Climate and Energy

Asia Low Carbon Strategy

This Asia Low Carbon Strategy Project aims to contribute to the realisation of low-carbon cities in Asia.

The international community recognises the need to reduce the world’s greenhouse gas emissions by half by 2050 in order to limit an increase in atmospheric temperature up to two degrees centigrade. In Asia, where economic growth is rapid and continuous, it is necessary to create a sustainable and low-carbon society, while promoting significant reductions of emissions.

This Project promotes low-carbon development at the region and city levels by introducing Japan's environmental policies and low-carbon technologies that can assist with green economy and growth in the region through implementing mechanisms such as the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM). The Project aims to provide across the board support to a partner city in a developing country, including support for capacity building, feasibility studies in various fields (e.g. solid waste management, energy efficiency, water treatment, transportation), and research on low-carbon policies and measures, in cooperation with relevant stakeholders (e.g. local municipalities, central government, research institutes).

Research Components
Research for cities

This research investigates the quantification of greenhouse gas emissions reductions over a specific period of time, taking into account a number of influential factors, like conditions of technologies and institutions as well as local circumstances and needs.

  1. Target cities
    - Yangon (Myanmar)
    - Surabaya (Indonesia)
    - Haiphong (Viet Nam)
    - Phu Quoc, Kien Giang (Viet Nam)
Development of supporting tools
  1. One Hundred Questions and Answers about MRV in Developing Countries

    This book aims to provide an easy-to-understand guide to understanding existing MRV schemes, like national GHG inventories and the Clean Development Mechanism. Experts in this field working closely in Asia have prepared almost one hundred Q&As. The book also presents lessons and good practices for developing countries.

  1. Low-Carbon Business Guide: India
Creation of platforms
  1. Platform for local government:

    This Platform promotes the exchange of information between cities in Asia and Japan on the implementation of low-carbon policies and measures. It also supports the exchange of local government officials, training, and networking among cities.

  2. Platform for private companies:

    It has been recognised that in addition to the risks that Japanese companies face when promoting their businesses overseas, information and know-how on deployment of technologies in Asian cities are still limited. This Platform offers comprehensive support to address this need.
     »Web Portal for Low Carbon Development in Asia:
     »Business Collaboration Support Website for Low Carbon Development in Asia:

  3. Platform for research organisations:

    Low Carbon Asia Research Network or LoCARNet has organised policy and research dialogues, offered support both for NAMA development and for establishing communities for researchers, and conducted capacity building. Based on these undertakings, this Platform further extends its function to conceptualise relevant knowledge, disseminate important policy and research oriented messages at international conferences, and dispatch information in a comprehensive manner.

Previous Activities
Date Activity Venue
20 November, 2013 The 3rd Green Economy Green Growth Myanmar Forum Positioning Energy- Water- Food Nexus in Practice : Regional Cooperation for Myanmar Resource Sustainability Yangon, Myanmar
22 October, 2013 IGES Side Event at Smart City Week 2013 Introducing Low Carbon Cities in Asia Yokohama
24 July, 2013 The Fifth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2013)
"Potential of City-to-City Cooperation for Low-Carbon Development in Asia: A Case of the Cooperation between Surabaya City and Kitakyushu City"
24 July, 2013 The Fifth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2013)
"Low Carbon Policies in Cities and Creation of Business Opportunities"

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