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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Carbon Offset Completed Concerning All Greenhouse Gas Emissions Related to the G7 Ise-Shima Summit Meeting in partnership with 111 Japanese Companies and local governments Carbon-offset effort in partnership with companies and local governments at world-first time

In collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of the Environment (MOE), and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) conducted a carbon-offset * concerning greenhouse gas emissions related to the G7 Ise-Shima Summit Meeting held in May 2016, in partnership with Japanese companies and local governments. Upon completion of procedures involving the carbon-offset, MEIT hereby releases a report on the effort, and METI, MOE, and MAFF will present a certificate of gratitude to companies and local governments that cooperated in the efforts.

1. Outline of the carbon-offset concerning greenhouse gas emissions related to the G7 Ise-Shima Summit Meeting

In collaboration with MOFA, MOE, and MAFF, METI conducted a carbon-offset to compensate for the greenhouse gas emissions related to the G7 Ise-Shima Summit Meeting held on May 26 and 27, 2016. During the meeting, 26,050 tons CO2 equivalent (tCO2) of greenhouse gases were emitted from the inter-venue transportation and accommodations of G7 leaders and stakeholders, the operation of venues, and other related activities.
The ministries offset the emissions with credits offered by 111 Japanese companies and local governments and credits owned by the Government of Japan.
This was the first time that carbon offsetting through public-private-local partnership had been implemented in the history of the Summit.

From April to May 2016, a period before the Ise-Shima Summit Meeting, METI, jointly with MOE and MAFF, called for company and local government applicants to offer credits for the offset. Following the meeting, from June to September 2016, they calculated the amount of greenhouse gas emissions related to the meeting and nullified or compensated for the emissions with the credits offered by companies and local governments, thereby having completed the carbon-offset. In response, METI hereby releases a report in which the results of the effort were compiled.
In addition, METI, MOE, and MAFF, organizations jointly operating the J-Credit Scheme and promoting carbon-offsetting, will present a certificate of gratitude by post mail to the companies and local governments that have cooperated in the effort listed in the Appendix, in order to express appreciation for their contribution to calling global attention to Japan’s commitment to measures against climate change through offering their credits and by raising public momentum in promoting global warming countermeasures in Japan.
Utilizing this effort as a case example, METI will strive to expand carbon-offsetting in Japan to encourage domestic activities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, which will be certified as credits, and to further raise public momentum to gain understanding of and cooperation in global warming countermeasures in Japan.

Note: Carbon offset program
Emissions of carbon dioxides and other greenhouse gases are unavoidable in people’s daily living and economic activities. Under this program, on the premise of making best efforts for reduction of such emissions, businesses are able to offset all or part of such gases emitted from their activities through certain efforts, including investment in activities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the amount they have emitted.

2. Summary of the report

Actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
While organizing the G7 Ise-Shima Summit Meeting, the Government of Japan selected facilities devised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as venues and accommodations for the meeting (e.g., installment of LED lights and highly-efficient, energy saving window sashes, etc.) in a best effort to reduce such emissions. It also conducted an effort in which related officials and stakeholders from the Japanese government were to take public transportation systems, such as shuttle buses, during the meeting.
GHG emissions included in the scope of the calculation
GHG emissions included in the scope of the calculation are: emissions involving international and within-country transportation of representatives from G7 Summit members, representatives from outreach countries and organizations, people related to the press, and from cooperative operators emissions related to the use of meeting facilities, accommodation venues, and the international media center.
Results of calculating GHG emissions for the G7 Summit
The amount of GHG emissions related to the G7 Ise-Shima Summit Meeting came to 26,050 tCO2.
Participant category Number of participants (persons) GHG emissions (t-CO2)
1 Representatives from G7 Summit members, representatives from outreach countries and organizations Approx. 2,300 22,118
2 The Press Approx. 5,900 3,810
3 Cooperative operators Approx. 10,700 122
Total Approx. 18,900 26,050
Carbon-offset partners
From April 26 to May 27, 2016, METI, jointly with MOE and MAFF, invited Japanese private companies and local governments to cooperate in the effort through the websites of the related ministries and through other methods. By the end of the invitation period, 111 entities (85 companies and 26 local governments) had offered credits which amounted to 13,130 t-CO2 credits in total.
Invalidation and retirement of credits
The total amount of credits provided from companies and local governments came to 13,130 t-CO2 credits. The government of Japan also provided 12,920 t-CO2 credits from its credits, meaning a total of 26,050t-CO2 credits were retired to offset relevant GHG emissions produced by the G7 Ise-Shima Summit.
Certification report by independent third party
To ensure the credibility of the carbon offsetting practice, an evaluation was conducted by a third-party auditor for GHG emissions subject to offsetting in the Summit.

Reference

Release date

November 1, 2016

Division in Charge

Environmental Economy Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

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