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METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hoshino Attends COP21

From December 7 (Mon.) through 10 (Thu.), 2015, Mr. Tsuyoshi Hoshino, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited Paris, France to attend official side events for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). He had additional meetings with dignitaries from governments and relevant organizations and visited related facilities.

1. Introduction of Japan’s efforts at the official side events to COP21

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hoshino attended the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA)-Innovation Focus, an official side event for the UNFCCC, and other side events including the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) High-level Meeting with the aim of leading discussions toward solutions to global warming after COP21 by utilizing Japan’s strengths including outstanding energy and environmental technologies.
At the events, Mr. Hoshino introduced Japan’s efforts in the field, including the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum (ICEF), which is an international conference involving industry, government, and academia, the Energy and Environmental Innovation Strategy, which is to be formulated by the spring of 2016, and JCM projects. He also emphasized to the ministries of participating countries and high-level civilian dignitaries the importance of innovation in the fields of energy and environmental technology and the dissemination of such innovation.

LPAA-Innovation Focus JCM High-level Meeting Side event hosted by Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) and other entities

2. Bilateral meetings and other matters

Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hoshino had bilateral meetings with high-level dignitaries from relevant international organizations, governments, and industry, such as Dr. Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the IEA (International Energy Agency), H.E. Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy of Maldives, and Mr. Peter Bakker, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). At these meetings, they shows their appreciation for Japan’s efforts, including innovations in the fields of energy and environmental technology and the dissemination of such innovations, and they also affirmed that they would pursue continuous, mutual cooperation in the future.

IEA Executive Director Minister of Environment and Energy of Maldives WBCSD President

3. Visits

At the exhibition Solutions Gallery, which focused on innovative solutions that have been developed and applied by enterprises to reduce the influence of economic activities on climate change, Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hoshino visited Honda Motor Co., Ltd.’s booth, which exhibited its all-new fuel cell vehicle and other products, and exchanged opinions concerning the importance of developing technology for realizing a future, low-carbon society and other matters.

Additionally, Mr. Hoshino visited ENIS, which is a base for exhibiting and selling Japan’s regional products in Paris, an effort partly funded by Cool Japan Fund Inc., where he exchanged opinions concerning measures for disseminating Cool Japan.
In addition, Mr. Hoshino expressed his sympathy for the victims of the serial terror attacks in Paris of November 13, 2015, and personally laid flowers at the scene of one of the incidents (Bataclan Theater).

Honda’s booth at the Solutions Gallery ENIS Laying flowers (Bataclan Theater)

Release date

December 15, 2015

Division in charge

  • Global Environmental Collaboration Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau for information on Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hoshino’s visit to France
  • Environmentally Sustainable Industries and Technologies Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau for information on each project

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