Sustainable Cities (Kitakyushu Urban Centre)

UNFCCC COP20 Japan Pavilion Event

Low-Carbon Project Development in Surabaya City, Indonesia, using JCM through City-to-City Cooperation with Kitakyushu City, Japan


The session introduced how low-carbon projects are being developed in Surabaya City, Indonesia, through city-to-city cooperation with the City of Kitakyushu, Japan, using the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) promoted by the Government of Japan. The session also introduced ways in which the City of Kitakyushu has been actively promoting environmental management in Asian cities and discussed how this kind of cooperation can be further enhanced to promote low-carbon city development in Asia.

Date / Time 9 December 2014 13:00-14:30
Venue Japanese Pavilion, Lima, Peru
Organiser Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Firstly, Dr. Yuji Mizuno, Ministry of the Environment, Japan, gave an overview of JCM project development, particularly focusing on available funding schemes and various types of feasibility studies and project formulation activities conducted in the partner countries. Subsequently, Dr. Xuedu Lu, ADB, explained the Bank’s strategic priority areas on climate change mitigation and how the Japan Fund for JCM could be used to enhance the application of advanced low-carbon technologies for ADB projects.

Mr. Toshizo Maeda, IGES, then introduced the progress of ongoing JCM project identification studies in Surabaya City in energy and solid waste management sectors in cooperation with the City of Kitakyushu and other private companies; and Mr. Hironori Sakai, Kitakyushu City, provided supplementary information by introducing the City’s policies on intercity environmental cooperation, a cooperation history with Surabaya City which resulted in the Environmental Sister City Agreement and similar ongoing activities in Hai Phong, Viet Nam and Pasir Gudang, Malaysia. Mr. Dicky Edwin Hindarto, Indonesia JCM Secretariat, then provided an overview of JCM project development in Indonesia together with how project approval proceeds and other related market mechanisms function in Indonesia.

As a summary of the session, Mr. Prabianto Mukti Wibowo, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, 1) stressed the need for JCM projects to deliver tangible CO2 emissions reduction results and the expectation this will contribute to both countries’ GHG emissions reduction targets; 2) introduced Surabaya City, the provincial capital of East Java with population of three million: it has an outstanding record in achieving environmental improvement, including community-based waste management and nature conservation, and expects further collaboration with Kitakyushu City in low-carbon project development, particularly on green building promotion; and 3) expressed expectations on development of not only energy-related JCM projects but also land-use change and REDD+ related projects. The panelists also agreed on the necessity and demand for focusing more on energy-saving projects targeting existing and new buildings and developing land-use change and REDD+ related projects in Indonesia by sharing ongoing related studies and preparatory works including guidelines for developing such projects.

Presentaion Materials
Overview and Progress of the JCM
Dr. Yuji Mizuno, Director for International Negotiations, Office of Market Mechanisms, Climate Change Policy Division, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
ADB Climate Change Programme and Japan Fund for JCM
Dr. Xuedu Lu, Advisor, Regional and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank
JCM Project Development in Surabaya
Mr. Toshizo Maeda, Deputy Director, IGES Kitakyushu Urban Centre
Intercity Cooperation with the City of Kitakyushu and Use of the JCM
Mr. Hironori Sakai, Kitakyushu Asian Center for Low Carbon Society, City of Kitakyushu
The Current Development of the JCM in Indonesia
Mr. Dicky Edwin Hindarto, Head of Indonesia JCM Secretariat, Republic of Indonesia
Concluding remarks
Mr. Prabianto Mukti Wibowo, Assistant Deputy Minister for Forestry, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Republic of Indonesia

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