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
“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.
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.
- AEON CO., LTD.
- Ajinomoto Co., Inc.
- Alterna Co., Ltd
- Amagiya Inc.
- AMITA HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
- Architects Regional Planners ＆Associates・Kyoto
- ASIA ENERGY BANK Co., Ltd.
- ATGREEN Co., Ltd.
- BIOLOGIC PHILOSOPHY Co., Ltd.
- CARBON FREE CONSULTING CORPORATION
- CHUGAI PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD.
- Daifuku Co., Ltd.
- DAIICHI SANKYO COMPANY, LIMITED
- Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd.
- Decarbonization Support Co., Ltd.
- Eco Style Co., Ltd.
- Eco Works Co., Ltd.
- Ehime Juhan Co.,Ltd
- E-Konzal Co., Ltd.
- Environmental Business Agency, Inc.
- E-Square Inc.
- FP Corporation
- FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation
- Fujisaki Electric Co., Ltd.
- FUJITSU GENERAL LIMITED
- Fujitsu Limited
- Furukawa Co., Ltd.
- Green prop Co., Ltd.
- GRID&FINANCE ADVISORS Inc.
- Hitachi, Ltd.
- iiie co., ltd.
- INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY APPLICATION TECHNOLOGIES, LTD.
- Japan Waste Co., Ltd.
- JENEX Co., LTD.
- Jutaku Setsubi Assist
- Kanagote Farm
- Kao Corporation
- Kasetsukizai Co., Ltd.
- Kirin Holdings Company, Limited
- KK. Oomura Co.
- Kokubunji Sangyo
- Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.
- KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
- Kureha Ecology Management Co., Ltd.
- Leopalace21 Corporation
- LIXIL Group Corporation
- MAEDA CORPORATION
- MARUI GROUP CO., LTD.
- Minna-Denryoku, Inc.
- Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.
- MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc.
- NEC Corporation
- Neural Inc.
- Next Energy & Resources Co., Ltd.
- Nextshift Co., Ltd
- Nihon Environment Energy System Co., Ltd.
- NIHON HOUSE HOLDINGS CO., LTD.
- Nikkei Panel System Company, Ltd.
- Nikon Corporation
- Nippon Gas
- Nishimatsu Construction Co., Ltd.
- Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.
- NTT DOCOMO, INC.
- NTT FACILITIES, INC.
- Obiken Kogyo
- Ogawa Econos Inc.
- Ohisama Energy Station Co., Ltd.
- Ohkawa Printing Co., Ltd
- Panasonic Corporation
- Picot Energy Inc
- PLUS SOCIAL INVESTMENT Co., Ltd.
- Progresstec co., ltd
- Refine Holdings Co., Ltd.
- Response Ability, Inc.
- RICOH COMPANY, LTD.
- SARR LLC
- SB Energy Corp.
- SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
- Sekisui House, Ltd.
- Shintoshin Agency Co., Ltd.
- SHIZEN ENERGY Inc.
- Shizuoka Mirai Energy
- SHONAN POWER Co., Ltd.
- SoftBank Group Corp.
- Sompo Holdings, Inc.
- Sony Corporation
- Sumitomo Chemical Company, Limited
- Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd.
- Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings, Inc.
- Suzuhiro Kamaboko Co., Ltd.
- Suzuta Touge Nouen. Co., Ltd
- SymEnergy Inc.
- TAJIMA SHINKIN BANK
- Takashimaya Co., Ltd.
- THE SHIGA BANK，LTD．
- TODA CORPORATION
- TREE Inc.
- Unicharm Corporation
- Virtual Harmony Co., Ltd.
- Wa no energy
- WasteBox Co., Ltd.
- Watami Farm & Energy Co., Ltd.
- WELLNEST HOME Inc.
- West Holdings Corporation
- Yamato juken Co. Ltd
- YAMAZEN CO., LTD.
- YATSUMOTO TSUSHO CO., LTD
- Hakone Town
- Kagoshima City
- Kagoshima Prefecture
- Kawasaki City
- Kusatsu City
- Kyoto City
- Kyoto Prefecture
- Matsuda Town
- Nagano Prefecture
- Odawara City
- Omihachiman City
- Otsu City
- Shiga Prefecture
- Shimokawa Town
- Suita City
- Tokushima Prefecture
- Tokyo Metropolitan Government
- Yokohama City
- Basyobunka Forum
- BIO HOTELS JAPAN
- Biomass Industry Society Network
- CARBON OFFSET JAPAN
- Earth Life Network
- Ethical Association
- Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
- Japan Community Power Association
- Japan Meteorological and Environmental Organization
- Japan RPF Association
- Japan Solvent Recycling Industry Association
- Japanese Consumers' Co-operative Union (JCCU)
- Kagoshima Kankyo Mirai Zaidan
- kameplan architects
- Low Carbon Society Promotion Association
- Network of Business Leaders and Entrepreneuersfor a Sustainable Business and Energy Future
- NPO naturalenergy chibanokai
- SLSV CES INSTITUTE
- Sun-Based Economy Association
- Sustainable Economy Association
- The Association for Promotion of ZEH
- The Kawasaki Chamber Of Commerce and Industry
- Yokohamashi Chikyu Ondankataisaku Suishin Kyogikai
- CDP Worldwide-Japan
- Renewable Energy Institute
- WWF Japan
(154 organizations, including 109 companies and 45 cities and others, as of 31 July 2018)
- 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 email@example.com.
Takejiro Sueyoshi, Special Advisor to United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative in the Asia Pacific region
Special Advisor to United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative in the Asia Pacific region
CDP Japan, WWF 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, ICLEI Japan