ASEAN Leaders to Meet in Japan For CO2 Reduction Summit

Japan is lining up a leaders’ meeting in December with most members of ASEAN and Australia on reducing carbon emissions across the region.

Japanese government sources said the summit in Tokyo will be held under the Asia Zero Emission Community (AZEC) framework which was launched by Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s government last year.

Kishida originated the AZEC concept to promote decarbonisation in the region and to enhance cooperation on the transition to clean energy, especially in the fast-growing ASEAN region where issues such as biodiversity loss and deforestation are also pressing concerns.  

All members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations apart from Myanmar have joined the framework.

Along with Japan and Australia, this grouping includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

In March 2023, ministers of the 11 countries participating in the framework gathered in Tokyo for their inaugural meeting.