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February 16, 2021 at 7:00pm ET

10:10am - 10:35am JST - (8:10pm - 8:35pm EST)
Evolving Requirements in Sustainability: Learn About Biomass and GHG requirements Currently under Development in Japan

Speaker: Takanobu Aikawa, PhD, Renewable Energy Institute

In Japan, under the feed-in-tariff scheme and in the broader electricity business in general, there were originally no regulations forcing electricity producers to verify sustainability of fuel.  In April 2019, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy recognized the need to address this situation and created the Sustainability Working Group (SWG).

The SWG began by focussing on agricultural biomass, and in 2020 began considering evaluation methods for greenhouse gas emissions reductions.  The Renewable Energy Institute has considered the current state of systems for ensuring sustainability and has suggested direction for industry and government to take that includes clarifying responsibilities, and understanding certification systems, their effectiveness and what their role might be.

The Renewable Energy Institute, which has analyzed the use of bioenergy as a climate change measure in Japan, discusses a framework for GHG reductions including systems that could be used to manage GHG reduction benefits and the setting of appropriate targets.


Takanobu Aikawa

Takanobu Aikawa is a senior researcher at Japan’s Renewable Energy Institute.  He joined the Institute in 2016.  Previously he was at Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting and conducted research and consulting on the forestry industry. Spurred by the Great East Japan Earthquake, he began to engage in a variety of bioenergy projects, mainly focusing on woody biomass. From early on, he has paid attention to bioenergy sustainability issues, and since April 2019 he has been a member of the Bioenergy Sustainability Working Group at the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Takanobu holds his master’s degree in forest ecology from the Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University and received a doctorate in agricultural studies on human resources development policy in forest management at the Research Faculty of Agriculture, Hokkaido University.

At the Renewable Energy Institute, Takanobu specializes in bioenergy policies and focuses on research on sustainability of woody biomass, the development of medium to long-term strategies and is also responsible for collaborating with local governments for promoting renewables.

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