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1 November 2019

“RE Action - Declaring 100% Renewable” Launched a New Leadership Framework for Small and Medium Enterprises and Other Organisations

The Green Purchasing Network (GPN), ICLEI Japan (ICLEI), IGES, and Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (JCLP) jointly launched “RE Action - Declaring 100% Renewable” on 9 October. This initiative targets and supports local governments, educational and medical institutions, and small to medium-sized enterprises to declare conversion to 100% renewable electricity.

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ACP/IIASA Joint International Workshop “Implementing Solutions to Air Pollution and Climate Change in Asia: Building Capacities, Strengthening Policies, and Financing Technologies” to be held on 7 November in Tokyo

Approximately 4 billion people in Asia and the Pacific are exposed to levels of air pollution that pose a significant risk to their health. As many governments and researchers across this area recognise the costs of air pollution, they are becoming more aware of the links between air quality and climate change, and the multiple benefits from simultaneously addressing these often-related issues. This workshop will bring together experts from across Asia (and beyond) to identify the kinds of capacities, policies and technologies that can bring about solutions to air pollution and climate change in Asia.

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Activity Reports “JCM Workshops and Seminar”

IGES researchers from the Climate and Energy area held several workshops and seminars on the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) in Bangladesh, Viet Nam, Mongolia, and Indonesia in September and October.

“Workshop to Facilitate Matchmaking for Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) in Bangladesh”

“Seminar on Implementing the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) - Accelerating Promotion of a Low Carbon Economy in Vietnam -”

“Workshop on the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) for project participants in Mongolia and Third Party Entity”

“Training Workshop for Third Party Entity under the Joint Crediting Mechanism in Indonesia”

Activity Reports “IGES Centre Collaborating with UNEP on Environmental Technologies (CCET)”

“First Consultative Meeting on the Development of Educational Material for Promoting 4Rs in Primary Education in Bhutan”
In Bhutan, environmental conservation is considered one of the four pillars under its development philosophy of Gross National Happiness. Following a request by its National Environment Commission, the CCET has co-developed an educational tool for primary schools to promote the 4Rs (refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle) nationwide.

“Third Sub-Regional Workshop on Preparation of a Status Report and Sub-regional Roadmap for Implementing the Global Waste Management Goals, Toward Addressing SDGs in South Asia”
Proper waste management is key to SDGs achievement and a low-carbon society, according to the Paris Agreement, and South Asia is no exception. The CCET, SACEP, and UNEP-IETC organised this workshop to forge agreement on strategic action, based on the latest status of SDGs progress and prioritising cooperation with governments in South Asia and other regional stakeholders.

Activity Reports “Science-Policy Dialogues on the Assessment of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Southeast Asia & Northeast Asia”

From 21 to 23 October, in Bangkok, IGES organised a workshop in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives. A total of 34 national focal points and other government officials, as well as 27 experts shared their experiences and discussed ways to utilise the various reports of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) in their policy and decision-making processes.

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Discussion Paper:
“The Current Status and Prospects for Coal Industry Transition in China” (Xianbing Liu/Zhen Jin/Kentaro Tamura)

This paper provides background information on coal industry transition that has occurred recently in China, and by using statistical data and scenario analysis, shows future prospects with a focus on employment. A comprehensive policy package is suggested for better managing the coal industry transition in China, with a longer term perspective.


Briefing Note: “The Tie that Binds: How Inclusion Strengthens the Integration of Climate and Sustainable Development” (Eric Zusman/Junko Ota)

Peer-reviewed Article: “Combining Bioenergy and Nature Conservation: An Example in Wetlands” (Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 111)

Peer-reviewed Article: “Rethinking Sustainable Bioenergy Development in Japan: Decentralised System Supported by Local Forestry Biomass” (Sustainability Science, Volume 11 (3))

Peer-reviewed Article: “Citizen Science and Invasive Alien Species: An Analysis of Citizen Science Initiatives Using Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to Collect Invasive Alien Species Observations” (Global Ecology and Conservation, Volume 21)

New York Times article “Climate and Energy Experts Debate How to Respond to a Warming World" (7 October) included remarks by IGES Director of Research and Publications Mark Elder

Report: “Institute for Global Environmental Strategies FY2018 Annual Report”

Recruitment Kitakyushu Urban Centre seeks Researcher
Applications close on 10 November

Bangkok Regional Centre seeks Finance Manager
Applications close on 12 November

Sustainable Consumption and Production Area seeks
Programme Manager or Researcher
Researcher on Plastic Issues and Circular Economy
Applications close on 24 November

Research and Publications unit of the Strategic Management Office calls for applicants for Internship
Applications will remain open until filled

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