Press Release:
IGES Explores Opportunities for a Low-Carbon Asia
14 December 2009
On 10 December 2009, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES - Hayama, Kanagawa; Chair - Prof. Hironori Hamanaka) organised an official side event at the UNFCCC COP15/CMP5 (7-18 December 2009, Copenhagen, Denmark), entitled "Low-Carbon Asia: Visions and Actions," in collaboration with National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and Japan Center for Climate Change Actions (JCCCA).

The side event focused on the visions and actions needed to achieve sustainable low-carbon development in Asia. The session was attended by more than 200 participants, including climate negotiators, policy-makers, journalists and representatives from the non-governmental and private sector. Participants heard the latest insights on low-carbon development and engaged in a lively exchange on one of the most important issues being discussed at COP15.

IGES provided the following presentations at the session.

Summary of the IGES Presentations at "Low-Carbon Asia: Visions and Actions"

Date & Time
10 December 2009 (Thu.) 14:45-16:15
Room Halfdan Rasmussen, Bella Center, Copenhagen

1. The current status of the CDM in Asia and forecasts of credit supplies from IGES's CDM database
Mr. Kazuhisa Koakutsu noted that Asia is home to more than 85% of the world’s registered CDM projects, making it a global centre of CDM activity.
He also demonstrated that CDM projects take longer to meet registration requirements in Asia but the success rate for credit issuance is higher than other regions.
- He concluded by discussing IGES CDM capacity building activities and recent additions to its CDM database.

2. Key messages from stakeholder consultations on a future climate regime held by IGES in Beijing, China and New Delhi, India.
Dr. Eric Zusman argued that low-carbon models need to be downscaled to the urban level to identify low-carbon policy options.
He also suggested that some major Asian economies may accept a package of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) as the basis for commitments but not caps under the future climate regime.
- He further pointed to the importance of capacity building support to measure, report, and verify (MRV) emissions in Asia’s developing countries.

3. A report on the International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies (LCS-RNet)
Professor Nishioka introduced the recently created International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies (LCS-Nnet) and its wide range of participating research institutions and experts.
He noted that achieving a low-carbon society requires sharing knowledge across different disciplines. Thus a major objective of LCS-RNet is to facilitate cross-disciplinary exchanges.
- He also introduced the key findings of the inaugural meeting of LCS-RNet that was held in October in Bologna, Italy, with researchers world-wide. The key issues for low-carbon societies include long and mid-term targets, economic aspect of low-carbon societies, the role of technology and public policy and lifestyle change. Noting that the LCS-RNet is expected to report back periodically to G8 EMM as stated in the Chair’s summary of the Siracusa,G8 EMM held in April 2009, he indicated that LCS-RNet is expected to provide inputs into international policymaking processes through the G8 EMM.

For enquiries about this press release please contact:
Mr. Keisuke Iyadomi, Researcher, Market Mechanism Project

Ms. Megumi Kido, Public Relations Officer,

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