Jun Arima of the University of Tokyo, Japan, will present “Climate Change, Energy Security and the Ukraine War” at The 13th Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS2022) and The 13th Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH2022).
The keynote presentation will also be available for IAFOR Members to view online. To find out more, please visit the IAFOR Membership page.
Climate Change, Energy Security and the Ukraine War
COP26 adopted the ambitious Glasgow Climate Pact. However, an ambitious statement does not necessarily lead to equivalent actions. Contrary to the IEA’s vision on Sustainable Recovery, the recovery process from COVID-19 has resulted in the highest CO2 emissions in 2021. Energy crisis since last autumn is being further exacerbated by the Ukraine war. On one hand, reducing import dependence on Russian energy could accelerate the clean energy transition. On the other hand, substituting energy supply from Russia could necessitate additional fossil fuel investment which is incompatible with the 1.5 degree pathway. There is marked difference between developed and developing countries as to priorities among 17 SDGs and SDG13 (climate action) is not the top priority in developing countries. Competition over LNG supply between Europe and Asia could further raise gas prices and discourage fuel switching in Asian developing countries from coal to natural gas. More fundamentally, a “divided world” after the Ukraine war would not be conducive to global collaboration in combating climate change. What could we do to sustain climate action amid various adverse environments?
University of Tokyo, Japan
Jun Arima is Project Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo, Japan. He was formerly Director General of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), United Kingdom, from 2011 to 2015 and Special Advisor on Global Environmental Affairs for the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan, from 2011 to 2015. He has previously held various international energy/environment-related positions, including: Head of Division, Country Studies, International Energy Agency (IEA); Director, International Affairs Division, Agency of Natural Resources and Energy, METI; and Deputy Director General for Environmental Affairs at METI’s Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau. In the COP (UN Convention on Climate Change) 14, 15 and 16, he was Japanese Chief Negotiator for AWG-KP. He is currently a Professor at the University of Tokyo, Japan, where he teaches Energy Security, International Energy Governance and Environmental Policies in the Graduate School of Public Policy.