EPA and Japan’s Ministry of Environment Issue Joint Statement on Continuing Bilateral Environmental Cooperation

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WASHINGTON – On Sept. 2, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Michael S. Regan and Japanese Environment Minister Nishimura Akihiro met in Tokyo, Japan, for a high-level bilateral dialogue. Ministers met to discuss achievements, including historic climate investments from President Biden’s Cut Inflation Act and priorities for further international, regional and bilateral cooperation in environmental protection.

Climate change and decarbonization

  • Japan’s Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognize the importance of implementing the Paris Agreement in strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change. As outlined in the U.S.-Japan Climate Partnership, both countries have committed to ambitious action to lead national climate efforts, accelerate international climate action, promote climate transparency, and achieve zero goals. net for 2050 and align Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for 2030.
  • A strengthened transparency framework is the foundation for implementing the Paris Agreement, designed to build confidence that all countries are contributing to the global effort. MOE and EPA will continue to cooperate to provide capacity building support to Asian countries, including through the Asia Greenhouse Gas Inventory Workshop and the EPA Transparency Accelerator. EPA. Improved monitoring, reporting and verification for developing countries contributes to their assessment of progress towards NDCs, the development and implementation of effective measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions emissions and the preparation of biennial transparency reports, including Article 6 reports.
  • Subnational actors are key to leading decarbonization efforts. The MOE and the Office of the President’s Special Envoy for Climate, United States of America, joined by the EPA, launched the “Global Subnational Zero Carbon Initiative” at COP26. Both participate in international Zero Carbon City forums to highlight efforts by states, cities and local governments to achieve zero carbon goals. Together, the MOE and EPA promote action globally to support and accelerate subnational climate action. While in Japan, the EPA administrator visited a model city that is proactively working on decarbonization and received funding from the MOE to achieve these goals.

  • The MOE and EPA are taking steps to promote the life cycle management of fluorocarbons, including hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The agencies continue to share with each other and with the global community approaches to managing fluorocarbons and best practices for the sustainable management of these compounds.
  • The United States and Japan are among the first countries to participate in the Global Methane Pledge (GMP) and GMP Energy Pathway to reduce global methane emissions. In addition, MOE and EPA will continue to promote national policies and international cooperation to reduce methane emissions from the waste sector, including highlighting issues and facilitating relevant actions at the national and international levels.
  • MOE and EPA are working closely with the UN Global Adaptation Network (GAN) and Education Partnerships for Community Innovation (EPIC) to deliver training workshops in cities across the Asia region -Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa.

Marine litter and circular economy

  • The MOE and EPA are continually aligned on international environmental policy issues, including demonstrating leadership on ocean plastic pollution and the circular economy. This alignment brings us closer to achieving the Osaka Blue Ocean Vision that was shared under Japan’s G20 Presidency in 2019 and aims to zero further plastic pollution by 2050. We jointly commit to brokering a global agreement on plastic pollution that addresses the full life cycle of plastic through an ambitious, innovative and country-focused approach.
  • Japan is part of the United States’ OECD Environmental Performance Review team which assesses several countries’ progress, policies and best practices in addressing marine litter with a focus on links to environmental justice. As part of this process, the MOE and EPA are working with Indonesia and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development to analyze policies and improve peer-to-peer learning, including through workshops, tables rounds, participating in review missions to the United States, and preparing a report to discuss the findings of the review.
  • Circular economy principles overlap with the proper management of waste streams, including keeping plastic out of our oceans, promoting resource efficiency and tackling source reduction. MOE and EPA are committed to achieving circular economy, marine litter and waste reduction goals through national strategies and multilateral cooperation, including through the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency and the G20 Resource Efficiency Dialogue.

Chemicals management

  • MOE and EPA underscore our shared commitment to continued cooperation for effective implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, participation in the Global Mercury Partnership, and capacity building for mercury monitoring in the Asia region -Peaceful.
  • MOE and EPA regularly share information on chemicals management policy and approaches. The MOE and EPA recognize the importance of PFAS management and will continue their cooperation to advance the scientific understanding of PFAS regulations and countermeasures.

Environmental education and youth

  • The MOE and EPA are committed to promoting and improving environmental education. Together with international partners, we participate in the Global Partnership for Environmental Education to promote and develop environmental education and sustainable development goals.
  • Since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, MOE and EPA have worked together to support and assist Fukushima’s recovery and revitalization, learn lessons from the disaster, and take action to prevent incidents. nuclear. During this visit, the EPA administrator met with high school students from Asaka who work with the organization Dream Support Fukushima to share an understanding of issues such as radiation and environmental restoration with peers from around the world. Japan and around the world. This youth program received the award from the Japanese Minister of the Environment in 2021.
  • The EPA and MOE regularly share information on a range of issues that protect young people and their communities, human health and the environment.
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