Japan Climate Initiative joins forces with America’s Pledge in bid to curb emissions

Staff Report

Nongovernmental network Japan Climate Initiative announced Friday that it has formed a partnership with America’s Pledge, a group led by billionaire Michael Bloomberg and California Gov. Jerry Brown, to promote learning, collect data and share strategies to curb global greenhouse emissions.

The JCI, which comprises more than 200 firms, local governments and nongovernmental groups committed to helping the nation to curb emissions.

Among the JCI members are Ajinomoto Co., Fuji Film Holdings Corp., NTT Docomo Inc., the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the city of Kyoto and WWF Japan.

“Local governments and the private sector are driving progress on climate change in the U.S. and around the world — and the America’s Pledge model gives them data and resources to accelerate that progress,” Bloomberg, who serves as the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy for climate action, said in a statement.

“It’s encouraging to see this approach spreading to other countries, and we welcome this partnership with Japan,” he said.

“Japan Climate Initiative greatly welcomes our partnership with America’s Pledge. Our collaboration will become one of the global driving forces towards a decarbonized society,” said Takejiro Sueyoshi, leading advocate for JCI and special adviser to UNEP Finance Initiative in the Asia-Pacific region.

America’s Pledge was launched in July last year to work toward emissions goals set by the 2015 Paris Agreement.