Japan Climate Initiative

Joining the front line of the global push for decarbonization from Japan

Japan Climate Initiative

Companies, local governments, NGOs and other leaders worldwide have a have a vital role to play in delivering on the goals of the Paris Agreement by fostering climate action around the world.

In June, 2017, the federal government of the United States announced the intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.– In response, more than 2,800 companies, states, cities and other actors have since declared "We Are Still In," vowing to uphold the Paris Agreement by continuing to take climate action.

Inspired by the “leadership-through-action” of US non-state actors, over 100 Japanese companies, local governments, research institutions and NGOs established the Japan Climate Initiative (JCI). JCI is a network committed to strengthening communication and exchange of strategies and solutions among all actors that are implementing climate actions in Japan.

We, the members of the Japan Climate Initiative, invite Japanese companies, municipalities, research institutions and civil society organizations to participate in the initiative and help build a decarbonized Japanese society. As a partner coalition of the Alliances for Climate Action, JCI will collaborate with other domestic multi-stakeholder coalitions to accelerate the transition towards decarbonized and climate resilient societies around the world.

Contact:Japan Climate Initiative Secretariat

info@japanclimate.org

“Alliances for Climate Action” (ACAs) aims to build and strengthen domestic constituencies for climate action – companies, local and state governments, academic institutions, civil society organizations and others - committed to working with each other and with national governments to accelerate their nationally-determined processes of transformation towards low-carbon and climate-resilient societies. ACAs is being jointly advanced by seven international organizations - C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, CDP, Climate Action Network, Fundación AVINA, The Climate Group, the We Mean Business Coalition and WWF – together with leading partners at the national level.

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Declaration - Joining the front line of the global push for decarbonization from Japan

We, as non-state actors such as companies and local governments, pledge to stand at the forefront of global challenges in order to realize the decarbonized society envisioned by the Paris Agreement.

he Paris Agreement is an epoch-making international agreement which was the first to set the goal of net zero emission of greenhouse gases. Whether this goal will be achieved or not will affect the survival of human beings. At the same time, the transition to a decarbonized society agreed under the Paris Agreement will generate new opportunities for growth and development. Also, these efforts in support of decarbonization share the same aims as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

When the Kyoto Protocol, the first international agreement which committed to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, was adopted, Japan was certainly at the forefront of global climate action. However, 20 years later, Japan’s current position is far from a leading one.

We believe that Japan can and should play a greater role in the world in realizing a decarbonized society primarily through promotion of energy efficiency and expansion of renewable energy. Also, we are firmly convinced that expanding and accelerating efforts toward a decarbonized society and setting an example for international society will bring significant benefits to Japan itself.

In order to realize the goal of the Paris Agreement, Japanese non-state actors are beginning to play active roles in pursing more ambitious goals than the official commitment of the Japanese government. More than 50 Japanese companies have already set or are committed to set the Science Based Targets (SBT). Also, Japanese companies are increasingly joining RE100. Many local governments have set renewable energy deployment targets far exceeding the national target, and some of them have declared their will to achieve zero emission.

As the Paris Agreement requires a progressive increase in reduction targets in response to the deepening crisis of climate change, Japan will also be required to strengthen its countermeasures. We will enhance our efforts to demonstrate global leadership in achieving the well-below-two-degree target through our own activities. We are sure that the actions of Japanese non-state actors will enhance Japan’s commitment to climate efforts in international society.

We will serve as a bridge between Japan and the world in the effort to overcome the crisis of climate change.

Member Organizations

Companies

  • ABeam Consulting Ltd.
  • AEON CO., LTD.
  • Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
  • Alterna Co., Ltd
  • Amagiya Inc.
  • AMITA HOLDINGS CO.,LTD.
  • Amundi Japan Ltd.
  • ARC&TEC Co., Ltd
  • Architects Regional Planners &Associates・Kyoto
  • ASAHI GROUP HOLDINGS, LTD
  • ASIA ENERGY BANK Co., Ltd.
  • ATGREEN Co., Ltd.
  • BIOLOGIC PHILOSOPHY Co., Ltd.
  • Bloomberg L.P.
  • BNP Paribas Securities (Japan) Limited
  • Calbee, Inc.
  • CalNeCo, Inc.
  • CARBON FREE CONSULTING CORPORATION
  • Challenergy Inc.
  • Change Agent Inc.
  • CHUGAI PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD.
  • Citigroup Global Markets Japan Inc.
  • CSR Design Green Investment Advisory
  • CUC Energy Co.
  • Daifuku Co., Ltd.
  • DAIICHI SANKYO COMPANY, LIMITED
  • Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd.
  • Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Decarbonization Support Co., Ltd.
  • Dentsu Inc.
  • DSM Japan
  • Eco Style Co.,Ltd.
  • Eco Works Co., Ltd.
  • Ecoairsolution Co.Ltd
  • Ecolinx
  • EDGE INTERNATIONAL, INC.
  • Ehime Juhan Co.,Ltd
  • E-Konzal Co., Ltd.
  • energy311
  • Environmental Business Agency, Inc.
  • e's Inc.
  • E-Square Inc.
  • FP Corporation
  • FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation
  • Fujikura Ltd.
  • Fujisaki Electric Co., Ltd.
  • FUJITSU GENERAL LIMITED
  • Fujitsu Limited
  • Fukoku Capital Management, Inc.
  • Furukawa Co., Ltd.
  • Green prop Co., Ltd.
  • GreenPowerCorporation
  • GRID&FINANCE ADVISORS Inc.
  • Hishinaka Industry Co., Ltd.
  • Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd
  • Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Hoshi Koukoku
  • iiie co., ltd.
  • Imax
  • INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY APPLICATION TECHNOLOGIES,LTD.
  • Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd.
  • Issei Co., Ltd.
  • J. FRONT RETAILING Co., Ltd.
  • Japan Audit and Certification
  • Japan carbon management Co.
  • Japan Renewable Energy Corporation
  • Japan Waste Co., Ltd.
  • JENEX Co., LTD.
  • Jutaku Setsubi Assist
  • Jyukankyo Research Institute Inc.
  • K.K. Satisfactory
  • Kanagote Farm
  • Kao Corporation
  • Kasetsukizai Co., Ltd.
  • Kato Sogyo
  • Kirin Holdings Company, Limited
  • Kitakyushu Power Co.,Ltd
  • KK. Oomura Co.
  • KOBAYASHI Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
  • Kokubunji Sangyo
  • Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.
  • KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
  • KOSÉ Corporation
  • KOZONO INDUSTRY Co., Ltd.
  • Kubota Corporation
  • Kureha Ecology Management Co., Ltd.
  • Leopalace21 Corporation
  • LIXIL Group Corporation
  • MAEDA CORPORATION
  • MARUI GROUP CO., LTD.
  • Mdesigncrafts CO., LTD.
  • Mibugawa Power Company
  • Minna-Denryoku, Inc.
  • minnanomachidukuri co.ltd
  • Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.
  • Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc.
  • Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.
  • Mizuho Information & Research Institute, Inc.
  • MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc.
  • MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.
  • Nabtesco Corporation
  • NAKASHIMA SHOKAI CO., LTD
  • NEC Corporation
  • Neural Inc.
  • Next Energy & Resources Co., Ltd.
  • Nextshift Co., Ltd
  • NH Foods Ltd.
  • Nice Corporation
  • Nice Holdings, Inc.
  • Nifco.Inc
  • Nihon Environment Energy System Co., Ltd.
  • NIHON HOUSE HOLDINGS CO.,LTD.
  • Nikkei Panel System Company,Ltd.
  • Nikon Corporation
  • Nippo Business
  • Nippon Gas
  • Nippon Telenet
  • Nishimatsu Construction Co., Ltd.
  • Nomura Real Estate Asset Management Co., Ltd.
  • Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.
  • NTT DOCOMO, INC.
  • NTT FACILITIES, INC.
  • NYKLine
  • Obiken Kogyo
  • Ogawa Econos Inc.
  • Ohisama Energy Station Co., Ltd.
  • Ohkawa Printing Co., Ltd
  • One Planet Cafe Ltd.
  • PACIFIC POWER CO., LTD.
  • Panasonic Corporation
  • Patagonia International Inc.
  • Picot Energy Inc
  • PLUS SOCIAL INVESTMENT Co., Ltd.
  • Pripress Center Co., Ltd.
  • Progresstec co., ltd
  • Refine Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • Renewable Japan Co.,Ltd.
  • Response Ability, Inc.
  • RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
  • RICOH LEASING COMPANY, LTD.
  • SAPPORO HOLDINGS LTD.
  • SARR LLC
  • SB Energy Corp.
  • SCSK Corporation
  • SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
  • Sekisui House, Ltd.
  • Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd.
  • Shintoshin Agency Co., Ltd
  • SHIZEN ENERGY Inc.
  • Shizuoka Mirai Energy
  • Shonai Kankyo Energy
  • SHONAN POWER Co., Ltd.
  • SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation
  • Smart Energy Co.,Ltd.
  • SMART SOLAR CORPORATION
  • SoftBank Group Corp.
  • Solar Frontier K.K.
  • SOLAR WORLD Co., Ltd.
  • Sompo Holdings, Inc.
  • Sony Corporation
  • Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
  • Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd
  • Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd.
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management
  • Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings, Inc.
  • SUN GEOGRAPHY TECHNICAL CO., LTD.
  • Sun Messe Co., Ltd.
  • Suntory Holdings Limited
  • Suzuhiro Kamaboko Co., Ltd.
  • SUZUKI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
  • Suzuta Touge Nouen. Co., Ltd
  • SymEnergy Inc.
  • SystemSoft Corporation
  • TAJIMA SHINKIN BANK
  • TAKARAZUKA SUMIRE ELECTRIC POWER
  • Takasago International Corporation
  • Takashimaya Co., Ltd.
  • Teijin Ltd.
  • The Asahi Shimbun Company
  • The Michinokubank, Ltd.
  • THE SHIGA BANK,LTD.
  • TODA CORPORATION
  • Toyoko Kagaku Co., Ltd.
  • TREE Inc.
  • TSUBAKIMOTO CHAIN CO.
  • TSUKAMOTO U&S CO., LTD.
  • Unicharm Corporation
  • Virtual Harmony Co., Ltd.
  • Wa no energy
  • WasteBox Co., Ltd.
  • Watami Farm & Energy Co., Ltd.
  • WELLNEST HOME Inc.
  • West Holdings Corporation
  • Wind Power Sakata
  • Woonerf Inc.
  • XSOL CO., LTD.
  • Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd.
  • Yamato juken Co.Ltd
  • YAMAZAKURA
  • YAMAZEN CO., LTD.
  • Yano Research Institute Ltd.
  • YATSUMOTO TSUSHO CO.,LTD
  • Yuza Wind Farm

Cities/Municipalities

  • City of Kitakyushu
  • Hakone Town
  • Kagoshima City
  • Kagoshima Prefecture
  • Kanagawa Prefectural Government
  • Kawasaki City
  • Kusatsu City
  • Kyoto City
  • Kyoto Prefecture
  • Matsuda Town
  • Minato City
  • Nagano Prefecture
  • Odawara City
  • Omihachiman City
  • Osaka City
  • Otsu City
  • Sakai City
  • Setagaya City, Tokyo
  • Shiga Prefecture
  • Shimokawa Town
  • Suita City
  • Takamatsu City
  • Tokushima Prefecture
  • Tokyo Metropolitan Government
  • Toyonaka City
  • Yamanashi Prefecture
  • Yokohama City

Others

  • AKAGI MARITIME SOGO LAW OFFICE
  • Basyobunka Forum
  • BIO HOTELS JAPAN
  • Biomass Industry Society Network
  • CARBON OFFSET JAPAN
  • Central Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry
  • Chiba University of Commerce
  • Citizens' Alliance for Saving the Atmosphere and the Earth
  • Citizens for Renewable Energy Promotion
  • Climate Action Network Japan (CAN-Japan)
  • Climate Resource Exchange
  • CONSUMERS CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY KAGOSHIMA
  • Co-opdeli Consumers' Co-operative Union
  • Earth Life Network
  • efuko-pu seikatukyoudoukumiai
  • elsa
  • Ethical Association
  • General Incorporated Association Urbanist
  • Green Purchasing Network
  • Hokkaido Green Purchasing Network
  • Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
  • Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP)
  • Integrated Information Institute, Inc.
  • Japan Association of Environment and Society for the 21st Century (JAES21)
  • Japan Community Power Association
  • Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry
  • Japan Meteorological and Environmental Organization
  • Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA)
  • Japan RPF Association
  • Japan Solvent Recycling Industry Association
  • Japanese Consumers' Co-operative Union (JCCU)
  • Kagoshima Kankyo Mirai Zaidan
  • kameplan architects
  • Kiko Network
  • Low Carbon Society Promotion Association
  • Miyagi Consumer’s Co-operative Society
  • More Trees
  • Network of Business Leaders and Entrepreneuers for a Sustainable Business and Energy Future
  • NPO naturalenergy chibanokai
  • NPO Okhotsk Renewable Energy Platform
  • NPOHOUJINMEBUKI
  • Nuclear Power and Renewable Energy
  • Oisoeneshift
  • OSAKA IZUMI CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY
  • Palsystem Consumers' Co-operative Union
  • Sacred Heart Institute for Sustainable Futures
  • Sapporo Convention Network
  • Sera Creations
  • Shiga Green Purchasing Network
  • SLSV CES INSTITUTE
  • Solar Design Consortium
  • Sophia University Institute for Studies of the Global Enviroment
  • Sun-Based Economy Association
  • Sustainable Economy Association
  • The Association for Promotion of ZEH
  • The Kawasaki Chamber Of Commerce and Industry
  • The Odawara Hakone Chamber of commerce and Industry
  • The Research Institute for Environmental Finance
  • Think the Earth
  • Tokushima Regional Energy General Incorporated Association
  • Yokohamashi Chikyu Ondankataisaku Suishin Kyogikai
  • CDP Worldwide-Japan
  • Renewable Energy Institute
  • WWF Japan

(295 organizations, including 204 companies, 27 cities/Municipalities and 64 others, as of 14 November 2018)

FAQ

What is Japan Climate Initiative?
It is a network of various non-state actors such as companies, local governments, organizations and NGOs actively engaged in climate action. In the United States, companies, state and municipal governments and other organizations established a coalition called “We Are Still In.” Signatories are committed to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement. Inspired by this domestic movement in the United States, efforts to establish domestic coalitions comprised of companies, local and subnational governments, academic institutions, civil society organizations and others in support of decisive implementation of the Paris Agreement are getting underway in other countries as well. Japan Climate Initiative will collaborate with these international movements.
Who can join the initiative?
Companies, financial institutions, local governments, research institutes, NGOs and other organizations which agree with the Founding Declaration can join the initiative. Both individual organizations and coalitions of organizations can join.
How is the initiative organized?
The preparatory committee (consisting of WWF Japan, CDP Japan, Renewable Energy Institute, Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (Japan-CLP), The Frontier Network (TFN), Network of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs for a Sustainable Business and Energy Future and Mr. Takejiro Sueyoshi, UNEP Finance Initiative), which was engaged in preparation for the founding, will be in charge of management at the moment. The management structure is planned to be developed within this year.
What does it do?
JCI’s initial work plan is laid out in the launch press release. Please refer to the document below.
Download: Press Release (jci_pressrelease_en.pdf)
Is there a membership fee or any other requirements?
No membership fee is required but donations are always welcome. Operation costs in FY 2018 will be covered by the three organizations serving as the secretariat.
There are no specific requirements for member organizations, but they are expected to make active efforts on a voluntary basis.
How can we join the initiative?
Please fill out the application form available available on the Japanese website and send it to the secretariat by e-mail. Currently only those organizations which have basis in Japan can join the initiative.
The secretariat’s e-mail address for application is office@japanclimate.org.

Partner organizations, Secretariat and a Leading advocate

Leading advocate

 

Takejiro Sueyoshi

Special Advisor to United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative in the Asia Pacific region

Secretariat organizations

CDP Japan, WWF Japan, Renewable Energy Institute
CDP Japan WWF Japan Renewable Energy Institute

Partner organizations

Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (Japan-CLP), The Frontier Network (TFN), Network of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs for a Sustainable Business and Energy Future, ICLEI Japan
Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (Japan-CLP) The Frontier Network (TFN)
Network of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs for a Sustainable Business and Energy Future ICLEI Japan