Report of the First Phase Strategic Research
Climate Change Project

The research activity of the Climate Change Project in the first phase of IGES research was carried out focusing on the policy proposals responding to the process of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol. Emphasis was put on the system design of the Kyoto Mechanisms such as emissions trading or the clean development mechanism, comparative study on the domestic policy measures in Japan, and analysis on the possibility of cooperation in the region of Northeast Asia. Also, this project promoted network building among researchers in the Asian region in order to contribute to the making of an accurate greenhouse gas inventory system in the region. This was done to assist the Technical Support Unit of the Inventory Task Force of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the TSU being located in IGES.
The research results were frequently presented at the side events of the Convention’s Conferences of the Parties or its Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the other related workshops. Domestically, the project members participated in governmental committees and councils in the related field, reflecting the research results in the policy-making process. Some of the project members are actively contributing to the activity of IPCC as well. Toward the establishment of the foundation for long-term research of the project, an energy-environment model in the Asian region (IGEM) has been developed in the project.