Friday, May 29, 2009

Mapping Pathways Toward a Low Carbon Future

The United States-Japan Cimate Change Workshop

11 May 2009
Washington DC, USA
Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MoEJ)
Environmental Protection Agency, USA (U.S. EPA)
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan (IGES)
Agenda and presentation materials
Summary of SessionsPDF22KB

9:00 - 9:15 Welcome Remarks
- Mr. Kazuhiko Takemoto, Vice Minister MOEJ
- Beth Craig, Acting Assistant Administrator, U.S. EPA's Office of Air and Radiation
9:15 - 9:45 Session I: International Climate Policy Update
What climate policies are being developed in the USA and Japan?
Where do emissions trading programs fit in the context of these policies?
- Climate Policy Update - Japan
Mr. Kazuhiko Takemoto, Vice Minister
- Climate Policy Update - USA
Christo Artusio, U.S. Department of State, Deputy Director of OES/EGC, Office of Global Change
9:45 - 12:30 Session II: Emissions Trading and GHG Reporting Systems
What are strengths and weaknesses of existing emissions trading programs in the USA and Japan?
What new emissions trading proposals are currently being discussed in both countries?
How would these proposals be integrated with existing programs?
- Overview of Domestic Emissions Trading and Offsets schemes in Japan
Mr Yasuo Takahashi, MOEJ, Director, Office of Market Mechanisms
- Overview of Domestic GHG Emissions Trading Initiatives in the USA
Reid Harvey, U.S. EPA's Climate Economics Branch
- Mandatory GHG Reporting System in Japan
Mr Yasushi Iwao, Deloitte-TECO
10:45 - 11:00 Break
- Mandatory GHG Reporting System in the USAPDF456KB
Lisa Hanle and Suzanne Kocchi, U.S. EPA's Program Integration Branch
- Assessment of Japan's Emission Trading Initiatives in Japan
Prof. Jusen Asuka, Tohoku University
11:40 - 12:10 Discussion
12:10 - 13:20 Lunch
13:20 - 16:00 Session III: Developing Climate Protection Pathways, Milestones and Long-term Targets
What considerations are being factored into climate protection targets in the USA and Japan?
What are the costs/benefits associated with those targets?
What models were used to arrive at those targets? How did they arrive at those targets?
- Introduction to the Low Carbon Society Research Network
Mr. Hiroshi Ono, Director, Office of Research & Study
- Scenario and Modelling Approaches for Low Carbon Societies
Dr. Mikiko Kainuma, National Institute for Environmental Studies
- EPA's Climate Change Mitigation Database
Frank Princiotta, U.S. EPA's Office of Research and Development
- Economic impact analysis of the USA's cap-and-trade legislation
Adam Daigneault, U.S. EPA's Climate Economics Branch
- Model analysis for consideration of Japan's mid-term target
Prof. Shuzo Nishioka, National Institute for Environmental Studies
- Opportunities for Near-term Climate Change Mitigation - Methane and Methane to Markets Experiences
Paul Gunning and Roger Fernandez, U.S. EPA's Non-CO2 Programs Branch
15:40 - 16:10 Discussion
16:10 - 16:40 Break
16:40 - 17:30 Session IV: Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases (F-GHGs)
Options for efficient international control of fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-GHGs) emissions? Does the Vienna Convention (or Montreal Protocol) provide an opportunity for focused and/or accelerated reduction of specific GHGs?
How might F-GHGs be treated in cap and trade scheme? How to manage potential price shock to the user community?
How should existing banks of F-GHGs be handled?
- Addressing Fluorinated Greenhouse Gas Emissions - Options & Impacts
David Doniger, Natural Resources Defense Council
- F-GHG Emission Reductions - A Decade of Progress through Voluntary Partnerships with Industry
Sally Rand, U.S. EPA's Non-CO2 Programs Branch
- Climate Impact of CFC and HCFC Releases from Banks (e.g., refrigeration equipment)
Mr. Kotaro Kawamata, Deputy Director, Office of International Strategy on Climate Change
- Responsible Management of F-GHG Banks
Tom Land and David Godwin, U.S. EPA's Stratospheric Protection Division
17:25 - 17:45 Discussion
Closing Remarks:
- Prof. Shuzo Nishioka, IGES