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Roger Smith is the Asia Lead for SteelWatch. He has been active on steel and heavy industry since 2020, including negotiations of aspects of the ResponsibleSteel standard related to greenhouse gas emissions and the responsible sourcing of materials. He works closely with civil society partners in Japan to build bridges within the Asia-Pacific region and with allies in Europe and North America.
Roger has worked in Japan since 2014, when he moved to the northeastern Tohoku region to promote the reconstruction following the devastating earthquake and tsunami. Before coming to Japan he worked for a decade as an advocate, grassroots leader and lobbyist on climate change and renewable energy in Connecticut with Clean Water Action. He coordinated state and regional coalitions that built grassroots power to set national policy precedents on scaling up renewable energy and energy efficiency. Roger graduated with a degree in history from Wesleyan University.
I’m driven by the realization that climate change impacts all of us and addressing it means building movements to fight it beyond national and regional boundaries.
Civil society organizations criticize GSCC certification for ignoring social and environmental impacts of steelmaking and lacking meaningful measures to reduce emissions WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today civil…
Today’s announcement on the Scunthorpe steelworks, hot on the heels of September’s announcement on Port Talbot steelworks, provides one step in transition to a clean competitive…
Four prominent steel companies have announced plans to reline blast furnaces, which are used to produce coal-based steel, that will lock in CO2 emissions of almost 500 Mt. SteelWatch and Solutions forOur Climate (SFOC) shed light on the alarming investments made by steel companies in coal-based steel production, driving millions of additional tonnes of emissions and running counter to their nations’ climate pledges. The commentary underscores the pressing necessity for transitioning to greener alternatives and intensifying climate scrutiny in investment choices to steer clear of coal-based steel production. It also underscores the implications for these companies’ competitiveness and the planet’s stability.
Seoul/London/Washington DC - In the context of rising urgency behind global efforts to combat climate change, the steel industry, a notorious contributor to carbon emissions,…