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MOE calls for applications of City-to-City Collaboration projects to support overseas cities toward their decarbonization and achievement of the Paris Agreement

April 6, 2021

MOE calls for applications of City-to-City Collaboration projects to support overseas cities toward their decarbonization and achievement of the Paris Agreement

(Tokyo, April 6, 2021) Ministry of the Environment (MOE) started accepting applications of projects to form alliances with overseas cities and support their decarbonization. Project teams consisting of both Japanese and overseas local governments and private organizations will submit their plans to MOE. MOE will accept applications until April 26th 2021.

MOE has been providing support to foreign cities in need of support for their decarbonization since 2013. So far, 15 Japanese local governments formed an alliance with 39 overseas cities/regions from 13 Asian countries. Over 40% of the alliances successfully resulted in policy-making toward decarbonization. By promoting this support, MOE actively aims to achieve the Paris Agreement.

Japanese local governments will offer their experiences and expertise related to decarbonization, and the project teams will effectively and efficiently support overseas cities. The teams will especially promote appropriate decarbonization technologies and services meeting their needs to achieve decarbonization. In addition, they will support overseas cities in their decision-making to formulate their strategy and assess available technologies.

At a press conference held on April 6th, Minister of the Environment KOIZUMI Shinjiro declared:

MOE held the Zero Carbon City International Forum last month. As a result, the City of Tokyo and the City of Kuala Lumpur cooperated to expand their Green Building Policy and pledged 2050 Carbon Neutrality. MOE will extend the decarbonization domino effect by pursuing alliances between Japanese cities and overseas cities. MOE will globally promote and develop Japan's Zero Emission Building.

Cities supported by Japanese project teams:

Cities of the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) member countries and Malaysia

Length of support:

Three years at most

Application period:

April 6th - April 26th 2021

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