This major event will host numerous senior experts and officials engaged with Japanese-European/German relations on environmental and resource efficiency issues. The conference aims at improving the exchange of international expertise and the cross-national work in the field of resource efficiency policies in Japan and Europe.
Germany and Japan share a set of similarities: both countries are technological pioneers, they are highly export-oriented and at the same time strongly dependent on imports. While Germany is a leader in the field of environmental technologies, Japan is advanced in strategic issues of resource management. One of the objectives of the German government’s sustainability strategy from 2002 is to double raw material productivity by 2020 compared with the reference year of 1994. The ongoing Japanese initiative 3R (reduction, reuse, recycle) within the G8 is being met with substantial interest. The 3R initiative as well as Japanese governance structures are of interest to German resource efficiency efforts for two reasons: Firstly, national policy can benefit and learn from exchange of experiences between the two countries. Secondly, the German EU/G8 presidencies in 2007 offer a favourable opportunity for exploring and expanding international cooperation mechanisms and mutual policy learning, especially as Japan is preparing to assume the G8 presidency immediately following Germany in 2008.
The German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU), the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Japan (IGES) are jointly supporting and endorsing the conference. Parliamentary State Secretary Michael Müller of BMU will give a keynote lecture. The organisation is being coordinated by the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP) and the Japanese-German Center Berlin, which have been cooperating for a long time. The conference is embedded into the project “Resource strategies in Japan” being conducted by the Wuppertal Institute and the CSCP on behalf of the German Federal Environment Agency.
Conference language will be English.