November 19, 2007


2007 White Paper Focuses on Development of Environmental Technologies

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Japan's Ministry of the Environment (MOE) released its 2007 White Paper on the Environment and a Sound Material Cycle Society on June 5, 2007. The white paper is an integration of two environment-related white papers published separately up to 2006; the amalgamation seeks to communicate to the general public a fuller image of environmental problems and how to create a recycling-oriented society.

In its "Overview One--Worsening Global Warming and Preventive Technologies," the white paper describes the current status of global warming and its impacts based on the Fourth Assessment Report of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Report initiated by the United Nations. It also discusses the current status of technologies to prevent global warming and how effectively such technologies can be used. For example, CO2 emissions have increased by 36.7 percent from the 1990 level in the household sector, but the report estimates that an average household can reduce its annual CO2 emissions by two tons--approximately 40 percent--merely by replacing conventional home electric appliances with energy-saving types.

In "Overview Two--Japanese Technologies That Help Create a Recycling-Oriented Society--Development and History of 3Rs and Waste Treatment Technologies," the white paper extensively and specifically presents Japan's excellent technologies developed to deal with waste and hazardous materials in the pursuit of public health, reducing, reusing and recycling waste (3Rs), and securing key metal resources. Also mentioned is Japan's international contributions based on these technologies.

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- Cabinet Approves Two Environment-Related White Papers for 2006 (Related JFS article)

Posted: 2007/11/19 07:03:54 AM
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