The Ministerial Meeting of the Dialogue on Climate Change, Clean Energy and Sustainable
Development was launched at G8 summit at Gleneagles 2005. The first meeting was held in
London in Oct. and Nov. 2005, followed by the second meeting in Monterey in Oct. 2006 and the
third meeting in Berlin in Sep. 2007.
During the past sessions of the Dialogue, the following general understandings had been shared,
with the assistance of the inputs from the IEA and the World Bank;
Both the development of new technologies and the deployment of existing technologies
are equally important. Cooperation between developed and developing countries, and
between public and private sectors are essential.
Future investment is needed on a large scale. A wide range of policies should be
implemented in a clear and predictable way in order to mobilize private investment.
It is necessary to deal with sustainable development and climate change at the same time.
Adaptation and reducing emissions from deforestation are also important.
It had been acknowledged that these discussions during the Dialogues in the past are useful inputs
and complementary to the process under the UNFCCC for the post-2012 framework.
In order to wrap up these past 2-year discussions and prepare a report to the G8 Hokkaido Toyako
Summit, the 4th meeting was held in Chiba from the 14th to the 16th of March 2008, and focused
on the issues on Technology, Finance and Investments, and post-2012 framework.
This meeting was attended by ministers and senior officials responsible for energy and
environment issues from G8, from Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico,
Nigeria, Poland, South Africa, Spain and Slovenia as current presidency of the EU. We were
joined by senior officials from international organizations including the International Energy
Agency, the World Bank, Regional Development Banks, and business groups from the World
Business Council for Sustainable Development, Nippon Keidanren and the World Economic
Forum, non-governmental organizations as well as legislators from the GLOBE.
Regarding the following issues discussed at this Dialogue, we:
Acknowledged the importance of improving energy efficiency, as one of the lowest cost
and most effective means to immediately reduce GHG emissions, on a global scale
including through cooperative sectoral approach, international partnership, and domestic
actions for each country.
Highlighted the necessity of technology deployment and transfer to developing countries.
Acknowledged the importance of capacity building and discussed the role of IPR
(Intellectual Property Rights).
Noted that countries which decided to choose the option for nuclear energy recognized the
contribution of nuclear power to emission reduction while those which decided otherwise
expressed their concern about security.
Noted the importance of renewable energy.
Exchanged information on international initiatives to develop innovative technologies.
Shared the necessity of expanding and strengthening international cooperation and sharing
road maps on technology RD & D.
Emphasized the importance of CCS.
Provided experiences based on sectoral approach (e.g., APP).
Discussed the effectiveness of sectoral approach and recognized the necessity to continue
further discussion in order to reach common understanding.
Emphasized the principle of common but differentiated responsibility and respective
capability in the context of sectoral approach.
The Role of the IEA
Appreciate the work of IEA and pointed out challenges to be addressed (including data
collection and the future role of IEA).
Activities by Private Sector
Appreciated business initiatives for implementation of sector-based activities (including
Acknowledged the importance of sharing a long-term goal.
Shared the common understanding of the necessity to move toward sustainable
Pointed out the necessity to identify a long-term policy which functions as a reliable and
clear signal to the private sector.
Reaffirmed the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective
capabilities as a premise of the discussion.
Noted the necessity to take into consideration the change of global situation from 1992 to
Recognized to necessity to ensure equity to realize sustainable development and effective
Shared the necessity to continue substantial discussion on sectoral approach, with the
understanding that it does not replace quantified national target for GHGs emissions
Noted developed countries will take the lead in combating climate change while ensuring
the comparability of efforts among them.
Acknowledged developing countries will take measurable, reportable and verifiable
actions with support from developed countries.
Shared that adaptation and mitigation are equally important, and technology and finance
are necessary ways to achieve them.
Recognized in particular the unique role that the countries at the Gleneagles Dialogue can
play in terms of initiatives and cooperation leading to emission reduction.
Noted the importance of carbon market role.
Acknowledged the importance of counter measures for deforestation and forest
degradation particularly for developing countries.
Road to Copenhagen
Appreciated the fruits of this dialogue (substantial contribution to the agreement on Bali
Action Plan) and expected it to become a useful contribution to the discussion in the
AWGLCA under the Convention.
Highlighted the value of this dialogue and other such dialogues in contributing to a
successful outcome in Copenhagen.