite, Senior Researcher, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo, Norway
P.R. Shukla, Professor in Public Systems Group at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India
Neil Strachan (Policy Studies Institute, UK) / Junichi Fujino (National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan)
Yuzuru Matsuoka (Professor, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan)
Yuichi Moriguchi (Director, Research Center for Material Cycles and Waste Management, NIES, Japan)
Rob Lowe (University College London, UK)
Tim Jackson (RESOLVE, University of Surrey, UK)
Frans Vollenbroek, (Dutch Ministry for the Environment)
Jose Garibaldi, (Energeia)