Multilevel Stakeholder Climate Actions in East Asia: Four Countries’ Practical Examples and Experience to Enhance Cities Engagement in Multilevel Climate Actions

On Tuesday 8, 10:30 a.m., four leaders from East Asian countries, Korea, Mongolia, China, and Japan shared their experience on local climate actions and multi-level cooperation at COP27 LGMA Multilevel Action Pavilion.

Mr. Dong Hwan Lee, Mayor of Goyang, Korea, spoke about its climate policies and the importance of citizens’ engagement. Goyang adopted low-carbon projects in key sectors including building, transport, and energy. At the same time, to maximize citizen participation, Goyang launched the Goyang Carbon Eraser Card this year as an integrated platform to incentivize citizens’ actions to reduce carbon footprint.

Ms. Tserendulam Shagdarsurenm, Director-General from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Mongolia, shared how the Mongolian government is working together with the local governments for the implementation of NDC action plans through the comprehensive approach. She highlighted the importance for the cities to contribute to the NDCs and Net-Zero city initiatives. Mongolia will look forward to further enhancing cities’ engagement and actions through the potential GEF-8 project in the upcoming years.

Ms. Dengli Ming, Chief of Climate Change Division, Beijing, introduced how its policy development and implementation have been aligned to national climate goals. Since 2021, Beijing has planned concrete emission reduction targets with actions and strategies under the Five-Year Plan. Especially, Beijing made great progress in energy sector, by reducing coal consumption and improving energy efficiency. It also cooperated with various stakeholders including business, NGOs, and public for low-carbon initiatives.

Ms. Aya Nagata, Director of Energy Policy Department, Kyoto presented about its effort towards Net-Zero city. Kyoto successfully implemented projects such as pedestrian-friendly urban transport system for citizens and tourists, renewable energy, and promoted decarbonized lifestyle of citizens. Also, it has exchanged its learning on eco-life with Iskandar Development Region in Malaysia since 2012.

Those four cities shared practical examples for multilevel climate actions, how local government cooperates with citizens, national governments, and foreign countries, and as a result, how it contributes to the local climate actions for GHG emission reduction.