After Durban: US and Japan climate change approaches and actions
As part of the Center for Energy at Ifri, a seminar with John Arima, Director General, Jetro London, Special Adviser for Global Environment Affairs, METI and Dale Eppler, Councellor for Energy, Environment, Science and Technology, US Mission to the EU
Présidence: Maïté Jauréguy-Naudin, Director of the Center for Energy and Jacques Lesourne, Chairman of the Scientific of the Center for Energy at Ifri.
While the fight against climate change had characterized the 2000s as a political priority, post-Durban 2012 has to cope with more short-term needs taking the scene. The economic situation blurs signals that promote the development of low-carbon energies; the Fukushima disaster, the Arab revolutions and the Iran crisis all shifted the eye from the long-term climate change fight. Meanwhile, Presidential elections in the US makes difficult to understand the commitment of the US on this topic.
With uncertainties over the content of the next Kyoto protocol agreement and an ever growing importance of China and India as big polluters, how are Japan and the USA taking actions and decisions to handle this global challenge?
These factors, coupled with a very low carbon price in the European market, raise questions about the challenges ahead and the concrete measures that can be taken to cope with the climate fight.
The Speakers will address the above issues, followed by a round of questions with the audience.