Japan to Bolster Relations With Central Asian Nations on Decarbonisation, Renewable Energy

Japan and the five Central Asian nations of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan plan to strengthen cooperation in decarbonisation and the energy sector.

The six nations are reported to be working together on creating a new framework for dialogue to tackle issues around the development of renewable energy and decarbonisation by implementing Japanese environmental technology, Japan’s Yomiuri Shimbun reports.

The talks will also include the promotion of the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) between Japan and each of the five Central Asian nations.

Under the JCM system, if the Japanese government and companies provide these countries with technology leading to their decarbonisation, Japan will be able to count a part of those emissions reductions as part of its own.

According to the report, another objective of the collaboration is to provide an alternative voice to the Central Asian nations from their traditional allies of Russia and China.

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan were all at one time part of the former Soviet Union and are rich in crude oil and natural gas as well as mineral resources such as copper and rare metals.

Ministerial-level meetings with the five nations are expected in Tokyo as early as September 26, with Yasutoshi Nishimura, Japan’s economy, trade, and industry minister, scheduled to attend the report concludes.

The ministers are expected to reach an agreement to accelerate efforts to achieve the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero in 2050 or later.