On 13 December 2016, the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) jointly organised a Group of Seven (G7) public symposium on “Resource Efficiency and a Low-Carbon Society: Identifying Opportunities and Implications”.
The symposium, co-organised by UNU-IAS in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), brought together representatives from G7 member states and other stakeholders, including those from public and private sectors, academia, and international organisations. The aim of the symposium was to enhance the understanding of the relationship between resource efficiency and climate change, and to share best practices for improving resource efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Following opening remarks by the Japan’s State Minister of the Environment and the Chair of the IGES Board of Directors, Junko Nishikawa of UNU-IAS summarised the discussions that had taken place in a G7 Alliance workshop. She noted that participants in the workshop recognised the importance of promoting better linkages between resource efficiency and low carbonisation, defining a resource-efficient society, and achieving the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement.
Panel discussions focused on the need to integrate resource efficiency, climate policies, and current progress in the international discussion;on ongoing efforts in G7 member countries; and on best practices of businesses and municipalities. Current plans to update the agenda in preparation for the next G7 Summit, to be held in Italy, were also introduced. Active discussions among the panellists included potential areas of support by governments to promote business practices and local initiatives. Interactive discussions with the audience focused on policy measures adopted by G7 member states other than Japan.
For more, see the news story on the UNU-IAS website.