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Major climate conference nixed over coronavirus

Published 11:55 on March 19, 2020  /  Last updated at 11:55 on March 19, 2020  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Aviation/CORSIA, Bavardage, Canada, China, Climate Talks, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Japan, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, New Zealand, Other APAC, REDD, Shipping, South & Central, South Korea, Switzerland, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

A major annual climate change conference scheduled for late May has been cancelled over the coronavirus crisis.

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GCF approves funding for MUFG Bank forest carbon venture

Published 10:14 on March 12, 2020  /  Last updated at 10:14 on March 12, 2020  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, EMEA, International, Japan, REDD, South & Central  /  No Comments

The Green Climate Fund board has agreed to co-finance a forest carbon venture initiated by Japan’s biggest bank in at least seven countries across Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

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Japan, Saudi Arabia issue first carbon credits under bilateral offset programme

Published 07:23 on March 10, 2020  /  Last updated at 09:07 on March 10, 2020  /  Asia Pacific, EMEA, Japan, Middle East  /  No Comments

Japan and Saudi Arabia have issued the first offsets under their Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) programme, for which Japan intends to use its share towards meeting its obligations under the Paris Agreement.

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Nearly half of global GDP could soon be subject to net zero emission targets -report

Published 03:32 on February 18, 2020  /  Last updated at 00:12 on February 19, 2020  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Canada, China, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, Japan, Mexico, Middle East, New Zealand, Other APAC, South Korea, US  /  No Comments

Governments representing 49% of the global economy have or are in the process of putting in place targets to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions, a report showed.

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Japanese firms worried over backlash from climate inaction

Published 08:39 on February 6, 2020  /  Last updated at 08:39 on February 6, 2020  /  Asia Pacific, Japan  /  No Comments

A group of more than 140 Japanese companies and over 20 municipal governments has urged the government to raise its ambition under the Paris Agreement, warning that failure to step up efforts might see Japanese firms left out of international supply chains.

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COP26 seen as “last chance” to forge Paris carbon trading rulebook

Published 23:04 on January 28, 2020  /  Last updated at 21:14 on January 31, 2020  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Aviation/CORSIA, Canada, China, Climate Talks, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Japan, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, New Zealand, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, South Korea, Switzerland, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The 2020 COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow will be the final opportunity for countries to agree to the rulebook for the Paris Agreement’s market-based Article 6, but countries will still press on with carbon market deals over the next decade if negotiations come up short for a third straight year, experts said Tuesday.

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Japan picks projects in seven countries for carbon funding

Published 08:44 on January 27, 2020  /  Last updated at 00:37 on January 28, 2020  /  Asia Pacific, Japan, Other APAC  /  No Comments

Japan’s environment ministry has picked 10 projects across seven countries for funding under the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), expecting the investment to result in 14 million carbon credits by 2030.

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COP25: Testing Article 6 talks delayed for second year after marathon UN climate summit

Published 13:19 on December 15, 2019  /  Last updated at 23:31 on January 5, 2020  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Aviation/CORSIA, Canada, China, Climate Talks, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Japan, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, New Zealand, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, South Korea, Switzerland, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Marathon UN climate talks in Madrid finished on Sunday afternoon without agreeing rules for international emissions trade under the Paris Agreement’s Article 6, as beleaguered hosts Chile pushed the record-long summit to try to broker a deal on a handful of sticking points.

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COP25: Roundup for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14-15

Published 09:47 on December 14, 2019  /  Last updated at 08:51 on December 15, 2019  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Canada, China, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, Japan, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, New Zealand, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, South Korea, Switzerland, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

A marathon overnight session to develop an outcome for the UN climate summit was widely panned on Saturday morning, while negotiations on the highly contentious Article 6 rulebook for Paris-era international emissions trade continued. 

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COP25: Roundup for Tuesday, Dec. 10

Published 11:07 on December 10, 2019  /  Last updated at 23:48 on December 10, 2019  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Australia, Canada, China, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, Japan, Kyoto Mechanisms, Mexico, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, New Zealand, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, South Korea, Switzerland, US, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The high-level segment of the UN climate summit kicked off Tuesday as national ministers descended on the Spanish capital, with the Paris Agreement’s market-based Article 6 text still requiring a substantial amount of work. Below is a running summary of those efforts, as well as other happenings at the summit.

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