How universities can promote sustainability through renewable energy
27th May 2017, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
Japanese (にほんご) here

Program (PDF, preliminary) Date: 17 April 2017 – Status: All information about speakers and topics subject to change. Please send comments and feedback to: Eckhard Hitzer (

We want to invite you to International Christian University (ICU) in Mitaka/Tokyo on Saturday, 27th of May 2017 for a one day workshop on Sustainable University Development with Focus on Renewable Energy (SUDre2017). We intend to cover all aspects of renewable energy in the Japanese university context (planning, design, finance, operation and maintenance, economic benefits) for geothermal, solar (rooftop PV, mega solar, and heat collectors), biomass energy, energy from waste, wind and hydropower.
Keynote: Prof. Gudni A. Johannesson (General Director of Icelandic National Energy Authority,
Date: Saturday, 27th of May 2017  

Time: 10:00am – 18:00 (doors open 9:30am) followed by creative evening event (18:30-21:00)
Venue: Administration Building, Room A 206, 2nd Floor, at ICU in Mitaka (Western Tokyo)
Access + Map: Administration Bldg. No 19 on
Languages: English + Japanese (simultaneous translation E/J, J/E)
SUD blog:

 Time  Presentations
10:00 Opening Session





 11:00 Session 1







Welcome: Hannes Heimisson, Ambassador of Iceland in Japan

Keynote: Gudni A. Johannesson, Director General of The Icelandic National Energy Authority

“Sustainable University Development with Focus on Renewable Energy”

Exploring environmental resources for sustainable universities: ground heat, small scale hydro and wind power

Tsuyoshi Yoshioka, Project Manager at Institute for Sustainable Energy Policy “Ground source heat pumps”

Izumi Ushiyama, Former President of Ashikaga Institute of Technology, “Sustainable wind power and small scale hydro for Japanese Universities”

+ further speaker(s)

14:00 Session 2








 16:10 Session 3



17:50 Closing  remarks

– 18:00

Utilizing local university resources: heat and power from waste and biomass

Oskar Bartenstein, President Ecolifelab & Spanner K.K.

“Biomass cogeneration (e.g. wood chip/pellet gas cogeneration)”

Noboru Oota, Mayor of Maniwa City/Okayama

“Biomass energy in Maniwa city and schools”

+ further speaker(s)

The rising sun of university sustainability: solar heat and PV electricity

Yurika Ayukawa, Professor, Faculty of Policy Informatics, CUC

“CUC’s Megasolar PV facility”

+ further speakers

Goro Christoph Kimura, Chairperson of the Department of German Studies, Sophia University

18:30 – 21:00

Creative Evening




Movie: Nihon to Saisei (Japan and Renewables)

Hiroyuki Kawai, lawyer and director

Tetsunari Iida, Executive Director at Institute for Sustainable Energy Policy

Panel discussion

Key aspects: What could universities do to switch to renewable energy? Planning (technology, siting/buildings, permissions, contracting, …) – Design – Finance (investment, credits, loans, business model, subsidies, feed in tariffs, sale and purchase of renewable heat and electricity…) – Management, Operation & Maintenance – Benefits: Economic, PR, Education – Context of UN SDG goals, national goals, city targets, university vision – Cooperation with local community.

Please let us know (by email to Eckhard Hitzer, if you would be interested to participate, though registration is not needed. But the information would help us to estimate the attendance. Everybody (university students, staff, professors, administrators and citizens) is welcome. We keenly look forward to receiving your feedback, comments and suggestions! Please feel free to forward this information to anybody, who may be interested. Please let us know if we should add someone to the mailing list for SUDre2017 related information.

The workshop is co-organized by E. Hitzer, M. Langagner, N. Nobyuki, T. Kibe (all from ICU) and by G.C. Kimura (Sophia Univ.), Y. Ayukiawa (CUC), M. Mogi (Tokyo Kasei Univ.), M. Shukuya (Tokyo City Univ.). and J. Raupach (Ritsumeikan Univ.).

We are grateful for financial support from the Japan ICU Foundation, and the German JSPS Alumni Association.

Cooperation: Teaspoons of Change, Advantage Austria Japan

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