Japan joined the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on December 2, 2018, in Katowice, Poland. Following initial discussions, ministers from each member country gathered at the conference to advance negotiations on climate change countermeasures to the final stage on December 10.
Measuring the Success of Climate Policy
Since the adoption of the Paris Agreement at COP 21, differing national interests have prolonged international negotiations on unified climate change countermeasures. Not only must framework rules be agreed upon, but those rules must also lay out detailed methods for implementation, including standardizing progress reports related to climate change measures across countries, as well as methods of calculating greenhouse gases. In addition, some developing countries have been requesting further financial support to implement environmental programs.
As part of Japan’s delegation at the negotiations, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), is collaborating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of the Environment and other organizations, toward full-fledged implementation of the Paris Agreement as a truly fair and effective international framework by 2020.
Japan Leads Through Innovation
Annual COP meetings bring together negotiation teams from member countries, industrial players, academic experts and journalists from around the world. In addition to meetings involving negotiations, COP is the stage for events that bring together influencers from a wide range of fields to discuss innovation for climate change action.
To coincide with COP 24, METI partnered with Japanese industrial players and related associations to showcase Japan’s outstanding low-carbon technologies and innovations. Under the theme of “Lead the World Forward,” the event spotlighted world-leading innovations from Japanese venture businesses in the field of clean technologies, such as wind power generation systems that can generate electricity even when major storms strike power plants, and paper made of limestone as alternative to plastic. The event also reinforced the commitment by Japanese industries to curb global warming, such as the automobile industry’s pursuit of a zero-emission society, and Japanese manufacturers’ efforts in the area of value chains, from product manufacturing to consumer use, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions inside and outside Japan.
Together with international and industry partners, Japan is committed to multilateral solutions to reduce the effects of climate change around the world.