Press Release

Announcement of launch of "Global Subnational Zero Carbon Promotion Initiative" by Japan and United States of America

November 19, 2021

To achieve a decarbonized society, it is essential to promote subnational initiatives, integrating various stakeholders and sectors according to local characteristics from planning to implementation. Measures at the provincial, municipal or district level, on a large or small-scale, are critical to the realization of the central government's ambitious commitment.

Based on "the Japan-U.S. Climate Partnership", which was agreed between the leaders of Japan and the United States in April this year, Japan will work with the United States to cooperate on accelerating the transition to a decarbonized society in developing countries, particularly in Indo-Pacific countries.

As part of these partnership activities, Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MoEJ) and Office of Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, United States of America, Japan and United States have announced launch of "Global Subnational Zero Carbon Promotion Initiative" in the side event "Roles of multi-stakeholders towards subnational decarbonization" held in COP26 Japan Pavilion on November 10th.

Based on the initiative, Japan and the United States will collaborate to promote action globally to recognize, support, and accelerate subnational climate action in third countries, particularly in the Indo-Pacific, accelerating the transition to a decarbonized society.

[Reference]

  • Side Event "Roles of multi-stakeholders towards subnational decarbonization" (on November 10th, 2021)

https://www.iges.or.jp/en/events/20211110

  • City-to-city Collaboration Programme (implemented by MoEJ)

https://www.env.go.jp/earth/coop/lowcarbon-asia/english/project/

  • Zero Carbon City International Forum (on March 17-18th, 2021)

https://www.iges.or.jp/en/events/20210317

  • U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities Partnership

https://www.usascp.org/home-page

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