27 March 2006
On March 22 and 23, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted a joint workshop in Washington, D.C. entitled "U.S.-Japan Workshop on Climate Actions and Co-benefits." The workshop promoted action on climate change and its ancillary benefits such as public health, energy security and economic growth. The workshop was supported by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment.
Prominent speakers from Japan and the U.S., including Mr. Toshiro Kojima, vice-minister for Global Environmental Affairs, the Ministry of the Environment, Japan - representing governments, industry, academia, non-governmental organisations and leading research institutions - exchanged information on the latest GHG emissions reduction measures implemented in their respective countries and confirmed future cooperation in sharing related information. Also discussed was clean energy, climate actions and ways to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between Japan and the U.S. to lead developing countries to take actions that will simultaneously reduce emissions of global greenhouse gases and conventional air pollutants.
"IGES conducts strategic research on the implications of domestic climate policies of developed countries, including the US and Japan, on developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region," said IGES President Akio Morishima. "The workshop was remarkably worthwhile in terms that we can learn the latest measures taken for GHG emissions reduction in the US which are not presently well-recognised in Japan, and have a better understanding of the views of the US government on the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development."
The research focus of IGES is on the Asia-Pacific region, which
is very important from the viewpoint of global climate change
policies. In its third research phase (2004-2007), IGES aims
to (i) evaluate domestic policies on climate change, (ii) propose
measures for the effective implementation of the Kyoto mechanisms,
(iii) identify ways to achieve global participation in the future
climate regime, and (iv) recommend policies for facilitating
adaptation to climate change. IGES actively contributes to policy-making
processes through governmental committees, international meetings
and other official channels.