The “Low-Carbon Technologies: Bridging Japan and Europe” seminar took place on October 11 and 12, 2016, in Szentendre, Hungary. The REC and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), with support from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the Hungarian Business Leaders Forum (HBLF), co-organised the seminar to provide continuity for decarbonisation efforts by means of low-carbon technology transfer between Japan and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).
These efforts were initiated a year ago at the first seminar on low-carbon technologies, which took place on July 6 and 7, 2015. In order to further strengthen international cooperation between Japan and CEE, this year’s seminar assessed the potential of low-carbon technology transfer from Japan to target countries in the CEE region. The target countries this year were Hungary, Poland and Ukraine. Research focused on the energy conversion, residential and waste-to-energy sectors, as well as on municipalities' efforts to reduce their own carbon footprint. The seminar examined low-carbon technology initiatives developed by the Government of Japan, and also facilitated networking, cooperation and knowledge exchange among participants. Draft country factsheets on low-carbon technology transfer potential in the target countries were prepared as background material for the interactive discussion sessions. Financial support for the seminar was generously provided by the MOEJ.