GSDM 65th Platform Seminar "Global Energy Outlook and Energy Policy Challenges of Japan and ASEAN"

July 24, 2015


Type Lecture
Intended for General public / Enrolled students / International students / Alumni / Companies / University students
Date(s) September 16, 2015 15:00 — 17:20
Location Hongo Area Campus
Venue Ito Hall, Ito International Research Center
Capacity 400 people
Entrance Fee No charge
Registration Method Advance registration required

In November 2014, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced the World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2014. With its focus on nuclear power and energy issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, the WEO has generated particular interest this year owing to uncertainties about the direction of the global economy and the geopolitics of the Middle East. While the WEOs of previous years did not analyze beyond 2030, the WEO 2015 is the first to present an outlook up to 2040. In addition, it reveals a strong sense of crisis in the energy market owing to conflicts in the Ukraine and Middle East. Moreover, the outlook contains a number of messages for Japan, by providing detailed analyses of the natural gas market and the current situation regarding renewable energy, with its strong focus on nuclear energy. The WEO 2015 is now in the final stage of preparation and, while it is normally announced at the beginning of November, it is predicted that this WEO will deal with climate change as a major theme and focus on ASEAN again.
With the uncertain future of the current global economy, the global oil market is experiencing significant changes that are having a significant economic impact. In Asia, it has become clear that Chinese economic growth is decelerating, while in India and Indonesia, whose economies have grown rapidly up to now, newly elected governments are already facing serious challenges. Amid such trends, within ASEAN, Myanmar is scheduled to hold its first general election after democratization. In addition, the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) later this year will be a major turning point for the energy sector in Asia. In Japan, there is much progress in terms of policy; For example, long-term energy supply and demand prospects was formulated in July in response to the Basic Energy Plan formulated in April last year with reference to the Conference of the Parties 21 climate change conference scheduled for the end of this year.
For this symposium, we invited Dr. Fatih Birol, a WEO representative who is scheduled to become the new Executive Director of the IEA in September, Mr. Takayuki Ueda, Vice-Minister for International Affairs, former Commissioner of the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, and Mr. Hidetoshi Nishimura, President of Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA). They plan to discuss policy trends in Japan and energy challenges in ASEAN and throughout Asia based on recent energy trends from a broad perspective. At the same time, Prof. Hideaki Shiroyama, Dean of the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy (GraSPP), Prof. Ichiro Sakata, Director of the University of Tokyo’s Policy Alternatives Research Institute (PARI), and Prof. Nobuo Tanaka, visiting professor at the University of Tokyo’s GraSPP (President of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, and former Executive Director of the IEA), among other experts in this field, are planned to take part in a panel discussion and answer questions from the floor. This is intended to provide an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the global energy environment and policy implications focused on Japan and other Asian countries.

*Simultaneous interpretation service will be provided (English - Japanese)

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