As part of Climate Scorecard Report #17 we asked our Country Managers to provide a list of organizations in their countries that might help support our 2020 Campaign. Over the next several months we hope to explore whether the organizations listed below, and others, are interested in supporting the Campaign and implementing the recommendations provided by our Country Managers in Report #16.
Climate Action Network Japan
Climate Action Network Japan (CAN-Japan) is a branch of Climate Action Network (referred to as CAN-International), with 15 environmental organizations based in Japan. CAN-Japan not only engages in advocacy work related to international climate negotiations in collaboration with CAN-International but also advocates domestically for more ambitious environmental policies in Japan. It upholds the following objectives (that can be found at http://www.can-japan.org/mission):
- To develop an international climate change framework beyond 2020
- To encourage the Japanese government to put forth an ambitious climate change target from a civil society standpoint
- To raise awareness and give Japanese people the opportunity to have a better understanding of the problems of climate change
- To build a “low carbon society” through wide-scale adoption of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures
- To develop climate change activities with the cooperation of NGOs and societies around the world as well as in Japan
Address – Takakura Bld.305, 574, Obiyacho, Nakagyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 604-8124, Japan
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is a research organization established in 1998 with the initiative of the Japanese government and support from Kanagawa prefecture. It is headquartered in Kanagawa though there are research centers overseas as well. IGES recognizes itself as an “agent of change” and tries to utilize its research outputs for the sake of initiating societal change. Its research is not exclusively done by researchers but open to governmental agencies, NGOs, and corporations, yet ensured that its research is independent from the government. It became a public interest incorporated foundation in 2012.
IGES has been named as the “Top Climate Think Tank in the Rest of the World outside of North America and Europe (absolute ranking)” in the 2016 edition of the ICCG Climate Think Tank Ranking. The Institute’s global absolute ranking jumped up to No. 7 this year. Its Climate and Energy Area aims to accompany this transition by conducting strategic research and supporting the development of zero-carbon initiatives. The team of international experts is engaged in various projects for the development and implementation of climate and energy-related strategies and policies, in particular international climate negotiations, bilateral and multilateral cooperation, carbon pricing initiatives, market-based mechanisms, and the development and maintenance of databases.
2108-11, Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa,
Japan Community Power Association
Japan Community Power Association was established in 2014 in order to promote community power development. Community power means the renewable energy owned and managed by local community based on the decision of local people. After the great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, a lot of renewable energy businesses began throughout Japan, however most of these businesses were developed using outside capital. Local environmental businesses had many problems such as funding and lack of manpower. The Community Power Association has promoted the launch of community power business by strengthening business networks, identifying local funding sources, and sharing information and experience. It offers a community power certificate, where consumers will now be able to choose electricity based on the locality and producer. However, community power businesses still face major problems such as a shortage of space on the electric grid and the costs for connecting to the grid.
Executive office of Japan Community Power Association