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

  • May 8, 2019
  • , Jiji Press , 1:12 p.m.
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Kyoto, May 8 (Jiji Press) — A U.N. climate panel kicked off a general meeting in Kyoto, western Japan, on Wednesday to discuss methods of more accurately calculating countries’ greenhouse gas emissions.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, 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, near Kyoto, 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 the ways of calculating emissions.

In a video message, Japanese 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 calculation for some 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 will 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.

Discussions will also be made on how to measure emissions from hydrogen and rare earth production, in order to reflect the latest scientific knowledge in the upcoming report.

The Paris Agreement, an international framework adopted in 2015, obligates signatories to set their emissions cut targets and report the amounts of emissions. The new report will be used as guidelines for calculating emissions.

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