Kanako Tanaka, Dr.
Research Group Leader/senior researcher, Low Carbon Society Strategy(LCS), Japan Science and Technology Agency(JST)
Tanaka has been involved in the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) process for the Third, Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports. Tanaka was a co-recipient of the 2007 Novel Peace Prize as a Lead Author for the IPCC.
Tanaka has been professionally working as a researcher, analyst and project manager for the area of climate mitigation, energy efficiency and sustainable development. As an analyst in the IEA, she executed analysis on energy efficiency policy for industry under G8 Gleneagles Action Plan and provided policy recommendation to G8 summit (2007 Heiligendamm and 2008 Hokkaido-Toya). She also initiated and developed a new project, Energy Management Action Network (EMAK). At LCS-JST, Tanaka had taken a major role in research management for electricity saving program at residential sector, corresponding to electricity crisis after the Great East Japan Earthquake, with municipal governments, including development a new inter-community network. Tanaka is also engaged in the international strategy research and published policy proposals on technology transfer for climate change mitigation, which focuses on the international technology cooperation.
She serves as a member for significant national meetings, e.g., National Energy and Environment Innovation Strategy (NESTI 2050) Working and Implementation Group and Energy Strategy Committee of Council for Science, Technology and Innovation, Cabinet Office, Government of Japan; and Global Environment Subcommittee, Committee on Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment, Industrial Structure Council, Japan. She has got a doctor’s degree of engineering at the University of Tokyo (chemical engineering).