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MRI ’ s climate activities. Kenichiro Yamaguchi Senior Staff Researcher, MRI New Delhi, October, 2002. What is MRI?. A Japanese private think tank established in 1970, with a wide variety of activities Has 14 years ’ experience on climate-related research, since 1988 Toronto conference

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mri s climate activities

MRI’s climate activities

Kenichiro Yamaguchi

Senior Staff Researcher, MRI

New Delhi, October, 2002

Mitsubishi Research Institute Inc.

what is mri
What is MRI?
  • A Japanese private think tank established in 1970, with a wide variety of activities
  • Has 14 years’ experience on climate-related research, since 1988 Toronto conference
  • Has the largest research staff among the Japanese think tanks
  • Has worked closely with both the Japanese government and industry on this issue
  • Is involved in the internal discussions within Keidanren, and has wide network in Japanese business
  • Able to introduce suitable contacts to foreign counterparts

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mri s recent climate related activities
MRI’s recent climate-related activities
  • Activities to explore and forecast the “carbon-constrained world”
    • Carbon Offset Initiative
    • JEMS (Japan Emissions Management Simulation)
    • Cooperation with UNIDO
  • Strategic consulting on corporate climate policy

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mri carbon offset initiative
MRI Carbon Offset Initiative
  • Find and evaluate commercially viable projects that result in emission reduction
  • Explore opportunities to expand businesses related to credit trading
  • Eventually set up a pilot system to assess, trade and verify credits from such projects through “learning-by-doing”process

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outline of coi
Outline of COI

Project identification

Information / analysis

Analysis of business opportunities

  • Decision making support
  • In-depth feasibility study
  • Implementation support
  • Business development consulting

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project identification
Project Identification

Credit Transfer




  • MRI
  • Expertise in climate issues
  • Contact
  • Consulting experience
  • E
  • C
  • C


Carbon sinks

  • Carbon emission reduction
  • Efficiency improvement
  • Fuel switching
  • Renewables

host country organizations

host country government

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unido mri cooperation
UNIDO-MRI cooperation
  • New initiative to push the climate agenda forward
    • Identifying projects in the ASEAN area
    • Cooperating with the Japanese private sector in implementing the projects
    • Utilizing international and Japanese funding opportunities
    • Developing JI/CDM assessment methodologies
    • Workshop in Tokyo (June, 2002)

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why reduction in japan is difficult even though every country says the same thing

Why reduction in Japan is difficult(Even though every country says the same thing…)

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japan s emission profile
Japan’s emission profile
  • Has to decrease emissions by 6%
  • So far it has increased by about 7%
  • Without measures, it will increase by another 10%
  • Decrease in 1997-98 mainly due to recession

Data from the government of Japan

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japan s unique situation even though every country is unique
Japan’s unique situation(Even though every country is unique…)

GHG Emissions 1999

  • Already energy-efficient
  • Already afforested (>60%)
  • Few non-CO2 measures (waste, pasture, aluminum)
  • EU’s closer links with Eastern Europe
  • Australia…a great deal under Kyoto
  • Canada…very tough, but will it ratify?

Data from the governments

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reason 1 kyoto looks easy on paper
Reason 1: Kyoto looks easy on paper

Data from International Energy Outlook 2001

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but would it really be easy
…but would it really be easy?
  • Implication of Marrakech
  • Eligibility to participate in Kyoto Mechanisms will be scrutinized…
    • Scrutiny on source inventory
    • Submission on sinks inventory
    • National systems
    • Assigned amount
  • Casts doubt on the availability of AAU/ERUs from FSU

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scheme of projects
Scheme of projects


Japanese government

Host government













Project company


Equity (CF)

export credit






request for CER issuance



Debt (CF)

EB Registry




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current activities
Current activities
  • Identification of projects
    • Eastern Europe, Asia, Latin America
  • Formulation of scheme
    • Pre-payment of CER/ERU finance and risk coverage
  • Organizing a financing scheme
  • Expressing the needs of private sector

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