MOE to create “Human Resources Bank” and dispatch experts to municipalities to support decarbonization

MOE to create “Human Resources Bank” and dispatch experts to municipalities to support decarbonization

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE) plans to start a service to dispatch decarbonizing advisors to municipalities in March. MOE will launch the “Human Resources Bank” gathering experts having knowledge on decarbonization and dispatch them to municipalities for a certain period of time. The service will support establishment of environmental strategies and creation of decarbonization projects, and also intend application for advanced model regions of decarbonization. While the Cabinet plans to establish a similar system, MOE aims to encourage municipalities to promote decarbonization. The ministry will recruit advisors from environment-related companies and groups, who will be registered to the “Human Resources Bank”.

MOE identifies the support for creating decarbonization plans in municipalities as one of the significant measures in FY2023. In the budget request, MOE has appropriated five billion yen for this measure, which includes a program of developing leading human resources supporting decarbonization.

The “Human Resources Bank” will require its registrants to have specialized knowledge on decarbonization and skills to elicit issues from municipalities and solve them with proper advices. MOE has not determined the number of experts to be registered to the “Human Resources Bank” yet.

In regard to local decarbonization, MOE also holds events to match municipalities with small and medium-sized companies. In the events, municipalities present technologies and knowledge they need to promote decarbonization, and companies propose their own decarbonizing technologies.

If matching is established, the small or medium-sized company will support the municipality with the aim of applying for an advanced model region of decarbonization. MOE has held public offerings for the advanced model regions three times so far, and plans to increase the number of the model regions to 100 or more by FY2025.