COP27 Preview: How Much Has the World Changed?

  • DATE:Nov 1 (Tue)
  • TIME:20:30 - 21:30 (JST)
  • PLACE:Online

A year on from the rumbustious UN climate summit in Glasgow, the next installment of the COP series is due to start in Egypt in a very different geopolitical and energy environment. This webinar examined the key issues on the agenda and note what Japan’s approach will likely be at COP27.

Date: Nov. 1 (Tuesday) 
Time: 20:30 – 21:30 JST

Speakers: Andrew DeWit, Professor of Energy Policy,
School of Economic Policy Studies, Rikkyo University, Tokyo


Yuriy Humber, Founder, Japan NRG

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This year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference will take place under very different circumstances from the 2021 edition. Much of the world is in turmoil. War rages in Eastern Europe. Inflation is at four-decade highs. Energy prices are breaking all records. Governments are toppling. Food and power supplies run short. And, there is real fear about what this winter will bring in many countries.

Under such a strained and uncertain environment, it’s no surprise that talk of climate concerns has receded. But is the urgency around climate action gone at government levels? Or, is it merely on pause?

The COP27 conference in Egypt officially runs between Nov. 6 and 18. In this webinar we will review:

— Key issues on the agenda in Egypt

— Factors that will influence policy decisions

— Position that Japan will likely take at the even

— Outlook for climate action beyond COP27

There will be time for Q & A at the end.


Andrew DeWit is Professor in the School of Economic Policy Studies at Rikkyo University, Tokyo, and an Asia-Pacific Journal editor. His work examines the raw materials, technologies and politics that formulate energy policy, and how policies translate into real action. He is the author of “Japan’s (re)integration of energy in industrial policy,” in Critical Issues in Contemporary Japan, 2nd Edition, and “Energy,” in Routledge Handbook of Contemporary Japan.

Yuriy Humber is the founder of the Japan NRG platform. He is also a columnist on energy issues for the “Nikkei Asia” and, together with Andrew DeWit, author of “Net Zero Sum”, a white paper published by CLSA brokerage on Japanese energy policies. 

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