The climate emergency affects all of us. It's a global issue, a human rights and equality issue, a health issue — and a survival issue. Faced with this challenge, we urgently need to come together.

The British Council’s Climate Connection is a global initiative, uniting people around the world to meet the climate challenge.

Taking place in the run up to the United Nations climate conference, COP26, it’s about sharing ideas and taking positive action together.

The British Council in Japan supports international joint research contributing to climate change, a global issue. We 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) totalling 30 million Japanese yen (200,000 GBP).

These projects are being carried out for one year from April 2021, and address the topics of green transport, decarbonisation, bioenergy, and water resources risk management.

The project titles and partner institutions are as follows:

Go-GREEN: Next Generation Solder Materials for Power Electronics and Green Electric Transport
Liverpool John Moores University, Gunma University, Universiti Malaysia Perlis

A Software Framework for Optimal Decarbonisation Planning for ASEAN Countries
University of Surrey, University of Tokyo, University of Nottingham (Malaysia campus), with De La Salle University (Philippines) and Monash University (Malaysia) as associate partners

Scaling-up Indonesian Bioenergy Potential through Assessment of Wallacea’s Plant Species: Data-Driven Energy Harvesting and Community-Centred Approach
Birmingham City University, University of Tokyo, Gorontalo State University (Indonesia)

Integrated Strategies for Water Resources Risk Management in the ASEAN Region Under Climate Uncertainty: A needs analysis
University of Southampton, Kyoto University, Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), Can Tho University (Vietnam)


British Council COP26 Funded Project Receives International Recognition

Birmingham City University, in collaboration with Gorontalo State University, Indonesia and The University of Tokyo, Japan, has successfully led a multinational research project funded by the British Council Japan. With a theme of climate change and in relation to the COP26 scope, the research aims to propose a solution to help Indonesia’s bioenergy development focusing to meet its 40% of domestic demands by 2030. Utilising drones, experts from Birmingham City University led by Associate Professor Taufiq Asyhari have designed and developed a smart environmental monitoring and mapping system applied to one of Wallacea regions in Sulawesi Island. 

The team has recently received an international accolade for their contribution to state-of-the-art forest bioenergy mapping in Wallacea, something that could pave a way for futuristic sustainable green energy production in Indonesia.

The paper titled “Large-scale Tree Detection through UAV-based Remote Sensing in Indonesia: Wallacea Case Study” explored intelligent drone-based remote sensing to help the authorities improve, maintain and manage forestry data by automating tree detection process. 

The paper presented by BCU researchers Dr Moad Idrissi and Mr Ibnu Febry Kurniawan won the Best Presentation Award at the 8th International Conference on Information Management (ICIM). It recognises the team’s contributions in the fields of Computing and Information Management, Digital Environment, and Aerial Robotics. The ICIM is an international platform for presenting and publishing the latest scientific research outcomes related to the topics of information management and information system applications, and this year, it was held in Cambridge, UK between 25th - 27th March, 2022.

“I am pleased to learn that our research team has attained recognition from international experts at the ICIM conference. This is an exemplary case of how multidisciplinary research collaboration can drive excellence in impactful research. I hope this award will motivate our researchers to elevate their engagement with the international academic community.” Project Lead Associate Professor, Taufiq Asyhari.


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