Quad Nations set next steps in tackling climate resilience

The quadruple nations of Australia, India, Japan and the United States will lay out new plans to tackle climate threats when they meet at the Tokyo summit today.

The climate crisis is existential for each of the four countries and for the Indo-Pacific region. Pacific islands are particularly vulnerable; that the Boe Declaration on Regional Security of the Pacific Islands Forum states“Climate change remains the greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and well-being of Pacific peoples.”

After inaugurating a climate task force at the first-ever Quad Leaders Summit in March 2021, the four countries have deepened and regularized their cooperation to address the climate crisis. Quad leaders will launch new efforts on green shipping, energy supply chains, disaster risk reduction and the exchange of climate information services.

The Quad will expand and elevate its climate change work by inaugurating two ministerial meetings in the coming months. U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg plans to convene Quad transportation ministers and relevant stakeholders to expedite the work of the shipping task force, including progress toward developing green shipping lanes between countries of the Quad. U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm plans to meet with Quad’s energy ministers to catalyze Quad’s efforts to deploy clean hydrogen, minimize methane emissions, and develop a 10-year energy chain plan. clean energy supply.

The Quad will cooperate on disaster risk reduction from extreme weather events, including through the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), building on the Quad’s joint session on strengthening Indo infrastructure and communities -peaceful at the CDRI international conference.

Through the Quad Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Mechanism, Quad partners will be able to coordinate and mobilize civil disaster assistance efforts from the four countries, with support from civil defense and military resources if necessary, to respond to disasters in the Indo-Pacific. The partnership provides a framework for Quad partners to coordinate joint disaster responses and develop a better understanding of their respective HADR operations. Quad Partners can provide joint or coordinated assistance at the request of an affected state in the crisis alert, crisis response or post-crisis review phases of a disaster. Quad partners will also be able to work together to improve crisis preparedness and early warning.

The Quad Climate and Information Service Working Group, dedicated to integrating and facilitating climate information services across the Indo-Pacific, will convene other Indo-Pacific countries at the September Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Brisbane, to share best practices and assess user needs in the region.

The Quad will work to advance the development of clean hydrogen and ammonia fuels and launch a series of roundtables on methane emissions mitigation in the liquefied natural gas sectors. The Quad will also cooperate to build the capacity of the wider Indo-Pacific region to participate in high integrity carbon markets.

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