The plenary will commence with a keynote speech by Sandrine Dixson-Declève, a Co-President of the Club of Rome, and one of the lead authors of the organisation’s report, “Climate Emergency Plan”, published last December. Next, Yuji Mizuno, Programme Director of the IGES Climate and Energy (CE) Unit, will speak about how the Paris Agreement can contribute to necessary actions by introducing the mechanics of the international convention. He will also briefly touch on the prospects for COP25 this year. Then, Ajay Mathur, Director General of TERI, will provide his comments. This will be followed by an exchange of views and opinions with the audience.
Sandrine Dixson-Decléve has 30 years of international experience with a particular focus on climate change, sustainable development, green growth, energy solutions, and sustainable finance.
She is currently the Co-President of the Club of Rome and a respected senior advisor, facilitator, and lecturer. Sandrine also divides her time between the following positions: Senior Associate and faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL); Senior Associate for E3G; Special Advisor for Xynteo & Energy Transition Commission (ETC); Senior Advisor for Interel; and Chair at INKEMIA Scientific Advisory Board. She is also a member of the following Advisory Boards: European Aluminium Association; IEEP; and Climate KIC. She sits on the Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and is a co-founder of the Women Enablers Change Agent Network (WECAN).
Sandrine was recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business. Until recently, Sandrine was Chief Partnership Officer for UN Agency Sustainable Energy for All and, prior to that, the Director of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and the EU office of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (2009-2016). During that period, she was also appointed the Executive Director of the Green Growth Platform, bringing together EU Ministers and CEOs.
Since 2007, as a program manager at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Yuji Mizuno has engaged in research on a new international regime on climate change, as well as international cooperation on the clean development mechanism (CDM) for developing countries. From 2011, he served as a Director for International Negotiations at the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan, and was in charge of international negotiations under the UNFCCC for the adaption of the Paris Agreement, the bilateral consultation for the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), and operation and management of the national registry used to track compliance with the Kyoto Protocol. Since 2016 at IGES, he has been working to support international negotiations for developing implementation rules for the Paris Agreement, as well as capacity-building for developing countries regarding the transparency framework.
He is also a part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, Tokyo City University.
Director General of TERI – The Energy & Resources Institute, and a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change
Ajay Mathur is Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), and a member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change. He was Director General of the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in the Government of India from 2006 until February 2016. He was responsible for bringing energy efficiency into Indian homes, offices, and factories, through initiatives such as the star labelling programme for appliances, the Energy Conservation Building Code, and the Perform, Achieve and Trade programme for energy-intensive industries.
Prior to TERI, Dr. Mathur headed the Climate Change Team of World Bank in Washington D.C., was the President of Suzlon Energy Limited, and also headed the interim Secretariat of the Green Climate Fund. He has been a key Indian climate change negotiator, and was also the Indian spokesperson at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris. He is a global leader on technological approaches to address climate change: he co-chairs the Energy Transitions Commission, a global group of industrial, financial and think-tank leaders that suggests approaches for companies and countries to move towards climate-friendly energy futures.
Principal Fellow, Strategic Management Office, IGES
Principal Fellow, Strategic Management Office, IGES
Mr. Kawakami, Principal Fellow at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, joined the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan (MoEJ) in 1989 and worked as the Head of the Office for Environment and Economic Policy Research at the General Environmental Policy Bureau. Among other positions, he has also served as the Head of the General Affairs Division in the Nature Conservation Bureau. He was also in charge of the Japanese government’s Environmental White Paper for many years.
He has a wide range of experience, having previously worked for an international organisation (OECD; as an Administrator at the Environment Performance Review), a local government (as the Head of the Nature Conservation Division in Shiga Prefecture), academia (as a Professor at the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University) as well as a government-owned company (as a General Manager at the Japan Environmental Storage and Safety Corporation).