February 15

2016

Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy in the EU and Japan

Overview

In recent years, in the EU and Japan there have been lively discussions surrounding the topic of resource efficiency and circular economy. Such discussions go beyond the traditional scope of recycling, and focus on increases in product life expectancy and the shift from the simple sales of products to pay per service sales schemes based on the concept of products as a service. It became clear that the topic is influencing not only the recycling industry, but manufacturers as well as service providers and the industry as a whole. The high global interest for the topic was made even more evident when it was included in the joint press release of the G7 Summit held in Schloss Elmau in June 2015.

In this context, METI and the EU-Japan Centre co-organised a Seminar to further investigate this timely and important topic from the EU and Japanese perspectives, including the potential of EU-Japan cooperation on this area.  The number of participants reached more than 180, reflecting a strong interest in this subject.

 

Programme

13:30-13:40

Opening Remarks: Mr. Hiroki Mitsumata, Deputy Director General for Technology and Environment, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

<Session 1: Introduction to Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy from the EU perspective >

13:40-14:10

“Overview of the New EU Circular Economy Package”

Ms Fulvia Raffaelli, Acting Head of Unit – Clean Technologies and Products, DG GROW, European Commission

14:10-14:30

“Overview of EU Ecodesign and Energy Labellin Schemes”

Speaker: Mr. Michael-John  Bennett, Policy Officer – Clean Technologies and Products, DG GROW, European Commission

14:30-14:50

“Report on Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy in the European Union”

Speaker: Ms Rie Arai, Researcher, Environment & Energy Research Division, Mitsubishi Research Institute

14:50-15:00

Q&A

15:00-15:20

Break

<Session 2: Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy in Japan>

15:20-15:50

“Current Activities and Future Direction Related to Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy in Japan”

Speaker: Mr. Hideyuki Umeda, Deputy Director, Recycling Promotion Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

15:50-16:10

“Corporate Activities on Increasing Resource Efficiency in Japan”

Speaker: Mr. Daijiro Ueyama, Senior Manager, Home Appliance Recycling Promotion Office, Customer Satisfaction Division, Toshiba Corporation

16:10-16:20

Q&A

<Session 3: Prospects for Circular Economy Policy Implementation and EU-Japan Cooperation>

16:20-17:20

Panel Discussion and Q&A

Moderator: Prof. Eiji Hosoda, Keio University

Panellists: 

  • Ms Fulvia Raffaelli, Acting Head of Unit – Clean Technologies and Products, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Mr. Michael-John  Bennett, Policy Officer – Clean Technologies and Products, DG GROW, European Commission
  • Mr. Hideyuki Umeda, Deputy Director, Recycling Promotion Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
  • Mr. Daijiro Ueyama, Senior Manager, Home Appliance Recycling Promotion Office, Customer Satisfaction Division, Toshiba Corporation

 

17:20-17:30

Closing Remarks: Mr. Silviu Jora, EU-side General Manager, EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation

 


Ms. Fulvia Raffaelli, DG GROW,
European Commission

Mr. Michael-John Bennett, DG GROW,
European Commission

Ms. Rie Arai, Mitsubishi Research Institute

Mr. Hideyuki Umeda,
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry

Mr. Daijiro Ueyama, Toshiba Corporation

Panel discussion chaired by
Prof. Eiji Hosoda, Keio University
Japan
Researcher, Environment & Energy Research Division
Mitsubishi Research Institute
Field Survey Summary - European industry organizations’ position & opinion concerning CEP
Policy Officer, Clean Technology and Products, DG GROW
European Commission
Overview of the EU Ecodesign and Energy Labelling schemes
Acting Head of Unit, Clean Technologies and Products, DG GROW, European Commission
DG GROW, European Commission
fulvia.pdf1.64 MB
Closing the loop - An EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy
Senior Manager, Home Appliance Recycling Promotion Office, Customer Satisfaction Division
Toshiba Corporation
Corporate Activities on Increasing Resource Efficiency in Japan
Deputy Director, Recycling Promotion Division, Industrial Science and Technology Policy and Environment Bureau
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)
Current Activities and Future Direction Related to RE and CE in Japan

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