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Clean Asia Initiative (CAI)


Taking into account the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Singapore Declaration on Climate Change, Energy and the Environment which was adopted at the Third East Asia Summit last November, the CAI will promote integrated efforts to achieve the following three policy objectives.

  1. (1) Promote low-carbon/low-pollution society
  2. (2) Promote Sound Material-Cycle society
  3. (3) Promote societies in harmony with nature, while adapting to climate change

In order to achieve these objectives, the CAI has also set a cross-sectoral objective, "Promote environmentalism in the market."

The CAI will strive to establish a collaborative base as shown below in order to achieve the above-listed objectives and promote environmental cooperation in Asia.

-Strengthen partnerships to ensure support societies in harmony with nature
-Standardize and network of environmental monitoring and countermeasures
-Train and utilize human resources
-Maintain mutually supportive relationship between environment and trade

Objective 1.Promote low-carbon/low-pollution society

Share a vision to accelerate the shift to a low-carbon society, which will lead towards the achievement of the long-term goal of halving the global emissions from the current level by 2050.In order to resolve the urgent issues of air pollution and other pollution problems in developing countries, the CAI will address low-carbon and low-pollution development (co-benefit approach).In addition, packages of environmental policies, measurement technologies, regulation systems, human resources, etc.will be disseminated and further developed based on the Japanese experience of successful pollution controls, thereby promoting measures that help to achieve a low-carbon/low-pollution society.

Objective 2.Promote Sound Material-Cycle society

In order to develop an Asia sound material-cycle block to improve resource productivity, the CAI will establish an East Asia Sound Material-Cycle Society Vision in cooperation with Asian countries.The Initiative will also support the promotion of the 3Rs in each country by using world leading Japan's 3R efforts; waste management systems, technologies and experience, as well as strengthening measures against the illegitimate transboundary movement of circulative resources.It will then facilitate the transboundary movement of circulative resources.Also promote development of final disposal sites and energy recovery from waste in accordance with each country's situation.

Objective 3.Promote societies in harmony with nature, while adapting to climate change

The CAI will propose societies in harmony with nature where human beings and nature can coexist and benefit from biodiversity in Asia into the future.And also promote the establishment of ecological networks connecting with biodiversity considerations.To respond in an early stage in areas subject to severe impacts from climate change, development of soft and hard infrastructure for adaptation will be essential.Making efforts to understand and predict the impacts and vulnerabilities through observations and research, in particular to establish biodiversity monitoring systems which include the monitoring of biodiversity's influence on climate change, as well as the improvement of preventive conservation measures.

Cross-sectoral Objective	Promote environmentalism in the market

In order to promote environmentalism in the market, green purchasing and environmentally conscious supply chains will be promoted.And also encourage environmentally conscious economic activities in financial and capital markets.

To Achieve the Objectives: Promote establishment of a collaborative base for environmental cooperation in Asia

The following measures will be taken to establish a collaborative base for environmental cooperation.

  • Strengthen partnerships to ensure societies in harmony with nature through conservation and the sustainable utilization of biodiversity.
  • Standardize and network of environmental monitoring and countermeasures by promoting Japan's technologies and experience, and will provide support to the efforts on solving pollution problems.
  • Train human resources who will lead the promotion of environmentalism in social and economic systems, through implementing environmental leadership initiatives in Asia by establishing government-industry-academia collaborations,.
  • Provide environmental considerations and environmental cooperation in EPAs/FTAs with Asian countries and promote the liberalization of environmental goods and services, in order to maintain mutually supportive relationship between environment and trade.