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This chapter is newly added to the Plastic Atlas Japan Special Edition プラスチック・アトラス アジア[日本語特別版]. From the “economic miracle” period up to the present, Japan has built an excellent system for efficiently collecting and recycling recyclable waste. Yet, recycling does not constitute a definitive solution. Rather, it is important to lower the amount of...

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This chapter is developed to the Plastic Atlas Japan Special Edition  プラスチック・アトラス アジア[日本語特別版]. As discussed by the chapter,  Japan has introduced numerous innovative policies and strategies to promote the circulation of resources and to build a sustainable society. The Japanese experience shows that building an adequate waste management system is a...

Policy Brief
United Nations 7th Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals
Author:
Tomohiro
Tasaki
Masahiko
Hirao

This science-policy brief was published as a background science policy brief for United Nations 7th Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals held on May 5-6, 2022.

Since 2015, the international policy community has started to agree on international agreements with ambitious middle-term...

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地球温暖化を産業革命前の水準から1.5°C以内に抑えるには、一人あたりのカーボンフットプリントを世界平均で現在の4.6tCO2e/年から2030年には2.5tCO2e/ 年に削減する必要がある1。住宅、食、移動、製品の購入、サービス利用、レジャーの分野における消費量とエネルギー原単位の分析から、横浜市に暮らす人々の暮らしに関わる平均的なカーボンフットプリントは7.1tCO2e/ 年であることがわかった。これは日本の全国平均(7.1tCO2e/ 年)と同等の水準であり世界平均(4.6tCO2e/ 年)よりは多い。7.1tCO2eから2.5tCO2eへのカーボンフットプリントの削減は、供
給(生産)側と需要(消費)側の対策を組み合わせることで初めて可能となる...

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地球温暖化を産業革命前の水準から1.5°C以内に抑えるには、一人あたりのカーボンフットプリントを世界平均で現在の4.6tCO2e/年から2030年には2.5tCO2e/ 年に削減する必要がある。住宅、食、移動、製品の購入、サービス利用、レジャーの分野における消費量とエネルギー原単位の分析から、京都市に暮らす人々の暮らしに関わる平均的なカーボンフットプリントは7.0tCO2e/ 年であることがわかった。これは日本の全国平均(7.1tCO2e/ 年)よりやや低い水準であるが世界平均(4.6tCO2e/ 年)よりは多い。

7.0tCO2eから2.5tCO2eへのカーボンフットプリントの削減は、供給(生産)側と需要(消費)側の対策を組み合わせることで初めて可能となる...

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In Global Environmental Research

The focus of SCP policy has shifted from management of environmental pollution to wider socio-technical change including infrastructure, lifestyles and business models that are sustainable over decades. This paper first examines the expansion of the SCP policy domain through changes in focus of the following two aspects; product lifecycle policy...

Peer-reviewed Article
In Global Environmental Research
Author:
Masahiko
Hirao
Tomohiro
Tasaki
Norichika
Kanie

Ensuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns in the Asia region is a high-priority policy issue but challenged by a number of obstacles and the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. This article argues that not only conventional policy approaches but also alternative approaches are needed in Asia to decouple socio...

Discussion Paper

Water pollution caused by microplastics generated from land-based sources (e.g. as tire-wear particles, broken road markings, synthetic textile microfibre from washing, microbeads from personal care products, discharged domestic wastewater from households, and others) is attracting attention in many countries and regions around the world as an...

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In Sustainability
Author:
Janet
Salem
Manfred
Lenzen

Current commitments in nationally determined contributions (NDCs) are insufficient to remain within the 2-degree climate change limit agreed to in the Paris Agreement. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that lifestyle changes are now necessary to stay within the limit. We reviewed a range of NDCs and national climate change...

Issue Brief
Author:
Gohar
Khojayan
Dumisami
Chirambo
Lylian
Rodríguez Jiménez
Marcelo
Matus
Juan
Gammarra
Jose
Bernardo B. Gochoco III,
Katrina
Toliongco

In the face of the severe impacts of anthropogenic climate change, recognition of the climate crisis has been largely shared worldwide. The climate crisis is just one symptom of ecological overshoot; humans are currently using more resources and producing more waste than Earth can sustain. Biodiversity loss and resource depletion have also been
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