Impacts of the Australia-Japan coal trade: Japanese and Australian perspectives

Date/Time June 4, 2021 (Friday)
14:00 ~ 15:00 (Japan Standard Time) / 15:00 ~ 16:00 (AEST)
Audience Attendance is open to all.
Those with an interest in coal phase-out and Australia’s climate and energy policy are especially welcome to attend.

  • Webinar will be held using Zoom.
  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone with audio is required.
  • Languages: English and Japanese (live interpretation available).

Japanese climate NGO Kiko Network, together with Australian civil society groups The Australia Institute and Australian Conservation Foundation, host an online webinar to introduce “Out of sight, out of mind: impacts of Japanese use of Australian coal,” a new report that shines a light on the costs of Japan’s reliance on Australian coal.

Japan is the fifth largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world, and a major source of its emissions are from burning coal as an energy source. More than 60% of the coal that Japan burns is imported from Australia, and Japan is Australia’s biggest consumer of coal. This coal trade not only significantly contributes to climate change, but also substantially impacts the health and well-being of many Australian communities, as well as its natural environment and wildlife, such as koalas, kangaroos and the Great Barrier Reef.

Presentations include a summary of the report, as well as Australian and Japanese perspectives on the impacts of Japan’s use of Australian coal, including the damage caused to the climate, human health, ecosystems and wildlife habitats. In light of coal phase-out emerging as a major topic of discussion at this year’s G7 summit, speakers will also discuss activities being undertaken by Japan to promote a just transition to a decarbonized society, and its potential to contain Australia’s coal industry.

Program (tentative)
  1. Introductory Remarks - Gavan McFadzean (Australian Conservation Foundation)
  2. Report Overview - Hannah Melville-Rea (The Australia Institute)
  3. Australian Perspective: Frontline Impacts of the Coal Trade - Jaclyn McCosker (Australian Conservation Foundation)
  4. Japanese Perspective as a Coal Importer: Moving Past Coal Power - Kimiko Hirata and Evan Gach (Kiko Network, Japan Beyond Coal)
  5. Q&A Session
Participation Fee Free
Capacity 300
Register Registration prior to the webinar is required.
Please register at this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_F-a0bPY1Tp2IODXTpKobvg
After registration, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to access the webinar.
* The link to attend will be in the main body of the email from Zoom, with the instructions “Click here to join.” In the case that the link does not display properly, or you are otherwise unable to access the attendance link, please send an email to the address listed in “Contact” below.
Host Kiko Network
Co-organizers The Australia Institute、Australian Conservation Foundation
Contact Kiko Network Tokyo Office
E-mail: tokyo@kikonet.org