United Nations ESCAP East and North-East Asia Office (UNESCAP-ENEA) and Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI) have jointly facilitated dialogues through seminar and workshop among agencies and experts in East Asia on carbon footprint programmes and potential areas of cooperation since 2011.
In particular, the workshop on Carbon Footprint Partnership in 2012 was a big momentum that national institutions and experts in East Asia made a decision to launch a new initiative, the Asia Carbon Footprint Network.
As a follow up to this decision, UNESCAP-ENEA invited relevant organizations to join the ACFN by submitting their applications and the UNESCAP-ENEA received 14 applications.
During the International Conference on Sustainable Consumption and Production which was held in Seoul on 30 October 2013, the ACFN was officially launched, bringing representatives from the fourteen organizations. On the following day, the first Network meeting was held and the ACFN members discussed and decided specific programme areas and operational modality of the Network. The meeting successfully adopted the Terms of Reference and set up its secretariats and steering committee.