The event, moderated by Junichi Fujino, IGES, illustrated a joint research initiative between China, Japan, and Korea on concerning towards decarbonization and sustainable development in cities across the three countries, including their efforts to support low carbon and sustainable development in other Asian cities, such as Iskandar, Putrajaya, and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.
Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President, IGES, stressing the cities’ role in taking practical actions in reducing CO2 emissions, said that this event highlights best practices in cities from China, Korea, Malaysia and Japan.
Xu Huaqing, Director-General, NCSC, noting the need for cities to set more ambitious GHG emissions targets, said that the Chinese government supports low-carbon energy systems and sustainable lifestyles in more than 80 cities.
Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, GGGI, said that climate change is a key driver for most Asian cities moving towards sustainable energy use; finding solutions on air pollution and sustainable lifestyle; and contributing to a circular economy.
Moderator Junichi Fujino, IGES, announced the launch of two joint reports, including cases studies, on local governments’ climate actions towards decarbonization and sustainable development.
Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President, IGES, citing the inclusion of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Japan’s new Fifth Basic Environment Plan, stressed a concept of regional, circular and ecological sphere which helps integrate social, environmental, and economic approaches.
Xie Zhenhua, Special Representative for Climate Change Affairs, China, noted the recent progress in China’s efforts on low-carbon technology and circular economy, said that the future of the China-Japan-Korea environmental collaboration will be “more pragmatic and effective,” and suggested a joint work on carbon pricing and low-carbon technologies.
Yang Xiu, NCSC, said the NCSC helps cities achieve low-carbon transition through policy guidance, building platforms for knowledge change, and supporting projects, citing pilot projects in Wuhan, Zhenjiang, and Shenzhen.
Sang-In Kang, KEI, said that 72% of non-industrial GHG emissions reductions are under the authority of local governments in Korea, and highlighted efforts in advancing low carbon science and technology in Gwangju Metropolitan City, Suwon City, and Jeju Province.
A second panel, moderated by Ho Chin Siong, UTM, shared various urban climate strategies and actions towards decarbonization, introduced by: Datuk Hj. Mahadi Che Ngah, Executive Director of Kuala Lumpur City Hall, Malaysia; Dato’ Omairi Hashim, Senior Vice President of Putrajaya Corporation, Malaysia; Yeom Tae-young, Mayor of Suwon City, Korea; Jiang Kejun, Energy Research Institute (ERI); Eri Nakajima, Vice Governor of Nagano Prefecture, Japan; and Toshiyuki Yamazoe, Toyama City, Japan.
In his concluding remarks, Yoshiaki Harada, Minister of the Environment, Japan, stressed the important role of cities in decarbonization, noting that the three countries are doing their best for accelerating the region’s efforts to move from vision to action.
Cho Myung-rae, Minister of the Environment, Korea, concluded by calling for this joint research project among three countries to lead collaborative efforts on environmental cooperation as a whole.