Energy 2050 COP21 side event

Population Decline and Climate Change in the 21st Century

UN climate change conference in Paris

In partnership with Energy 2050, Dr Peter Matanle of SEAS is convening a panel on ‘Population decline and climate change in the 21st century: Achieving a ‘depopulation dividend’ in the Asia-Pacific region’ on 10th December at the Japan Pavilion as part of the UN Climate Change Conference 2015 in Paris (COP21).

The panel will focus on identifying both barriers to and solutions for Japan and the Asia-Pacific region in tackling climate change and sustaining economic growth by turning the current trend of depopulation into an opportunity and maintain Japan’s leading position in Asia.

What is Energy 2050?
Energy2050 is one of the UK’s largest energy research institutes. Based at the University of Sheffield, They have over 120 academics and more than 250 PhD students undertaking energy research and innovation.
Their aim is to beyond traditional university research boundaries to deliver industry and policy relevant innovation and work with companies and government to de-risk investment in energy technologies to deliver cheaper, secure and clean energy.

What is COP21?
COP21 is the 21st Conference of the Parties, the 21st annual meeting of all countries which want to take action for the climate. It will be held in Le Bourget, France, from 30 November to 11 December. The conference is crucial because the expected outcome is a new international agreement on climate change, applicable to all, to keep global warming below 2°C.

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Dr Matanle has also written an article in the Huffington Post related to this topic.
'Does a Shrinking Population Help to Solve Climat Change?'
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