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First Meeting of the Study Group for Greenhouse gas emissions Reduction Contribution through Global Value Chain to be Held

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI)aims to promote industrial players’ efforts for making visible their contribution to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through global value chain of their products and services and also aims to encourage them to disseminate their environmentally-outstanding products and services across the world. As one of the initiatives to this end, METI will establish a Study Group for Greenhouse gas emissions Reduction Contribution through Global Value Chain, and the study group will hold its first meeting on December 6, 2017.

1. Outline

The Paris Agreement enforced in November 2016 stipulates that member countries endeavor to hold the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels as the long-term temperature goals(so-called "2-degrees-Celsius goal"). To achieve this goal, Japanese companies should take advantage of their excellent low-carbon technologies, introduce their environmentally-outstanding products and services into global markets, and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. METI considers these initiatives by industrial players as significant approaches to contribute to international countermeasures against the global warming issue.

From this standpoint, METI also recommends in its report compiled by METI's Long-term Climate Change Policy Platform in April 2017 that industrial players in Japan should aim for expanding greenhouse gas emissions reduction contribution through global value chain and also strive to make their contribution visible.

The study group will endeavor to prepare general-purpose guidelines for assisting industrial players in estimating the amount of emissions that they can reduce through contribution efforts and in explaining their efforts to external organizations as a reference. Through this, the study group will aim to improve the transparency of contribution efforts by respective industries to reducing emissions through global value chain and to expand these efforts to overall industrial players.

2. Members of the study group (in the order of the Japanese syllabary; honorifics omitted)

  • Keigo Akimoto, Group Leader, System Analysis Group, Research Institute of Innovative Technology for the Earth(RITE)
  • Atsushi Inaba, Professor, Department of Environmental Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Kogakuin University
  • Yoji Uchiyama, Emeritus Professor, University of Tsukuba
  • Hiroki Kudo, Senior Research Fellow, The Institute of Energy Economics, Japan(IEEJ)
Observers
Representatives from Keidanren(Japan Business Federation)and other related industries

Release date

November 29, 2017

Division in Charge

Environmental Economy Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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