Japan - U.S. Cooperation
To Achieve Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction and its Ancillary Benefits

9 March 2007
On March 5 and 6, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japanese Ministry of the Environment and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted a joint workshop in Washington, D.C. entitled "U.S.-Japan Workshop on Climate Actions and Developmental Co-benefits." The workshop promoted action on climate change and its ancillary benefits such as public health, energy security and economic growth in selected sectors including energy, transportation, waste management and agriculture. Prominent speakers from Japan and the U.S. - representing governments, academia, non-governmental organisations and leading research institutions - along with participants from China and Mexico exchanged the latest information on the policy measures that lead developing countries to achieve their developmental goals as well as reductions in emissions of global greenhouse gases. Also discussed were ways to promote co-benefits approach through international cooperation, and measures that strengthen the US-Japan bilateral cooperation on co-benefits.

"IGES conducts strategic research on global environmental issues with a view to realizing sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region," said IGES Chair-elect, Prof. Hironori Hamanaka. "The workshop was highly fruitful in terms of exchange of the latest information on the application of co-benefits approach, and in offering policy recommendations to promote cooperation and research coordination internationally as well as bilaterally between Japan and the US."

In its fourth research phase (2007-2009), IGES aims to enhance its research on co-benefits of climate actions in selected sectors of high importance to the Asia-Pacific region, besides addressing themes such as (i) measures for the effective implementation of the Kyoto mechanisms, (ii) identification of ways to achieve global participation in the future climate regime, (iii) recommendation of policies for facilitating adaptation to climate change. IGES actively contributes to policy-making processes through governmental committees, international meetings and other official channels.


Dr. Ancha Srinivasan, Principal Researcher,
Climate Policy Project
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Tel: +81-46-855-3818 Fax: +81-46-855-3809

Ms. Megumi Kido, PR Officer
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115 Japan
Tel: +81-46-855-3700
Fax: +81-46-855-3709

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