Climate Change

April 24, 2019
(Photo 1) G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG): 2st Meeting 2019
(Photo 2) G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG): 2st Meeting 2019
(Photo 3) G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG): 2st Meeting 2019

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs held the second meeting of the 2019 G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG) from April 15 to 17, 2019 at the Hotel Mielparque Nagano, Nagano City. More than 100 including G20 and International Organizations' representatives participated in the meeting and engaged in active discussion on various subjects related to climate change.

1. Overview of the Meeting

April 15, 16 and 17, 2019 (Times are listed below.)
Hotel Mielparque Nagano (Tsurugatakahata752-8, Nagano-city, Nagano, 380-8584, Japan)
Representatives of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, European Union, etc. (more than 100 for total)
Working language:
Agenda and Guest Speakers:
1st Day: April 15, 9:00-17:30 JST
Opening Session
  • Introductory Remarks by CSWG Chair
  • Mr. Hideo Suzuki, Ambassador, Assistant Minister for Global Issues/Director-General for Global Issues
  • Introductory Remarks by the G20 Troika
  • Eng. Carlos Gentile, Secretary of Climate Change and Sustainable Development from the Government Secretariat of Environment and Sustainable Development, and ex G20 Chair of the CSWG, Argentina
  • Mr. Fareed Alasaly, Head of Delegation for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia CSWG & ETWG
  • Initial Presentation by Nagano Prefecture
  • Mr. Masaki Koiwa (Vice Governor) and Mr. Takashi Maseki (Director of Sustainable Energy Policy Division)
Field Trip
Session1: Achieving SDGs by taking Community Based approach for climate and renewable energy policy implementation
  • Mr. Dolf Gielen, Director, IRENA Inovation and Technology Center, International Renewable Energy Agency. (Moderator and Initial Presenter)
  • Yoriko Meguro Ph.D. Co-Chair of W20 Japan Steering Committee, Professor Emeritus of Sophia University, Women 20
  • Mr. Teisuke Ted Suzuki Executive Vice President , Suzuhiro Kamaboko Co., Ltd; Founder and President, “Network of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs for a Sustainable Businessand Energy Future”, Chairperson , Odawara Hakone Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Ms. Rywon Yang, Resercher, Green Technology Center
2nd Day: April 16, 9:00 – 18:45 JST
Innovation Session 1: Business Opportunity in the Field of Climate Change
  • Mr. Kiyoshi Tanigawa, Senior Manager, Environment & Energy Policy Bureau, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation), Business 20
  • Mr. Soichiro Chiba, Chairman, G7/G20 Youth Japan, Youth 20
  • Mr. Kazuo Yonekawa, Unit Leader, Environment Public Relations Office, Environment Public Affairs Unit, Environment Management Department, Panasonic Corporation
Innovation Session 2: New Innovation and Climate Change
  • Mr. Takeshi Yoshida, Director General, Innovation Promotion Department, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
  • Mr. Shigeto Mizumoto, Executive Officer/CSO (Sales&Marketing), Challenergy Inc.
  • Mr. Mutsumi Yamada, Country Manager, Japan, Ideol SA (Ideol Japan, LLC)
  • Mr. Mike McGroddy, Principal, NET Power
  • Dr. Aljodai Mohammad Abdulaziz, Director, Corporate Programs, SABIC
  • Mr. Marei Oshima, Executive Officer, Head of Corporate Planning Office, Chief Financial Office, Global Mobility Service Inc.
Innovation Session 3: Innovation in the field of Adaptation
  • Prof. Patrick Vincent Daniël Johannes Verkooijen, Chief Executive Officer, Global Center on Adaptation
  • Mr. Mitsuaki Komoto, Deputy GM for Energy & Climate Change, Responsible Care Department, SUMITOMO CHEMICAL Co., Ltd.
  • Mr. Adam Ichikawa, CSR Department Manager, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc.
  • Prof. Naoya Furuta, Coordinator, IUCN Japan Liaison Office, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Innovation Session 4: Innovation in Energy and Transportation Sector
  • Mr. Taiyo Kawai, Project General Manager, R&D and Engineering Management Div, Advanced R&D and Engineering Company, TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION
  • Mr. Katsuya Ishikawa, Associate Officer, Hydrogen Project Development Center, Corporate Technology Division, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.
  • Mr. Masato Yamada, Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind
  • Mr. Mark Lyra, Senior Director, Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, Joint Venture Cosan-Raizen- Sumitomo and Mr. Pedro Mizutani, Vice President, Raízen Energia S/A
  • Mr. Sylvain Broglé, Vice president international business development renewable energy, Eiffage Energy System Clemessy
  • Mr. Alain Jean Herve Sylvain Dardy, Representative director, Energy Pool Japan KK
  • Dr. José Reyes, Chief Technology Officer/ Co-founder, NuScale Power
Innovation Session 5: Demand Side Innovation
  • Dr. Ken Haig, Senior Director of Market Development and Regulatory Affairs, Oracle Utilities
  • Dr. Kenji Watanabe, Head of Devices & Materials Research Center FUJITSU LABORATORIES LTD., Fujitsu Limited
  • Ms. Qin Liu, Director of Social Good Department, Ant Financial Services Group
3rd Day: April 17, 9:00 – 16:00 JST (closed)
Session 2-1: Aligning Climate Finance to the implementation of NDC and LTSs
Session 2-2: Increasing Climate related Investment and Mobilizing Private Climate Finance
Wrap-up Session
Closing Session

2. Background and the Summary of the Meeting

  • (1) Japan will host a G20 Summit in June 2019 for the first time (G20 Osaka Summit). Japan, as the chair country, is preparing for the G20 Osaka Summit and Ministerial Meetings. Noting that the Paris Agreement, the post-2020 framework, is about to start, Japan plans summarizing climate-change-related discussion among G20 toward the Summit through CSWG meetings.
  • (2) The invited private establishments and other representatives shared their knowledge and experience. Based on the input, the G20 representative discussed various issues in each Session. The Opening Sessions, the Sessions 1 and Innovation Session 1 to 5 were open for the public and they also joined the discussion.
  • (3) The meeting attendees also visited various kinds of power plants (hydroelectric, solar, thermal and biomass), hydrogen station and agricultural experiment station and learned some measures against climate change in Nagano prefecture, such as utilization of renewable energy and adaptation in agriculture. The meeting was a good opportunity to show the G20 representatives the advanced climate change measures promoted by local sectors in Japan.
[note] G20 Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG)
In the G20 framework, the Energy Sustainability Working Group (ESWG) was established in 2013 to cover the all energy-related issues. In 2017, considering that energy policy and climate change issues are closely linked each other, the Climate Sustainability Working Group (CSWG) was newly established under the Sustainability Working Group (SWG). In 2018, under the Argentine presidency, CSWG was separated from ESWG and became one of the Working Groups in the Sherpa process.

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