Presentation Materials: International Symposium: Climate Change and Coal (2015.5.29)

Presentation Materials

International Symposium: Climate Change and Coal (2015.5.29) 

The international symposium “Climate Change and Coal” was held at Tokyo, in May 29th, 2015.

This symposium consisted of two parts: Part 1 focused on domestic dimensions, the role of coal thermal power as major base-load electricity source, and Part 2 on international dimensions, financing of overseas coal power energy projects specifically in Southeast Asia.

We invited leading experts from different part of the world, including international think tanks, research institutions, and NGOs.

Here we list their presentation materials for your reference, and we hope this symposium can be a trigger of wider coal discussions toward future decarbonization pathways.

 <List of Materials: in order of program>

 Part 1: Is Coal a Sensible Solution for Japan’s Electricity Needs?


1. Electricity market and coal: Experiences Overseas

Challenging assumptions – delivering energy within a carbon budget.

James Leaton (Research Director, Carbon Tracker)

German’s Energiewende: How renewable energies are changing the business case of traditional electric companies

Christoph Podewils (Director of Communication, Agora Energiewende)

Rethinking UK Coal: the history, logic and EU context of the UK phase out

Matt Phillips (Director of International Energy Project, European Climate Foundation)

Nick Mabey (Chief Executive and Founding Director, E3G)


2. The Situation in Japan

On nuclear:

Kenichi Oshima (Professor, Ritsumeikan Univ.)

On renewables:

Teruyuki Ohno (Executive Director, Japan Renewable Energy Foundation)

On coal:

Kimiko Hirata (International Director, Kiko Network)


3.  Panel Discussion– The Concept of Electricity in Japan


Part 2: Is Efficient Coal Technology a Solution for Sustainable World?

1. Coal and Sustainable Development (30 minutes each)

EIB Climate Strategy & Energy Lending Policy

Adina Relicovschi (Senior Environment Expert Environment, Climate and Social Office, European Investment Bank)

Burden of disease from rising coal emissions in Asia

Shannon Koplitz (Atmosphere Chemistry Modeling GroupHarvard University) 


2. Finance to Coal Projects (25mins each)

Status of Coal Finance in OECD Countries

Rafael Senga (Energy Policy Asia Pacific Manager WWF International)

Japanese Funded Coal Power Plants In Indonesia A Story from on the ground

Arif Fiyanto (Climate and Energy Campaign Team Leader,GP Indonesia)


3. Discussion – The Role of Japan in International Coal Financing:

Do JBIC funded coal plants really have highly efficient, clean technology?

Yuki Tanabe (JACSES, Program Coordinator)

The Role of Japan in International Coal Financing

Hozue Hatae (FoE Japan, Contracted Researcher)