G7 Ministers and high representatives, and European Commissioner responsible for the environment met in Toyama from May 15 to 16, 2016. From the OECD, Deputy Secretary-General Rintaro Tamaki joined the meeting and presented the related OECD work on “Resource Efficiency and the 3Rs” and “Climate Change and Related Measures”.
In response to the request made by G7 Leaders at the Schloss Elmau Summit in June 2016, the OECD has developed a policy guidance on resource efficiency. The OECD presented the key messages of this policy guidance in the meeting, and launched it together with the synthesis report prepared by the UNEP International Resource Panel on 15 May.
In the climate change session, the OECD presented the Aligning Policies for a Low-carbon Economy project, which identifies the misalignments between climate change objectives and policy and regulatory frameworks across a range of policy domains and activities in co-operation with the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Transport Forum (ITF) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).
The meeting was chaired by the Japanese Minister of the Environment Tamayo Marukawa. In the meeting matters such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, resource efficiency and the 3Rs, biodiversity, climate change and related measures, chemicals management, the role of cities, and marine litter were discussed, and the communique was adopted.
Please find the links below for details of the meeting and the policy guidance on resource efficiency prepared by the OECD.
- Communiqué, G7 Toyama Environment Ministers’ Meeting, Toyama, Japan, May 15-16, 2016 (Ministry of the Environment, Japan)
- Governments can do more to preserve material resources and cut waste (OECD)
- Policy Guidance on Resource Efficiency (OECD)