In June-July 2021, the Royal Society partnered with the British Embassy Tokyo to deliver a series of webinars introducing the Royal Society’s Climate Change: Science and Solutions Briefings to partners in Japan. The series focused on six of the 12 briefings, paying particular attention to novel technologies that will be critical in both countries’ efforts to address climate change.
The UK and Japan have made ambitious commitments to achieve net zero by 2050 with interim targets of the UK reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 78% by 2035 (compared to 1990 levels) and Japan by 46% by 2030 (compared to 2013 levels). Fulfilling these commitments will require increased deployment of currently available technologies and investment in research and innovation to address outstanding challenges.
Each webinar included presentations by a Royal Society fellow and Japanese academic or industry expert. Several of the Japanese presenters were also involved in producing the briefings. Together they discussed the challenges and opportunities for the UK and Japan for an audience of Japanese government, industry and academia representatives. With support from the British Embassy Tokyo, Sir Adrian Smith’s introduction and the six policy briefings covered during the series have been translated into Japanese. They are available for download below.