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CO2 neutrality pledges build among corporates and subnational govts, though inconsistencies remain -report

Published 23:00 on September 21, 2020  /  Last updated at 23:00 on September 21, 2020  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Canada, China, EMEA, International, Japan, Other APAC, South & Central, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Net zero emissions pledges are ramping up but in subnational jurisdictions and among companies, but the ultimate scope of these efforts could determine their long-term effectiveness in reducing GHG, according to new analysis published Monday. 

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New Japanese PM Suga expected to stick close to predecessor’s climate line

Published 11:42 on September 16, 2020  /  Last updated at 00:47 on September 17, 2020  /  Asia Pacific, Japan  /  No Comments

Yoshihide Suga was sworn in as Japan’s new prime minister on Wednesday, and is expected to follow in predecessor Shinzo Abe’s footsteps on energy and climate issues after confirming the ministers for those portfolios will remain in their roles.

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Japan co-funds 10 new JCM projects across South East Asia

Published 09:30 on July 8, 2020  /  Last updated at 21:20 on July 8, 2020  /  Asia Pacific, Japan, Other APAC  /  No Comments

Japan’s environment ministry has picked 10 more projects it will co-fund under its Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), to help meet its emissions target under the Paris Agreement.

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Reported Japan coal shutdown could make major dent in CO2 emissions

Published 11:23 on July 2, 2020  /  Last updated at 22:33 on July 2, 2020  /  Asia Pacific, Japan  /  No Comments

Japan is planning to close or mothball up to 100 coal-fired power plants, according to unconfirmed media reports Thursday, a move observers say could slash the nation’s CO2 emissions by as much as 9%.

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Global energy emissions growth sees dip in 2019 as coal’s role fades -BP

Published 10:33 on June 17, 2020  /  Last updated at 01:58 on June 18, 2020  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Aviation/CORSIA, Canada, China, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Japan, Mexico, Middle East, New Zealand, Other APAC, Shipping, South & Central, South Korea, Switzerland, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Global CO2 emissions from energy use grew by 0.5% in 2019, only partially unwinding the unusually strong 2.1% rise in 2018, oil major BP said in its annual energy review published on Wednesday.

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Japan, EU to push for online climate ministerial summit, stress need for carbon pricing

Published 11:03 on June 11, 2020  /  Last updated at 23:32 on June 11, 2020  /  Asia Pacific, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Japan  /  No Comments

Japan and the EU are consulting with the UNFCCC secretariat to hold an online ministerial meeting on tackling the effects the coronavirus pandemic through climate action, top government officials said on Thursday.

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Eight offset programmes apply for CORSIA aviation mechanism during second intake

Published 22:34 on May 26, 2020  /  Last updated at 14:05 on May 27, 2020  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation/CORSIA, China's Offset Market, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, Japan, Kyoto Mechanisms, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

UN aviation body ICAO’s expert panel will consider eight additional emissions unit programmes for the global offsetting mechanism CORSIA, with the submissions ranging from Kyoto-era crediting methodologies to jurisdictional-scale forest and land-use activities to an unauthorised application to incorporate the Northeast US RGGI carbon market.

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Japan, ADB extend carbon market partnership

Published 08:26 on May 26, 2020  /  Last updated at 23:21 on May 26, 2020  /  Asia Pacific, Japan, Other APAC  /  No Comments

Japan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have extended by three years their cooperation on climate change and carbon markets, including the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM).

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Green Deal the ‘compass’ to guide EU’s post-virus recovery, urge Merkel, von der Leyen

Published 22:46 on April 28, 2020  /  Last updated at 22:51 on April 28, 2020  /  Americas, Australia, Canada, Carbon Taxes, China, Climate Talks, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Japan, Shipping, South Korea, US  /  No Comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Tuesday reiterated her support for a more ambitious EU emissions reduction target for 2030, and along with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen urged fellow lawmakers to ensure that the bloc’s Green Deal is a central and guiding component of Europe’s post-coronavirus recovery plan.

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Tokyo ETS emissions edge up, but remain well below target

Published 09:39 on April 1, 2020  /  Last updated at 23:48 on April 1, 2020  /  Asia Pacific, Japan  /  No Comments

Companies participating in Tokyo’s municipal emissions trading scheme marginally increased their CO2 output in FY2018, but most have already met their targets for 2024, according to government data.

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