EU-Japan Webinar | 2020: Raising the ambition for climate | 19th October 2020

2020 is a key year for climate action: 5 years after the Paris Agreement was adopted, countries have to update their 2030 greenhouse gases reduction targets. These targets, or nationally determined contributions (NDCs), are at the heart of the Paris Agreement: they embody efforts made by each country to achieve the global goals for climate.

In March, Japan released its updated NDC. The Ministry of the Environment now focuses on implementing policies and supporting initiatives that will allow an increased ambition, such as the engagement of cities and prefectures. In September, the European commission presented its plan to raise the EU’s reduction target by 2030 to at least 55%, instead of the current 40%. This level of ambition for the next decade will put the EU on a balanced pathway to becoming the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.

In this webinar, the European Commission and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan will introduce the latest developments in their ambitions and efforts for climate action. Two businesses, L’Oréal from Europe and Ricoh from Japan, will illustrate how the Paris Agreement and the NDCs set by governments are key towards shifting business activities in sectors such as cosmetics and electronics.


Facilitator: Kae Takase, Senior Manager, CDP Japan

  • Opening remarks | Haize Siemers, Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to Japan
  • Introduction | Kae Takase, Senior Manager, CDP Japan
  • The 2030 climate target plan – Stepping up Europe’s 2030 climate ambition | Tom van Ierland, Head of Unit, DG CLIMA, European Commission
  • Recent trends in climate change policies in Japan | Yoshiteru Sakaguchi, Director, Ministry of the Environment of Japan
  • An example in the industry in Europe: Climate change and L’Oréal’s commitment for 2030 | Jérôme Bruhat, President, CEO and Representative Director, L’Oréal Japan
  • An example in the industry in Japan: The efforts of Ricoh for a zero-carbon society | Hiromitsu Hatano, Executive Specialist, Ricoh
  • Q&A
  • Closing remarks | Kae Takase, Senior Manager, CDP Japan

Date and registration

  • Date: Monday 19th October 2020 | 4:00pm-5:30pm JST | 9:00am-10:30am CET
  • Language: English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
  • Participation to this event is free

For any question, please contact the EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation.

Our speakers for this event

Speaker: Mr. Tom van Ierland – European Commission

Head of Unit, Strategy & Economic Assessment, DG CLIMA

Tom van Ierland joined the Commission in 2006. Within DG Climate Action he is head of unit C1, dealing with Strategy and Economic Assessment. This unit is closely involved in the development of the overall climate change policy framework both at the EU and international level and the economic modeling underpinning it. He started his career at the Belgian’s Federal Planning Bureau in 1999 where he focused on emission trading. He was a member of cabinet of the Belgian Federal Minister for the Environment. He worked 2 years as consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers. He has a broad experience both in the international negotiations on climate change as well as in the development of EU Climate Change policies.

The 2030 climate target plan – Stepping up Europe’s 2030 climate ambition

The European Commission presented on 17th September 2020 its plan to reduce EU greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. This level of ambition for the next decade will put the EU on a balanced pathway to reaching climate neutrality by 2050. The new target is based on a comprehensive Impact Assessment of the social, economic and environmental impacts. The Assessment demonstrates that this course of action is realistic and feasible. This raised ambition also underlines the EU’s continued global leadership, ahead of the next UN climate conference (COP26).

Speaker: Mr. Yoshiteru Sakaguchi – Ministry of the Environment of Japan

Director of the Decarbonized Society Promotion Office, Global Environment Bureau

Yoshiteru Sakaguchi is a Master Graduate of the School of Engineering of Tohoku University, with a specialization in civil engineering. He joined the Environment Agency of Japan (now Ministry of the Environment) in 1996, where he has been mainly working on waste management and recycling policies. Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, he has been involved in disaster waste management policies. M. Sakaguchi also worked at the Cabinet Office and at the Prefectural Office of Gifu. Since July 2020, he is in charge of climate change policies.

Recent trends in climate change policies in Japan

Japan submitted its updated NDC in March of this year, confirming its objective of achieving a 26% reduction target in 2030 compared to 2013 and expressing its will of pursuing further reduction efforts beyond this level. Based on this, Japan has started to review its global warming countermeasures plan, and plan to finalize this review before COP26. In addition, national efforts for climate are conducted since the submission of the NDC, such as the establishment of cooperation with the industry and local governments.

Speaker: Mr. Jérôme Bruhat – L’Oréal

President, CEO & Representative Director of L’Oréal Japan

Jerome Bruhat is President, CEO and Representative Director at Nihon L’Oréal since 2015.  He began his career in 1991 in L’Oréal headquarters in Paris and has been built his career with several positions in marketing and general management in France, Belgium, Germany, Japan and the USA. As L’Oréal country manager in Germany, he was an active member of the Brand Association “Markenverband” and a Foreign Trade Advisor for France. He is now leading major transformations at Nihon L’Oreal to make it more sustainable, more digital and more competitive in Japan, the third biggest beauty market in the world. Jérome Bruhat currently sits at the Board of the French Chamber of Commerce in Japan since 2016 and is a member of the Action Group of Male Leaders for a Society in which Women shine, an initiative of the Government of Japan.

Climate change and L’Oréal’s commitment for 2030

In June 2020, L’Oréal Group launched its new sustainability program “L’Oréal for the future”, laying down the Group’s latest set of ambitions for 2030. In the context of growing environmental and social challenges, L’Oréal is accelerating its transformation towards a model respecting planetary boundaries and reinforcing its commitments to both sustainability and inclusion.  In line with the Group’s global policy, L’Oréal Japan is taking actions and commitments which respond to environmental and societal needs of Japan and continues its efforts on sustainability already started since 2013.

Speaker: Mr. Hiromitsu Hatano – Ricoh

Executive Specialist, ESG Promotion Group Leader, Sustainability Management Division

Hiromitsu Hatano joined Ricoh in 1993. After six years in engineering, he moved in 1999 to environment, sustainability and social responsibility. In 2006, he joined European office of Ricoh, staying in charge of environmental management. Since 2013, he has been involved in formulating company-wide strategies related to sustainability, such as reducing the environmental impact of products and decarbonizing the activities. He is now group leader for the promotion of Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG), responding to external evaluations and promoting sustainability related information inside and outside the company. M. Hatano is also a member of the RE100 Advisory Committee since January 2020.

The efforts of Ricoh for a zero-carbon society

Ricoh was the first Japanese company to join RE100 in April 2017, illustrating the group’s commitment to tackling climate change. In March 2020, Ricoh updated its environmental targets to take into account the latest global trends in climate action. The company also enhanced its target for greenhouse gases emission reduction from 30% to 63% by 2030, as compared to 2015. Ricoh has received the “Objective 1.5°C” certification from the SBT Initiative and endorces the “Business Ambition for 1.5°C” campaign.

Facilitator: Mrs. Kae Takase – CDP Japan

Senior Manager

Kae Takase received her Ph.D in environmental studies from graduate school of frontier science, University of Tokyo.  She worked on energy, climate and economy in at the Institute of Energy Economics of Japan, the Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth, the Center for Low Carbon Society Strategy, the Japan Science and Technology Agency, and the University of Tokyo. She is currently senior manager at CDP Japan.  She has been successful in engaging Japanese companies to join Science-based Target (SBT) initiative, and in engaging the government of Japan to consider better corporate renewable sourcing environment, as a technical partner of RE100. 

About CDP

CDP is a not-for-profit charity that runs the global disclosure system for investors, companies, cities, states and regions to manage their environmental impacts. Over the past 15 years we have created a system that has resulted in unparalleled engagement on environmental issues worldwide. CDP is active in Japan since 2005.

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This event is organized with the financial support of the European Union’s Partnership Instrument. The opinions expressed are the sole responsibility of the organizer and speakers, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.

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EU Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

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