Press Release

Guideline on Gender Equality for the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM)

April 13, 2020

April 23, 2020

Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ) has formulated the "Guideline on Gender Equality for the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM)" with the aim of encouraging mainly the representative participants and partner participants of the JCM Model Projects to take action toward gender equality. This guideline shows the actions to be taken at all the stages of the project cycle (planning, implementation, and monitoring) to realize gender equality.

<Overview and objectives>

The Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) seeks to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including gender equality as well as contribute to mitigation of global climate change through the diffusion of decarbonization technologies in partner countries. 

It has been well recognized that the gender gap exists and can be found in the access to natural resources and participation of decision-making in environmental policies and measures at all levels. It is also recognized that women do not get to fully enjoy the socioeconomic benefits and services. This leads to the impediment of overall mitigation efforts and the hindrance of achievement of sustainable development and SDGs.

Therefore, it is expected that this guideline will facilitate actions related to gender equality.

Originally, at COP25 in Madrid, KOIZUMI Shinjiro, Minister of the Environment, announced that the guidelines regarding gender would be formulated and introduced to the project selection.

About the Joint Crediting Mechanism:

  • The Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) aims to facilitate diffusion of leading low carbon technologies, products, systems, services, and infrastructure as well as implementation of mitigation actions, and contribute to sustainable development of developing countries. Also, it appropriately evaluates contributions to GHG emission reductions or removals from Japan in a quantitative manner, by applying measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) methodologies, and appropriately accounted as Japan's emission reduction target.

  • Currently, there are 17 partner countries including Mongolia, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, Maldives, Viet Nam, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Palau, Cambodia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Myanmar, Thailand and Philippines.

  • Apart from contributions achieved through private-sector based projects, accumulated emission reductions or removals by FY 2030 through governmental JCM programs to be undertaken within the government's annual budget are estimated to be ranging from 50 to 100 million t-CO2.

Learn more about the JCM:

https://www.carbon-markets.go.jp/eng/jcm/

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Contact information:

Ryosuke HORIKAWA

Office of Market Mechanisms,

Climate Change Policy Division,

Global Environmental Bureau

Phone: +81-3-5521-8246

For Japanese

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