“Difficult and expensive energy policy problems in Japan”
by Professor Tomas Kåberger,
Executive Board of Chair
Japan Renewable Energy Foundation (JREF)
Professor, Chalmers University of Technology
ProfessorTomas Kåberger spends a quarter of his time in Japan as Executive Board Chairman of the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation. He has held leading roles in companies providing fuels and technology in the bio-energy industry, company developing sustainable energy solutions for the automotive industry, and a company operating wind power plants. He serves on the board if Industrifonden, an industrial investment foundation. Politically, he has served on board of Swedish and European Environmental Citizen’s organizations, several Swedish Government Committees developing energy and environmental legislation, and China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development as a member of a task force on Low-Carbon Industrialization Strategies. From 2008 until 2011 he was Director General of the National Swedish Energy Agency.
He received a MSc in Engineering Physics, a PhD in Physical Resource Theory, and Docent in Environmental Science from Chalmers University of Technology. He has been professor in International Sustainable Energy Systems at the International Institute for Industrial Environmental Economics at Lund University, and he is currently Professor of Industrial Energy Policy at Chalmers University of Technology and serves as Distinguished Visiting Expert of bio-energy technology at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou.
In the wake of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident caused by the devastating earthquake and tsunami disaster of March 11, 2011, Japan is facing a serious discussions about its energy future. Mr. Masayoshi Son founded the Japan Renewable Energy Foundation in the summer of 2011 to promote renewable energies and to support public awareness of further renewable deployment. At the same time, the Abe administration has stated that nuclear power is an important source of Japan's energy, and the government's basic energy plan is to be concluded by January 2014. Japan is hence at the crossroad of selecting long-term energy policies for its society. In this presentation, we will hear Professor Kåberger's views on these challenges.
Date: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Time: 6.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. Drink & Snack (served before lecture)
7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Lecture and Discussion
Place: Alfred Nobel Auditorium, Embassy of Sweden
10-3-400 Roppongi 1-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Five-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line Roppongi 1-chome Station
Five-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Kamiya-cho Station