The REC hosted a seminar on low-carbon technologies on July 6-7, 2015, in cooperation with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and with the financial support of the Ministry of Environment of the Government of Japan.
The two-day event was planned to assist Japan's continual efforts to reduce GHG emissions and decarbonise the economy through leading technologies. Specifically, the seminar served as a platform for Japanese participants to provide information on the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), a scheme that could help reduce GHG emissions globally. Perspectives and needs for low-carbon technologies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) and South Eastern Europe (SEE) were shared, as were the experiences of Japanese organisations implementing JCM-related projects in Asia. In addition, the seminar provided opportunities for networking, cooperation and knowledge sharing among participants.
The seminar attracted a total of 37 participants from Albania, Hungary, Japan, Kosovo*, Lithuania, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Turkey. Participants represented public institutions and research centres connected to the energy, environmental protection and climate change sectors. Representatives of international organisations such as the Energy Community Secretariat, KIC InnoEnergy, DNV GL, the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN), the IGES and the REC also delivered presentations at the seminar. Representatives from Japan's private sector also attended.
Following the first day's opening sessions, four presentations addressed the following topics: the energy situation in CEE and SEE and the need for low-carbon technologies; opportunities for financing low-carbon technology diffusion; an introduction to the JCM; and schemes and cases under the JCM.
The second day featured a breakout session on future perspectives for the diffusion of low-carbon technologies. Breaking into two groups, participants engaged in a lively exchange of views and opinions on environmental protection, climate change and energy. Members of the two groups then answered questions related to prioritised low-carbon technologies in their respective countries and possible international cooperation. The IGES and the REC then summarised the breakout session for seminar participants.
Key messages were delivered at the close of the event, focusing on the successful introduction of the JCM scheme to European participants, and building knowledge of technology needs in the CEE and SEE regions. The exchange of information between Japanese and European participants was a positive outcome, as was the mutual interest among seminar organisers in continued collaboration between Japan and CEE/SEE countries in order to promote low-carbon technologies as a means of combating climate change.