How to advance research and contents
Our objective at LCS is to realize an affluent low carbon society with good prospects. We focus our research activities on three main pillars: quantitative technology scenarios, quantitative economic and social scenarios, and the construction of a sustainable low carbon social system.
- Compiling scenarios toward a prosperous economy and society
- Japan has many excellent environmental and energy technologies that are not widely used in daily life, such as in homes or offices.LCS simulates how energy savings by replacing home appliances and cars with latest next-generation models or implementation of new systems would benefit each household using an energy-economy model. LCS also investigates mid- and long-term economic and social scenarios, which takes into account results of social experiments on new systems and carbon reduction measures toward targets including the year 2030.
- Compiling low-carbon technological scenarios
- A low carbon society cannot be achieved just by spreading currently available latest technologies. Next-generation revolutionary technology must be constantly and steadily developed and the most recent technology needs to be widely adopted. LCS is quantitatively investigating the manufacturing processes of various low carbon technologies including solar cells, rechargeable batteries, and fuel cells. These investigations are used to analyze possibilities of future cost reduction or technology advances to obtain quantitative technological scenarios. The results in the above two topics complement each other, and is used to compile more precise scenarios.
- Comfortable social system design
- LCS is carrying out research to develop a comfortable social system using the results of the above economic, social, and technological scenarios.For example, LCS is investigating factors that inhibit carbon reduction in specific geographical areas to design measures that change "negative spirals" in society into "positive spirals", or those that transform the area into a new environmentally-advanced city that utilizes the characteristics of the area and also adapts to an aging society. To contribute to achieve a low carbon society, results from the researches are widely disseminated for environment education, changing consensus, and to develop new systems.
These three pillars are closely linked, with each contributing toward our objective of an affluent low carbon society.
Although each subtheme is the responsibility of a different group, active discussions between groups and individual members are coordinated and supervised by the Chief Researcher.