EU-Japan Subnational Climate Action Workshop : Exchanges between Cities in Europe and Japan – Opportunities for a Resilient Future

Day1: 13:30-17:00 (JST) / 6:30-10:00 (CEST), Wed. 29 May 2024
Day2: 16:00-18:45 (JST) / 9:00-11:45 (CEST), Thurs, 30 May 2024
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The European Union (EU) and Japan announced a Green Alliance to accelerate their respective transition towards a climate-neutral, circular and resource-efficient economy over the coming decades. The alliance is the first of its kind for the EU and represents an important milestone for implementing the European Green Deal and Japan’s Green Growth Strategy. As part of the Green Alliance, the Delegation of the European Union to Japan (EUD) will organise an upcoming event “EU-Japan Subnational Climate Action Workshop - Exchanges between cities’ in Europe and Japan – opportunities for a resilient future” in collaboration with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the City of Yokohama.

In recent years, the EUD has facilitated annual events on climate action initiatives at subnational level in Japan. The first event, “EU-Japan Conference - Cities, regions, clusters: key actors for decarbonisation” was held in 2022. The topics discussed by cities included different themes from renewable energy, transportation, housing, construction, low-carbon agriculture, and tourism. The follow-up event held in 2023, "EU-Japan 100 Cities Event on Climate Actions" was more ambitious and aimed to create awareness of newly launched local initiatives towards decarbonisation in both Europe and Japan, namely the “EU mission” and “Regional Decarbonisation Roadmap”. Key topics discussed included energy security which was particularly relevant in the context managing the fallout from the war in Ukraine, the role of local decarbonisation in bolstering the local economy, the concept of smart cities, and financing strategies. The event also underscored the importance of incorporating gender perspectives and promoting city-to-city cooperation in climate actions. Furthermore, the event reiterated the pivotal role of local governments in integrating decarbonisation and resilience into urban planning processes, spanning from budget allocation to decision-making protocols. Key elements contributing to successful case studies included inclusive engagement of all stakeholders, forging partnerships with the private sector, and amplifying financial support for local decarbonisation initiatives.

Given the success of the previous events, the EUD continues to support these valuable exchanges between cities in the EU and Japan on local and regional climate action. The upcoming event will be held a hybrid event on 29th of May and online event on 30th of May. The objective of the event is to share the progress made by cities since the launch of both initiatives and explore how the EU and Japan can further cooperate. Energy issues, financing strategies and citizen engagement are key topics in the agenda. The event aims to share experiences of climate actions at local level, multi-level actions and collaboration, which was also highlighted in the recent G7 meetings and the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convent on Climate Change.

Both the EU and Japan recognised the importance of subnational climate actions in achieving their net-zero targets and in response provides financial and technical support to local and regional governments. In April 2022, the EU Mission selected 100 smart and carbon-neutral cities in EU regions and 12 cities from associated countries. The European Climate Pact is an important initiative aiming to meet the EU’s carbon neutral goal by 2050 by facilitating climate actions by people, communities and organisations.

In Japan, the “Regional Decarbonisation Roadmap (RDR)” was formulated in 2021 in collaboration with national and subnational governments and set a target to create more than 100 Decarbonisation Leading Areas (DLAs) by 2030. By the end of December 2023, 74 DLAs are selected, which covers 95 municipal governments covering 36 prefectures.

※This activity is part of the European Union Climate Dialogues Project (EUCDs).

Event Details

Date/time
Day1: 13:30-17:00 (JST) / 6:30-10:00 (CEST), Wed. 29 May 2024
Day2: 16:00-18:45 (JST) / 9:00-11:45 (CEST), Thurs, 30 May 2024
Venue

DAY1: Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre / Online

DAY2: Online

Organisers
The Delegation of the European Union to Japan(EUD)
Co-Organisers
City of Yokohama
Collaborators
Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Languages
Japanese / English
(Simultaneous interpretation)
Registration

https://crm.iges.or.jp/public/application/add/4361

Registration for in-person participation in DAY 1 is from Thursday April 18 to Monday May 27, 2024 at 3:00 pm (JST)/ 10:00pm (CEST).
Registration for online participation of both DAY 1 and DAY 2 will be accepted until the end of the program.

*Please choose either In-person participation or Online participation for DAY1.
*Please note there is no financial / travel arrangement support for In-person participation for the audiences.

Programme
Leaflet(1.16 MB)
Contact

IGES City Taskforce
2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115 Japan
Email: [email protected] 

<interview request>
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Programme

Event Details

Date/time
Day1: 13:30-17:00 (JST) / 6:30-10:00 (CEST), Wed. 29 May 2024
Day2: 16:00-18:45 (JST) / 9:00-11:45 (CEST), Thurs, 30 May 2024
Venue

DAY1: Pacifico Yokohama Conference Centre / Online

DAY2: Online

Organisers
The Delegation of the European Union to Japan(EUD)
Co-Organiser
City of Yokohama
Collaborator
Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Languages
Japanese / English
(Simultaneous interpretation)
Registration

https://crm.iges.or.jp/public/application/add/4361

Registration for in-person participation in DAY 1 is from Thursday April 18 to Monday May 27, 2024 at 3:00 pm (JST)/ 10:00pm (CEST).
Registration for online participation of both DAY 1 and DAY 2 will be accepted until the end of the program.

*Please choose either In-person participation or Online participation for DAY1.
*Please note there is no financial / travel arrangement support for In-person participation for the audiences.

Programme
Leaflet (1.16 MB)
Contact

IGES City Taskforce
2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115 Japan
Email: [email protected] 

<interview request>
Please fill in the following required information and contact us.
Name, Company Name, Interviewee, Photography (Yes/No), Interview questions
Email: [email protected]


Programme

Speaker information will be updated accordingly.

Day 1: Wed. 29 May 2024 In person & Online

13:30-14:30
(JST)

06:30-07:30
(CEST)

Opening and Keynote Speech
 H.E. Ambassador Jean-Eric Paquet, Delegation of the European Union to Japan 
Yutaka Matsuzawa, Vice Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MoEJ)(tbc) 
Takeharu Yamanaka, Mayor of the City of Yokohama City 
François Croquette, Director of Ecological Transition and Climate, City of Paris, France 
Grégory Doucet, Mayor of Lyon (Video Message) 
Mikael Horstmann, Vice Mayor, City of Frankfurt am Main, Germany (online) 

14:30-15:30
(JST)

07:30-08:30
(CEST)

Progress of the EU and Japan’ initiative to accelerate climate action at local and regional level
 Philippe FROISSARD, Head of Unit “Strategy, Policy Coordination and Urban Transitions”, Clean Planet Directorate, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission 
MOEJ 

15:30-15:45
(JST)

08:30-08:45
(CEST)

Break

15:45-16:45
(JST)

08:45-09:45
(CEST)

Topic 1: Energy efficiency and promotion of renewable energy at local level
 Paula LLobet, Valencia City Councillor for Innovation, Spain (online) 
City of Umeå, Sweden (online) 
Shigeru Murakami, City of Kitakyushu 
Kinya Sakanishi, Managing Director, Energy Agency Fukushima 

16:45-17:00
(JST)

09:45-10:00
(CEST)

Key Takeaways/Final Remarks
    

Day 2: Thurs, 30 May 2024 Online Only

16:00-16:05
(JST)

09:00-09:05
(CEST)

Introduction

16:00-17:05
(JST)

09:00-10:05
(CEST)

Topic 2: Participatory local climate policy making and implementation
 Nobuhiro Saito, Section Chief, City-wide Eco-town Promotion Section, Environmental Cleanliness Department, Tokorozawa City 
Satoko Kishimoto, Mayor of Suginami Ward, Tokyo (Video Message) 
Anna Lisa Boni, Deputy Mayor, City of Bologna 
Gerard Lillo, Head of the Citizen Participation Department in the urban ecology area, Barcelona 

17:05-17:10
(JST)

10:05-10:10
(CEST)

Intermission

17:10-18:10
(JST)

10:10-11:10
(CEST)

Topic 3. Climate finance
 Gerry Muscat, Head of Division, Urban Advisory Division | JASPERS, Urban & Territorial Development Department, European Investment Bank 
Hiroaki Ishikawa, Vice President, Business Planning & Coordination Department, Development Bank of Japan
Shikoku-Chuo City, Iyo Bank, Ehime Bank and Daio Paper Corporation join the discussion
 

18:10-18:45
(JST)

11:10-11:45
(CEST)

Reflection of the Workshop (A way forward)