RIETI Policy Symposium

Kyoto Protocol and its Implementation


Following the Marrakech Accord in November that set rules for implementing the Kyoto Protocol, the landmark U.N. treaty on global warming is expected to take effect with the Rio plus 10 meeting in the summer of 2002.

Japan is now obliged to come up with concrete measures that assure the fulfillment of its pledged target for cutting carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. Achieving the reduction goal, however, will require considerable effort and it could have negative effects on the nation's economy. Thus, policy measures must be both appropriate and comprehensive, and they must be supported by firm philosophical foundation.

The ratification of the Kyoto Protocol should mark a tangible step in the global initiatives to curb greenhouse gas emissions, a task which must be undertaken for many years to come. In the upcoming policy symposium, we will invite researchers and business leaders from Japan and abroad to discuss ideas as to what we can do to achieve that end.


  • Date ane Time: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 10:00-18:00
  • Host: Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry IAI

* As space is limited, this symposium is a closed session. Part of the symposium proceedings will be videotaped and broadcasted via internet in the near future. The paper materials will also be available on the RIETI website. Thank you for your understanding.

Program (Simultaneous Interpretation)

Hiroshi Saito, RIETI Visiting Senior Fellow
10:00-10:10 Opening Remarks
"Measures for the Global Environment as Rational Policy Options"
Sozaburo Okamatsu, RIETI Chairman
10:10-11:05 Keynote Speech 1:
"Moving Ahead with Climate Policy: Options for International Agreement"
Michael Toman, Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
11:05-12:00 Keynote Speech 2:
"Domestic Policies for Meeting CO2 Targets: Reconciling Efficiency and Distributional Concerns"
Lawrence H. Goulder, Professor, Stanford University
12:00-13:00 Lunch Break
13:00-14:30 Panel Discussion: "Countermeasures for China's Environment and Application of CDM"
Hu Angang, Professor, Tsinghua University
Sozaburo Okamatsu, RIETI Chairman
Teruaki Masumoto, Keidanren (Tokyo Electric Power Com)
Katsuhiko Kotani, Japan Iron and Steel Federation (Nippon Steel)
Morihiro Kurushima, NEDO
14:30-15:00 Break
15:00-17:00 Workshop 1: "Emission Rights Trade and Experimental Economics"
Tatsuyoshi Saijo, RIETI Faculty Fellow (Professor, Osaka University)
Takao Kusakawa, RIETI Graduate Research Associate
Peter Bohm, Professor, Stockholm University
Lawrence Goulder, Professor, Stanford University
Michael Toman, Resources for the Future
Teruaki Masumoto, Keidanren (Tokyo Electric Power Com)
Morihiro Kurushima, NEDO
Toru Ohkawara, Senior Fellow, CRIEPI
Akinobu Yasumoto, Advisor, GISPRI
and others
17:00-17:50 Workshop 2: "Measures for Future Global Environmental Issues"
Members are same as Workshop 1
18:00 Adjourn
* The agenda is subject to change.