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US and Japan Collaborate on Key Climate Issues

May 18, 2009



A two-day workshop was held this week (May 11-12) between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Japan’s Ministry of Environment (MOEJ) and Japan’s Institute for Global Environmental Strategies to discuss key climate change issues.

The workshop brought together representatives from EPA, MOEJ, and the U.S. State Department to evaluate and collaborate on important approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. According to an EPA news release, topics at the workshop included greenhouse gas inventories and emissions forecasts, greenhouse gas reporting systems, greenhouse gas trading, economic modeling, land use and land use change and forestry, and addressing emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases.

Both the EPA and MOEJ agreed to enhance collaboration on the Methane to Markets Partnership, an international initiative that advances cost-effective methane recovery. Representatives also

discussed ways to improve capacity building for greenhouse gas inventories. Capacity building for greenhouse gas inventories will help countries to reduce uncertainties and improve the quality of inventories, in hopes to improve national strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.



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