A Look at Low-Carbon Technology at ISAP 2018

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  • 2018•07•23     Yokohama

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    On 19 July 2018, UNU-IAS co-organized with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Kansai Research Centre (IGES-KRC) a session on Innovative Approaches to Promote Low Carbon Technologies and Best Practices at the Tenth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP 2018), the second day of the two-day conference held at Pacifico Yokohama.

    At the session, JSPS-UNU Postdoctoral Fellow Lisanne Groen presented a summary of the completed three-year project on Low Carbon Technology Transfer conducted jointly by UNU-IAS, IGES, AIT and the University of Tokyo. The LCT project aimed to analyze effective strategies to disseminate low-carbon technologies to developing countries in Asia by examining the strategies of European countries and existing international cooperation frameworks.

    Based on the research findings of the LCT project, Dr. Groen emphasized the importance of combining technology demonstration, policy advisory, and capacity building, as well as joint product development by donor and recipient countries and attention for local R&D and manufacturing as important ingredients for the successful transfer of low-carbon technologies. In addition, Abdessalem Rabhi, Programme Manager at IGES-KRC, introduced the background of and way forward for the Japan-India Technology Matchmaking Platform (JITMAP).

    At the panel discussion co-chaired by Dr. Groen and Dr. Rabhi, experts from the international, national, and sub-national level from the industrial development, energy, research/consultancy, and finance sectors, shared their views on barriers and innovative approaches to the promotion of low-carbon technologies. The panelists highlighted overcoming IPR-related barriers, establishing local delivery systems, creating an enabling environment for investment, dissemination of information on renewable energy, and engagement of SMEs as key elements for the successful transfer of low-carbon technologies.