NRW.Global Business Japan Fireplace WebTalk: "Challenge the Climate Crisis: Energy and Resource Efficiency"


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As the global climate crisis is progressing we see the effects of global warming on our daily lives all around the world. Our joint efforts, those of science, politics, business and citizens, must focus on the target of slowing down and reducing global warming. There is no single answer or solution and many questions still need to be answered. How can business contribute to a conscious change in behavior while pursuing sustainable profits? What is the latest academic assessment of the climate crisis? And how can we collectively reduce the carbon foot print in industrialized nations like Japan and Germany and beyond?
NRW.Global Business Japan, the Japanese subsidiary of the Trade and Investment Agency of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, would like to make a contribution to this effort, discuss these challenges and show ways and means how to address global warming in a very practical manner. Experts from Germany and Japan will share insights into their research, policy issues, technical and economic challenges with case studies from industry based on the successful Ecoprofit initiative in North Rhine-Westphalia and Japan. Join us in discussing the opportunities for cooperation in tackling our climate crisis.

Please join the coming Fireplace WebTalk organized by NRW.Global Business Japan. 

Date: 23rd April 2021 (Fri.)

Time: 16.00h – 18.30h (JST), i.e. 9.00h – 11.30h (CEST) 

Location: Zoom Conference 

Language: Japanese / English (Simultaneous interpretation)

Free of Charge

Please register latest by 19th April (Mon.) 24.00h (JST), i.e. 17.00h (CEST)

  • 16:00 - 16:15 Welcome, Guidance and Introduction
    Georg Löer, NRW.Global Business Japan
    Representative Director and President, NRW Japan K.K.
  • 16:15 - 16:40 “How resource efficiency can contribute to decarbonisation: A German perspective”
    Prof. Dr. Peter Hennicke, Co-Chair, German Japanese Energy Transition Council (GJETC), Wuppertal
  • 16:40 - 17:05 “The Success Story of ECOPROFIT in Germany/NRW”
    Philipp Mihajlovic, Dipl.-Ing., Senior Consultant, B.A.U.M. Consult GmbH, Hamm
  • 17:05 - 17:20 “ECOPROFIT – A component for economical success in South-Westphalia/NRW”
    Tim Behrendt CEO, WSG Economic and Urban Development Agency Menden GmbH, Menden
  • 17:20 - 17:30 “How a Japanese Semiconductor company implemented ECOPROFIT in Germany”
    Roland Brossog, Manager Logistics Operation & General Affairs, Rohm Semiconductor GmbH, Willich
  • 17:30 - 17:50 “Implementing Japan's ECOPROFIT to realize a Sustainable Society: a case study from Iwaki City”
    Sae Kondo, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Mie University / Visiting Researcher, The University of Tokyo
  • 17:50 - 18:00 “Achieving Net Zero Carbon Emission: How Germany’s ECOPROFIT can help Japan become Carbon Neutral” 
    Koichiro Kawakita, Executive Vice President, B.A.U.M. Consult Japan Co., Ltd. / Co-researcher at the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo
  • 18:00 - 18:30 Panel Discussion Session: 
    Can the Success Story of ECOPROFIT in Germany be replicated in Japan? 

*Please click on the names of the speakers to view their CVs. 


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Georg Löer
NRW.Global Business Japan
Representative Director & President, NRW Japan K.K.