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International Workshop: Towards Low Carbon Cities - Understanding and Analyzing Urban Energy and Carbon

February 17 - 18, 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: Noyori Conference Hall, Nagoya University
Address: Furo-cho, Chikusa-ku, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan
Language: English


  • 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.

Workshop 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 all the participants and their affiliation please click here.

Day 1, February 17, 2009

Moderator: Prof. Hidefumi Imura

9:00 Registration
09:30 – 09:40 Welcome Address from Host and Co-organizer Prof. Yoshitsugu Hayashi
Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University
09:40 – 09:50 Welcome from Co-organizer
Explanation of Aims and Objectives
Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal
Global Carbon Project
Session I: Urban System Modeling (Chair: Prof. Hidefumi Imura)
09:50 – 10:05 Modeling Urban Energy Systems with SynCity Dr. James Keirstead
Imperial College London
10:05 – 10:20 The Energy Revolution, Cities & Washing Lines: Cities and the International Energy Agency Dr. Nigel Jollands
International Energy Agency
10:20 – 10.35 Energy and Environmental Implications of Carbon Emission Reduction Targets: Case of Kathmandu Valley Prof. Ram M. Shrestha
Asian Institute of Technology.
10:35 – 10:50 Modeling 2050 Energy and CO2 Scenario for Bangkok Mr. Aumnad Phdungsilp/
Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal
Durakaji Pandit University/
Global Carbon Project
10:50 – 11:00 Discussions
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
11:15 – 11:30 Modeling of Geographically Explicit Land Use Scenarios Dr. Yoshiki Yamagata
National Institute for Environmental Studies
11:30 – 11:45 Urban Agglomeration Economies in Climate Policy: A CGE Modeling Analysis Dr. Fabio Grazi
Centre International de Recherche sur l’Environnment et le Developpment (CIRED)
11:45 – 12:00 Climate Change and Cities: Integrated Assessment of Impacts, Adaptation and Mitigation Dr. Richard Dawson
Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at New Castle University
12:00 – 12:15 Decarbonising Cities: From Models to Competing Pathways Prof. Simon Guy
Architecture Research Centre, The University of Manchester
12:15 – 12:25 Discussions
12:25 – 13:30 Lunch
Session II: Urbanization, Urban Form and Land Use in China (Chair: Prof. Toshiaki Ichinose)
13:30 – 13:45 Modeling for Urban Energy and CO2 for Beijing Dr. Jiang Kejun
Energy Research Institute, China
13:45 – 14:00 How Developing Countries Find Their Own Way to Urban Sustainability? - Thinking from the Building Energy Research in China Prof. Yingxin Zhu
Tsinghua University
14:00 – 14:15 Shanghai Urban Transport Policy, The Impact of Metro on Land Use as well and Travel Prof. Haixiao Pan
Tongji University Shanghai
14:15 – 14:30 City Forms, Land Use and Transportation in Chinese Cities Prof. Chen Jin
Beijing Normal University
14:30 – 14:45 Discussions
14:45 – 15:00 Coffee Break
Session III: Presentations from Global Environment Research Fund (MOE-J) Project “Study on the Strategic Urban Planning and Assessment of Low-Carbon Cities”

(Chair: Prof. Hidefumi Imura)

15:00 – 15:10 Objective and Research Framework Prof. Hidefumi Imura
Nagoya University
15:10 – 16:00 Planning and Assessment of Low-Carbon Cities
Urban Typology and Key Factors of Determining Low-Carbon Cities: Specificities and UniversalitiesDr. Toshiaki Ichinose
National Institute for Environmental Studies
Urban Growth, Buildings, Infrastructures and Energy:
Development of Analysis Tools
Dr. Hiroki Tanikawa
Wakayama University
Dr. Akio Ohnishi
Dr. Osamu Higashi
Nagoya University
Assessing the Role of Technologies:
Prospects of Development and Diffusion of Low-Carbon Technologies
Prof. Tsuneo Takeuchi
Dr. Noriko Sugiyama
Nagoya University
Towards Low Carbon Cities in Rapidly Urbanizing Asia:
Climatic Change Mitigation Strategy in Building Sector
Ms. Yukiko Yoshida
National Institute for Environmental Studies
16:00 – 16:40 Key Elements for Realizing Low Carbon Cities
Energy Demand Data for Japanese
Dr. Yujiro Hirano
Nagoya University
Challenges and Opportunities for
New Building Energy System
Prof. Masaya Okumiya
Nagoya University
The Role of Land Use and
Transportation System
Dr. Hirokazu Kato
Nagoya University
16:40 – 16:55 Discussions
16:55– 17:00 Summary and Closing for the Day Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal
Global Carbon Project
17:00 – 18:00 Side-Event: Poster Session – Presentation of Relevant Research Activities by Participants –
18:00 – 20:00 Reception (Venue: Restaurant Hananoki (in Nagoya University Campus)

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Day 2, February 18, 2009

09:30 – 09:40 Opening Prof. Hidefumi Imura
Nagoya University
Session IV: Energy and Emissions: Accountings and Policy Implications (Chair: Dr. Hiroki Tanikawa)
09:40 – 09:55 Forming an Emissions Inventory, Energy Scenarios and Plans with Stakeholders: The Greenhouse Gas Regional Inventory Project - GRIP Dr. Sebastian Carney
Research Fellow
School of Environment and Development (SED)
University of Manchester
09:55 – 10:10 Measuring Low Carbon Cities Dr. Julia Steinberger
Institute for Social Ecology Vienna
10:10 – 10:25 Urban Energy Use and CO2 Emission from Cities of China Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal
Global Carbon Project
10:25 – 10:40 Discussions
10.40 – 11.00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:15 Energy Use and Carbon Emissions from Global Cities Prof. Christopher Kennedy
University of Toronto
11:15 – 11:30 Urban Scale Energy Consumption Estimate for the European Union (EU27) Dr. Niels Schulz
Imperial College London
11:30 - 11:45 Extended Life Cycle Assessment of Transportation System and Energy Dr. Naoki Shibahara
Nagoya University
11:45 – 12:00 Discussions
12:00 – 13:30 Lunch
Session V: Cities and Climate Change Initiatives (Chair: Mr. Hideyuki Mori)
13:30 – 13:40 International Co-operation of Cities in Climate Change Policy Mr. Hidenori Nakamura
Policy Researcher, Policy & Governance Team,
Programme Management Office, IGES
13:40 – 13:50 Cities and Climate Change Initiatives at OECD Ms. Jan Corfee-Morlot
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
13:50 – 14:00 Cities and Climate Change Initiatives at ADB Mr. Sharad Saxena
Asian Development Bank
14:00 – 14:10 Urban Climate Change Research Network and International Panel for Cities and Climate Change Assessment Dr. Stephen A. Hammer
Columbia University
14:10 – 14:20 Clean Air Initiative and Initiatives towards Climate Co-benefits Dr. Alvin Mejia
Clean Air Initiative-Asia Center
14:20 – 14:50 Discussions
14:50 – 15:10 Coffee Break
15:10 – 17:00 Overall Discussions Moderated by Prof. Hidefumi Imura
and Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal
Discussion items:
  • Key observations from this event on modeling challenges and carbon emissions from cities
  • Potentials for joint activities, possibilities for syntheses documents and publications
  • Feedback on URCM book project
  • Harmonizing various initiatives
  • Next step for this Forum
17:00 – 17:10 Summary and Closing Prof. Hidefumi Imura
Nagoya University
Dr. Shobhakar Dhakal
Global Carbon Project

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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).


This is a closed-workshop, in principle, aimed at invited experts. However, based on strong interests from relevant persons who can provide substantive inputs, few could be accommodated.

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.

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