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ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED JOINTLY (AIJ)
 

UNIFORM REPORTING FORMAT:

NATIONAL PROGRAMME ON

ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED JOINTLY

UNDER THE PILOT PHASE

GOVERNMENT OF JAPAN

UNIFORM REPORTING FORMAT:

NATIONAL PROGRAMME ON ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED JOINTLY

UNDER THE PILOT PHASE

List of Programmes

1. Designated national authority for activities implemented jointly

1. A) Please fill in if not already communicated or if changes have occurred.

Item

Please fill in if applicable

Name of the national authority : Competent agencies

Ministry of Foreign Affairs (focal point)

Name of the national authority (English): same as above
Department: Global Issues Division, Multilateral Cooperation Department, Foreign Policy Bureau (focal point)
Acronym: MOFA
Acronym (English): same as above
Function within activity: AIJ focal point for international communication

One of the IMACC Secretariat for domestic co-ordination

Street: 2-2-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Post code: 100
City: Tokyo
Country: Japan
Telephone: 81-3-3580-5012
Fax: 81-3-3580-5011
E-mail:  
WWW-URL:  
Contact person (for this activity): -------------------------------------
Surname: Kitamura
First name, middle name: Yuichi
Job title: official
Direct tel: 81-3-3580-5012
Direct fax: 81-3-3580-5011
Direct E-mail: yuichi.kitamura@mofa.go.jp

2. Description of programme structure and features:
The Government of Japan (GOJ) established the "Japan Programme for AIJ under the Pilot Phase" in November 1995, issued in January 1996 the "Manual for AIJ Project Applications", the "Guidelines for Approving AIJ Projects" and "AIJ Project Application Form". Major features of the Japan Programme are described in Appendix 1.
3. Process for obtaining approval
3. A) Brief description of procedure:
Application Procedure

Those who undertake AIJ projects shall submit an application for the AIJ project in accordance with Manual for AIJ Project Applications to the competent ministry/ agency or to the IMACC Secretariat in case the responsible ministry/agency is not identified by the project proponent.
Upon receipt of an application document, the competent ministry/agency shall send a copy to the IMACC Secretariat. In case the IMACC Secretariat receives an application, it shall send the document to the competent ministry/agency.
Evaluation, Approval and Reporting to IMACC
The competent ministry/agency shall evaluate an application and approve them if appropriate, in accordance with the Evaluation Guidelines. The competent ministry/ agency shall provide guidance/advice to the project proponents, in case there are problems in implementing their project.
The competent ministry/agency shall report to the IMACC Secretariat about the information on the evaluation and approval as well as the status of the implementation of the approved AIJ projects.
The competent ministry/agency, which is to supervise a relevant AIJ project, shall ensure that the proposed project would satisfy the following requirements, in approving it as AIJ under the Japan Programme:

3. B) List all criteria for national acceptance of an activity implemented jointly:

3.B.a) Criteria that support decision 5/CP.1:

  • Predicted results of GHG emissions (or absorption) shall be presented both with and without the proposed project, together with sufficient information on their prediction. Emissions projected with the project shall be less than that without the project, orabsorption projected with the project shall be more than that without theproject.
  • Cumulative effects of GHG emission reduction resulting from the proposed project shall not be negative.
  • The proposed project shall be additional to the financial obligations of the Parties set out in Article 4.3 of UNFCCC as well as to current official development assistance (ODA) flows.
  • The proposed project shall be agreed upon as AIJ by the governments of partner Parties.
  • The proposed project shall not cause greater increase in GHG emissions in other areas compared with the reduction of GHG emissions expected from the project.

3.B.b) Other criteria for national acceptance of AIJ:

  • Project implementation entities shall regularly review predictions and modify them as appropriate. They shall inform the competent ministry/agency of the modification.
  • The environmental, economic, and social impacts of the proposed project shall be adequately assessed. The results shall be reviewed by relevant authorities as appropriate.

4. Summary of activities

  1. A) Summary of AIJ projects reported using the uniform reporting format for activities implemented jointly:

None

  1. B) Non project activities:
  2. The Government of Japan (GOJ) established the Japanese Framework for AIJ through the AJapan Programme for AIJ under the Pilot Phase@ and set up the Inter Ministerial/Agency Coordination Committee for AIJ (IMACC) in November 1995. GOJ issued in January 1996 the AManual for AIJ Project Applications@, the AGuidelines for Approving AIJ Projects@ and AAIJ Project Application Form@.
  3. GOJ held preparatory meetings of Japan AIJ Forum in March 1996 in Tokyo and in May 1996 in Osaka. Government agencies such as the Environment Agency and MITI held a series of meetings to disseminate the information on AIJ to wide-range of stakeholders and to call for their participation. A brochure to disseminate information on AIJ is under preparation.
  4. In July 1996, the Government of Japan (GOJ) identified 11 projects as potentially promising AIJ projects and has been encouraging and supporting the project proponents to obtain consents of the host governments (List of 11 projects are attached as Appendix 2.). GOJ also decided the logo-mark of AIJ in July 1996. As of 1 July 1997, none of the above 11 projects received the consent of the host government. GOJ will send a report as soon as projects receive the consent of the host governments.
  5. Government agencies such as the Environment Agency and Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) set up AIJ Committees to elaborate the concept of AIJ/JI , to develop practical methodologies to be applied for AIJ projects, and so on.
  6. The Environment Agency held in June 1996 a Regional Workshop on Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies and AIJ. It co-sponsored an international workshops and conferences, including those in Jakarta, Indonesia in June 1996, San Jose, Costa Rica in October 1996. It also sent experts to various meetings/workshops/seminars to disseminate Japanese activities on AIJ and to contribute to the objectives of those gatherings.
  7. MITI established in fiscal 1997 a scheme to provide costs for feasibility studies for several selected projects which seem to be promising as AIJ projects.
  8. MITI co-sponsored the International Conference on Technologies for AIJ, held by the IEA GREENHOUSE GAS R & D PROGRAM in May 1997 in Vancouver, Canada.
  9. New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), a public corporation supervised by MITI, held AIJ seminars/workshops in Beijing, China and in New Delhi, India in 1996. It will hold a seminar/workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia in February 1998.

Appendix 1

Major Features of Japan Programme for AIJ under the Pilot Phase

Objectives

(1) To accumulate experiences in order to contribute to the deliberative work for

the formation of an international framework of JI to be implemented in the

future;

(2) To establish a methodology for measuring, in a comprehensive manner, net

reduction or absorption in GHG emissions to be achieved by AIJ/JI;

(3) To formulate steps to encourage the private sector to participate in future JI

projects;

Eligibility

Domestic participants

(1) Japanese nationals and/or residents in Japan;

(2) Corporations, organizations, associations, and other legal bodies in Japan;

(3) National and/or local governments; and

(4) Other entities recognized as being able to carry out an AIJ project.

Foreign participants (including, but not limited to, Annex I countries)

(1) National and local governments of the country Parties to the Convention;

Nationals of, and/or residents in the above country Parties;

Corporations, organizations, associations, and other legal bodies in the above country

Parties; and

  1. Others in the above country Parties, who are recognized as being able to carry out an AIJ

project.

Implementation Mechanism

GOJ established an Inter-Ministerial/Agency Coordination Committee for AIJ (IMACC) to facilitate communications among ministries and agencies concerned and ensure the above mentioned processes. Competent ministries/agencies will evaluate an application for an AIJ project and approve it, if appropriate, as an AIJ project. Details on the IMACC are as follows:

Members of IMACC

a. Environment Agency (Co-chair);

b. Ministry of International Trade and Industry (Co-chair);

c. Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and

d. Other relevant ministries and agencies.

Major Tasks of IMACC

a. To authorize the evaluation guidelines for AIJ projects;

b. To undertake hearing on the progress of AIJ projects to be reported by the

secretariat and prepare annual progress reports on AIJ projects;

c. To encourage private entities to participate in AIJ;

To coordinate issues relating to the implementation of the Japan Programme;

d. To review and rearrange the present AIJ implementation mechanism, as appropriate.

IMACC Secretariat

The IMACC Secretariat comprising the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of

International Trade and Industry and the Environment Agency, was set up to facilitate

communications among ministries and agencies concerned,.

Application Procedure

Those who undertake AIJ projects shall submit an application for the AIJ project in accordance with Manual for AIJ Project Applications to the competent ministry/ agency or to the IMACC Secretariat in case the responsible ministry/agency is not identified by the project proponent.

Upon receipt of an application document, the competent ministry/agency shall send a copy to the IMACC Secretariat. In case the IMACC Secretariat receives an application, it shall send the document to the competent ministry/agency.

Evaluation, Approval and Reporting to IMACC

The competent ministry/agency shall evaluate an application and approve them if

appropriate, in accordance with the Evaluation Guidelines. The competent ministry/agency shall

provide guidance/advice to the project proponents, in case there are problems in implementing their

project.

The competent ministry/agency shall report to the IMACC Secretariat about the information on the evaluation and approval as well as the status of the implementation of the approved AIJ projects.

Evaluation Criteria for AIJ projects

The competent ministry/agency, which is to supervise a relevant AIJ project, shall ensure that the proposed project would satisfy the following requirements, in approving it as AIJ under the Japan Programme:

  1. Predicted results of GHG emissions (or absorption) shall be presented both with and without the proposed project, together with sufficient information on their prediction. Emissions projected with the project shall be less than that without the project, or absorption projected with the project shall be more than that without the project.
  2. Cumulative effects of GHG emission reduction resulting from the proposed project shall not be negative.
  3. Project implementation entities shall regularly review predictions and modify them as appropriate. They shall inform the competent ministry/agency of the modification.
  4. The proposed project shall be additional to the financial obligations of the Parties set out in Article 4.3 of UNFCCC as well as to current official development assistance (ODA) flows.
  5. The proposed project shall be agreed upon as AIJ by the governments of partner Parties.
  6. The proposed project shall not cause greater increase in GHG emissions in other areas compared with the reduction of GHG emissions expected from the project.
  7. The environmental, economic, and social impacts of the proposed project shall be adequately

assessed. The results shall be reviewed by relevant authorities as appropriate.

Appendix 2

Promising Projects Identified by Ministries and Agencies for AIJ

Project name

(project proponent)

Category(target GHG) Location

(participants)

Competent agency
Combustion improvement

project of small-sized coal

boilers (Kitakyushu City)

combustion improvement (CO2) Dalian, China

(Dalian

City)

Environment

Agency

Local Electrification project using solar panels (Solar Net) solar energy use

(CO2)

Salatiga, Indonesia (YAYASAN GENI) Environment

Agency

Heat efficiency restoring

project of existing thermal

power generation plants

through improvement of

operation (Kansai Electric Power Co., Chubu Electric Power Co., and Electric Power Development Co.)

energy saving

analysis &

improvement in

terms of operation &

maintenance (CO2)

Thailand (EGAT) Ministry of

International

Trade and

Industry

(MITI)

Local electrification project

(Tokyo Electric Power Co. and Kansai Electric Power Co.: E7 )

solar & hydraulic energy use (CO2) Indonesia (Science & Tech.

Application Agency)

MITI
Model project for coke dry

quenching process (CDQ) for

coke furnace (NEDO)

waste heat

recycling (CO2)

China (Metallurgic

Division)

MITI
Afforestation in Sabah

(Kokusai Ryokuka Suisin Center)

sink enhancement (CO2) Sabah, Malaysia

(Sabah Forestry

Public Association)

Ministry of

Agriculture,

Forestry &

Fisheries (MAFF)

Afforestation (same as above) same as above West Nusa

Tenggara, Indonesia (Ministry of

Forestry)

MAFF
Afforestation using local tree

species (Nissei Green Foundation)

same as above Kenya (Kenya

Forestry Research

Institute)

MAFF
Afforestation for volcanic

desolated area (same as above)

same as above Bali, Indonesia

(Ministry of

Forestry)

MAFF
Experimental afforestation (Sumitomo Forestry Co. Ltd) same as above East Kalimantan,

Indonesia (Ministry of Forestry etc.)

MAFF
Afforestation of desert rim area (Chikyu Ryokuka Center) same as above Inner Mongolia, China (Inner

Mongolian local administration offices)

MAFF