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Japan is regarded as the global leader in innovating, researching, and producing carbon-free green hydrogen, an alternative fuel that is produced with low-carbon electricity sources such as wind or sun. As the first country to adopt plans for a “Hydrogen Society,” which is a society that uses hydrogen as a major source of power, Japan continues to lead this global effort to mainstream hydrogen as a clean-energy solution.
Globally, green hydrogen is receiving increased interest as the clean energy of the future, primarily based on its range of uses that solve problems other clean-energy sources can’t address, such as energy needed in heavy manufacturing and long-distance travel of large vehicles.
Join us for two informative discussions with leading experts who will look at current projects and future opportunities related to Japan’s efforts in creating a robust global hydrogen energy sector, fueling the vision of a clean “Hydrogen Society.” Webinar 1 information provided at the bottom of this page.
Webinar 2 | Los Angeles' green energy goals and collaboration from Japan
The State of California and the City of Los Angeles have established world-leading environmental mandates to transition from fossil fuels and replace them with renewable energy, with green hydrogen playing a critical role.
Join us as we explore real-world cases studies, including that of Los Angeles, where hydrogen technology is being deployed to help meet ambitious emissions goals, while potentially fostering the creation of an entirely new and green energy sector and industry.
Co-presented by JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles, Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles, and Japan America Society of Southern California.
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Lauren Faber O'Connor | Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles
Lauren Faber O'Connor is the Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Los Angeles. In her role as Deputy CSO she drove the implementation of the Sustainable City pLAn, released in April 2015, which puts forth an actionable vision for transforming LA's environment, economy and equity. Working across every city department, Lauren focuses on strategic integration of the pLAn's pillars in order to reach the City's ambitious climate and clean energy goals, ensure benefits accrue to all communities in LA, and pursue regional and international collaborations.
Prior to joining the Garcetti Administration, Lauren served for four years as the West Coast Political Director for the Environmental Defense Fund in San Francisco. At EDF she worked on building successful strategies and constructive partnerships to win support on innovative approaches to protecting and promoting climate, clean energy, land, water and wildlife. In 2010 Lauren was appointed to Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Programs at the California Environmental Protection Agency, where she was dedicated to the design and implementation of California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act. Prior to her work at CalEPA, Lauren served as senior director for Lighthouse Consulting Group in Washington, D.C., where she advised on comprehensive national climate change and energy strategies for domestic and international companies, and non-government organizations, and in particular, the U.S. Climate Action Partnership. From 2005-2009 Lauren served at the British Embassy as the Senior Policy Advisor for climate change and energy.
Lauren sits on the Board of the California League of Conservation Voters, is a member of the Catto Fellowship for environmental leadership at the Aspen Institute, and a member of the Truman National Security Project Political Partnership. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Systems and Economics from Stanford University, and a Master’s degree in Climate and Society from Columbia University.
Peter J. Sawicki | Regional Director, Sales and Marketing, Mitsubishi Power Americas, Inc.
Peter Sawicki is the Regional Director for Sales and Marketing – Pacific West at Mitsubishi Power Americas, a major equipment supplier and energy solutions provider for the power industry. Peter is based in San Diego, CA and is responsible for Mitsubishi Power’s sales and marketing activities on the West Coast. Peter has over 25 years of experience in the power industry with roles in design engineering, project management, project development and sales. Peter earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College and his MBA Finance from Fordham University.
Craig Scott | GM of Electrified Vehicle & Technology Office, Toyota Motor North America
Mr. Scott is GM/Director of Electrified Vehicles & Technology Office, Corporate Strategy & Planning at Toyota Motor North America. Within his role, Craig is responsible for managing the planning and development of alternative fuel vehicle programs including the Toyota Mirai fuel cell vehicle and heavy duty commercial programs such as the Hino and Kenworth Class 8 trucks - the world’s first OEM-produced Class 8 vehicle. Previously he managed vehicle programs including Prius, Scion iQ EV and the Toyota i-Road urban mobility vehicle.
In addition to vehicle development, Craig also oversees all US hydrogen infrastructure planning and implementation activities. He is responsible for the development of proprietary research work related to global energy issues and sustainable transportation systems. Prior to Toyota, Craig was an assistant portfolio manager with Pacific Investment Management Company in Newport Beach, CA.
Mr. Scott has a BS in Finance and Japanese Studies and a MBA in Strategy and Finance from the University of Southern California.
Webinar 1 | Japan’s leadership in building a Hydrogen Society
Japan continues to push the envelope in technological development needed to harness the tremendous power of the smallest molecule. Since 2017, when Japan first adopted plans for a “Hydrogen Society,” the nation has made many globally significant advances and innovations in the research, production, and application, of green hydrogen.
Join us as we discuss current green hydrogen projects in development, as well as the many ways Japan is using hydrogen to diversify and strengthen its energy infrastructure. This includes the 2020 opening of the Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field, the world’s largest green hydrogen energy field.