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Joint Press Release with the Ministry of the EnvironmentJCM High-level Meeting was Held-Japan and the 16 partner countries confirmed their intention to cooperate in implementing the JCM program during the COP 21-

On December 9, 2015 (local date in Paris: December 8), the Government of Japan held a Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) High-level Meeting as a side event to the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which was held in Paris, France.

1. Outline and outcomes of the Meeting

On December 9, 2015 (local time: December 8), the Government of Japan held a JCM High-level Meeting as a side event to the COP 21, which was held in Paris, France.

Mr. Tsuyoshi Hoshino, Japan’s Parliamentary Vice-Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Ms. Tamayo Marukawa, Japan’s Minister of the Environment, attended the Meeting, to welcome the progress of JCM projects together with the representatives of the 16 countries that have signed individual bilateral documents regarding the JCM with Japan and to confirm their intention to achieve global greenhouse gas emissions reductions by diffusion of leading low carbon technologies through the JCM.

2. Participants in the Meeting

H.E. Mr. Namdag Battsereg, Minister of Environment, Green Development and Tourism, Mongolia
H.E. Mr. Anwar Hossain Manju, Hon'ble Minister of Environment and Forests, People's Republic of Bangladesh
H.E. Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Ms. Fatuma Hussein, Acting Director, Climate Change Secretariat, Ministry of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Republic of Kenya
H.E. Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy, Republic of Maldives Mr. Tran Hong Ha, Vice Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
Mr. Phouvong Luangxaysana, Director General, Department of Disaster Management and Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao People's Democratic Republic
H.E. Mr. Rachmat Witoelar, Minister and President's Special Envoy for Climate Change, Republic of Indonesia
H.E. Mr. Edgar Gutiérrez Espeleta, Minister of Environment and Energy, Republic of Costa Rica
H.E. Ms. Olai Uludong, Ambassador to the European Union and Climate Change, Republic of Palau
Dr. Tin Ponlok, Secretary General of the General Secretariat of National Council for Sustainable Development, Ministry of Environment, Kingdom of Cambodia
H.E. Mr. Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, United Mexican States
Mr.Khalid Abuleif, Advisor to the Minister, Ministry of Petroleum & Mineral Resources, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mr. Juan Pedro Searle, Head of the Climate Change Unit, Ministry of Energy, Republic of Chile
H.E. Thet Thet Zin, Deputy Minister, for Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Ms. Prasertsuk Chamornmarn, Executive Director, Thailand Greenhouse Gas Management Organization, Kingdom of Thailand
Note: The countries mentioned above are listed in the order of the dates in which each country became a JCM signatory.

Reference: Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM)

The JCM quantitatively evaluates Japan’s contributions to the reduction and removal of greenhouse gas emissions which are realized through the diffusion of technologies and related measures, products, systems, services, and infrastructure used to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries. In addition, the JCM is utilized to achieve Japan’s reduction targets. Currently, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) are jointly proceeding with bilateral negotiations with countries that are interested in the mechanism. Currently, Japan has concluded the JCM with 16 countries; Mongolia, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Maldives, Viet Nam, the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Palau, Cambodia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Chile, Myanmar, and Thailand.
Note: In addition to the 16 countries above, the Republic of the Philippines signed a memorandum agreeing to work toward a bilateral document for the JCM on December 7, 2015.

Reference: JCM High-level Meeting

Greetings by METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hoshino

METI Parliamentary Vice-Minister Hoshino(front row, third from the left) and other participants of the JCM High-level Meeting

Release date

December 9, 2015

Division in charge

Global Environment Partnership Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

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