SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Japan’s renewables push in the shadow of Fukushima - Professor LLewelyn Hughes

Professor LLewelyn Hughes (Australian National University)

Date: 25 January 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 25 January 2019Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Senate House Room: S314

Type of Event: Talk


Like many countries, Japan is moving too slowly to cut its GHG emissions. While the government has committed to a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of 25.4 per cent by 2030 compared to 2005 under the Paris Agreement on climate change, these efforts are insufficient to help the world stay within a 2 degree Celsius increase in global average surface temperatures. Fuel combustion for power and heat generation represents about one-third of the country’s total GHG emissions and coal-fired power is a little under half of this amount. Yet despite high emissions overall, a number of new policies have the potential to positively affect the country’s long-term emissions trajectory if done right. This talk traces trends in renewable energy policy and discusses opportunities for and challenges to a low-carbon transition in Japan after Fukushima.


LLewelyn Hughes is Associate Dean for Research at the College of Asia & the Pacific, Australian National University (ANU), and an Associate Professor at the Crawford School of Public Policy. His academic work looks at how public policies affect, and are affected by, energy markets. His 2014 book Globalizing Oil was published through the Business and Public Policy series with Cambridge University Press. In it he examined why industrialised countries transformed the policies they used to manage energy security risks in oil markets over the 1980s and 1990s, including detailed case chapters on France, Japan, and the United States. More recently he has begun to investigate how and why energy policies are changing in response to the problem of climate change, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region. He has published widely and has held positions at George Washington University (GWU) and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Master of Laws from the University of Tokyo.

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