U.N. climate panel kicks off general meeting in Kyoto

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The general meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change opens in Kyoto on Wednesday.

Jiji Press KYOTO (Jiji Press) — A U.N. climate panel kicked off a general meeting in Kyoto on Wednesday to discuss methods of more accurately calculating countries’ greenhouse gas emissions.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which comprises experts, will release a report featuring such methods on Monday.

Japan aims to demonstrate its efforts to combat climate change, in the run-up to the summit of the Group of 20 advanced and emerging economies in Osaka on June 28-29.

At the start of the 49th IPCC session, Hoesung Lee, chair of the panel, said that the new report is expected to help improve the transparency of ways to calculate emissions.

In a video message, Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada underscored the country’s determination to support the IPCC’s activities and lead the global efforts for decarbonization by utilizing its advanced technologies and scientific knowledge.

Japan, which has been active in the area of emissions calculations for about 20 years, plans to highlight its achievements by hosting the IPCC meeting in the city, where the Kyoto Protocol, a landmark global framework for the fight against climate change, was adopted in 1997.

During the meeting, participants discuss issues about the observation of the levels of greenhouse gas concentration with the use of a satellite.

Through the talks, Japan aims to promote the Ibuki-2 greenhouse gas-observing satellite, which was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. last October.


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