The Japan Climate Initiative (hereinafter referred to as “JCI”) submitted to the Japanese government a statement entitled “Calling on the Japanese government to enhance its NDC” regarding its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) that includes the greenhouse gas emissions reduction target towards 2030. 221 JCI signatories (142 companies, 21 municipalities, 58 organizations) have signed on the message as of January 31.
This year, each Party of the Paris Agreement is supposed to resubmit their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the UNFCCC secretariat before COP26. Current NDCs of all parties are highly insufficient to achieve the target of the Paris Agreement and it is projected to result in about 3°C temperature rise at the end of this century. In order to fill the huge emissions gap between the long-term goal of the Paris Agreement and the targets in the current NDCs, it is required for all Parties including Japan to revise their NDCs and resubmit them with higher ambition.
JCI is a network of companies, local governments, NPO/NGOs and other subnational and non-state actors ”pledge to stand at the forefront of global challenges in order to realize the decarbonized society envisioned by the Paris Agreement.” As such, JCI strongly calls on the Japanese government to enhance its NDC that will contribute to realizing the goals of the Paris Agreement.
In 2020, whether to be able to accelerate the implementation of the Paris Agreement depends on Japan’s and the World’s resolutions.
*2/5/2020 11:03 correction: the numbers signed on the statement (220→221 signatories, 57→58 organization) / “Yokohamashi Chikyu Ondankataisaku Suishin Kyogikai” is added in the list.
Calling on the Japanese government to enhance its NDC
The Paris Agreement has entered the implementation phase this year, in 2020. Parties of the agreement are required to resubmit to the secretariat of the UNFCCC their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), including greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets by 2030, before COP26 this November.
The IPCC’s Special Report “Global Warming of 1.5° C”, published in October 2018, indicated that average temperature rise should be kept below 1.5 ° C, rather than below 2.0 ° C, and in order to achieve that, carbon dioxide emissions need to be halved by 2030 and reach net zero by 2050.
In fact, the year 2019 again saw a number of extreme weather events such as heat waves, wildfires, droughts and floods all over the world, which caused enormous damages. Japan was no exception. Unprecedented weather disasters including Typhoon Faxai and Typhoon Hagibis have brought huge loss to many people in Japan by destroying nature and their property.
While the terms “climate crisis” and “climate emergency” are being widely used, young people around the world have risen up, urging adults to enhance their climate actions in the form of school strikes and peaceful marches.
If Japan does not enhance its NDC in the midst of the escalating climate crisis year by year and the growing voices around the world calling for stronger climate actions, it not only ends up showing Japan’s passive attitude on climate change to the world, but also jeopardizes the efforts of other countries that are seeking to enhance their emission reduction targets and measures even under difficult circumstances in each country.
If Japan is to be widely considered reluctant to decarbonization, the reputation could hinder Japanese businesses from developing their global business and in some cases Japanese companies including SMEs could get excluded from the supply chains.
As members of the Japan Climate Initiative aiming to “join the front line of global trend for decarbonization from Japan”, we pledge to accelerate our efforts on decarbonization with greater resolution than ever and call on the Japanese government to enhance its NDC including the revision of its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target.
4th, February, 2020
Signatories (alphabetical order)
(Total 221: including 142 companies, 21 cities/Municipalities and 58 others)
as of January 31, 2020
* Signatories that sign on the statement after the press release will be added each time in the list below.
Companies (Total 142)
AEON CO., LTD.
AMAGASAKI SHINKIN BANK
AMITA HOLDINGS CO.,LTD.
Architects Regional Planners ＆Associates・Kyoto
ASAHI GROUP HOLDINGS, LTD
Asian Gateway Corporation
BIOLOGIC PHILOSOPHY Co., Ltd.
Change Agent Inc.
CHUGAI PHARMACEUTICAL CO., LTD.
Chuhgoku Wind-Power Co.、 Ltd.
Citizen Watch Co.、 Ltd.
Clean Energy lab GK
CSR Design Green Investment Advisory
Daitec Co., Ltd.
Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd.
Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd.
Decarbonization Support Co., Ltd.
DNV GL Business Assurance Japan
Eco Works Co., Ltd.
ECO-PLAN Co., Ltd.
EDGE INTERNATIONAL, INC.
E-Konzal Co., Ltd.
erex Co., Ltd.
Four Twenty Seven
FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation
FUJITSU GENERAL LIMITED
Fukoku Capital Management, Inc.
Future Environment Energy Plan Co., Ltd.
Green Earth Institute Co.、 Ltd.
Greener Space Planning LLC
Ichigo Asset Management, Ltd.
INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY APPLICATION TECHNOLOGIES,LTD.
Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd.
J. FRONT RETAILING Co., Ltd.
Japan carbon management Co.
Japan Renewable Energy Corporation
Japan Waste Co., Ltd.
Kirin Holdings Company, Limited
KK. Oomura Co.
KOBAYASHI Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.
KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
KYOKUTO KAIHATSU KOGYO CO.、LTD.
Lendlease Japan Inc.
LIXIL Group Corporation
MARUI GROUP CO., LTD.
Maxell Holdings, Ltd.
Meiji Holdings Co., Ltd.
MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc.
NAKASHIMA SHOKAI CO., LTD
Next Energy & Resources Co., Ltd.
Nextshift Co., Ltd
NIHON PLAST CO.、LTD
Nikkei Panel System Company,Ltd.
NIPPON FLOUR MILLS Co., Ltd.
Nomura Real Estate Asset Management Co., Ltd.
Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.
NTT DATA Corporation
NTT DOCOMO, INC.
NTT FACILITIES, INC.
Ohisama Energy Station Co., Ltd.
Ohkawa Printing Co., Ltd
One Planet Cafe Ltd.
Patagonia International Inc.
Picot Energy Inc
Progresstec co., ltd
Refine Holdings Co., Ltd.
Ricoh Co., Ltd.
RICOH LEASING COMPANY, LTD.
SAKAE KOUKAN CO., LTD
Sanyo Syoji CO., LTD.
SAPPORO HOLDINGS LTD.
SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION
SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
Sekisui House, LTD
Sekisui Jushi Corporation
Shizuoka Mirai Energy
SMART SOLAR CORPORATION
SOHGO SECURITY SERVISES CO., LTD.
SOLAR WORLD Co., Ltd.
Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd.
Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings, Inc.
SUN GEOGRAPHY TECHNICAL CO., LTD.
Sun Messe Co., Ltd.
SUZUKI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
Suzuta Touge Nouen. Co., Ltd
Swiss Re Asia Pte. Ltd., Japan Branch
Takasago International Corporation
Takashimaya Co., Ltd.
TBM Co., Ltd.
TECHNO ASSOCIE CO., LTD.
THE SHIGA BANK，LTD．
WasteBox Co., Ltd.
Watami Energy Co., Ltd.
West Holdings Corporation
WOOD FRIENDS CO.、LTD
Yamato juken Co.Ltd
YAMAZEN CO., LTD.
Yano Research Institute Ltd.
YATSUMOTO TSUSHO CO.,LTD
Yokohama Kankyo Design co., ltd.
Zero Energy Company(ZEC),Inc.
Cities/Municipalities (Total 21)
Kanagawa Prefectural Government
Mie Prefectural Government
Oki town office
Setagaya City, Tokyo
Tokyo Metropolitan Government
Others (Total 58)
BIO HOTELS JAPAN
Citizens’ Alliance for Saving the Atmosphere and the Earth
City Watch Square
Climate Action Network Japan (CAN-Japan)
CONSUMERS CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY KAGOSHIMA
Co-opdeli Consumers’ Co-operative Union
Earth Life Network
General Incorporated Association ENV
General Incorporated Association Urbanist
Hokkaido Green Fund
Hokkaido Green Purchasing Network
Honmon Butsuryu Shu (HBS)
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP)
International Resources and Energies Student Association
Japan Association of Environment and Society for the 21st Century (JAES21)
JAPAN CLIMATE LEADERS’ PARTNERSHIP
Japan Community Power Association
Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA)
Japan RPF Association
Japan Solvent Recycling Industry Association
Japanese Consumers’ Co-operative Union (JCCU)
Kyoto Butsuryu Museum
Low Carbon Society Promotion Association
NPO kitakyu Environmental Cleanup Institute
Nuclear Power and Renewable Energy
OSAKA IZUMI CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY
Palsystem Consumers’ Co-operative Union
Research Institute of Global 3E
SLSV CES INSTITUTE
Sun-Based Economy Association
Sustainable Economy Association
The Association for Promotion of ZEH
The Association of Speedy Land Trust
The Odawara Hakone Chamber of commerce and Industry
The Research Institute for Environmental Finance
Tokushima Regional Energy General Incorporated Association
Ueda shimin enerugii
WEATHER CASTER NETWORK
World Environment Improvement Organization
World Federalist Movement
Yamahana Law Office
Yokohamashi Chikyu Ondankataisaku Suishin Kyogikai
Renewable Energy Institute