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Efforts in Various Areas

Climate Change

Ministry of Environment addresses climate change that causes economic and environmental impacts on developing regions.
The table below presents some major examples of such cooperation projects.For other cooperation projects, please see the List of Measures under Clean Asia Initiative (CAI).

Name of Measures (Budgets) Support Program Package For Co-benefits Approach In Developing Countries Under Kyoto Mechanisms
Outline This package is beneficial to the acquisition of Kyoto mechanism credits by Japanese government, and consists of policy measures for co-benefits in host countries including developing countries.
Progress and achievementsConduct feasibility studies for proposed CDM/JI project ideas
While considering the development of new methodologies, with the next-term framework in mind, CDM/JI Feasibility Studies invite CDM/JI project ideas including promotion of new energy from private entities. In FY2009, the program conducted 23 feasibility studies in their host countries including Asian developing countries. These results appear in the database at Reports of CDM/JI Feasibility Studieson the website of the Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC).

Disseminate information to civilian project developers

Counseling and Support Activity Under Kyoto Mechanisms provides necessary information for Japan's related policy measures with CDM/JI project issues at Kyoto Mechanisms Information Platform website, a well-trafficked site browsed no less than 15,000 times per month in FY2009.

Promote development and creation of CDM/JI/GIS projects

CDM Capacity Building conducts intensive project developer-oriented training and tutorial sessions for CDM/JI/GIS field including capacity building program for DOEs through workshops for government officials or civilian project developers in collaborating countries including Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Philippines, Thailand, Ukraine and Viet Nam. In FY2009, this program held workshops and seminars for governmental officials and civilian project developers in abovementioned nations and assembly meeting for information exchange in this field in Kyoto. Also, this program submitted joint proposals for CDM institutional reform to UNFCCC secretariat office with Cambodian designated national agency (DNA). Additionally, capacity development in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Papua New Guinea at national and project level for Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) was supported by this program.

Co-benefits CDM Model Projects (Subsidiary Projects)

The Government of Japan subsidizes half of the initial investment for the CDM Model Project leading to co-benefits, on the condition that 50% or above of the credits generated from the project are transferred to Japan. Currently, the projects are being conducted in Malaysia, Thailand, and China.
Division in charge Office of Market Mechanisms, Global Environment Bureau
International Cooperation Office, Environmental Management Bureau
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Last updated December, 2010
Name of Measures (Budgets) International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies (LCS-RNet)
Outline The object of the LCS-RNet is to be a platform among researchers, share information on various research of low carbon societies, contribute to further research in each country and support this transition through dialogues between stakeholders such as policy-makers, business sectors and citizens.
Progress and achievements

The inaugural meeting, hosted by the Euro Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC), was held in Bologna, Italy in October, 2009. The discussion covered various policies and research towards low-carbon societies with five pillars; long-term and mid-term targets, economic aspects of low carbon societies, the role of technology, public policy and lifestyle change, and cross-cutting issues. The results of discussion were summarized into the synthesis report and reported to policy-makers at the side event of COP15, etc.

To promote further discussion, the second annual meeting, hosted by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Federal Environment Agency Germany (UBA) with supports from the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy (WI), was held in Berlin, Germany in September, 2010. The themes of the meeting included national roadmaps on green development for industrialized and developing countries, model of green economy, leapfrogging, sustainable consumption and production and the role of cities. Participants discussed steps and measures to facilitate transition to low-carbon societies at national, local and individual levels as well as the role of science to realize above transition.

Additionally, as activities of the LCS-RNet Secretariat, IGES has been implementing dialogues between policy-makers and researchers, workshops and internship programs for capacity building of researchers, in order to improve research ability in Asia.
Division in charge Research and Information Office, Policy and Coordination Division, Global Environment Bureau
Relevant websiteInternational Research Network for Low Carbon Societies (LCS-RNet) [New window opens]
Last updated December, 2010
Name of Measures (Budgets) Promotion of Co-benefits Approach
(Same content posted on the Water/Soil/Ground Environment page)
Outline The co-benefits approach aims to achieve environmental control and climate change measures simultaneously. The concept was incorporated into the Declaration of the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit in 2008 and is increasingly recognized internationally. The Hatoyama Initiative [New window opens](12KB) on climate change emphasized that the relevance of a co-benefits approach should be fully considered when extending support to mitigation actions of developing countries. Ministry of the Environment is engaged mainly in bilateral and multilateral cooperation as well as the development of an evaluation methodology.
Progress and achievements 1. Bilateral cooperation
  • Joint research and identification of model projects are underway with China and Indonesia, following the respective 2007 ministerial agreements. Outcomes of the joint research with Chinese Government were presented at a side event of the COP15 in December 2009.
  • The Co-benefits CDM Model Project was launched in FY2008 in support of Japan-based companies engaged in CDM projects. Currently four CDM Model projects are in operation in Malaysia, Thailand and China.

2. Multilateral cooperation

  • An international seminar on the ''Promotion of Co-benefits Approach'' was held in Bangkok, Thailand in March 2010 with the participation of officials from the environmental ministries of Asian countries and international organizations.
  • The launch of an "Asian Co-benefits Partnership" was announced on November 9, at the "Better Air Quality 2010" conference held in Singapore. The objective of the partnership is to support the mainstreaming of co-benefits into sectoral development plans, policies and projects in Asia.
  • Integrate co-benefits approach into city planning in developing countries by developing methodology to measure effectiveness of co-benefits.

3. Development of evaluation methodology

  • A Manual for Quantitative Evaluation of Co-Benefits Approach to Climate Change Projects was developed in FY 2009. Efforts are underway to disseminate the methodology for quantitative evaluation of the accompanying environmental control benefits (co-benefits) of CDM and other project implementations.
Division in charge International Cooperation Office, Environment Management Bureau
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