The Philippines and the Government of Japan are strengthening their partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions towards a low-carbon society and a zero-emission community in Asia.
At the recent Philippines-Japan Bilateral Environmental Policy Dialogue, DENR Acting Secretary Jim O. Sampulna said that the Bilateral Environmental Policy Dialogue serves as a vehicle for DENR and Japan’s Ministry of Environment or MOEJ to partner together to protect against the impact of climate change.
“The Philippines, being an archipelago, is one of the most vulnerable countries to the effects of climate change. Our country has faced several typhoons for as long as we can remember. Partnership with Japan in terms of technology and know-how on climate change mitigation measures is indeed vital at this time,” Sampulna said.
DENR Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs Jonas R. Leones said the Philippines remains committed to the “projected reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and 75% avoidance.” “.
MOEJ Deputy Minister Tokutaro Nakai said the agency is deepening its cooperation with DENR through strategies such as the Fluorocarbon Life Cycle Management Initiative, the Joint Credit Facility.
Other initiatives focus on transparency in reporting on greenhouse gas emissions, collaboration between cities and the sharing of knowledge and tools on climate adaptation projects and technological support for waste management. .
“In the area of climate change, we were able to confirm that there are some areas of cooperation such as the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) as well as the development of long-term strategies. We will make efforts to work in this direction and also hope to cooperate with you in future endeavors,” Nakai said.
Nakai said the MOEJ would accelerate its efforts to decarbonize Asia for the creation of the so-called “Zero Emissions Asian Community”.
The Bilateral Environmental Dialogue was part of the first-ever Philippine-Japan Environment Week organized by DENR and MOEJ.
Through a joint statement, DENR and MOEJ agreed to take action to address climate change. “The two countries will work to advance the life cycle management of fluorocarbons in the Philippines and Japan to contribute to the reduction of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions from the Philippines,” the statement said.
Regarding fluorocarbons, both parties confirm ongoing and future cooperation between DENR and MOEJ in the potential assessment of HFC collection and destruction.
“Other cooperation projects focus on capacity development of policy makers and technicians and on the use of the Joint Credit Mechanism (JCM) under the Initiative on Fluorocarbon Life Cycle Management (IFL ),” the joint statement added.
Under the Partnership to Enhance Transparency for Co-Innovation (PaSTI) program, DENR and MOEJ will continue to work on capacity building in the areas of Industrial Processes and Product Use (IPPU) and waste.
These projects will strengthen greenhouse gas reporting and incentives for action. The partnership also calls for the engagement of private and local stakeholders as a key element.
“With regard to adaptations, both parties confirm the importance of sharing knowledge and tools to implement adaptation projects in vulnerable communities through the information platform on adaptation to change Asia-Pacific (AP-PLAT) and the National Integrated Climate Change Database Information and Exchange System (NICCDIES). ).” -30-