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Japanese Ministry of Environment to help eco-friendly infrastructure development in emerging countries

13:16 | 06/09/2021

(Construction) - Japanese Ministry of the Environment is promoting overseas development of infrastructure with high environmental performance with an aim of decarbonization in Japan and abroad. 

The ministry will encourage Japanese companies to export the technologies and know-how in areas such as renewable energy, energy-saving infrastructure, and septic tanks, with a focus on cooperation between domestic and overseas cities and public-private partnerships in Japan. The government will also expand the Joint Crediting Mechanism, JCM in which excellent low-carbon technologies are provided to other countries and the amount of greenhouse gas emission reductions are shared among them, in order to achieve carbon neutrality in Japan.

japanese ministry of environment to help eco friendly infrastructure development in emerging countries
Japan helps eco-friendly infrastructure development in emerging countries.

According to the government, developed countries accounted for about 70% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions in 1990, but the figure has now dropped to 40%. While emerging countries, especially in Asia, are expected to continue to experience significant economic growth, many of them are still dependent on fossil fuels. In order to achieve carbon neutrality in the world as a whole, decarbonization of emerging countries will be a major key.

Ministry of the Environment supports the export of environment-friendly infrastructure, such as waste power generation, solar power, and wind power generation equipment, with a view to both the decarbonization of emerging countries and the expansion of Japanese businesses into overseas markets. Every January since 2018 has been named "Japan Environment Week," and seminars have been held in the past in countries including Myanmar, Vietnam, Thailand, and Indonesia. 

In September 2020, the Japan Platform for Redesign: Sustainable Infrastructure (JPRSI) was established to promote the export of environmental infrastructure through the collaborative efforts of government and the private sector. 419 private companies and industry organizations are participating in the platform. Ministry of the Environment, the Cabinet Secretariat, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and related organizations such as the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) introduce the needs of partner countries and cities, and use Japan Environment Week to help formulate projects and receive orders. In January, a matchmaking event was held between member companies and organizations and the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, which is looking for measures to deal with waste and air pollution. (2021/08/25)

The Daily Engineering and Construction News of Japan 

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