OECD COP26 Virtual Pavilion

Leading efforts towards achievement of zero carbon cities

Nov 2, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


Please note that a replay of this event is not available on the virtual pavilion. To achieve a decarbonised society, it is essential to promote subnational initiatives, integrating various stakeholders and sectors according to local characteristics from planning to implementation. Measures at the provincial, municipal or district level, on a large or small-scale, are critical to the realization of the central government's ambitious commitment. The Race to Zero campaign (RtoZ), spearheaded by the UNFCCC, encourages cities to raise their targets and participate through action. In addition, the Territorial Approach to Climate Action and Resilience (TACAR), implementing by OECD with support from Japan, will build policy framework aiming at the realization of the decarbonisation society collaborating at the country and subnational levels. In Japan, the national government is working with local governments to promote multi-level initiatives such as the preparation of regional decarbonisation roadmaps. Local governments that have committed to carbon neutrality are also accelerating their efforts to join the Race to Zero Campaign. Japan has been contributing to decarbonisation in cities overseas by creating a decarbonisation domino effect through city-to-city collaboration projects to support overseas cities toward their decarbonisation and sharing information by hosting the Zero Carbon City International Forum. Japan also plans to further promote city-to-city collaboration with partner countries and relevant international organisations. Such collaboration will not only help cities to formulate plans but will also lead to the sharing of experiences and knowledge during the implementation phase of the measures, and support ongoing actions.

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