COP27 Japan Pavilion Side-Event

Leading Actions towards Zero Carbon Cities

Nov 17, 2022 14:50-15:50 On-site / 21:50-22:50 JST

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Cities have an important role to play in pursuing the net-zero target as they account for approximately about 70% of global emissions.  Actions of local governments are critical, as they can motivate and coordinate actions of various stakeholders and sectors in an integrative way according to local characteristics from the planning to the implementation stage. 

Cities are increasingly becoming the leading actors in decarbonisation. Under its Regional Decarbonisation Roadmap, Japan aims to create 100 leading decarbonisation areas by 2030 and roll out these practices to other regions (decarbonisation domino) through collaboration between national and local governments. EU launched the mission to deliver 100 Climate Neutral and Smart Cities by 2030, recognising that cities should act as experimentation and ecosystem to help their transition to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. 

This side event introduced the initiatives of Japan and the EU to create and identify leading regions for decarbonisation with the aim of promoting the decarbonisation of cities across the world.

Event Details

Nov 17, 2022 14:50-15:50 On-site / 21:50-22:50 JST

Hybrid -COP27 Japan Pavilion (Sharm El-Sheikh) and Online

Japanese / English (Simultaneous interpretation)
(Simultaneous interpretation)

Presentation Materials

  Photo session
14:50-14:55 Opening
MIZUTANI Yoshihiro
MIZUTANI Yoshihiro
Director for International Cooperation for Transition to Decarbonization and Sustainable Infrastructure, Global Environmental Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
14:55-15:13 Session 1:Creation of leading areas
Satoshi Watanabe
Deputy Director, International Cooperation and Sustainable Infrastructure office, Global Environmental Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan (topic: 100 Leading Decarbonisation Area)
PDF (477KB)
Eero Ailio
Adviser for energy transition and local governance, DG ENER of the European Commission
Tadashi Matsumoto
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD),Head of Unit, Sustainable Development and Global Relations
PDF (1.0MB)
15:13-15:45 Session2:Leading cases towards decarbonization
Case Presentations
Masato Fujimoto
Mayor of Tokorozawa City
PDF (2.9MB)
Kazuaki Takahashi
Kazuaki Takahashi
Executive Director,City of Yokohama,Climate Change Policy Headquarters
PDF (2.2MB)
Alison Gilliland
City of Dublin, Dublin City Council, Councillor
Dung Nguyen Thi Bich
Deputy Director, Department of Foreign Affairs (DOFA), Hai Phong City
PDF (3.2MB)
15:45-15:50 Summary and closing
Walid Oueslati
Walid Oueslati
Acting Head of Division Environment, Transitions and Resilience Division OECD Environment Directorate

Recorded Video