GIST Seminar

The 74th GIST Seminar "The energy transition: a comparative analysis of French and Japanese smart-grid experimentations"

The 74th GIST Seminar
Speaker Dr. LECLER Yveline (Professor Emeritus,University of Lyon)
Time May 12, 2016 6pm - 8:00pm (Doors open at 5:40pm)
Venue Research Meeting Room 1A, 1st floor, GRIPS
(7-22-1, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)(Access)
Sponsor GRIPS Innovation, Science and Technology Policy Program (GIST)
Language English
Fee Free (Pre-registration required)


Climate change imperatives and the need for an energy transition are on the agenda in France like in Japan. Attempts to create more energy efficient or low-carbon cities are not new, as evidenced by many achievements of sustainable or eco-districts in various European countries including France or by the successive promotion programs of Japanese government.
Benefiting from the development of smart grid technology which is a new technical step in the regulation of energy demand, recent years' experimentations aim at testing on limited areas the coordinated implementation of new technologies and at collecting data to foresee relevant solutions. They focus on energy saving, efficiency of buildings, new mobility, and on the introduction of energy from renewable sources. But, they also deal with the modification of the behavior of citizens who are called upon becoming smart (consomactors/prosumers), changing their energy consumption trends according to information they get almost in real time.
After having briefly introduced the energy transition context in France (and EU), the presentation will then focus on case studies of smart-grids/smart communities demonstrators in France (Lyon) and in Japan (Yokohama/keihanna) to address different issues such as: the way national policies are concretely implemented at the local level (multi-level governance, actors involved); technologies implemented and associated schemes or incentives for population to accept and behave accordingly; and main results achieved to date. To conclude some differences which came out from observation in both countries will be discussed.

Simplified personal history

Yveline Lecler is presently Emeritus professor at Sciences-Po Lyon (University of Lyon) and senior research fellow at the Institute of East Asian Studies (CNRS, ENSL).
Doctor in Social Sciences (EHESS 1980) and graduated in Japanese language and civilization (INALCO, Paris, 1975), she is specialized in Asian political economy, mainly Japan. She has been invited professor or associate researcher in several Japanese Universities (Chuo, Todai, GRIPS, Kanseigakuin) and researcher at Maison Franco-Japonaise (nichifutsukaikan) from 2008 to 2010. She has published several books as for example : ”Sustainability of Thailand’s Competitiveness: the Policy Challenges”(co-edited with P. Intarakumnerd), ISEAS 2010; or “The Dynamics of Regional Innovation, the Policy Challenges in Europe and Japan”, (co-edited with Yoshimoto T. and Fujimoto T.), WSP 2012, and numerous papers in international academic journals such as “Promoting Next Generation Vehicles in Japan: the Smart Communities and their experimentations” (with B. Faivre d’Arcier), inInternational Journal of Automotive Technology and Management,n°3/4, 2014.


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