EU-Japan Roundtable | Kyoto Protocol, Paris Agreement and beyond: the EU and Japan towards carbon neutrality in 2050 | 8th December 2020

In December this year, the Paris Agreement will be five years old. December 2015 – December 2020: five years during which governments, businesses, cities and citizens worldwide accelerated their efforts to address the global challenge of climate change. 

These first 5 years of existence of the Paris Agreement were only the beginning: a lot remains to be done to keep the planet under 1.5°C by the end of the century. The EU and Japan now both aim at an ambitious but necessary intermediary goal: reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.

During this online roundtable, speakers from Europe and Japan will illustrate what the Paris Agreement has changed for them and their organizations. They will also explore together the path towards net zero emission in 2050, through the examples of public policies, business initiatives, youth engagement, science and international cooperation.

Note: due to the current COVID-19 situation, this event, initially planned to be livestreamed from Doshisha University in Kyoto, will be held with each panelist joining online from their respective location.

Agenda & Speakers


  • Pr. Tomoko UEKI, President of Doshisha University
  • Mr. Daisaku KADOKAWA, Mayor of Kyoto
  • Ms. Ina LEPEL, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Japan

Panel discussion

  • Mr. Daisaku KADOKAWA, Mayor of Kyoto
  • Ms. Patricia FLOR, Ambassador of the European Union to Japan
  • Mr. Philippe SETTON, Ambassador of France to Japan
  • Pr. Yoshihiko WADA, Doshisha University
  • Mr. Isao SAKAI, organizer of Fridays for Future Japan
  • Mr. Ken-ichi ISHIDA  Ph.D., managing officer in charge of Environment Improvement, Sekisui House, Ltd.
  • Ms. Mariko MCTIER, co-founder & representative director, Social Innovation Japan; co-founder of mymizu 

Moderator: Pr. Kazuhiko TAKEMOTO, President, Overseas Environment Cooperation Center; Project Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo


  • Pr. Kazuhiko TAKEMOTO, President, Overseas Environment Cooperation Center; Project Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo
  • Dr. Ana Polak PETRIČ, Ambassador of Slovenia to Japan
  • M. Giorgio STARACE, Ambassador of Italy to Japan

Details & Registration

Panelists profiles

Mr. Daisaku KADOKAWA
Mayor of Kyoto

Daisaku KADOKAWA graduated from Ritsumeikan University in Law in 1974, but started his career five years earlier, in 1969, at Kyoto City Board of Education Secretariat, where he worked at different positions until 2001. From 1996 to 2001, he became successively Senior Director of General Affairs, Deputy Superintendent and finally Superintendent of Kyoto City Board of Education.

In February 2008, he was elected Mayor of Kyoto, a position he has occupied since then. In February 2020, he was elected for a 4th term.

In parallel to his activities as Mayor of Kyoto, he is in the positions of Chairperson of the League of Historical Cities, Advisor of the Kyoto UNESCO Association, and Chair of the World Cultural Heritage Regional Collaboration Council.

In 2011, he became President of the Renewable Energy Association of Ordinance-designated Cities. Since 2012, he has been Chair of ICLEI East Asia Regional Executive Committee. In 2019, he was appointed Chairperson of Japan Steering Committee of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy.

Ms. Patricia FLOR
Ambassador of the European Union to Japan

Ambassador Patricia Flor is a Master and PhD graduate of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg She also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and received an Honorary Doctorate from Hiroshima University in 2019.

Having worked as a journalist from 1981 to 1985, she began her diplomatic career at the German Federal Foreign Office in 1992, then served from 1993 to 1995 as a Political Officer in Germany’s Embassy in Kazakhstan. From 1996 to 2000 she held a diplomatic post with the German Permanent Mission to the UN and chaired the UN Commission on the Status of Women from 1998 to 2000. After her return to Berlin in 2000, she was Director for Parliamentary and Cabinet Affairs at the German Federal Foreign Office. She served as Germany’s Ambassador to Georgia (2006-2010), Special Envoy for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (2010-2012) and European Union Special Representative for Central Asia (2012-2014). Ambassador Flor then served as Director-General for the United Nations and Global Issues at the German Federal Foreign Office. In 2015 she was appointed German Federal Government Commissioner for Disarmament and Arms Control as well as Director-General for International Order, the United Nations and Arms Control at the German Federal Foreign Office in Berlin. Since autumn 2018 she serves as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the European Union to Japan.

Mr. Philippe SETTON
Ambassador of France to Japan

Ambassador Philippe Setton graduated from the French National School of Administration in 1994. The same year, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work on political and security affairs. From 1996 to 1999, he served as first secretary at the Embassy of France in Italy, then joined the Permanent Representation of France to the European Union in Brussels for 5 years. Back in Paris in 2004, he was appointed adviser in the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. From 2004 to 2013, he was consecutively head of three different departments at the Directorate for European Affairs.

In 2013, he became Ambassador of France to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union in Brussels, then from 2016 Director of the European Union at the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Ambassador of France to Japan in September 2020.

Pr. Yoshihiko WADA
Doshisha University

Yoshihiko Wada is Professor of Ecological Economics at the Faculty of Economics, Doshisha University in Kyoto since 2003. He is also Director of Doshisha University EU Campus in Germany. He received his PhD in Community and Regional Planning from the University of British Columbia, Canada in 1999. His specialized fields are history of pollution, study of conscience, and sustainability indicators such as ecological footprint. 

One of the most important factors in ecological footprint is carbon footprint. Yoshihiko has been instrumental in disseminating this inclusive sustainability indicator in Japan and in Asia. He has served for several advisory committees organized by the Government of Japan. He is currently Executive Director of Ecological Footprint Japan. Yoshihiko is also affiliated with the Global Footprint Network. 

Mr. Isao SAKAI
Organizer of Fridays for Future Japan

Isao Sakai was born and raised in Tokyo. While studying environmental science in Michigan, United States in 2017-2018, he realized the severity and threat of climate change. After coming back to Japan, he became a volunteer for the international environmental NGO and worked on divestment campaigns against the funding of coal power plants. 

In February 2019, he got involved in the first actions of Fridays for Future Today. Since then as an organizer, he works on planning new initiatives, developing a national network, and designing a strategy to change the government’s energy policy. Isao currently studies environmental literature remotely at Earlham College in the United States.

Mr. Kenichi ISHIDA Ph.D.
Managing officer in charge of Environment Improvement, Sekisui House, Ltd.

Ken-ichi Ishida holds a Ph.D. in building environmental engineering and is a first-class registered architect certified by the Japanese government. He joined Sekisui House Ltd. in 1985 to research comfortable and energy-saving homes such as passive solar houses. He was involved in the “Environmental Future Plan” that Sekisui announced in 1999, which conveys a good environment for the future, and the “2050 Declaration of Decarbonization” in 2008. 

To achieve these goals, he developed the Green First model in 2009, which reduces CO2 emissions by more than 50% compared to 1990, and the Green First Zero model, which is a net zero energy house, in 2013. As a result, 87% of the detached houses newly built by Sekisui House last year were ZEH. Now, Ken-ichi is promoting zero energy in all businesses such as rental housing and condominiums.

Ms. Mariko MCTIER
Co-founder & representative director, Social Innovation Japan
Co-founder of mymizu 

A former journalist, Mariko McTier has planned, managed and delivered international, multi-stakeholder projects for government, corporations and social ventures, including as Programme Manager for a UK government campaign to facilitate innovation partnerships between the UK and Japan and as Overseas Marketing lead for Earth Company, an award-winning social enterprise.

Mariko now leverages her experience to build greater cross-sector engagement with social and environmental issues via Social Innovation Japan, co-founded mymizu, a circular economy initiative borne out of Social Innovation Japan, and is the Tokyo lead for the Circular Economy Club. She was featured in Forbes Japan’s October 2020 edition in their series “Self-Made Women”.

Moderator: Pr. Kazuhiko TAKEMOTO
President, Overseas Environment Cooperation Center
Project Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo

Prof. Takemoto joined the Environment Agency (now, Ministry of the Environment Japan) in 1974. He was involved in developing policies on global environment and sustainable development including climate change, biodiversity and circular economy as Deputy Director General, Director General, and Vice Minister for Global Environment Affairs.

Prof. Takemoto contributed to inter-governmental fora, in different roles, including Special Assistant to President of COP3 for climate in Kyoto in 1997, where the Kyoto Protocol was adopted. In 2010, he joined the United Nations University and was appointed as the Director of its Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability in 2014. There, he took the lead in developing policy-relevant research and capacity building activities on sustainable development. 

He is concurrently a Project Professor at the Institute for Future Initiatives of the University of Tokyo and a Visiting Lecturer at the International University of Health and Welfare. He also contributes to government’s policy development as a member of the Advisory Committee for SDGs Future Cities and the Stakeholders Meeting of the Ministry of the Environment. He recently published “Environmental Policy and SDGs” from the University of Tokyo Press.

Supported by

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.

Organized by

Delegation of the European Union to Japan
EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation
Doshisha University
Embassy of France in Japan

Funded by

European Union’s Partnership Instrument
Embassy of France in Japan

Climate neutral event