Greetings from the President
The Government of Japan has submitted its target for 2020 and the years thereafter to the Secretariat of UNFCCC, in which it has pledged to achieve by FY2030 a reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 26% over those in FY2013. This target, together with the measures necessary to achieve it, has been established in the Plan for Global Warming Countermeasures, and the country is gearing toward implementing a concerted effort to accomplish this goal. Meanwhile, the Paris Agreement has included the use of market mechanisms, such as the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), which the Government of Japan is pursuing. Thus, the JCM has been incorporated into The Plan for Global Warming Countermeasures in order to serve as a means for Japan to achieve its target.
As the JCM is developed and implemented to make a significant contribution to the mitigation of global warming through the introduction of advanced low-carbon technologies in developing countries, we, the Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC), should strengthen our efforts in this area.
GEC is supporting companies’ efforts to promote global warming countermeasures in developing countries through its endeavours in operating and managing diverse programmes sponsored by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ). Our supports that come under these programmes include Financing Programme for JCM Model Projects for supporting projects in developing countries to promote the registration of projects under JCM, JCM Financing Programme for REDD+ Model Projects for pursuing GHG emission reductions through forest protection activities, and Financing Programme to Demonstrate Advanced Low-Carbon Technology Innovation for Further Deployment in Developing Countries for modifying Japanese low-carbon technologies in order for them to be adopted in developing countries. Elsewhere, working with municipalities of Osaka and Kyoto as well as with other local authorities and businesses, GEC has been pursuing studies on the exportation of Japanese low-carbon technologies through inter-city collaborations with Ho Chi Ming City in Vietnam and the Laotian capital of Vientiane City.
GEC is also proactively engaged in other projects, such as: planning and organising international workshops on waste management for the ‘Support Projects to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)’; providing training for the ‘Capacity Building Projects in Developing Countries’ concerning waste and effluent management; and organising networking and coordination for businesses in the ‘Promotion Projects for Encouraging Local Innovation’ commissioned by Osaka City Government, JICA, and the Kansai Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, respectively. One of GEC’s major objectives is to earn and nurture long-lasting trust of local communities through these support activities for developing countries.
GEC will continue its efforts for international environmental cooperation with developing countries, and strives to be an indispensable player in the Kansai region. By broadening our perspectives both within Japan and worldwide, we aim to make worthwhile global warming countermeasures, drawing on our specialist knowledge and expertise as well as our national/international networks.
Your continued understanding and support of GEC activities is much appreciated.
Global Environment Centre Foundation