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Support for Environmental and Energy Policies

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With the rising awareness of environmental problems worldwide, consideration of environmental issue is required not only of corporations but also individuals, municipalities, and many other tiers of society. To establish a system to effectively promote environmental activities throughout society based on Japan's targets, and to achieve the targets in international agreements, various policies to address environmental problems are under discussion.

MHIR provides government agencies with a wide range of support for environmental and energy policies including the collection and analysis of basic data, investigations, and research, as well as support for the formulation of policies.

Support for Policies toward a Low–Carbon Society

To substantially reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to allowable levels in order to address global warming requires steady efforts over a long period of time, MHIR has developed methods for quantitative assessment and analysis of global warming countermeasures together with the research institutes and provides support for reviews of reduction targets and the development of measures and policy road maps to develop low–carbon societies in Japan and the rest of Asia. In addition, MHIR assists in the development of systems and frameworks to make the transition to a low–carbon society, including the J–Credit Scheme and global warming taxes, and assists in the formulation of projects that invest in bilateral credits (Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM)).

Support for Energy Policy

In formulating energy policies, it is necessary to address a whole host of issues ranging from energy security to climate change. MHIR has been conducting an analyses on demand and supply trends inside and outside Japan with regard to the stable energy supply, and supporting policy making activities relating to energy saving and renewable energy deployment. For instance, it has supported the photovoltaic research projects of the International Energy Agency for more than a decade. Through these efforts, it assists governments and international organizations in their policy initiatives from the perspectives of both technical development and technology deployment.

Support for Chemical Substance Control Policy

To respond to the worldwide trend toward implementing policies to control the use of chemical substances, major changes are also taking place in Japan, including the revision of Japan's Law Concerning the Examination and Regulation of Manufacture, etc. of Chemical Substances. Control of chemical substances is a very broad issue that affects all industries and aspects of people's lives and, therefore, is a theme that has a major social impact.

MHIR provides a wide range of support services related to chemical substance control policy. These include supporting the assessment of risk based on Japan's revised chemical substance control law, risk assessments that make use of the results of monitoring chemical substances contained in products, consideration of methods for reducing chemical substance emissions and their effectiveness, and creation of database systems for transmitting information regarding safety within supply chains.

Support for Policies Aimed at Creating a Recycling–Oriented Society

Economic activities that involve mass production and mass consumption result not only in large volumes of waste emissions but also high volumes of resource usage. These economic activities are closely linked with many types of environmental and material resources issues, including emissions of greenhouse gases, chemical substances, and other emissions that place a burden on the natural environment, exhaustion of natural resources, and destruction of the natural environment that accompanies the extraction of large amounts of resources. To deal with these issues, Japan has established "Fundamental Plan for Establishing a Sound Material–Cycle Society." This plan aims to promote comprehensive and systematically planned activities to create a "sound material–cycle society" that will restrain the use of natural resources and reduce the burden on the environment whenever and wherever possible. MHIR offers comprehensive support in developing policies that will create this sound material–cycle society. This support includes services to assist in revising and assessing progress toward the goals of the afore–mentioned Plan, model analysis of resource usage and the structure of waste emissions at various levels from the global to the domestic regional level, and research on overseas and Japanese law systems toward the "Sound Material–Cycle Society."

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