Nichibei Global Talks

Global Climate Change: U.S. & Japan

Part of the Nichibei Global Talks Video Series

Is the world moving quickly enough to address climate change? U.S. expert Paul Bodnar (Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute) and Japanese expert Miho Kurosaki (Head of Japan and Korea Research, Tokyo Office, BloombergNEF) address global progress on combating climate change and how this has been affected by the global pandemic. Drawing on their public and private sector experience, they assess the latest policy and market developments in the U.S. and Japan, and identify areas for U.S.-Japan collaboration, particularly as the two leading suppliers of technologies in the power generation sector.

Paul BodnarPaul Bodnar
Managing Director, Rocky Mountain Institute

Paul Bodnar is a Managing Director at the Rocky Mountain Institute, where he oversees the institute’s programs in global climate finance and U.S. subnational climate action, and is also Chair of the Institute’s Center for Climate-Aligned Finance. He served in the Obama White House as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change at the National Security Council, and was a key architect of the Obama administration’s international climate policies.

Miho KurosakiMiho Kurosaki
Head of Japan and Korea Research, Tokyo Office, BloombergNEF

Miho Kurosaki leads analysis and research on energy in Japan and South Korea for BloombergNEF’s Tokyo Office. Her team covers topics including power market, economics of renewable energy and fossil fuels, energy policy and energy supply demand outlook. She served as a committee member of the climate change advisory panel for the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and advised on coal export policy for the Japan Ministry of Environment. Prior to joining BNEF, she developed Bloomberg’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analytics platform as a senior ESG analyst. She has also worked for a London based environmental research firm as an analyst covering environmental risks in portfolio management. Kirosaki holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BA in Economics from Keio University.

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