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Ahead of the G20, the Japan Climate Initiative Calls Upon the Japanese Government to Raise the Ambition of its Long-Term Strategy

The Japan Climate Initiative (JCI), launched in August 2018, recently responded to the Government of Japan’s draft on Japan's Long-Term Strategy ahead of the G20 in Osaka, Japan from June 28-29, 2019. JCI submitted this message to the government as a public comment on the draft strategy and it is the first time Japanese multi stakeholders have announced together a message asking the Japanese government to take stronger climate change measures toward decarbonization of the Japanese society.

The draft entitled "Long-Term Strategy under the Paris Agreement as A Growth Strategy," outlines how Japan will address global warming by 2050. The final version of the strategy will be released ahead of the G20.

211 JCI signatories (143 companies, 26 municipalities, 42 organizations) have agreed on the message as of May 16.

The JCI is a multi-stakeholder coalition representing large companies, small and medium-sized enterprises, national and local local governments, universities and research institutes, consumer groups, religious groups, NPOs/NGOs, etc. The coalition is made up of actors in the real economy that are leading by example. For instance, 42 signatory companies including Sony and Ricoh have committed or set a Science Based Target (SBT), and 13 companies have signed on to RE100. Yokohama and Tokyo, the two major signatory cities of the JCI, have set goals to achieve decarbonization of their emissions by 2050.

The JCI statement notes 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 indicates 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 JCI calls upon the Japanese government to take this message seriously and strongly asks for a more ambitious long term strategy that further reduces reliance on fossil fuels, such as coal, by ambitiously raising the renewable energy target of the Japanese government, thereby upholding Japan’s global leadership when it comes to addressing climate change.

The JCI is a part of the Alliances for Climate Action (ACA), a growing global network of domestic multi-stakeholder coalitions in Argentina, Japan, Mexico, and the United States. The coalitions are committed to supporting the delivery and enhancement of their countries’ climate goals. ACA connects cities, states, the private sector, investors, universities and civil society at the domestic level so that they can work with each other and with their national governments to drive climate action.

Limiting the increase in global average temperature to 1.5°C is within reach – but only if we take strong action now across all levels of government and all segments of society. Leaders from business, academic institutions, regional and local governments and civil society have a vital role to play. Through this statement, the JCI exemplifies the need for multi-stakeholder coalitions that work hand in hand with each other and their national governments to deliver the Paris Agreement and ensure a climate-safe future for all.

View the JCI statement, "Japan needs an ambitious long-term strategy to show Japan's decarbonization leadership to the world" in response to the Japanese Government’s draft Long-Term Strategy.

Contact:
Japan Climate Initiative Secretariat: info@japanclimate.org
Alliances For Climate Action: info@alliancesforclimateaction.org