• Researcher Waseda University faculty of Science and Engineering, school of Creative Science and Engineering, department of Architecture
  • Visiting Professor Imperial College London, CEP and ICEPT(Centre for Environmental Policy and Imperial College Centre for Energy Policy and Technology) ,in UK
  • Emeritus visiting professor in Dalian Institute of Technology, in China
  • Emeritus visiting professor in Xi’an Jiaotong University, in China

Personal History

Yutaka Tonooka undertook his graduate degree at Waseda University, where he studied architecture design and the fundamentals of engineering. He followed this with an MSc, also at Waseda, where he studied building air conditioning engineering and urban environmental planning. His research area covers a very wide range of energy and environment issues, including technology and policy related to air pollution, climate change and energy demand/supply in several sectors. From 1975 onwards, he has worked as a consultant on the analysis of air pollution for policy making for Japan’s Ministry of Environment (MOE) (Agency before 2001), and has also collaborated with CRIEPI (the Central Research Institute for Electric Power Industry of Japan) on energy and environmental analysis. During his work for the MOE he developed a methodology for a whole process air pollutant emissions inventory for Japan, and applied it to GHGs for the UNFCCC Inventory. He also started working on emissions inventories and the analysis of air pollution in China in 1985, which has more recently been expanded to cover GHGs and aerosols and projection modeling. He has collaborated with many universities in China on climate change technologies and policies.

He has been a guest scholar at IIASA (the Austrian International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis), a visiting scholar at both Harvard University and Waseda University, as well as a visiting professor at Osaka University. He had lectured on environmental policy at Reitaku University and an urban environmental planning at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music Graduate School of Architecture. Now he is a researcher in Waseda Univiersity, an emeritus visiting professor in Dalian Institute of Technology and Xi’an Jiaotong University both in China. He has lectured on environmental policy, technology and planning, at regional and global scale, at Saitama University. He has supervised PhD and MSc students at these institutions as well as at Imperial College, London.

He has long been involved in climate change issues related to energy consumption especially in the building sector and has been on the management board and acted as the chair of various subcommittees and working groups for the Research Committee on Global Environment within the Architectural Institute of Japan. He is also the head of a number of not-for-profit organizations concerned with environmental and urban problems.

In relation to governmental environmental policy, he has advised both central and local bodies on climate change, air pollution,environmental assessment and other environmental policies, and is currently an advisory committee member for MOE on their: GHG emission inventory, climate change policy planning and guidelines, and PRTR (Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers) methodology.

Recent and selected academic papers

  1. Zhang,W.,D.Pushpalal,Y.Shigeno,Y.Tonooka(2012)Life Cycle Assessment of the Environmental Impact in the Regional Cement Industry of China, Journal of Japan Society of Energy and Resources, 33,1(Japanese)
  2. Tonooka,Y.,Y.Tanaka,et al(2012)Report on “Realization of comfortable life in natural wood house and abatement of climate change with direct partnership forestry to town citizen” Project,RISTEX,JST(Japanese)
  3. Tonooka,Y.(2010)Human Life Cycle Emission(HLCE)Inventory and Regional Evaluation of Low Emission Society and Life,Proc. 7th International Symposium of Asia Institute of Urban Environment, “Sustainable Urban Design in Asia City” Sendai,Japan
  4. Tonooka,Y.(2010) A Study on Climate Change Policy Options Scenarios in China and International Comparison (Abstract of the Interim Report) Summary Report of  Research Results under the ERTDF(Environment Research and Technology Development Fund)in FY2009 p860-867 Research and Information Office Global Environment Bureau Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan
  5. Litifu,Z.,J.li,Y.Tonooka(2010) A Research on Effectiveness of Integrated Renewable Energy Based on Regional Input/Output Model,AESE3,Saitama University
  6. Chomtohsuwan,T.,M.Nagashima,Y.tonooka(2010) Impact on Environmental Load and Economic Structure from the Change of Household Expenditure: A Case of Thailand from 1986 to 2025,Proc.EcoBalance2010
  7. Ogasawara,T.,Y.Tonooka,H.Hondo,R.Ii(2010) Evaluation of Economic and Environmental Effects of the Lake New Town Project, Development of Koshigaya-City, Saitama, Japan, Proc.EcoBalance2010
  8. Huang,Z.,Y.Tonooka,K.Sekiguchi,Q.Wang,K.Sakamoto,(2009)Long-termSulfurEmissionsandEnvironmentalKuznetsCurves:Comparisonand Implications Asian Journal of Atmospheric Environment 3,p19–26
  9. Tonooka,Y.,W.Gao,L.Haifeng,J.Xuan,Y.Su(2009) Estimation Trial of Non-Domestic Building Energy Consumption in China, Proc.6th International Symposium of Asia Institute of Urban Environment, “Energy Conservation and Carbon off in Asia City”, Changchun, China
  10. Huang,Z., Y.Tonooka,G.Song,Y.Kondo(2006)International Comparison of Environmental Kuznets Curve, Environment and Sustainable Development, 2 (2006), pp.9-11 (Chinese)
  11. Seto,S.,H.Hara,M.Sato,I.Noguchi,Y.Tonooka(2004)Annual and seasonal trends of wet deposition in Japan, Atmos.Environ.38,3543-3556  
  12. TonookaY.(1993)Grobal Warming-Experience in Japan, CCRE/MIT, Cambridge, USA(invited)  
  13. Tonooka Y.(1992) Structure of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Japan, Estimation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, OECD Experts Meeting, Paris(invited) 
  14. Tonooka Y.(1992) Air Pollutants Emissions Inventory in Japan, GEIA Workshop, Oslo(invited)