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International Symposium: Realizing Low Carbon Cities - Bridging Science and Policy

February 16, 2009
Nagoya, Japan


Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University
Global Carbon Project (GCP)
National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)


Ministry of Environment, Japan
Aichi Prefecture
Nagoya City
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies

Venue: Hotel Mielparque Nagoya
Address: Aoi 3-16-16 Higashi-ku, Nagoya 461-0004 Japan
Language: English and Japanese (Simultaneous interpretation will be provided)


  • To strengthen and develop networks in the areas linking urban energy use, urban development and carbon management in the climate change mitigation context;
  • To share research results and modeling and analyses challenges and approaches, and to discuss ways to overcoming them;
  • To explore ideas for developing joint activities such as syntheses, harmonized cross-comparative studies, and policy analyses;
  • To link scholarly endeavors to policy relevance and bridge research and policies.

Symposium Agenda

The program of both the Symposium and the Workshop are also available here in pdf format, in English or in Japanese.

For a list of the speakers and their affiliation please click here.

For a list of the participants and their affiliation please click here.

Moderator: Prof. Hidefumi Imura and Prof. Tsuneo Takeuchi

9:00 Registration
10:00 - 10:10 Welcome Address Prof. Shinichi Hirano
President of Nagoya University
10:10 – 10:15 Welcome by Global Carbon Project Dr. Mike Raupach
Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Australia / Global Carbon Project
10:15 – 10:35 Keynote Address
Climate Change, National-Local Policy Frameworks and Actions in Japan
Mr. Kazuhiko Takemoto
Vice Minister, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
10:35 – 11:20 Invited Lecture
Challenges for Analyzing Urban Energy and Carbon
Prof. Arnulf Grubler
International Institute for Applied Systems Analyses / Yale University
11:20 – 11:35 Nagoya University Initiative for Low-Carbon Cities Prof. Hidefumi Imura

Graduate School of Environment Studies, Nagoya University

11:35 – 11:50 Urban and Regional Carbon Management Initiative of Global Carbon Project Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal
Executive Director,
Global Carbon Project
National Institute for Environmental Studies
11:50 – 13:15 Lunch
Keynote Speeches
13:15 – 13:30 Modeling the Urban Component of the Carbon Cycle Dr. Michael Raupach
Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization Canberra
13:30 – 13:45 World Energy Outlook 2008: Insights and Policy Implications with Special Focus on Cities Mr. Paul Dowling
Energy Analyst, International Energy Agency
Dr. Nigel Jollands
Principal Administrator, International Energy Agency
13:45 – 14:00 Urban Energy and Carbon Management - Lessons from NY, Paris, and London Dr. Stephen A. Hammer
Director, Urban Energy program, Columbia University
14:00 – 14:15 Challenges of Nagoya City for Realizing Low Carbon and Comfortable City Mr. Masashi Kato
Director-General, Environmental Bureau of Nagoya City
14:15 – 14:30 Discussions
14:30 – 14:45 Coffee break
Keynote Speeches
14:45 – 15:00 Carbon Emissions from 100 Metropolitan Areas of the United States of America- The Policy Implications Prof. Marilyn A. Brown
Georgia Institute of Technology and Oak Ridge National Laboratory
15:00 – 15:15 Understanding and Managing Climate Risk at Urban Scale: Recent Insights from OECD Work Ms. Jan Corfee-Morlot
Principal Administrator, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
15:15 – 15:30 Energy and Material Management for Low Carbon Cities Dr. Yuichi Moriguchi
Director, Research Center for Material Cycles and Waste Management, National Institute for Environmental Studies
15:30 - 15:45 Land Use, Urban Form, Transportation and Energy Prof. Yoshitsugu Hayashi
Dean, Graduate school of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University
15:45 - 16:00 Discussions
Panel Discussion: Realizing Low Carbon Cities-Opportunities and Challenges
16:00 – 17:30 Panelists:
Prof. Simon Guy (The University of Manchester)
Dr. Frank Southworth (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Dr. Nigel Jollands (International Energy Agency)
Dr. Hidetoshi Nakagami (Jukankyo Research Institute)Presentation
Prof. Keisuke Hanaki (The University of Tokyo) Presentation
Mr. Hideyuki Mori (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies)Presentation
Dr. Michael Raupach (CSIRO Canberra and GCP) Presentation


Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal (GCP) Presentation
17:30 – 17:40 Closing Address Dr. Yasuhiro Sasano

Director, Center for Global Environmental Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies

18:00 – 20:00 Reception

(Venue: Hotel Mielparque Nagoya)


For the benefit of the larger community, all the outcomes will be posted on the website after the events (the files of speakers’ presentations will be posted subject to approval by the speakers).


The Symposium is open to all as long as the capacity of the venue allows.

Please send pre-registration request to Ms. Yukako Ojima (ojima.yukako [at] or Dr. Osamu Higashi (higashi [at] with your name, your title and organization, and contact details.


For substantive information, please contact Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal, Global Carbon Project.