The world urgently needs to move to green energy for the sake of the climate. But what if scrapping fossil fuels means that you lose your job or face rising living costs?
Tradeoffs like these pose a major dilemma for the politicians, activists, and businesses leading the green transition, who are now asking how the switch to cleaner energy can be made fair.
In this episode, we look at the efforts now being made especially in Japan and the Nordic countries to make the impact of climate action more equal, and we examine how far the world has come in reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals for access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all by 2030.
This podcast episode comes from a Nordic Talks live event organized by the Nordic Embassies and the Nordic Innovation House in Tokyo, Japan.
“We know that clean energy will create millions of jobs over the next decades, but we also know that many jobs will be lost “
Brian Motherway, head of the Energy Efficiency Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA)
This podcast episode features the following speakers
Håkon Grøn Sælen (Norway)
Dr. Håkon Grøn Sælen is a senior researcher at the CICERO Center for International Climate Research in Oslo. With a background as an environmental economist and political scientist, his work focuses on issues related to climate policy, including individual behavior, public attitudes to climate policy instruments, fairness perceptions in international climate negotiations, and the Paris Agreement. He contributed to five reports commissioned by the Nordic Council of Ministers that fed into the Paris Agreement negotiations.
Monica Nagashima (Japan)
Monica Nagashima is Japan Country Manager for InfluenceMap, an independent think tank producing data-driven analysis on how business and finance are impacting the climate crisis. She works with strategic partners in the non-profit, policymaking, finance, media, and corporate sectors based in Japan and Asia-Pacific. Before joining InfluenceMap in 2020, she conducted research on energy policy at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ).
Brian Motherway (Ireland)
Dr. Brian Motherway is the head of the Energy Efficiency Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA), overseeing a range of analytical and outreach programs supporting energy efficiency globally. Before joining the IEA, Brian was Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.