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International Seminar: The Latest Trends in Green Public Procurement and Environmental Labels of the World

November 16, 2017

It is important for us to know in such world-wide vigorous moves toward green procurement as "the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production organized by UN Environment , which is a global framework of action to enhance international cooperation to accelerate the shift towards sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in both developed and developing countries", the latest trends in global harmonization of green public procurement and environmental labels together with environmental policies in those developing countries as ASEAN member countries that continue to achieve high level of growth in order to develop business overseas of eco-friendly products and services.

Accordingly, we are pleased to announce that "International Seminar on the Latest Trends in Green Public Procurement and Environmental Labels of the World" will be held in Tokyo, Japan on Thursday, December 7, 2017 13:00 - 16:00 (JST) .

The speakers to be invited to the seminar from Europe, North America and ASEAN member country will make speeches regarding the main theme of the seminar.

This seminar will be co-organized by the Ministry of Environment, Japan and the Eco-Mark Office of Japan Environment Association (JEA). It would be very much appreciated if you participate in this seminar. You are kindly requested to apply in advance for participation in the seminar by using online system or by facsimile.

1. OUTLINE

Green Public Procurement (GPP) and Environmental Labels (the Type-1 based on ISO 14024) are developed by their own policies and the procedures in many countries. In order to actively expand business of those products and services using Japanese environmental technologies in international markets, it would be considerably important for us to know the last updated information regarding the environmental labelling and the public procurement mechanism in every country in the world. Accordingly, the international seminar will be held to aim at providing necessary information for companies and stakeholders that are interested in business overseas of their products and services.

We would invite those speakers for this seminar; from UN Environment that develop the programs in order to promote Green Public Procurement (GPP) and Environmental Labelling in every country in the world under "the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production", Germany that initiates the Blue Angel, the eco-label system, which has been widely utilized in green public procurements in Europe, the United States of America that are making a big shift in environmental policy under the new government and an ASEAN member, Viet Nam. They will make detailed presentations of the emerging trends in Green Public Procurement and Environmental Labels of their own and in the world.

2. DATES, VENUES & OTHER INFORMATION

Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 13:00 - 16:00 (JST)

Venue: TOKYO BIG SIGHT Conference Tower, Rooms 607 & 608 on the 6th Floor with a capacity of 200

   Address: 3-11-1 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo, Japan

   Access: Refer to http://bigsight.jp/english/hotel/transportation/

The Host Organizations: Ministry of Environment, Japan

The Eco-Mark Office of Japan Environment Association (JEA)

English-Japanese simultaneous interpretation is available.

3. Program

13:00 - 13:05 : Opening Address
13:05 - 13:45 Keynote Speech
Speaker: Mr. Farid Yaker, Programme Officer
The 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production
"The Last Updated Information Regarding Green Public Procurement
(GPP) and Environmental Labels from the Viewpoint of UN Environment"


13:45 - 14:00 Topics of Green Public Procurement
"Outlines of Green Public Procurement and Environmental Labels on the world"
Presented by Eco-Mark Office of JEA

14:00 - 14:35 "The Good Practices and the Emerging Trends in Green Public Procurement (GPP) and Environmental Labels"

Part 1

"Good Practices of Green Public Procurement and the Roles to be Played by the Environmental Labels" in the USA
Speaker: Prof. Nicole Darnall, Arizona State University, USA

14:35 - 14:45 Break

14:45 - 15:20 Part 2

"The Emerging Trends in GPP and Environmental Labels in Viet Nam"
Presented by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), Viet Nam

15:20 - 15:55 Part 3

"The Emerging Trends in GPP and Environmental Labels in Germany"
Presented by Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environment Agency), Germany

16:00 Closing of the Seminar
(Concluding with a question and answer session - approx. 30 minutes)

Please be noted that the program is changed without advanced notice.

The detailed information of the program will be updated in the website of the Eco Mark Office of JEA : https://www.ecomark.jp/info/event/seminar_ecopro2017.html

4. Application for Participation in the Seminar


Those who would like to participate in this seminar can participate for free. You are requested to apply in advance by using online system:
URL https://www.ecomark.jp/info/event/entry/ or by facsimile (in order of arrival) with your personal information such as your names, organization names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Please send the necessary information by facsimile to the Eco-Mark Office of Japan Environment Association (JEA) at 81-35643-6257.

We will send back replies by emails or by facsimile confirming acceptances of your applications when the seminar registration is completed. Those replies sent to you by emails or by facsimile will be used as evidences of your participations.

Please be noted that we are to close the list when the number of applicants reaches the quota.

5. For News Media

Those from news media also need to make interview requests in advance by e-mails or by facsimile as in the same procedure as above-mentioned. The mail title shall be "Interview Request - International Seminar". Please be noted that your interview requests might be declined in case no interview requests are made in advance.
Video/camera coverages requests also shall be made in advance. We will coordinate time and ranges to be permitted photography in advance.

6. Handling of Personal Information

Applicants' personal information will only be used for the seminar operation purposes and we will never disclose our applicants' personal information to third parties unless based on laws and ordinances. Applicants' personal information will be promptly deleted after the end of the seminar.

For further information on the seminar, please contact us by emails, facsimile or telephones.
The contact information is as below:

Eco-Mark Office of Japan Environment Association (JEA)

E-mail: seminar@ecomark.jp Telephone: 81-35643-6255 Facsimile: 81-35643-6257 

We are all looking forward to seeing you at the Seminar.

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