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Clean Ocean Material Alliance to be Established

November 20, 2018

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has decided to embark on a new initiative called the Clean Ocean Alliance (tentative title). This initiative aims to solve issues concerning marine debris, an emerging global challenge, by promoting development and introduction of sustainable use of plastic products and alternatives to plastics, and accelerating innovations under public-private collaboration.

METI hereby announces that on November 20, 2018, the Japan Environmental Management Association for Industry (JEMAI), the secretariat of this initiative, started a call for participating companies in this alliance.

1. Outline

Global society has been required to promote worldwide efforts to overcome issues concerning marine debris, an emerging global challenge. To decrease marine debris, it is important to conduct appropriate waste management, including thorough efforts for preventing littering, further enhancement of the 3R (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Promotion) initiatives involving plastic products, and develop and disseminate plastics with excellent biodegradability and material alternatives to plastics, e.g., paper.

In light of these points, METI established an operative organization called the “Clean Ocean Material Alliance (tentative title)” to consolidate collaboration of stakeholders in broad fields and accelerate innovations. The alliance aims to engage in: [i] information sharing between providers of raw materials and user companies through technological and business matching events and conveyance of information on leading case examples, [ii] ascertaining of the latest technical trends through technical exchange and technical seminars with research institutes, [iii] collaboration with international organizations, overseas research institutes and other associations as well as international collaboration to convey information to developing countries and other regions, and [iv] encouraging companies in a variety of fields to collaborate in effective utilization of plastic products in general.

2. Outline of the call

Secretariat: JEMAI
Starting date: From November 20, 2018

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