November 2014: Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership Symposium
The Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership* will be hosting an international symposium on ‘competitiveness in the era of climate change: risk management and opportunities for growth’, in November 2014. The event will bring together prominent economic leaders and business players who recognise climate change is one of the biggest economic and corporate management risks of the future, but who also see it as a business opportunity. The symposium will introduce the international audience to the latest trends related to the economic risks of climate change, such as the recently released Risky Business and New Climate Economy reports. Discussions will also focus on effective policies for climate change and industrial competitiveness, as well as a defining a path for Japan to take in the coming decades.
*The Japan-CLP is a business coalition that aims to spearhead the transition to a sustainable low-carbon society, recognising that such a transition will provide business opportunities. It was set up on 30 July 2009 as a unique Japanese business coalition to urge the industrial community to develop a sound sense of urgency on the issue of climate change and to initiate more proactive actions.
4 December 2013, Japan
The Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (Japan-CLP), run by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, alongside the British Embassy in Tokyo, hosted a high-level roundtable bringing together climate scientists and business leaders on 4 December 2013.
The discussion was based on the recently released climate change science published in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 5th Assessment Report. The dialogue was led by Professor Thomas Stocker, IPCC Working Group I Co-Chair and Professor Masahide Kimoto, Chairperson of the Japanese Government’s Advisory Panel on Extreme Climate Events and was chaired by Shigetada Kishii, a prominent Japanese journalist.
Some of the companies present included leaders from AEON, Askul, Dowa, Orix, RICOH and Shimizu. By all accounts it was an excellent event, resulting in increased desire from business to publically support action on climate change. The CLN is delighted to see this increase in Japanese business engagement with the subject.
This event builds on previous discussions co-hosted by the Japan-CLP, the British Embassy and The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group. CISL supported its delivery with strategic advice and support.