The Japan Climate Initiative (hereinafter referred to as “JCI”) issued a statement entitled “Japan needs an ambitious long-term strategy to show Japan’s decarbonization leadership to the world” in response to the draft “Long-Term Strategy under the Paris Agreement as A Growth Strategy” to address global warming towards 2050. 211 JCI signatories (143 companies, 26 municipalities, 42 organizations) have agreed on the message as of May 16.

The message stated that “in the Japanese context, the most important set of measures for the realization of a decarbonized society is to promote energy efficiency in a comprehensive manner and maximize the use of renewable energy.” The message also indicated that “in Japan, in particular, the renewable energy target of the Japanese government should be further raised as it is the key to significantly reduce reliance on fossil fuels such as coal in the years ahead.”

The Japanese government will complete the long-term strategy after the public comment period until May 16 closes. It is expected to unveil the final version of its long-term strategy by the G20 Osaka Summit in June.

JCI is a network of companies, local governments, NPO/NGOs and other subnational and non-state actors committed to stand at the forefront of the climate challenge alongside with the world in order to realize the decarbonized society demanded by the Paris Agreement. As such, JCI strongly asks for the long term strategy to be more ambitious and truly aligned with the Paris Agreement. This will allow Japan to show real leadership to the world when it comes to addressing the climate crisis. The future of Japan and the future of the world depend on Japan’s leadership at this critical juncture.

 

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Japan needs an ambitious long-term strategy to show

Japan’s decarbonization leadership to the world

Statement of the Japan Climate Initiative in response to the Japanese Government’s draft long-term strategy

 

As the Paris Agreement moves to the implementation stage, Japan must accelerate its efforts towards decarbonization.

Given that Japan holds this year’s G20 Presidency, 2019 will be a great opportunity for Japan to show the international community its leadership when it comes to decarbonization. The Japanese government is preparing its long-term strategy based on the proposal developed by a special advisory council known as “ Meeting for the Long-Term Strategy under the Paris Agreement as A Growth Strategy.” The proposal was published on April 2nd as part of a process[1] that will culminate with the presentation of Japan’s strategy by the G20 Osaka 2019 Summit.

Last October, the 1.5 °C Special Report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) showed that the world needs to reach “net zero” by 2050 and reduce CO2 emissions by about 45% by 2030 relative to 2010 levels in order to keep the global temperature rise below 1.5 °C. The proposal of “Long-Term Strategy under the Paris Agreement as A Growth Strategy” recognized that the urgency and the need to enhance climate actions highlighted in the report were widely accepted by the international community. The proposal also asked the Japanese government to set the future vision of the decarbonized society as a final target and to aim to achieve it as early as possible in the second half of this century.

In the Japanese context, the most important set of measures to realize a decarbonized society is to promote energy efficiency in a comprehensive manner and maximize the use of renewable energy. In Japan, in particular, the renewable energy target of the Japanese government should be further raised as it is the key to significantly reduce reliance on fossil fuels such as coal in the years ahead.

Amid the world’s accelerating decarbonization trend, many companies and local governments in Japan are starting to work beyond the conventional government plans to achieve greater use of renewable energy and zero emissions. The long-term strategy developed by the government must support such pioneering efforts by Japanese actors to accelerate their efforts and contribute to building the decarbonized society that we need in Japan.

If the government issues a clear message for decarbonization, it will further accelerate the leading efforts by private sectors and local governments, and contribute to making Japan an advanced country when it comes to the business of decarbonization.

As a member of the Japan Climate Initiative that promised to stand at the frontline of the climate challenge along with the world to realize the decarbonized society demanded by the Paris Agreement, we strongly ask for a more ambitious  long term strategy that shows Japan’s leadership to the world when it comes to addressing climate change.

 

May16, 2019

 

[1] The national government-led process included: (a) the establishment of a special advisory council known as “Meeting for the Long-term Strategy under the Paris Agreement as a Growth Strategy;” (b) the development of a series of recommendations by the advisory council which are meant to serve as the basis for the national government’s long-term strategy (LTS) draft, published on April 2; (c) the publication of the draft LTS on April 23; (d) about 3 weeks public comment period which ended on May 16; and (d) the incorporation of public comments; and e) the publication of the final version of the LTS, expected right before the G20 meetings in Osaka, Japan, in June. 

 

 

Signatories (alphabetical order) 
(Total 212: including 144 companies, 26 cities/Municipalities and 42 others)  

 

as of 16 May
* Signatories that agreed on the message  after the press release will be added in the list each time.

Companies (Total 144)

ADVANTEST CORPORATION

AEON CO., LTD.

Aica Kogyo Co., Ltd.

AMITA HOLDINGS CO.,LTD.

Amundi Japan Ltd.

Architects Regional Planners &Associates・Kyoto

ASAHI GROUP HOLDINGS, LTD

ATGREEN Co., Ltd.

BIOLOGIC PHILOSOPHY Co., Ltd.

BNP Paribas Securities (Japan) Limited

Calbee, Inc.

CalNeCo, Inc.

CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD.

Challenergy Inc.

Chuhgoku Wind-Power Co., Ltd.

Citizen Watch Co., Ltd.

Clean Energy lab GK

CSR Design Green Investment Advisory

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.

Daitec Co., Ltd.

Daito Trust Construction Co., Ltd.

Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd.

Decarbonization Support Co., Ltd.

Dentsu Inc.

Eco Works Co., Ltd.

Ecoairsolution Co.Ltd

Ecolinx

ECOPLAN CO.,LTD

EDGE INTERNATIONAL, INC.

E-Konzal Co., Ltd.

energy311

Environmental Business Agency, Inc.

erex Co., Ltd.

e’s Inc.

ESPEC Corp.

E-Square Inc.

F&E Ashigarakintarou Energy Power

FP Corporation

Fujikura Ltd.

Fujitsu Limited

GreenPowerCorporation

GRID&FINANCE ADVISORS Inc.

Hakuhodo Inc.

iiie co., ltd.

INSTITUTE FOR ENERGY APPLICATION TECHNOLOGIES,LTD.

Issei Co., Ltd.

ITO EN, LTD.

ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation

J. FRONT RETAILING Co., Ltd.

Japan carbon management Co.

Japan Renewable Energy Corporation

Japan Waste Co., Ltd.

Jutaku Setsubi Assist

Kanagote Farm

Kao Corporation

Kirin Holdings Company, Limited

KK. Oomura Co.

KOBAYASHI Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.

Kokusai Kogyo Co., Ltd.

KONICA MINOLTA, INC.

KOSÉ Corporation

Kubota Corporation

KYOCERA Corporation

LIMONE LLC

Lion Corporation

LIXIL Group Corporation

MAEDA CORPORATION

MARUI GROUP CO., LTD.

Minna-Denryoku, Inc.

minnanomachidukuri co.ltd

MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings, Inc.

MURATA MACHINERY, LTD.

Nabtesco Corporation

NAKASHIMA SHOKAI CO., LTD

NEC Corporation

Next Energy & Resources Co., Ltd.

Nextshift Co., Ltd

Nice Holdings, Inc.

NIHON PLAST CO., LTD

Nikkei Panel System Company,Ltd.

Nikon Corporation

NIPPON  FLOUR  MILLS  Co., Ltd.

Nippon Gas

Nishimatsu Construction Co., Ltd.

Nomura Real Estate Asset Management Co., Ltd.

Nomura Research Institute, Ltd.

NTT DATA Corporation

NTT FACILITIES, INC.

NYKLine

Ohisama Energy Station Co., Ltd.

Okaken-Home

Panasonic Corporation

Patagonia International Inc.

Picot Energy Inc

Progresstec co., ltd

Refine Holdings Co., Ltd.

Renewable Japan Co.,Ltd.

RICOH COMPANY, LTD.

SAKAE KOUKAN CO., LTD

Sanyo Syoji CO., LTD.

SAPPORO HOLDINGS LTD.

SB Energy Corp.

SEIKO EPSON CORPORATION

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.

Sekisui House, Ltd.

Sekisui Jushi Corporation

Shinkin Central Bank

SHIZEN ENERGY Inc.

SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation

SMART SOLAR CORPORATION

SoftBank Group Corp.

SOHGO SECURITY SERVISES CO., LTD.

SOLAR WORLD Co., Ltd.

Sompo Holdings, Inc.

Sony Corporation

Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Co., Ltd

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Asset Management

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings, Inc.

SUN GEOGRAPHY TECHNICAL CO., LTD.

Sun Messe Co., Ltd.

Suntory Holdings Limited

SUZUKI ELECTRIC CO., LTD.

SymEnergy Inc.

Takasago International Corporation

Takashimaya Co., Ltd.

Takeuchiteien

TBM Co., Ltd.

TECHNO ASSOCIE CO., LTD.

Teijin Ltd.

TERA Energy

The Asahi Shimbun Company

The Banshu Shinkin Bank

The Japan Times, Ltd.

THE SHIGA BANK,LTD.

TSUKAMOTO CORPORATION CO., LTD.

Unicharm Corporation

Virtual Harmony Co., Ltd.

WasteBox Co., Ltd.

Watami Farm & Energy Co., Ltd.

Woonerf Inc.

XSOL CO., LTD.

Yamato juken Co.Ltd

YANMAR CO., LTD.

YATSUMOTO TSUSHO CO.,LTD

 

Cities/Municipalities (Total 26)

City of Kitakyushu

City of Sapporo

Hakone Town

Hamamatsu City

Kagoshima City

Kanagawa Prefectural Government

Kawasaki City

Kyoto City

Kyoto Prefecture

Matsuda Town

Matsuyama City

Nagano Prefecture

Odawara City

Omihachiman City

Osaka City

Otsu City

Sakai City

Setagaya City

Shiga Prefecture

Suita City

Takamatsu City

Tokushima Prefecture

Tokyo Metropolitan Government

Toyonaka City

Yamanashi Prefecture

Yokohama City

 

Others (Total 42)

BIO HOTELS JAPAN

Central Federation of Societies of Commerce and Industry

Chiba University of Commerce

Citizens’ Alliance for Saving the Atmosphere and the Earth

Climate Action Network Japan (CAN-Japan)

CONSUMERS CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY KAGOSHIMA

Co-opdeli Consumers’ Co-operative Union

Forever-Green

General Incorporated Association ENV

General Incorporated Association Urbanist

Green Purchasing Network

Hokkaido Green Purchasing Network

Honmon Butsuryu Shu (HBS)

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP)

Japan Community Power Association

Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA)

Japan RPF Association

Japan Solvent Recycling Industry Association

kameplan architects

Kochi Renewable Energy Association

Kyoto HBS Museum

Low Carbon Society Promotion Association

Network of Business Leaders and Entrepreneuers for a Sustainable Business and Energy Future

NPOHOUJINMEBUKI

Oisoeneshift

Palsystem Consumers’ Co-operative Union

Sera Creations

SLSV CES INSTITUTE

Sustainable Economy Association

The Association for Promotion of ZEH

The Kawasaki Chamber Of Commerce and Industry

The Research Institute for Environmental Finance

Tokushima Regional Energy General Incorporated Association

Ueda shimin enerugii

Utsukushima NPO Network (NPO)

WEATHER CASTER NETWORK

World Environment Improvement Organization

Yamahana Law Office

 

CDP Worldwide-Japan

Renewable Energy Institute

WWF Japan