Establishing ELSI for strategies of developing and promoting decarbonization technologies in Japan
To combat climate change, the international community has adopted the Paris Agreement, and aims to achieve ‘decarbonization’ - net-zero anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions - by the middle to the latter half of this century. Japan has also set forth a government policy to achieve decarbonization by 2050, and Japan’s energy and industrial policies are developing rapidly.
The objective of this project is to devise and propose an assessment framework from multiple viewpoints, including ELSI, for various decarbonization technologies (emerging and existing). The assessment framework will apply to the technologies that have been developed and promoted in Japan’s R&D strategies and climate change strategies, as well as to the development and promotion strategies themselves.
We aim to formulate and conduct a technology assessment for decarbonization technologies involving a wide range of actors, and make qualitative and quantitative analyses of the past policy processes of Japanese climate change strategies. Based on the results, we will structure and propose a ‘multilateral assessment framework for decarbonization technologies,’ by reconsidering the existing assessment focused on technological and economic aspects from multiple perspectives including the consideration of ELSI.
・R&D Period： September 2020 - March 2024 (in progress)
・Grant Number： JPMJRX20J1
Senior Principal Researcher, Earth System Division, National Institute for Environmental Studies / Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo