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The British Council in Japan supports international joint research contributing to climate change, a global issue, and are supporting new trilateral research collaborations between universities in Japan, the United Kingdom, and ASEAN countries, aimed at addressing climate change.

This new research funding draws together the strengths of Japanese and UK universities, alongside their ASEAN partners, to promote energy transition. The award is supporting four projects 50,000 GBP each.

They cover the topics of green transport, decarbonisation, bioenergy, and water resources risk management, with a common focus on mentoring early-career researchers to become the next generation of climate research leaders.

Please find below more information on the four research projects.

Integrated strategies for water resources risk management in the ASEAN region under climate uncertainty

This research partnership is looking at the data and models available for assessing and planning for water resource and flood management risks in Thailand and Vietnam, in preparation for the creation of a comprehensive planning tool for the region’s policymakers in the future.

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Go-GREEN: Next generation solder materials for power electronics and green electric transport

This research partnership is working to develop lead-free solder that can withstand high temperatures, for use in electric vehicles and other harsh environments such as the generation of solar power. It also aims to promote awareness of climate and environmental challenges in Malaysia through workshops on green transport for industry and the public.

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Scaling-up Indonesian Bioenergy Potential through Assessment of Wallacea’s Plant Species

This research partnership is investigating forest bioenergy potential within non-protected wild plant species in Indonesia’s Wallacea region, and working with the local community to develop these.

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A software framework for optimal decarbonisation planning for ASEAN countries

This research partnership is using mathematical modelling to create an open-source software framework to aid policymakers in ASEAN countries with energy planning in order to transition away from carbon emissions in line with their commitments.

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