International Symposium
Great Debates Towards 100% Renewable Energy
Key findings of Renewables Global Futures Report
27 October 2017

For the realization of a decarbonized world, discussions have begun globally to transition to 100% renewable energy societies. The "Renewable Global Futures Report (GFR)" was published by REN21 in April 2017, with the aim of enhancing such discussions for the future.
To stimulate this debate in Japan, Renewable Energy Institute invited Ms. Christine Lins, Executive Secretary of REN 21, to hold a seminar introducing the GFR, followed by a discussion with Japanese experts. We would appreciate your participation.


Opening remarks
Teruyuki Ohno, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Institute
Keynote Speech
Key findings of the Renewables Global Futures Report - Global trends and focus on Japan
Christine Lins, Executive Secretary, REN21(Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century)DL
Panel Discussion
Future energy visions for Japan – Will Japan keep lagging behind?
Moderator: Takanobu Aikawa, Senior Researcher, Renewable Energy Institute

Nobuo Tanaka, Chairman, Sasakawa Peace FoundationDL
Takeaki Masukawa, Secretary General, Japan Photovoltaic Energy AssociationDL
- Christine Lins, Executive Secretary REN21
Closing remarks
Takejiro Sueyoshi, Vice-Chair of Executive Board, Renewable Energy Institute

Date & Time :

Friday, 27 October 2017 14:00-17:00 (Door opens at 13:30)
 *English–Japanese simultaneous interpreting available

Venue :

The Press Conference Room, 9F Nippon Press Center Bldg.
2-2-1 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo

Organizer :

Renewable Energy Institute

Admission :

Free (Prior Registration is required)

Keynote speaker

Christine Lins
Christine Lins
Executive Secretary, REN21
Christine Lins was appointed as Executive Secretary of REN21, the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, in July 2011. REN21 is a global public-private multi-stakeholder network on renewable energy regrouping international organizations, governments, industry associations, science and academia as well as NGOs working in the field of renewable energy. REN21 has its headquarters at UNEP, the United Nations Environment Programme in Paris/France.

Between 2001 and 2011, she served for 10 years as the Secretary General of the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), the united voice of Europe’s renewable energy industry. Ms. Lins has more than 20 years of working experience in the field of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. Previously, she worked in a regional energy agency in Austria promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy sources. Ms. Lins holds a Masters degree in international economics and applied languages.

REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report
Great debates towards 100% renewable energy (Published in 2017)

REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report presents views of 114 renowned energy experts from around the world, on the feasibility and challenges of achieving a 100% renewable energy future. Their thoughts are grouped into 12 Great Debates ranging from the future of heating and transport, the interconnection of sectors, the role of mega-cities and what utilities of the future could look like.
Renewable Energy Institute contributed by conducting interviews with Japanese stakeholders.

01. 100% Renewables: A logical consequence of the Paris Agreement?
02. Global Energy Demand Development: Efficiency on a global level?
03. Renewable Power Generation: The winner takes all?
04. The Future of Heating: Thermal or electrical applications?
05. Renewables for Transport: Electrification versus biofuels?
06. Interconnection of Sectors: System thinking required
07. Storage: Supporter or competitor of the power grid?
08. Technology versus Costs: Which should come first?
09. Scaling-up Investments and Work Force: 100% renewables for socio-economic change
10. Utilities of the Future: What will they look like?
11. Mega Cites: Mega possibilities
12. Energy Access Enabled Through Renewables: How to speed up connections?

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