Stop Japanese Coal Finance !

Kick-Off Seminar: Is it okay for Japan to continue to support coal-fired power plants in developing countries? (February 3rd, 2014)

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Seminar Details:

Even with the most state-of-the-art technology, coal-fired power plants emit the most CO2 emissions compared with every other form of energy. Compared to natural gas, emissions from coal-fired power plants are double. This has a huge, negative effect on climate change.

To curb dangerous rises in climate change, the US and many European countries have announced they will either stop using public money to finance coal-fired power projects or set stricter regulations for coal-fired power projects. However, it is clear that the Japanese government, through the government-funded Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), is continuing their support

Locals have shown their concern about the potential negative impact this project can have on their livelihood and health. However, JBIC has yet to directly address these concerns and has shown no intention of ending their support.

With these concerns in mind, 3 Japanese environmental NGOs (Japan Center for  a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES), Kiko Network and Friends of the Earth Japan) launched their ‘No Coal! Go Green! – No to JBIC’s coal financing!” project. Please stop by our kickoff seminar and learn more.

  • Date & Time: February 3rd, 2014, 18:00-20:30
  • Location: Chuo University’s Surugadai Memorial Hall (chuo daigaku surugadai kinenkan), Room 302
  • Access: http://www.chuo-u.ac.jp/access/surugadai/
  • Hosts: Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES), Kiko Network, Friends of the Earth Japan
  • In co-operation with: Greenpeace Japan, Oxfam Japan, Sierra Club
  • Supported by: WWF Japan
  • Admission: Free

Schedule:

  • “Report on JBIC’s financial support for coal-fired power plants & JBIC Project details”, presentation by Yuki Tanabe, Coordinator of the Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES)
  • “Overseas Coal Finance Restrictions Update” (PDF), presentation by Justin Guay, Associate Director of the International Climate Program at the Sierra Club
  • “COAL WAR: Batang Communities against the Biggest Coal Power Plant in South East Asia”, video by Greenpeace Indonesia (Indonesian language with English captions)
  • “The effects of coal-fired power plants on climate change”, presentation by Kimiko Hirata, Director of Kiko Network
  • (break)
  • Panel Discussion (Q&A session)
  • Moderator: Kimiko Hirata, Director of Kiko Network

Registration: If you wish to attend, please click here  and  fill out the form (deadline is February 2nd, 214, 12:00pm)

Questions can be directed to:

  • Yuki Tanabe, Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society
  • Telephone: +81-3-3556-7325

(Click here to view our event flyer)