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The Long-term Climate Change Policy Platform Compiles a Report

In July 2016, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) established a Long-term Climate Change Policy Platform (hereinafter referred to as the “platform”), bringing together representatives from the government, industry and academia, and since then the platform has held meetings to discuss long-term measures to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases extending beyond 2030.

METI hereby announces that the platform compiled a report, based on the discussion results of the Task Force for the Expansion of Inward Investment and the Task Force for Overseas Expansion Strategies, both of which were established under the platform.

1. Outline

The decision made at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2015, i.e., Paris Agreement, requires Parties to communicate mid-century, long-term, low greenhouse gas emission development strategies to the secretariat by 2020.

To this end, in July 2016, METI established the platform; bringing together representatives from the government, industry and academia, aiming to hold discussions on ideal approaches to taking sustainable countermeasures against global warming that are compatible with Japan’s economic growth toward the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions on a long-term basis extending beyond 2030. Since then, along with the eight meetings held by the Task Force for the Expansion of Inward Investment and the six meetings held by the Task Force for Overseas Expansion Strategies, both of which were established under the platform, the platform has held repeated discussions on related issues, while considering feedback concerning discussion results from a Working Group for the National Energy and Environment Strategy for Technological Innovation Towards 2050 (NESTI 2050) established by the Cabinet Office. In addition, concerning a draft interim report on discussion results by the platform released on December 26, 2016, METI broadly called for the provision of evidence and information from a variety of stakeholders inside and outside Japan and received 109 items of evidence and information.

The platform considered these discussion results and the information and compiled a report on the future directions that Japan should take in making progress in countermeasures against global warming.

2. Outline of the report

Japan should seek for a long-term, low greenhouse gas emission development strategy not limited to but beyond conventional ideas within Japan, industries or existing technologies. The strategy stipulates “three arrows” game changers as countermeasures against global warming: (1) international contribution, (2) global value chain-based reductions by industries and companies, and (3) innovation. According to the three-arrow policy, the government, industries and companies should all proactively engage in efforts for reducing carbon emissions by an amount greater than that emitted by themselves, i.e., eventually carbon neutralizing Japan as a whole, and should lead emission-reduction efforts by other countries. Through these efforts, the strategy requires Japan to substantially contribute to the Paris agreement so as to achieve a balance between anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases under the agreement.

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Release date

April 14, 2017

Division in Charge

Environmental Policy Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

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