The Ministry of the Environment (MOE), Japan, held the Preparatory Meeting for Article 6 Implementation Partnership in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, on September 9, 2022. This Preparatory Meeting welcomed a total of 55 experts from 19 countries and 14 organizations who shared capacity-building activities related to Article 6 of the Paris Agreement and discussed future collaboration and activities toward the launch of the “Paris Agreement Article 6 Implementation Partnership” scheduled for COP 27.
The implementation of Article 6 is expected to revitalize decarbonization markets and private investment, and to contribute to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions and economic growth at the same time. Japan will contribute to global GHG emission reductions by promoting the global expansion of market mechanisms, including in the form of capacity-building support.
【Outline of the Meeting】
1. Meeting Overview
(1) Dates September 9, 2022 from 9:00 to 18:00 (JST)
(2) Venue Kamakura Prince Hotel in Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
<Opening Remarks> Video Message
YAMADA Miki, State Minister of the Environment, Japan
<Countries and organizations> *Includes online participants.
ADB (Asian Development Bank), AILAC (Independent Alliance of Latin America and the Caribbean), Australia, Bhutan, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, East African Alliance, Egypt, ERCST (The European Roundtable on Climate Change and Sustainable Transition), EU, Gambia, Germany, GGGI (Global Green Growth Institute), IETA (International Emissions Trading Association), Perspectives, IGES (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies), India, Indonesia, Japan, New Zealand, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, UK, UNDP, UNEP-CCC, UNFCCC, UNIDO, West African Alliance, World Bank
In the opening remarks, State Minister Yamada stated that the implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement could revitalize decarbonization markets and private investment while contributing to the simultaneous achievement of global GHG emission reductions and economic growth. She also emphasized that Japan will lead discussions on the expansion of the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) and capacity building for the implementation of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. She expressed the hope that this Preparatory Meeting will deepen the discussions on the content of the Article 6 Implementation Partnership.
(1) Session 1: Current Status of Capacity Building under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement
MOE Japan presented for the first time an overview of the Article 6 Implementation Partnership, and the UNFCCC shared the results of its survey on Article 6 capacity-building needs in various regions of the world.
(2) Session 2: Sharing Experiences on Article 6 Implementation
Participants shared various initiatives to tackle the main challenges that were identified at the International Conference for Implementing Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, held in February and March 2022. Those include international collaboration and partnerships, national institutional arrangements for implementation, domestic tracking and recording infrastructures, baseline and tools for Article 6 mechanisms, and the scaling up of capacity-building activities.
(3) Session 3: Discussion on Article 6 Implementation Partnership
MOE Japan presented an analysis of the current status of capacity building and a roadmap for Article 6 implementation. Participants considered collaborations with current initiatives, discussed priority actions for Article 6 implementation, and exchanged opinions on the content of the Article 6 Implementation Partnership, including the scope and method of support.
3. The Way Forward
Japan will continue to work with other countries and organizations to further elaborate the content of the Article 6 Implementation Partnership in order to ensure its successful launch at COP27.