GHG emissions reduction potential in Asia for the two degree target

NIES/IGES-hosted LoCARNet Side Event, Japan Pavilion, November 15

On November 15 (Friday), the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) co-hosted the Low Carbon Asia Research Network (LoCARNet) Side Event entitled “GHG emissions reduction potential in Asia for the two degree target” in the Japan Pavilion of COP19/CMP9. NIES serves as the focal point for Japan’s participation in LoCARNet.

At this event, following Opening Remarks by Kotaro Kawamata, Director, International Cooperation Office, the Ministry of the. Environment, Japan, Shuzo Nishioka, Secretary General of LoCARNet introduced their activities. Mikiko Kainuma, a Fellow from the Center for Social and Environmental Systems at NIES gave a speech on "Asia’s Low Carbon Future: Can Asia Change the World through Leapfrogging?", presenting research outcomes under the Environment Research and Technology Development Fund (S-6). Jiang Kejun and P.R. Shukla presented on reduction potentials towards achieving the two degree stabilization target for China and India, respectively. Ho Chin Siong introduced a Malaysian low carbon society scenario vision for 2020 and 2030. This was followed by a panel discussion on "How can Asia reduce GHG emissions for the two degree target?" and an opinion exchange involving each panelist and the audience.