Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Team

Social system design and assessment methods for a zero emission society
Creating a 2050 Zero Emission Scenario through Cutting-edge Assessment Technologies

We examine a long-term CO₂ zero emission scenario by evaluating the impact of new energy technologies.

Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Team

Research themes

  • Development of LCA-based approaches and tools for assessing the feasibility of a carbon recycling system
  • Development of methods and tools for assessing a circular economy of the mineral resources that supports energy technologies
  • Planning of long-term scenarios using energy models
  • Development of large-scale data analysis technologies using AI and IoT
  • Assessment of social acceptance of low carbon technologies: an environmental economic approach

Concept for social contributions and implementation

Our goal is to contribute to the swift a zero emission society by spurring technological development.

Research Team Leader / Greetings

Leader

MORIMOTO Shinichirou

We have developed several simulation tools, calculation platforms, models, and assessment technologies. Through these efforts, we are contributing to the social implementation of technologies developed by GZR research teams. We also serve as a promotion center for strategy within the organization based on our assessment results.

MORIMOTO Shinichirou

Members

Senior Researcher (Research Planning Office of Zero Emission)

HONDA Tomonori

Deputy Director (Leader, Smart CO2 Utilization Research Team, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Team)

KUDOH Yuki

Member

ISHIDOYA Shigeyuki

Member

TAKANE Yuya

Member

MAEDA Takahisa

Member

KAMEZAKI Kazuki

Member

KATAOKA Sho

Member

NGUYEN Thuy

Member

SORAI Masao

Member

KANO Yuki

Member

GOTO Hiroki

Member

FUJII Takashi

Member

HORIKAWA Takuya

Member

SHIMOSAKA Takuya

Member

AOKI Nobuyuki

Member

MATSUMOTO Nobuhiro

Technical Staff

KITAGAWA Naomi

Technical Staff

TAKEDA Momoko

Technical Staff

TANIMURA Yasuko

Technical Staff

FUKAI Tadashi

Technical Staff

MIURA Hiromi

Technical Staff

YAMAMOTO Sayaka

The Environmental and Social Impact Assessment Team conducts society-related research to encourage innovative technologies, some developed by AIST, to achieve a zero-emission society. We are developing assessment methodologies based on life cycle assessment (LCA), material flow analysis, energy system analysis, and socioeconomic analysis to understand the environmental and social impacts and spillover effects caused by innovative technologies introduced into society and their spread. Our team aims to pioneer a new interdisciplinary academic field through integrating diverse big data accumulated in society with AI and LCA knowledge, and furthermore to contribute to the diffusion of innovative technologies by connecting the academic knowledge with business.

Specifically, we are working on the following five themes. Through these research activities, we aim to formulate scenarios for the realization of a zero-emission society and make recommendations for next-generation energy systems.

To assess the feasibility of introducing carbon recycling systems by LCA

We develop assessment tools to conduct LCA of carbon recycling under various conditions based on process simulations. We also develop methods to optimize carbon recycling systems and evaluate the effectiveness of innovative technologies.

To assess the recyclability of mineral resources that support energy technologies

We assess constraints on mineral resources impacted by the adaptation of technologies that significantly reduce CO2 emissions. We are also developing tools that can estimate the amount of CO2 recycling and reduction by refining mineral resources with low environmental impact.

To develop long-term scenarios using energy models

With a view to achieving a zero-emission society, we create scenarios for the introduction of innovative technologies that significantly reduce CO2 emissions. We also assess the environmental, social, and economic impacts and ripple effects of technology adaptation, such as job creation and resource needs, to present a vision for a sustainable zero-emission society.

To develop large-scale data analysis methods using AI and IoT

By analyzing IoT data collected in society with AI, which has been spread rapidly in recent years, we design social systems for efficient energy use, for instance, through electric sharing. Large-scale residential time-series data obtained from IoT data, particularly HEMS, are analyzed to elucidate lifestyle characteristics suitable for advanced energy saving in the household sector.

To evaluate the social acceptability of low-carbon technologies using environmental economics

We assess social acceptability of innovative energy and environmental technologies by utilizing human behavior data, design systems that accelerate diffusion of these technologies, and measure their performance through economic experiments.

Videos

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Research

Gonocruz, R.A., Yoshida, Y., Silava, N., Aguirre, R., Maguindayao, E., Ozawa, A., Santiago, J., A multi-scenario evaluation of the energy transition mechanism in the Philippines towards decarbonization, J. Clean Prod. 2024, 438, 140819

Published JAN 17 2024

Gonocruz, R.A.T; Yoshida, Y.; Ozawa, A.; Aguirre, R.A; Maguindayao, E.J, Impacts of agrivoltaics in rural electrification and decarbonization in the Philippines, Appl. Energy 2023, 350, 121832

Published AUG 27 2023

Ozawa, A.; Morimoto, S.; Hatayama, H.; Anzai Y., Energy-materials nexus of electrified vehicle penetration in Japan: A study on energy transition and cobalt flow, Energy 2023, 277, 127698

Published MAY 01 2023

Morimoto, S.; Kitagawa, N.; Benesebaa, F.; Kumar, A.; Kataoka, S.; Taniguchi, S., Scenario assessment of introducing carbon utilization and carbon removal technologies considering future technological transition based on renewable energy and direct air capture, J. Clean Prod. 2023, 402, 136763

Published MAR 16 2023
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