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Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) Activities Undertaken in FY2016 (April 2016 to March 2017)

Global Environment Technology Promotion Division
International Affairs Department
October 23, 2017

On November 4, 2016, the Paris Agreement entered into force and more than 150 parties have ratified it as of this date. The agreement aims to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Although the United States has announced its intention to withdraw from the agreement, many of the parties which have ratified it, including Japan, have expressed their strong commitment to its implementation on several recent occasions such as the G7 Summit in Taormina, the G20 Hamburg Summit, and the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

The forthcoming twenty-third session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to be held in Bonn, Germany, from November 6-17, 2017, is therefore expected to advance the aims of the agreement with a focus on the development of its implementation guidelines.

In this regard, the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) can share instructive outcomes from its studies and demonstration projects that utilize the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), outcomes which highlight NEDO’s considerable experience with carrying out energy- and environment-related research, development, demonstration, and deployment.

The JCM has been advocated by the Japanese government as a way to introduce low-carbon and high-efficiency technologies, products, systems, services, and infrastructure to JCM partner countries and serves as one of Japan’s contributions to the mitigation of climate change.

As one of Japan’s facilitators of the JCM, NEDO has carried out feasibility studies since FY2011 and demonstration projects since FY2013. Drawing on this experience, NEDO aims to contribute to the UNFCCC objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions not only by disseminating low-carbon technologies but also by providing practical advice regarding ways to implement market mechanisms allowing emission reductions realized in other countries to count toward nationally determined contributions (NDC), as articulated under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

As of this date, the Japanese government has concluded bilateral documents with the following 17 JCM partner countries:

Mongolia, People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Maldives, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Costa Rica, Republic of Palau, Kingdom of Cambodia, United Mexican States, Republic of Chile, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of the Union of Myanmar, Kingdom of Thailand and Republic of the Philippines.

Feasibility studies for the exploration of JCM demonstration projects have also been implemented in countries with whom Japan has not concluded bilateral documents.

In FY2016, NEDO carried out one demonstration and verification project, one measurement, reporting, and verification application study, and three JCM feasibility studies. Information regarding these activities can be accessed by clicking on the links below.

List of JCM feasibility studies and demonstration and verification projects

  • [●]: Feasibility Studies for Project Development and Organization

For further information, please contact the NEDO Global Environment Technology Promotion Division through the inquiry link at the top of this page.