Annual Report

Annual Report 2008

Commissioned Researches

Project to promote international alliance for global environmental issues
(Consigned by NEDO)


(1) Survey of global trends in the discussion of global warming issues.

 GISPRI participated in the following conferences by sending Japanese experts and GISPRI research staff: 27th IPCC Plenary (November 2007, in Valencia Spain) that concluded AR4; and the 13th Conference of Parties (COP13) of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the 3rd Conference of Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP3) (December 2007, Bali Indonesia) where the parties agreed on the Bali Road Map to define the path toward future international framework for post Kyoto Protocol era. Based on the outcome of these meetings and relevant information, GISPRI conducted the survey to determine international trend in negotiation and study of global warming issues.
 In addition to above, IPCC established a national information exchange conferences for IPCC in Japan, with aims to aggregate scientific insights, to share information, and to benefit to the international community through IPCC expert meetings that congregates the highest level of expertise, the governmental review of AR4, and the preparation of AR4 Summary for Policy Makers (SPM). GISPRI not only participated in the national information exchange conferences and their study group meetings, but also actively contributed to their management and operation.

(2) Research and survey on the formulation of international consensus for global warming mitigation measures

 The Committee to review the mid to long term measures for climate change issues
(Chair: Mitsutsune Yamaguchi, Professor at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, the University of Tokyo)

 IPCC’s SPM/AR4 states that global warming is unequivocal and is very likely due to the increase in anthropogenic GHG concentration.” Such knowledge will undoubtedly be disseminated throughout the world, and present a challenge to the international community to conclude an international agreement on global warming measures. In response to such challenge, the Committee studied and reviewed possible post 2012 international framework with focus on long term targets and sectoral approaches, based on the past discussion of long term targets and of issues involved in the Kyoto Protocol.