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International workshops on the carbon footprint of products
- Seeking international harmonization of carbon footprint activities

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) will organize workshops on the carbon footprint of products (CFP) from February 8. The workshops will provide an overview of domestic and overseas efforts to visualize greenhouse gas emissions and an opportunity to discuss the creation of databases essential to CFP-related activities.

1. CFP is a system to calculate and indicate greenhouse gas emissions from products and services by using the life cycle assessment (LCA) method.

2. Not only Japan but many other countries as well are focusing on CFP. To integrate their efforts globally, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is developing carbon footprint standards.

3. Japan has been actively participating in the development of international carbon footprint standards and will host an upcoming meeting of TC 207/SC 7/WG 2, the organization in charge of this development process, in Tokyo.

4. On the sidelines of this meeting, METI will bring together leading Japanese and foreign experts in CFP-related activities and the development of CFP databases in order to hold workshops on the dates shown below.
For more information, please visit the following CFP website: Site Link

CFP-related events

(1) LCA Database Workshop

Co-organized by the Japanese government and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the workshop will provide an opportunity to share the latest developments on LCA databases in different countries and explore the prospects for harmonization of the databases, with the ultimate goal of facilitating the worldwide construction of LCA databases, which play a key role in calculating the carbon footprint of products.

- Dates: Monday, February 8 (morning and afternoon sessions) and Tuesday, February 9 (morning session)

(2) CFP Workshop

The workshop will discuss ways to calculate the carbon footprint of products with each sector’s characteristics taken into account, and directions of international harmonization, while also examining recent trends in CFP activities around the world and an overview of initiatives in Japan, along with examples in different sectors, including electrical and electronic products, air services, food and retail.

(3) Workshop on the Carbon Footprint of Products in East-Asia

Given that the raw material procurement and production processes of many products sold in Japan take place in China and other East Asian countries, efforts in these countries are crucial to the future development of carbon footprint implementation. Experts from countries such as China, Australia, South Korea and Malaysia will report their countries’ situations with regard to CFP and LCA and discuss prospects for carbon footprint implementation in East Asia.

- Date: 9:30-16:45, Saturday, February 13

Release Date

February 5, 2010

Division in Charge

- Conformity Assessment Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau
- Environmental Industries Office, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau

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