2023.12.11 Mon.

10:30 - 11:45
Challenge of RD20 toward the Realization of a Carbon Neutral Society
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI),National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
Seminar abstract


Launched in 2019, the RD20 is a framework for international research and development aiming to strengthen international collaboration and promote innovation by leading research institutes in G20 countries and regions that develop the world’s most advanced technologies for achieving carbon neutrality. We will introduce action items of RD20 based on the “Leaders Recommendation”, such as Summer School, Taskforce, and Workshop.


Opening remarks

Introduction of each institute and RD20 case

Panel Discussion

Action items based on the “Leaders Recommendation”: Summer School, Task Force, Workshop etc.

RD20 introduction + movie

Key Questions and Discussion (presentation 3 min. each + discussion)

(1) Further development of international collaborations among RD20 members

(2) Collaboration with other organizations

(3) Human Resource Development



  • Dr. Haruhiko Obara / Senior Executive Officer, AIST, Japan
  • Ms. Bethany Speer / National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Group Manager for Project Development and Finance
  • Dr. Sangjin Choi / Chief of the Global Strategy Team, Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), Korea
  • Ms. Julie Cerqueira / Chair, Steering Committee, Mission Innovation, US
  • Prof. Dr. Michio Kondo / WASEDA University/AIST, Japan
  • Dr. Noriko Yoshizawa / AIST Secretary-General of the RD20
  • Mr. Wataru Takahama / METI Director of the Global Environmental Affairs Office
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Session Summary
The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) held an RD20 session titled “Challenge of RD20 toward the Realization of a Carbon Neutral Society” as a side event at the COP28 Japan Pavilion (www.copjapan.env.go.jp/cop/cop28/) held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, on December 11, 2023. Following the opening remarks by Wataru Takahama, Director of the Global Environmental Affairs Office of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, speakers from each institute introduced the activities they are working on. Speakers included Dr. Haruhiko Obara, Senior Executive Officer at AIST; Ms. Bethany Speer, Group Manager for Project Development and Finance of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL); Dr. Sangjin Choi, Chief of the Global Strategy Team of the Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER); and Ms. Julie Cerqueira, Steering Committee Chair of Mission Innovation. In the following panel discussion, the panelists exchanged the ideas on the themes of cooperation among RD20 member institutes, collaboration with other organizations, and human resource development. The panel discussion confirmed that the RD20 has been steadily growing especially with its Task Force activities in the RD20’s fifth year since its launch. Panelists exchanged ideas on measures to further accelerate RD20 activities in 2024, the RD20’s sixth year. Ideas included the promotion of international joint research among RD20 institutes, collaboration with other organizations in the industries, and promoting exchange among young researchers to jointly develop researchers.
It was also announced that a summer school will be held in Indonesia and the next RD20 international conference will be held in Delhi, India, in 2024.
※ The video of the seminar will be available on the AIST’s Global Zero Emission Research Center website (www.gzr.aist.go.jp).

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