Monday, September 26, 2016 -
4:15pm to 5:30pm
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Starr Auditorium, HKS, 79 JFK St., Cambridge

A Vision for Asian Collective Energy Security

The Environment and Natural Resources Program at the Belfer Center and the Program on US-Japan Relations at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs invite you for a special seminar with Nobuo Tanaka, President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation; Executive Director (2007-11), International Energy Agency (IEA); and Professor, Graduate School of Public Policy (GRASPP), University of Tokyo.

Nobuo Tanaka is President of The Sasakawa Peace Foundation. He has extensive national government and international experience in the fields of energy, trade and innovation. Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) from 2007 to 2011, Mr. Tanaka oversaw a seminal period in the Agency’s work and direction. Under his leadership, the IEA initiated a collective release of oil stocks in June 2011, the third such collective action in the Agency’s history, opening new scope and a new era for IEA emergency action. While IEA Executive Director, Mr. Tanaka was responsible for pioneering the concept of ‘comprehensive energy security’ while also expanding the Agency’s focus on climate change, renewable energy and the transition to a low-carbon energy economy (with the 450 ppm scenario of the IEA’s World Energy Outlook becoming the benchmark goal for global climate change mitigation). Mr. Tanaka led IEA work on fossil fuel subsidy reform, energy efficiency policy recommendations (adopted by the G8), low-carbon energy technology roadmaps, gas and electricity security, energy poverty and carbon capture and storage, among others. Notably, Mr. Tanaka also played a crucial and personal role in the strengthening of ties with major IEA non-Member energy players, including China, India, Russia, Brazil, Chile, Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa, and in IEA relations with business, including through the creation of the IEA Energy Business Council. Responsible for a great expansion of IEA engagement with other international fora, throughout his time as IEA Executive Director, Mr. Tanaka made numerous keynote speeches on global energy affairs and policy to summits of Heads of State and Ministers. 

Mr. Tanaka began his career in 1973 in the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) in Tokyo, and has served in a number of high-ranking positions in METI, including Director-General of the Multilateral Trade System Department. He was responsible for Japan’s involvement with the IEA and the G7 Energy Ministers’ Meeting during the second oil crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. He participated in establishing the comprehensive energy policy of Japan in the late 1980s, and oversaw the implementation of Japan’s international nuclear energy policy and led negotiations of bilateral nuclear agreements.

This event is open to the public.

Contact Name: 

Amanda Sardonis

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

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