Japan Spotlight: The National Institute for Environmental Studies and The Renewable Energy Institute

Japan Spotlight: The National Institute for Environmental Studies and The Renewable Energy Institute

Climate Change Research in Japan is mostly concentrated in universities and designated Climate Policy research institutions around the country. Here, we introduce the two major research institutions and their research on Climate Change.

The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES:国立環境研究所) was established in 1974 as a focal point for environmental research in Japan. In 2001, The Institute was designated as an independent body. It is primarily state funded, and does research connecting basic science to social to real life needs. It recently has produced a set of Compost Research Guidelines that focus on the introduction of composting projects based on source separation of organic waste and adequate demand for compost for municipal solid waste management in the cities of developing Asia. It aims to assist policy-makers and practitioners at both national and municipal levels in developing countries in selecting appropriate waste management technologies and executing related policies and strategies to improve their waste management systems with recommending Compost Management as the sole implementation measure.

The Renewable Energy Institute(自然 エネルギー財団) is a privately funded institution established in the wake of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident caused by the massive Earthquake and Tsunami disaster on 11th March, 2011. Its major objective is to establish Japan as a renewable energy society by researching, developing, and advocating policies, measure, and business models to promote renewable energy. Since its foundation, it has worked to establish the Asia Super Grid (ASG). The major objective of this institution is to establish Japanese Society as a Renewable Energy Society. It seeks to research, develop and advocate policies, measures and financial/business models that are based on the dynamics of markets and society, to promote renewable energy and Promote capacity building and support public awareness for further recognition and deployment of renewables. Since its foundation in 2011, Renewable Energy Institute has worked to establish the Asia Super Grid (ASG), a scheme of global energy interconnection that will enable Asian countries to exchange rich, natural renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar power in Mongolia.

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To the Director of NIES and Renewable Energy Institute,

We request you to take action in terms of pressurizing the government and calling out to the politicians so that they could debate and take the right steps in the right directions and make decisions on the right policy matters.

This Post was written by Shivam Hinduja

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