The EU-Japan annual “Climate Change & Environment Working Group” met in Brussels on 20 April 2017 within the framework of the Industrial Policy Dialogue established between the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan and the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Directorate-General (GROW) of the European Commission.

Both sides exchanged their policy initiatives in the area of climate change and environment with a specific focus on innovation and economic competitiveness. The EU presented the progress report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan and its initiatives in the areas of eco-design, plastic and waste management. The representatives of METI outlined the existing programs whose aim is to improve resource efficiency and to create “a sound material-cycle society”, where environment and economy is integrated, leaving behind the mass production/mass consumption/mass disposal type of economic society.

From the global context perspective, both parties confirmed a strong international interest and commitment for reshaping industrial policies to respond to climate change-related challenges and to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The representatives of the EU and Japan highlighted the importance of the working group meetings which reinforce the convergence between the EU and Japan in the area of resource efficiency.

Source: EU Japan News Alert