Event report: GX and DX at North・北方圏におけるGXとDX

“GX and DX at North・北方圏におけるGXとDX” event was organized on 20-22 November 2023 in Sapporo (FMI Hall, Hokkaido University). The event was co-organized by Hokkaido University Arctic Research Center, ArCS II (International relations), Hokkaido University Arctic Initiative for Future Earth and SDGs, Hokkaido University Advanced IT Prototyping Laboratory, VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, Hokkaido Government and Hokkaido Nutopia Data Center Study Group.

The seminar with simultaneous interpretation into English and Japanese was attended by more than 100 participants from Japan, Finland and Denmark. The first seminar day focused on renewable energy production and smart energy solutions in northern regions, new initiatives concerning hydrogen, energy storage and CCS as well as smart agriculture and forestry in Hokkaido and the Nordic countries. The second seminar day was dedicated to presentations as discussion concerning Environmentally sustainable and energy efficient IT infrastructure and Smart and energy efficient cities and buildings. In addition to this, various keynote speeches elaborated issues ranging from trans-Arctic submarine fiber-optic cable projects to human rights implications of green transition on the Arctic indigenous peoples. The third day was dedicated to site visits in Ishikari and Tomakomai.

Event attracted attention among media and was covered by NHK, for example.